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The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) and Splunk are teaming up this week to host Australia’s largest ever cyber security challenge.

Challenging their defensive skills, 350 cyber security analysts and engineers from industry, academia and government will test themselves using Splunk and other cyber security tools and techniques.

‘You cannot underestimate the significance of this event in educating and encouraging a superior cyber security skillset in Australia,’ said Alastair MacGibbon, Head of the ACSC. ‘As the threats evolve, so must our response.’

Threats to our cyber safety and security are intensifying as cyber criminals target our phones and computers at home and at work, our infrastructure and community. Cybercrime is costing the Australian economy up to $1 billion a year, as well as damaging wellbeing, reputation and business and employment opportunities.

‘Six of Australia’s capital cities will be competing, concurrently. This challenge is known as Boss of the SOC, and the rivalry is as intense as State of Origin.’