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Telstra Purple Welcomes Luke Barker to Lead Security Practice
Tue, 19th Sep 2023

In a recent development, Telstra Purple reveals the appointment of Luke Barker as the head of its freshly established Security Practice. This pivotal role entrusts Barker with steering the direction of Telstra Purple’s security sales strategy. His role will entail forging strong alliances with Telstra’s business clientele that spans across enterprises, government entities, and diverse businesses, assisting them in fortifying their cyber defences in the face of escalating cyber threats.

Barker comes with a solid background in the cybersecurity domain, having devoted nearly a decade at BT in several prominent security-centric positions. During his tenure at BT, he was instrumental in leading BT Security in various regions including the Asia Pacific, Japan, Middle East, and Africa, followed by a leadership stint in the Australia and New Zealand sector. Prior to his engagement with BT, Barker also showcased his prowess in security sales roles at renowned firms such as Fortinet and IBM.

Oliver Camplin-Warner, the Head of Telstra Purple, expressed immense delight in having Barker join the ranks of the Telstra Purple team. He comments, “With Luke at the helm, our new Security Practice is set to make an enormous difference to our business and government customers, bringing together the depth and breadth of our cyber experts, Telstra’s exceptional ecosystem of technology partnerships – and of course our secure networks and technology. We want to partner with Australian organisations to let them innovate with confidence, while we help protect their data, operations and reputation with integrated, multi-layered end-to-end security.”

Camplin-Warner envisages that Barker's leadership will not only enhance the security protocols for their business and government clients but will also enable them to foster innovation without compromising on their data and operational security. The objective is to craft a security infrastructure that is robust and multi-faceted, thereby safeguarding the reputation and vital assets of their partners.

This announcement falls on the heels of Telstra unveiling a strategic technology alliance with Palo Alto Networks just last week. This collaboration is aimed at offering an augmented suite of cybersecurity products and services to enterprise customers, thereby further solidifying Telstra's commitment to bolstering cybersecurity measures and fostering a safer digital environment for its clientele.

With this new leadership and partnerships, Telstra Purple reaffirms its position at the forefront of cybersecurity innovation, prepared to extend an integrative and multi-layered security approach to its customers, helping them navigate the cyber landscape with utmost confidence and reliability.