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Students called to enrol in ADF Cyber Gap Program

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds has invited students to apply for the 2021 ADF Cyber Gap Program.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020
Students called to enrol in ADF Cyber Gap Program
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Prospective students and students already enrolled in cyber-related courses can now apply for the 2021 ADF Cyber Gap Program — a career development opportunity, which aims to prepare participants for cyber security roles in Defence or government agencies.

Specifically, the program, which is open to 250 students next year, exposes participants to careers in the following areas:

  • threat emulation;
  • cyber space operations planning;
  • discovery and counter-infiltration;
  • incident response;
  • network vulnerability assessment;
  • protecting and hardening networks;
  • data collection and analysis;
  • network recovery; and
  • incident mitigation strategy development.

The 12-month course involves:

  • work experience in cyber-related roles;
  • professional membership to the Australian Computer Society;
  • networking opportunities with a range of Defence cyber subject matter experts, as well as peer networking with participants of various government digital programs;
  • cyber security career mentoring sessions; and
  • guidance preparing professional cyber job applications.

The Department of Defence will cover course-related costs (fees, textbooks, stationary, travel) and provide successful applicants with an academic allowance to assist with other expenses.

“This is an excellent opportunity to find out about the important role cyber operators play in the Defence of the nation,” Minister Reynolds said.

To be eligible for the program, students must be Australian citizens, and studying for the duration of the 12-month program or working towards any eligible qualification at the Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Graduate Certificate levels.

Minister Reynolds concluded, “While there is no obligation to join the ADF, I’m confident that the important mission our service men and women undertake in cyberspace will be an inspiring career choice.”

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