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US Navy joins ADF for Australian Cyber Skills Challenge

The US Navy has taken part in the Australian Defence Force’s Cyber Skills Challenge, solidifying the joint cyber security efforts of the two nations.

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Wed, 07 Dec 2022
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The event was held in Canberra from 28 November to 2 December and saw attendance from 1,100 people from across the ADF, industry and academia partners, public service and the Five Eyes global intelligence alliance, which is made up of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

During the five-day event, those participating spent two days being taught about the current cyber climate and existing issues, as well as new techniques for combating existing threats. On day five, teams then competed in a “Capture the Flag” challenge.

With interest in cyber sports rapidly growing, spectators were able to watch the event via Discord and Twitch.

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The Cyber Skills Challenge is a chance for Defence, industry and global partners to network and develops relationships, while also testing and honing skills.

With the cyber threat transcending geography, it is an issue not unique or greatly different from nation to nation, making the collaboration between nations such as the US and Australia a worthwhile endeavour, as Vice Admiral Craig Clapperton, Commander, US Fleet Cyber Command says.

“I am proud that our teams were sent to work with our Australian partners to test their skills while also collaborating with industry and academia representatives during the ADF CSC.

“Cyber threats and challenges are not limited by borders, and by working together, learning together, and challenging ourselves, we sharpen our cyber warfighters and partnerships.”

The exercise comes at a time when Australia is preparing for a skills shortage in the cyber sector, while cyber crime is expected to worsen.

According to Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan, by 2026, the industry will be short of 3,000 workers. Cyber attacks are set to double over the next five years.

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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