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About Michael McKinnon

How can I help?

Michael McKinnon – CIO

G’Day from Melbourne, Australia.

My name is Michael, but some people know me as @bigmac.

In the daytime, I’m Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Tesserent and Pure Security where I work with the brightest minds in ethical hacking and everything cybersecurity. Our clients are mostly medium to enterprise sized businesses (and some government agencies), and also includes some startups.

As an experienced media spokesperson, I get asked by journalists about technology, cybersecurity, and other topics; here are some of those articles, and TV interviews.

In the night time, my passion is cyber security research (okay it’s pretty much mostly surfing the web and reading and trying everything), writing, and contributing articles to international publications like Cyber Defense Magazine.

As a volunteer, I dedicate a significant amount of time supporting the Australian Information Security Association (AISA) as Chair of the Melbourne Branch – I have a great committee of branch executives who help organise monthly events that inspire our local community of members in Melbourne.

Lastly, since 2018 I’ve been one of a handful of authorised trainers in Australia for (ISC)2 which is the largest global cybersecurity professional organisation. I’m certified to teach two of the most-recognised industry qualifications:

So, how can I help?

Connect with me on LinkedIn and don’t be shy – say hello – especially if you’re looking to get into cybersecurity.

Until next time, stay safe out there.

Yours sincerely,

Michael McKinnon

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