EP#97: Communicating Cyber Security – with Shey Dimon

On this episode of GovComms, contentgroup CEO David Pembroke speaks to Shey Dimon about the role that government communicators need to play in communicating cyber security messages.

Shey is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Penten, an Australian cyber technology company based in Canberra. Shey has over a decade worth of experience working in communications in and around government. In the past she worked for the Head of Australian Defence in Washington DC, as well as the Marketing and Communication Manager at BMT among other roles.

Shey and David discuss the best resources that communicators can use to understand the world of cyber security. Shey explains the value of reading the government’s official cyber security strategy document that was released in August last year.

Shey runs through some tips that everyone can use to minimise their chance of being the victim of cyber security attacks in the future. Shey explains why it is important to tell someone immediately if you have experienced a cyber-attack, whether it is in the workplace or home.

Shey states that government workplaces need quarterly updates on what they should do to avoid cyber-attacks and information on recent attacks that may have happened nearby. To make things interesting, Shey recommends using another company who has been breached by a cyber-attack as a case-study that you give to employees for them to learn from.

This podcast also explores the work of the company that Shey works for, Penten. In 2020, Penten created technology to all those who work in Defence to communicate both securely and flexibly. These technologies allow Defence staff to work from home, which in the past was seen as a near impossible scenario.

Shey also discusses her opinion on Artificial Intelligence (AI), and how AI can be used as an offensive and defensive tool. Shey believes that AI is something that Australians should not be scared of.

For more information about Penten: https://www.penten.com/

Discussed in this episode:

  • What communications professionals need to know about cyber technology.
  • How we can all shield ourselves against the threat of cyber-attacks, in the workplace and at home.
  • The work and achievements of Australian cyber-technology company, Penten.