An international hacking exercise in Perth last week saw thirty top cyber security incident responders from ten Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) compete with their Australian counterparts to further strengthen regional cyber defences and cooperation.
Cyber incident responders from across the ASEAN region pitted their defensive cyber skills at the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) in the first ACSC-ASEAN Capture the Flag exercise, hosted by the Australian Signals Directorate’s ACSC.
As head of the ACSC, Lieutenant General John J Frewen, congratulated the participants for completing the three-day program of simulated cyber incident response. ‘This is a unique opportunity for frontline cyber experts from our ASEAN neighbours to come to Australia, share knowledge, and test their skills with peers in real-time situations that reflect the growing complexity of our interconnected region. Events such as this play a significant role in growing cyber security resilience and stability in our region.’
A first for Australia, ASEAN and Perth, the event is part of the ACSC’s commitment to regional cyber uplift and building awareness of our cyber security incident response capability.
Sharing skills is integral to the mutual achievement of regional cyber security goals, enabling us to take advantage of the opportunities a safe cyberspace offers both Australia and the ASEAN group of economies. The group’s goals include promoting peace and stability in cyberspace, and guarding against growing online threats.
The Perth JCSC is a focal point of the ACSC’s partnership program and plays an important role in Australia’s regional cyber security capability due to its proximity to many of our ASEAN neighbours.
The ACSC-ASEAN event was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Cyber Cooperation Program, which works across the Indo-Pacific to promote a peaceful and stable online environment and improve cyber resilience.