Former ADF Info Warfare head joins ParaFlare


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Former ADF Info Warfare head joins ParaFlare

Cyber operations provider and consultant ParaFlare has appointed the ADF’s former Head of Information Warfare as a strategic advisor.

Major General (retired) Marcus Thompson PhD has joined the company effective immediately, following his 34-year career at the ADF.

As the inaugural Head of Information Warfare, Thompson led the ADF’s cyber capability. The ADF’s Information Warfare Division is tasked with the development and management of both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities across the defence forces.

ParaFlare CEO Adam McCarthy said Thompson’s appointment adds depth and specialist expertise to the ParaFlare leadership team.

“I have known Marcus for over 20 years in both military and commercial life and we have mutual respect and trust, and a shared determination to make a difference in cyber space,” he said.

Dr Thompson said his new role will represent a continuation of building and supporting Australia’s cybersecurity capability.

“I’m passionate about what ParaFlare does, as I strongly believe active cyber defence is a critical and vital function in the protection of businesses and critical infrastructure,” he said.

“This is a specialist discipline within cybersecurity, and I’ve seen only a handful of providers in Australia with the credentials to deliver.”

Pictured: Major General (retired) Marcus Thompson.

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