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Australia hosts joint cyber warfare training operations with the US

Cyber experts from the US and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) have partnered to launch cyber warfare training operations.

user icon Daniel Croft
Mon, 30 Oct 2023
Australia hosts joint cyber warfare training operations with the US
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The ADF hosted exercise Cyber Sentinels for the first time and saw those involved participate in a number of exercises that mimicked real-world cyber attacks and the defence of cyber assets.

Hosted for the first time at a classified level on the Persistent Cyber Training Environment in Australia, the exercise aims to strengthen partnerships between global allies while bolstering the cyber capabilities of experts and defences with innovative strategies and knowledge.

While held by global partners in the past, Defence said that Australia hosting 2023’s Exercise Cyber Sentinels was important for achieving greater cyber operation cooperation with global allies.

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“The Defence Strategic Review identified the need for Defence to enhance its cyber capabilities to deliver the responsiveness and breadth of capability to support ADF operations,” said head cyber warfare Major General Ana Duncan.

“This exercise is a perfect example of our efforts in ensuring Australia’s cyber and information operations capabilities are being scaled up and optimised.

“Together, we sought to increase cyber resilience domestically and in the near region through networking, collaboration and development.”

“Through exercises like Cyber Sentinels, we enhance our readiness and strengthen our vital partnership, working toward our common goal of a safe and secure Indo-Pacific region.”

Commander of US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet, Vice Admiral Craig Clapperton, said that the longstanding partnership between the US and Australia was of incredible importance in keeping the Indo-Pacific region safe from cyber threats.

“Through exercises like Cyber Sentinels, we enhance our readiness and strengthen our vital partnership, working toward our common goal of a safe and secure Indo-Pacific region,” he said.

The event, which ran for 12 days, saw over 90 ADF members as well as 60 US Fleet Cyber Command and Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command personnel participate. Additionally, participants from New Zealand, the UK and Canada were also involved.

Australia has strengthened its global cyber partnerships greatly in the last few years, not the least of which as part of the AUKUS pact, a trilateral security partnership involving Australia, the US and the UK.

Following the acquisition of nuclear submarines by Australia, the second AUKUS initiative involves the enhancement of the three nations’ joint cyber capabilities, empowering the use of new technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing, as well as increasing interoperability.

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