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CDF announces new Cyber Command

Lance Corporal Anthony Neale, of the Defence Force School of Signals, studies cyber defence operations while attending the University of New South Wales Canberra Cyber Operations course run by the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. *** Local Caption *** With cyber security moving to the peak of global political and defence agendas as well as recent front-page news, advanced training is continuing for personnel who will work in Army’s new cyber security roles. A group of Army members are attending the University of New South Wales Canberra cyber operations courses run by the Australian Centre for Cyber Security at Australian Defence Force Academy, which began on 12 September and will finish on 23 November, 2017. Coming from varied corps, the students challenged themselves during the all-rank course in subjects covering passive and active cyber defence operations. The course will assist soldiers to incorporate cyberspace considerations into planning and operations while reinforcing the importance of security and defensive measures.

Chief of Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin has announced the establishment of a new Defence Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and Cyber Command.

From 29 January, the new Joint SIGINT Unit and the recently established Joint Cyber Unit will operate under the Defence SIGINT and Cyber Command alongside civilian teams from the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

“The Defence SIGINT and Cyber Command continues the long-standing tradition of ADF personnel working within ASD to ensure support to military operations remains the agency’s highest priority,” ACM Binskin said in a statement.

“The new command arrangements will support a more coherent military workforce, and create an organisational structure to support the future growth of our military cyber workforce, which was outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper.”

The new command will be led by CDRE James McCormack through Chief of Joint Capabilities (Information Warfare Division).

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