Elbit Systems of Australia has been chosen to deliver a cyber training range for the Department of Defence under a three-year contract to boost Australia’s cyber security capability.
Announcing the award at LAND FORCES 2018 on September 4, Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said that Elbit Systems of Australia will provide an interim cyber range, network design and build, cyber range training, and teaching materials.
“The Australian Government is committed to strengthening its cyber capabilities to protect Defence and other critical Government systems from malicious cyber intrusion and disruption,” he said.
“The cyber training range will be used by Defence personnel for training on cyber-terrain and associated systems that our cyber workforce is responsible to defend.”
Forty-nine cyber warfare specialists who have graduated from the ADF inaugural Accelerated Defensive Cyber Training program will use the new cyber training range to develop and maintain their skills.
The cyber training range is an integral aspect of the program which is designed to meet the ADF’s immediate requirement to secure its networks and mission systems that are fundamental to current operations in a world where the threat to such systems continues to increase.
The Accelerated Defensive Cyber Training program was created by Defence to meet the 2016 Defence White Paper’s directive for more trained personnel and enhanced capability in the cyber domain well ahead of its planned implementation period.