Abigail Bradshaw CSC - External Contributor
Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre
Ms Abigail Bradshaw was appointed the Head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) in March 2020.
She is responsible for leading the Australian Government’s operational advice and assistance to improve cyber security for Australians and Australian entities.
Ms Bradshaw has held key National Security roles where she has lead whole of government operations, as well as policy and international roles, focussing on advancing Australia’s national security agenda domestically and offshore.
Ms Bradshaw has held key appointments within the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C), as the Deputy Coordinator of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency and the head of the National Security Division, providing advice and coordinating proposals to the Prime Minister and the National Security Committee (NSC) on key national security issues.
Ms Bradshaw has also held senior roles in the Department of Home Affairs, leading offshore resources covering Europe and Sub Saharan Africa, and as the Department’s inaugural Chief Risk Officer. Prior to this, she was the Deputy Commander of Maritime Border Command during the height of the people smuggling trade.
Ms Bradshaw began her career in the Royal Australian Navy and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Asian Studies.