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Tara Dharnikota

Building and Enhancing an OSINT Team: Gaining Executive and Board Support

Tara is a highly proficient cyber security leader with a unique blend of technical expertise and business acumen. Renowned for her thought leadership in the realm of cyber security, Tara has refined her expertise by concentrating on the actions of cyber criminals and examining the implications of their activities as threats to organisations. Tara has developed a deep understanding of how to proactively mitigate and reduce security risks, applying her insights to support a wide range of businesses.


Previously, Tara was a key leader at Telstra, one of Australia's largest telecommunication providers, where she led and supported Cyber Intelligence teams. Passionate about advocating for better cyber security, Tara plays a crucial role in helping organisations achieve their objectives while enhancing security through people, culture, intelligence, and incident response readiness. Tara's ability to bridge the gap between technical expertise and business goals makes her an invaluable asset in the ever-evolving world of cyber security.


Tara brings a wealth of cyber security experience, a strategic mindset, and a track record of partnering with industry and developing innovative solutions to complex problems. She has worked with various teams and businesses across the industry, presented at numerous security conferences, and is passionate about mentoring the next generation of security professionals.


Tara holds a Master's degree in Engineering and is an active contributor to various cyber security initiatives and working groups. Her enthusiastic attitude is infectious, inspiring those around her to prioritise cyber security and adopt security-aware behaviour. As an industry-renowned cyber security evangelist, thought leader, public speaker, and facilitator, Tara is highly sought after for her insights and guidance in the ever-evolving world of cyber security.

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