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Mike Bareja

Deputy Director of Cyber, Technology and Security

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Cyber security, technology, counter terrorism, intelligence, national security


Mike is Deputy Director of ASPI’s Cyber, Technology and Security program. Mike has spent over 15 years leading Australia's national approaches to complex challenges at the intersection of technology, national security and public policy.

Mike has worked in cyber security across intelligence, policy, strategy, regulation and industry. In the public sector, he has held cyber positions in Defence Intelligence Organisation, Australian Signals Directorate, Attorney-General’s Department, and Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Prior to ASPI, Mike worked with the cyber industry to grow Australia’s sovereign capability, and was Technical Director and Strategy lead in an Australian national security consultancy.

He also worked in counter-terrorism across Defence Intelligence Organisation and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Prior to working in national security, Mike spent six years in social science research at the Australian Institute of Criminology, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Department of Health.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and a Master of International Affairs (with Distinction) from the Australian National University, where he graduated first in his class and was awarded the university prize.