Rod Cowan

Rod Cowan, Writer & Director of Security is Your Business

Rod Cowan, Writer & Director of Security is Your Business

Rod Cowan has contributed for over 25 years to security, intelligence and policing on a number of levels through his writinglecturing, speaking at industry conferences and public events, as well as having input to various Government investigations and academic research.
In recent years through Edith Cowan University,  his research focus has been on social media and open source risk, along with anti-illicit trade, and he has conducted workshops for and consulted with law enforcement, intelligence, government entities and corporations in Australia, Middle East and the European Union on how digital communications and social media, although providing many benefits, also represents serious threats to governments, business, communities and individuals, from attacks on reputations to inadvertent leaking of information. An evangelist for security-minded communications, Cowan argues, criminal and terrorist operatives excel at exploiting the potential of open source intelligence, while law enforcement, intelligence agencies and security organisations have fallen far behind in making use of the same — often free — resources, as well as understanding and mitigating the risks.
Cowan is also currently working on countering violent extremism through social media and working with Muslim communities in developing social media counter-radicalisation training to present counter narratives through credible voices in the community.
Cowan is the Director and Executive Producer for the Security is Your Business and Editor-at-large for the specialist publication, Security Solutions magazine. He also has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald, the Bulletin magazine, appeared on national television and radio, and has received two industry awards for excellence for his writing in the security industry. A founding director of the Australian Security Medals Foundation Inc., Cowan is currently the charity’s Director of Philanthropy.