Mike Burgess

Director-General of Security


Mike Burgess

Mike Burgess was appointed as ASIO’s Director General of Security in September 2019 in May 2019. Before joining ASIO, Mr Burgess led the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) from 4 January 2018, and on 1 July 2018 became the first Director-General of ASD.

Prior to his appointment to ASD, Mr Burgess was an independent consultant specialising in strategic cyber security advice. In 2017, Mr Burgess was also a member of the Federal Government’s naval shipbuilding advisory board, a member of the board of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network and a non-executive director of SC8 Limited.

Mike was a member of the Prime Minister’s expert panel for Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. Previously, Mr Burgess was the Deputy Director for Cyber and Information Security at the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) from 2008 to 2013.

Mr Burgess has a degree in electronics engineering from the South Australian Institute of Technology. He worked in private industry before joining the Defence Science and Technology Organisation in 1991, working in the field of imaging radar. Mr Burgess joined the then Defence Signals Directorate as a collection engineer in 1995. During his career at DSD, Mr Burgess held a variety of roles spanning the intelligence, security, capability development and executive aspects of DSD’s business. He left DSD in early 2013 to become Telstra’s Chief Information Security Officer. He held this role until November 2016.