Anafrid Bennet

Head of Tech, Security and Property at Greater Western Water, also 'Next CIO' category winner in CIO50 & 4th in CSO#30

Anafrid is a SABSA Certified Chartered Security Architect, ISACA Certified Information Systems Auditor, and ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, having 10 plus years of experience in developing, overseeing, managing, and implementing strategic security programs across organisations. She is an award winning security ambassador shifting the security culture within organisations and a strong believer of teamwork, collaboration, and valuing people.

“The cornerstone of business resilience is building a cultural foundation that encourages people to work together. I work to strengthen ‘the human element’- because people are our greatest assets.”As a People, Cyber, and Technology leader, Anafrid leads and influences fit-for-purpose business outcomes through solid business partnerships. Linking cyber to organisational safety and wellbeing principles to ensure it becomes part of daily conversations, she leads incident response and recovery activities with minimal disruption to the business, customers, and community – having a people-first approach.

Bennet is clearly a rising star. As well as creating and leading GWW’s cyber security strategy, she has been named a highly commended ‘One to Watch in IT Security’ by the Australian Women in Security Awards, ranked 4th in the 2022 CSO#30 and impressively the Next CIO to watch award in the 2023 CIO#50. The judges there saying “Anafrid Bennet is already displaying the leadership, technology, business, innovation and people skills to take her far in our industry. Like any great leader, she inspires others to excel, and leads by example. If Anafrid is indicative of the next generation of CIOs and technology leaders, then our industry is in very safe hands.”