Our Executive

Mike Brennan


Professor Mike Brennan – Director

Professor Mike Brennan was appointed as the Director of the Institute for Cyber Security in June 2022 from the private sector, supporting the Defence & National Security domains. Mike worked previously in Defence and DST in a number of research leadership roles, where he focussed on characterising strategic and technical risk for Defence and private clients and on governance of the Defence simulation enterprise architecture.

He has a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from Flinders University. Mike has been recognised with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Flinders University has served as board member and chair of the peak body – Simulation Australasia.


Sanjay Jha

Professor Sanjay Jha – Chief Scientist and Director Research

Sanjay K. Jha is a full Professor at the School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW Sydney since 2006. His current research focuses on Cybersecurity. Sanjay has published over 300 articles in high quality journals and conferences. He has been very active in attracting ARC Discovery and linkage grants, CRC and other industry. He leads UNSW's participation in the cooperative research centre for cybersecurity CSCRC. He is interested in research at the intersection of networking, both wired and wireless and application security using Machine learning. He was an editor of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing (TDSC). He has been a member of technical program committee of the ACM WiSec 2014 and ACM CCS'2014/19, Codaspy20/21 security conferences. 


Professor Richard Buckland – Director Education

Professor Richard Buckland – Director Education

Professor Richard Buckland is the Director of First Year Experience of UNSW.

Richard is Professor in CyberCrime Cyberwar and Cyberterror at the School of Computer Science and Engineering UNSW, Visiting Professor in Educational Design at the National University of Malaysia UKM, and Grand Challenge Visiting Professor in CyberSecurity at Taylors University.

Nigel Phair

Mr Nigel Phair – Director Enterprise

Nigel Phair is Director, Enterprise and was previously Director, UNSW Canberra Cyber.  He is an influential analyst on the intersection of technology, crime and society.  Nigel has published three acclaimed books on the international impact of cybercrime, is a regular media commentator and provides executive and board advice on strategy, risk & governance of technology.  In a 21 year career with the Australian Federal Police he achieved the rank of Detective Superintendent and lead investigations at the Australian High Tech Crime Centre for four years.  He is a non-executive director on a number of Australian boards.