Symantec Appoints Brian Fletcher as Director of Government Affairs
Sydney, AUSTRALIA — 17 May 2016 — Symantec has appointed Brian Fletcher as the Director of Government Affairs for the company’s Australian, New Zealand, Japan and Korean operations. Based in Canberra, Fletcher will be leading Symantec’s engagement with governments and stakeholders on public policy and providing expert advice on cybercrime issues across the region. He will also be working to expand Symantec’s existing public-private partnerships.
An experienced cybersecurity executive, Fletcher joins Symantec after 21 years of Australian Government service. His most recent role was as the Director of Cyber Security Relationships for the Australian Signals Directorate at the Australian Cyber Security Centre, where he led the development of cybersecurity policy and partnerships with industry and federal, state and territory governments. Fletcher has also served in the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC where he provided advice to ambassadors and defence staff on strategic cybersecurity and intelligence issues.
On his appointment, Ian McAdam, Managing Director, Pacific region, Symantec, said, “Brian’s extensive legislative and policy experience together with his management skills make him a perfect fit for this role.”
“2015 was a transformative year for Symantec as we evolved into the world’s leading cybersecurity company. Government Affairs is an important area of focus for our company, particularly as the Australian government continues to plan for the ever increasing number of cyber-attacks reaching its shores.”
“Fletcher’s role will focus on working hand-in-hand with key government agencies to develop innovative and practical ways to improve Australia’s cyber defence capabilities. He will also be charged with providing recommendations for the Government’s Cyber Security Review and mandatory data breach notification laws,” added McAdam.
“As cyber-attacks increase in numbers and destructive capabilities, Symantec’s work continues to expand in scope and impact. I am incredibly excited to be joining Symantec and I look forward to working with governments and their agencies to help protect consumers, businesses and governments from cyber-attacks,” said Fletcher.
Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience and is currently studying for his MBA. He has also completed executive coursework at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and the Australian National University in policy and security.
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