For most of this month I've been touring Australia with the excellent CSO Perspectives Roadshow, presenting on the subject of the future of cyber security. It's been a great opportunity to meet hundreds of local security managers, vendors and government advisers. And what a super community it is.
Australia might lack the scale and technology leadership of the US, and it might be little behind the UK in bringing together the government, industry and academic sectors. But there is a higher level of enthusiasm and openness to innovation, as well as a willingness to learn from the early mistakes of others.
Frank speaking and reporting are a breath of fresh air in a subject area that has become bogged down in compliance. It's no surprise that I managed to attract some controversial media coverage. Perhaps Australia can help lead the journey towards a better way of managing cyber security.
As Keynes once observed "The difficulty lies not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones. We need a pioneering spirit to escape the shackles of the past.