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Director Insider Threat and Investigative Support,
Chief Information Officer Group
IN THE ever increasing cyber environment Carolyn Bolling feels her work is more
necessary and worthwhile than ever.
“ The work has constant challenges as technology improvements continue to
outpace almost everything else, but we are never short of something to keep us
occupied,” she says.
Carolyn is part of the ICT Security Branch which has a portfolio wide remit for
Defence cyber computer network defence.
Understanding relevant policies and guidance is key to thriving in her role so
she can oversee, supervise and direct the application of toolsets for network mon-
itoring and analysis.
One of the highlights in her eight-year career within CIOG has been shaping
and guiding the essential capability of insider threat within cyber security in
Defence, something she is passionate about.
“I believe very strongly in the mission of cyber security and information assur-
ance and am able to take personal satisfaction in the work my team is doing,” she
“ This work is on par with efforts by our international partners, who we value
and are able to do high level knowledge sharing with.”
Although the IT world is somewhat leveraged towards men, Carolyn says
women in CIOG and Defence overall have great support.
“I don’t know if it’s a true for just Defence,, but the drive and commitment of
the women I encounter within the Defence force is truly exceptional.
“I think that the commitment and mission orientation that Defence inspires in
all its workforce is particularly true of its women and that those women who can
shape and guide those around them particularly flourish in this environment.”
For women who want to break the stereotype and pursue a career in IT,
Carolyn says integrity, self-motivation and an ability to think outside the box is a
“Most other things are skills that can be taught through on-the-job training or
learned through training on toolsets or through various study programs, but what
a young woman would need to demonstrate to me is those inner strengths and
Chief Science Strategy and Program,
Defence Science and Technology
WHEN Janis Cocking joined the Department,
women in any field were few and far between,
but in her field they were rare.
“My choice to pursue a career in Defence in
the 1970s was a relatively unconventional career
path for a young woman at the time,” Janis says.
“I was in the last year of my Metallurgy degree
at the University of Melbourne, and a represent-
ative from the Department approached our pro-
fessor to recommend students for two positions,
I was one of only four women in this degree.”
Now Chief of Science Strategy and Program
Division in DST, she believes it was the best place
she could have come.
“Defence has nurtured my career, offered
unique opportunities and support throughout
my tenure,” Janis says.
“My interest in Metallurgy began after study-
ing the movement and structure of metals under
a microscope; I wanted to understand the behav-
iour associated with structure.”
And understand she did. At DST, she worked
with high temperature alloys to develop a new
type of thermocouple now used as a standard
device for measuring high temperatures in many
Working with Thales to develop the
Bushmaster armoured vehicle was another
“ We have never lost a life to improvised
explosive devices of any soldier travelling in
those vehicles,” Janis says.
In the ’80s Janis was appointed as a visiting
scientist in the US Naval Research Laboratory in
“It was a unique insight into how scientists
were treated overseas, it reinforced the value of
working in Australia, we are a small community,
and very collaborative,” she says.
After returning to Australia in 1987, she
worked on submarine propulsion systems and
helped establish a ‘fast track’ program to rectify
problems identified during the testing period of
the Collins-class submarines. One of her memo-
rable career highlights relates to submarines.
“A unique experience that only happened
because of my job was to be on an island in the
Swedish archipelago at 10pm in sunlight having
dinner with the people from the Swedish Navy,
after spending several days on board a Swedish
“It was something I never remotely thought
would be something I would do. This was before
women were able to be crew members on
Australian submarines. After my return I was
asked by the then Chief of Navy about having
women as crews on submarines.”
Janis says her career wouldn’t have been as
varied if she wasn’t at Defence.
“ There was no free ride because of my gen-
der, but I was never discouraged either,” she says.
“You do have to compete if you want a pro-
“My advice for younger scientists, regardless
of gender, is to build up credibility, get published
and it comes down to having sound science to
back you up.”
– Valessa Basic
“THERE WAS NO FREE RIDE BECAUSE
OF MY GENDER, BUT I WAS NEVER
WOMEN ADVANCE DEFENCE
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