CISO Lens is the peak body for cyber security executives from the largest organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Our mission is to support the cyber resilience of the economies and the people of Australia and New Zealand. CISO Lens works toward this mission through: peer networking, structured collaboration, information sharing and benchmarking.
A key driver for the creation of CISO Lens was the recognition that cyber risk is a business issue that can be most effectively addressed through collaboration across organisations and industries. CISO Lens is designed for large ASX/NZX, critical infrastructure, large federal government departments, and organisations of strategic importance.
The Australian chapter of CISO Lens was founded in January 2015, and the New Zealand chapter launched in February 2019.
The best way to understand what CISO Lens does is through the testimonials of people who have participated.
CISO Lens does not publicly disclose members, but some current members have published their participation.
"Five years ago, there were maybe 10 chief information security officers in Australia and I could name them all. Today, there are maybe 40 CISOs and the number is growing. The recent establishment of the CISO Lens forum is a notable development, enabling improved sharing of actionable intelligence across cybersecurity functions across larger companies in different industries."
Richard Johnson, CISO at Westpac.
Source: "Cyber security: how 1+1 can equal 3", 22 March 2018.
Testimonials from former members
"It's remarkable to see the commonality of cyber security challenges facing CISO's of large Australian & NZ organisations and the value of shared perspectives and approaches that is the hallmark of CISO Lens. The deep collective expertise in the CISO Lens community provided me with the opportunity to benchmark my strategy with peers in a trusted environment where everyone was on the same team. The implicit trust, collaboration and peer advice that comes with CISO Lens membership make it an essential part of the CISO toolkit."
Jamie Norton, CISO at Australian Tax Office, Member 2018-2021
"... CISO Lens is a group of CISOs that meet together regularly to talk about issues in the industry, help each other on current problems and generally look for ways to improve security across Australia. It’s run by James Turner who has done the most amazing job to get the best CISO group together that I’ve seen in my 25 odd years in the industry. It’s a passion project for James and he’s made a real difference in doing it. I can point to a couple of very tangible things in cyber in Australia that wouldn’t have happened were it not for this group."
Berin Lautenbach, CISO Asia Pacific at Telstra. @berinlautenbach
Source: "The impact that we have", 11 December 2017.
“There’s no textbook answer to the complex and evolving problems that confront large company CISOs. When I started looking outward for answers I found that James Turner and CISO Lens had developed a formula that worked for cross-sector collaboration. I attended CISO Lens in Australia and heard about all the same challenges that I faced at home. For any given problem there was invariably someone who could speak to an approach that had worked as well as several who could speak to approaches that hadn’t. That’s the value of 30+ senior leaders in the same room. Joining CISO Lens was a small investment of my time that helped to avoid million-dollar mistakes. In 2019, James brought the same now-proven formula to New Zealand. This helped New Zealand CISOs to come together and connect with the larger Australian community. The cyber risk challenge is too big and complex to solve alone. CISO Lens membership is an essential resource for any CISO of a large Australasian organisation.”
Michael Wallmannsberger, CISO at Air New Zealand, Founding member CISO Lens NZ chapter, 2018-2019
“James has brought together a peer network of Australia’s most senior information security and cyber risk executives. As a collective, CISO Lens continues to be a principle change agent for Australia’s rapidly evolving maturity in cyber security; across industry, government and various high-profile institutions. CISO Lens membership operates with independence, trust, confidentiality, and regular participation from all members in support of one another. It has given me an opportunity to build strong peer relationships, benchmark strategic plans and temper operational response in real-time to global cyber threats.”
Darren Argyle, Group CISO at Qantas, Member, 2017. CISO at iCare. Member, 2018-2019.
"Collaboration is essential in further maturing an organisation’s - or indeed, a nation’s - cyber security posture. Being able to do so in a trusted environment with peers from not only financial services organisations, but across many different industry sectors has proven extremely valuable and insightful. CISO Lens provides this platform and continues to go from strength-to-strength in bringing together senior information and cyber security leaders across the industry for the greater good of all. As such, I have no hesitation in recommending CISO Lens."
Steve Glynn, CISO at ANZ, Founding member, 2015-2017.
"CISO Lens is a powerful networking forum, which drives genuine collaboration and cooperation in a domain where those virtues are often talked about, but hard to achieve. The curated approach to membership provides an important basis for close and trusted engagement. Boards and executes should be treating the 'connectedness' of their CISO as a strategic asset and CISO Lens participation provides a significant advantage in that sense. I would suggest it's a must for any new CISO of a large Australian company."
Brian Smith, CISO at Woodside, Member, 2016-2017.