Jill is the University of South Australia SmartSat Professorial Chair in Cybersecurity. She leads the Cybersecurity and Resilience Theme of the SmartSat Australian Co-operative Research Centre (CRC). Her work thus focuses on the context of satellite cybersecurity and resilience.
She was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the information technology industry through contributions in the areas of forensic computer science, security, protection of infrastructure and cyber-terrorism. She is a Fellow of ACS and a Fellow of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, both for her service to the information security industry.
As a researcher and after the shock of 9/11, and as a response to the ‘War on Terrorism’, Jill changed her whole research direction, reverted to her technical roots, to play her part in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection teaching and research and began what is now a long term well-known collaboration with governments and industry.
Her motivation is one of serving by using her intellect, skills and ability to support National Security initiatives. She is a change agent in an environment where those who are used to being leaders by virtue of rank (business, government, law enforcement and Defence personnel) often feel dis-empowered by the rise of the cyber age and especially cybercrime, terrorism and warfare. Her role is then one of empowering through research, teaching and training.