Government workers in Australia to play Cyber Attacks related War Games

Cybersecurity teams from more than 10 departments will practice attacking and repelling of cyber attacks in the inaugural event related to cybersecurity war games to be held in Canberra, Australia. The event will be judged by the former commander of the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet Patrick Walsh and the winners will be rewarded accordingly.

The Australia government is planning to add more teams into the event. One team will be tasked to hack a system controlling the motorized city and the other will be asked to repel the attacks.

Patrick Walsh who is judging the event says such war games will help public servants in learning offensive cyber skills. The retired 4- star admiral said that the war games will represent a shift in the governments thinking about cybersecurity, and will help staff rehearse about the situation without the fear of consequence or failure.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared that his government is interested in investing heavily in cyber security initiatives which will help protect Australian democracy from foreign interference.

Cybersecurity Insiders readers have to make a note of the fact that the hosting of cyber war games has come just months after the launch of an information warfare unit within the military, and a bolstering of the Australian Signals Directorate.

Australian Tax office, Immigration, and Health departments are said to be partially sponsoring this event and the event is being organized by Narelle Devine, the head of Cybersecurity at the Department of Human Services.

Note- Devine was a former director of cyber war with Royal Australian Navy. He said that “learning to Attack” will help defend the critical infrastructure of his nation to the core.

Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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