Cyber students can deepen their skills through the Australian Defense Force Cyber Gap (ADFCGP) program while learning about defense career opportunities.
The Australian government announced the program in 2019 as part of its Cyber Resilience and Workforce Program.
The pilot promotion started the program last year and the final promotion will end the program in 2023.
The 12-month online program is delivered by the Joint Cyber Directorate and is open to Australian citizens undertaking tertiary qualifications related to cybercrime, from Certificate III level to Masters. Participants are under no obligation to join ADF.
The program is managed in conjunction with the Australian Public Service Digital Profession and aims to build the capacity of Australia’s sovereign cyber workforce.
The Navy hosted a group of ADFCGP participants in Sydney for a week earlier this year, giving them the opportunity to gain a better understanding of Navy cyber careers.
Andrew, a cyber student at the Canberra Institute of Technology, said he appreciates understanding how cyber skills are used in defense.
“It has been a fantastic experience and I look forward to hearing more in the future about the roles that will be released next year,” said Andrew.
During the work experience program, Defense Force Recruiting presented students with a dissertation focused on Defense jobs.
Additionally, the team attended a presentation by staff from the Joint Cyber Security Center, who spoke about the pathways of other Australian government agencies.
The group visited the Fleet Base East Center for Innovation (CFI), which was opened by the Chief of the Navy in June 2017. The second center was opened at Fleet Base West in April 2019.
The objective of the CFI is to encourage experimentation and innovation.
Students were able to experience 3D printing, robots, drones, autonomous and unmanned technologies, showing how the Navy turns advanced concepts and technologies into reality.
Amy, who studies at Swinbourne University, said she appreciated seeing the capacity of the FCI.
“I really enjoyed my first real exposure to the Navy. I look forward to seeing the Navy’s continued contribution and evolution in the cyber warfare and information space, ”said Amy.
The Fleet Cyber Unit (FCU) also hosted the students and they learned about roles within the FCU including incident response and vulnerability analysis.
They were able to participate in analysis and malware activities and operate the Grace Maritime electronic test bed for operational technology (OT).
OT uses hardware and software to monitor and control physical devices and infrastructure.
The test bed platform is the first of its kind to train cyber operators in the detection, analysis and mitigation of vulnerabilities for engineering, piloting and management subsystems. platform.
Attendees took part in other activities during the week, including touring the HMAS Penguin Weapons Training Simulation System, RAN Medical School Training Center, and squadron staff. amphibious craft offered students a cruise around the harbor on a docked helicopter landing craft.
Participants also visited the Anzac Memorial, Spectacle Island and the Navy Heritage Center.
The week ended with a visit to HMAS Brisbane, the second of three Hobart-class guided missile destroyers.
Applications are open for admission next year and 300 positions are expected to be offered.
Australian Civil Service Commissioner and Head of Professions Peter Woolcott said the program gave students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a short experience working with Defense while they study.
“If you are passionate about cybersecurity and excited to transform your skills into a career in the service of the Australian Defense Force, this program is for you,” said Mr. Woolcott.
“The skills and expertise of these students will greatly benefit the nation whether or not they choose to join Defense after the program. “
The program can provide financial support for course fees, as well as professional mentoring sessions and development opportunities through online cyber skills challenges.