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Australian Professionals Magazine

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David Fairman

As the director of Terkus Pty Ltd and a security and risk expert, David Fairman manages a portfolio of initiatives and is involved with several companies dedicated to making the digital environment a safer place in which to do business. With extensive experience ranging from the military to global financial services, he is a security and fraud professional specializing in cybercrime and is a highly experienced CSO/CISO, strategic advisor, investor, coach, and industry leader. He works with organizations and companies across Australia, Europe, the United States, Israel, and Singapore, driving cross-industry collaboration and change, bringing different parties together to achieve a greater good.


Starting in the Royal Australian Air Force before moving into private sector, David has been in the cybersecurity and digital risk space for over 20 years. The past 15 years of his career have been particularly monumental, as he has held senior executive roles in four large financial institutions: National Australia Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, JP Morgan Chase, and Royal Bank of Scotland. Within those roles, David recognized the importance of cross-sector, cross-industry initiatives and went on to become a founding member and held positions on the board of directors for the U.S.-based Security Advisor Alliance and the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange. Furthermore, David has served as chairman of the board of directors for the Australian Financial Crimes Exchange. “Cybercrime is a critical issue and not just relevant to one industry,” David says. “When you think of cybercrime and security, it spans across sectors and impacts every individual in the company and how they do business. It’s not just relevant to finance and banking; it impacts many sectors and the broader community as a result,” David explains. In Australia, he led several initiatives by driving public – private partnerships to devise a more strategic approach to combat cybercrime.


In addition to providing consulting and advisory services through his own company, Terkus Pty Ltd, David is excited to have joined Netskope, a cyber security company that specializes in data protection and cloud security. David is a Partner at SixThirty, a venture fund that invests in early-stage enterprise technology companies from around the world building FinTech, Digital Health and Cybersecurity and Fraud related start-ups, thus continuing to drive innovation within the business and technology sectors


David has held adjunct professorships at the University of New York, the University of Toronto, and is currently at Deakin University in Australia, to help evolve their programs and to give back to the next generation of risk and digital leaders. Currently, as an advisor to ISTARI (a Temasek company), David is leading the development of the building a cyber and digital risk academy. He has also been twice published, as a co-author of a book called, Cyber Risk, and a co-editor of the book, Fintech: Growth and Deregulation.

Throughout his life, David has lived by this quote made famous by Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


David Fairman


Terkus Pty Ltd  

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