Daniela Fernandez

Head of Information Security, Paypal Australia

With over 19 years’ experience in Information Technology, Daniela Fernandez is a cyber security and analytics leader, who values integrity, diversity of thought, continuous learning, sense of achievement and a healthy work/life integration.

Currently Daniela is the Head of Information Security at PayPal Australia where she focuses on making security a business enabler. Daniela is also one of the Sydney chapter leads for AWSN, actively encouraging women to pursue a career in security.

Daniela’s contributions to the security community have been recognised in the industry. In 2022 Daniela was a finalist for the 2022 AISA awards under the category of Cyber Security Professional of the year and one of the top 3 winners for the 2022 CSO30 Awards. In 2023 she took out top place in the Leadership category of the CSO30 Awards.

Daniela has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and software engineering and a Master of IT in systems security. She also holds multiple industry certifications including CISM, CRISC, CDPSE and CFE.