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Richard Addiscott

Sr Director Analyst

Richard (Rich) Addiscott is a Sr Director Analyst with Gartner. Mr. Addiscott works with information and cyber security leaders covering topics focused on improving security risk management maturity and outcomes, optimizing organisational security risk postures, and demonstrating clear alignment between security and strategic business outcomes.

Previous experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Addiscott was the first Chief Security Officer for the Silver Chain Group in June 2018. Prior to joining Silver Chain, he led Curtin University's information security team for three years and before that he was a Principal Consultant with BAE Systems Applied Intelligence delivering GRC services across Australia.

He has also held senior IT leadership roles supporting some of Australia's most secure IT environments inside the Australian National Security Community and was a Technical Advisor to Australia's first National Security Chief Information Officer.

His breadth of experience across the private, public and not for profit sectors has allowed him to develop a unique blend of insights into the distinct drivers for, and methods of executing effective information security programs across a number of industry sectors including healthcare, higher education, government and national security.

Whether working with technical teams, with the C-Level, or with the Board, Mr. Addiscott has been able to balance authentic leadership, coaching, mentoring, with strong business and risk acumen to help establish high performing security teams that serve to deliver pragmatic, risk-appropriate, culturally-aligned, and people-centric security outcomes that enhance the business' ability to deliver the core mission of an organisation.

He has presented at numerous industry conferences over the last five years including the 2016 Security and Risk Summit in Sydney. His total experience spans 20 years.

Professional background

Silver Chain Healthcare Group

Chief Security Officer

Curtin University

Director IT Planning, Governance and Security

BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Principal Consultant - GRC

Areas of coverage

Cyber Risk

Cybersecurity Leadership


Masters of Strategic Studies, Australian National University

Grad. Cert in Public Sector Management, Flinders University

BSc., Software Engineering, Edith Cowan University

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1Security Strategy, Security Program Management and Maturity

2Governance, and Board Reporting

3Security Awareness, Security Behavior and Culture, Human-centred design

4Helping Build High Performance Security Teams, Security Stuctures and Security Operating Models

5Security Policy, Standards,