ADF strengthens cyber security


ADF cyber experts joined with US and international counterparts in a worldwide search for malware, aiming to improve processes, readiness and coordination between countries involved.

As part of US Cyber Command’s International Coordinated Cybersecurity Activity, participants aimed to enhance collaboration and improve information sharing while countering malicious activities.

Australia’s contribution was formed into ADF Defensive Cyber Operations teams, deployed under Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) to locations across Australia.

HQJOC Cyber Planner Lieutenant Colonel Jordan Norrish said unity with international partners would help strengthen cyber security.

“Cyberspace is an increasingly dynamic environment where malicious cyber actors attempt to exploit the networks, data and critical infrastructure the joint force relies on,” he said.

“By synchronising and sharing the activities, we help further our collective defence, enhance our capacity and strengthen cybersecurity measures.”

Included in the ADF team was Able Seaman Blair Zorzetto, of the Fleet Cyber Unit, who said they were ready for the international activity.

“Fleet Cyber Unit was able to deploy equipment on unfamiliar terrain through HQJOC coordination,” Able Seaman Zorzetto said.

“The activity was unique and allowed multiple ADF cyber units the opportunity to tune our tactics, techniques and procedures.”

Air Force Corporal Luke Rattray led the intelligence reporting work from HQJOC, and said being able to share findings with allies made it a rewarding experience.

Air Force’s contribution included cyber warfare personnel, cyber operations planners, engineering and logistics experts.

Lieutenant Colonel Norrish said these kind of activities demonstrated Defence’s vigilance in the cyber domain, improving its ability to operate resilient and reliable networks and counter threats.

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