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Episode 204 Deep Dive: Kurt Hansen | Discussing the Three Major Pillars and Envisioning The World’s Most Cyber Secure Country by 2030
First Aired: August 30, 2023

In this episode, we are joined by Kurt Hansen (CEO – Tesserent) as we dive deep and envision Australia as the world’s most cyber secure country by 2030. Kurt addresses the three major pillars when formulating and implementing strategies, and highlights that there is no silver bullet here – we are doing the best we can but keeping the conversation going is also key.

Kurt is the CEO of Australi’a largest ASX listed cybersecurity company,  Tesserent Limited (ASX: TNT).

Kurt previously lead the Security Division at PS+C Group ASX:PSZ. Prior to that, Kurt was responsible at Tesserent ASX:TNT for defining the start up Sales Strategy GTM and building the initial team at Tesserent a newly listed ASX company.

Prior to Tesserent, Kurt was at Check Point Software responsible for $80MAUD Cyber Security Solution Sales and Services in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to Check Point, Kurt was MD at F5 Networks for almost 5 years and grew the local subsidiary from $20m to $75m during 2009 to 2013, and the team from 17 to 70 people. In FY 2010/11 A/NZ was rated as the fastest growing subsidiary globally and has the highest attach rate of advanced application software and security solutions.

In 2011/12 he also led the Carrier and Service/Cloud provider virtual sales team across Asia Pacific and Japan.

Hansen’s career in the IT industry spans over 20 years. Before joining F5, Hansen was the CEO of AirData Pty Ltd, where he grew top line revenues by 250 percent in over 18 months.

Prior to AirData, he gained extensive sales and operational leadership experience while at Symbol Technologies, Telstra Wholesale, Cisco Systems, and Ericsson. In these positions he was responsible for increasing revenue and managing costs whilst building a senior high performing sales and delivery team.

Hansen commenced his career in IT as an Army Apprentice and later as an officer in the Royal Australian Signal Corps, finishing with the commissioned rank of Captain.

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