Not many of us can count being a guest at The White House and The Pentagon among our memorable achievements, yet Duncraig Class of 2004 alumni Liam Rowland’s intriguing career in Cyber Security saw him earn the coveted invites under the Obama Administration.

Liam currently serves as the Asia Pacific Technical Lead within the elite IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (IRIS) team, bringing years of experience leading high-profile global incident investigations and developing incident response, forensics and threat-hunting practices within the Asia Pacific region.

His impressive resume has also seen Liam driving some of the biggest Security companies’ cybersecurity teams against digital threats, breeches and investigations including FusionX, Dell SecureWorks and Verizon’s RISK Team.

After graduating from St Stephen’s, Liam enrolled at Curtin University but took a leave of absence to work full time, later returning to complete a Graduate Certificate and then Master of Information Systems Security degree with Distinction.

“I backpacked around Europe in 2006 and have travelled around 15 times to the USA as well as Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam and Tokyo for work,” he said.

Liam lived in Canberra for four years before returning to Perth in 2014, yet he still spends almost half his time travelling for work.

When Liam isn’t working against digital crime, he is a Freemason and plays American Football for fun.

Liam is an advisor to the Australian Prime Minister and Cabinet on Cyber Security and Resiliency – another achievement he lists among his most memorable – and he has also been appointed Adjunct Academic in the School of Science at Edith Cowan University, through which he teaches postgraduate units in Cyber Security.