UK-Australia Cybersecurity Workshops

UK-Australia Cybersecurity Workshops

From 30 November to 2 December, the Satellite Applications Catapult, in partnership with the British High Commission to Australia, hosted three workshops on Cyber Security in Space.

These workshops sought to encourage Australian and UK businesses to engage on a number of cross-sector challenges, to develop an awareness in Cybersecurity, and to highlight the opportunities that this area presents in the International Space Sector. Experts from leading organisations discussed topics of interest followed by smaller group facilitated discussions with our distinguished speakers.

155 companies from Australia and the United Kingdom registered for these three workshops and through facilitated discussions with experts in the field, companies were able to gain knowledge of cross-sector opportunities in the UK and Australia. The event resulted in a large number of follow up discussions for collaboration between the UK and Australia, this would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors at the British High Commission in Australian Space Agency.

Space and Cybersecurity - The Current Picture

30 November 2020

This session provided context to the workshop series by describing the current global space-cybersecurity conjunction, the types of threats that the space sector faces, and the implications of a ‘do nothing’ approach.


  • Steph Lysaght – Consul General for Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania
  • Patricia Lewis – Director, International Security Department, Chatham House
  • Rajiv Shah – Fellow, Australian Strategic Policy Institute

Space and Cybersecurity - What Needs to be Done

1 December 2020

Following on from the scene setting in the previous session, this segment explored national and international strategies to mitigate cyber related risks and create an understanding of the respective roles of government and industry in developing space-cybersecurity capacity.


  • David Livingstone – Director, Napier Meridian
  • Giles Rothwell – Director, Security Testing & Assurance (UK-US)
  • Andrew Beck – Director of Service Delivery, Myriota

UK and Australia – Joint Capacity Building

2 December 2020

The final session in the series aimed to identify joint UK – AUS pathways that can be exploited to build cybersecurity capacity in respective space infrastructures. We closed the series with a networking session to help join the right people to the right people from both countries.


  • Kevin McLoughlin – Head of Space Security, UKSA
  • Daniel O’Toole – Senior Advisor – Space Industry, Austrade / ASA
  • Steph Lysaght – Consul General for Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania

Get in Touch

If you have any questions following on from these events, or would like to explore future collaboration opportunities between the UK and Australia, please contact