Researcher Bio

Jordan Plotnek is a Lead Cybersecurity Scientist at Thales’s Centre of Research & Technology in Artificial Intelligence eXpertise (cortAIx) and a PhD Candidate at La Trobe University, in partnership with Concordia University. He has an established expertise in the cybersecurity of safety-critical cyber-physical systems, gained through numerous technical, consulting, research, and managerial roles across a wide variety of industries and technologies.

After completing his Engineering degree Jordan served as a Cyber Warfare Officer in the Australian Air Force during which he was deployed on multiple military operations and exercises – including leading the first Australian Air Force cyber deployment to the Middle East, in support of the war against ISIS. His time in uniform profoundly shaped the direction of his career and instilled a sense of social duty at an international scale. This inspiration lead to Jordan’s transition to industry and then academia in a bid to expand his impact beyond Australian military interests and toward a more global reach.

His underlying motivation is to advance humanity, for which he believes peace and security are vital prerequisites needed to provide a stable platform for innovation. In pursuit of this vision Jordan serves as an interdisciplinary thought leader and change agent, helping to solve complex and sensitive security problems for organisations and governments that contribute to this goal.

Interests

  • Security resilience & risk
  • Cyber-kinetic conflict
  • Cyber war & peace
  • Predictive threat intelligence

Applications

  • Cyber-physical systems & IoT
  • Smart cities & critical infrastructure
  • National & international security
  • Cyber crime & terrorism

Career Summary

2019 – PresentResearch Staff, La Trobe University
2019 – PresentPhD (SysEng), Concordia University
2019 – PresentLead Cybersecurity Scientist, Thales Canada
2019 – PresentPhD (CompSc), La Trobe University
2017 – PresentOperational Cyber Reservist, Royal Australian Air Force
2018 – 2019Senior Security Architect, Thales Australia
2018 – 2019STEM in Schools Professional, CSIRO
2017Cyber Risk Manager, Deloitte
2012 – 2017Cyber Warfare Officer, Royal Australian Air Force
2015 – 2016GradCert (ProjMgt), University of New South Wales
2014 – 2016Dip (Air Power), Australian Defence Force Academy
2013International Security Studies, Masaryk University
2012 – 2013Research Engineer, Defence Science & Technology Group
2010 – 2013BEng (Hons 1) (Telecoms & NetEng), Swinburne University
2009National Computer Science School, University of Sydney

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