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NEWS | Dec. 13, 2022

US Navy Participates in Australian Cyber Skills Challenge

By Petty Officer 1st Class William Sykes U.S. Fleet Cyber Command / U.S. 10th Fleet

Three U.S. Navy teams participated in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Cyber Skills Challenge (CSC), which was held in Canberra, Australia, Nov. 28 – Dec. 2 and attracted more than 1,100 participants.

The ADF’s top cyber event, CSC, is a five day event bringing cyber professionals together from all services of the ADF, the Australian Public Service, selected academia and industry partners, and teams from across the global intelligence alliance known as “The Five Eyes.” It is an opportunity for participants to network, develop knowledge and skills, and test themselves against the cyber community at large during a Capture the Flag challenge.

The Navy’s top team placed 7th out of more than 130 teams.

CSC participants spent two days learning about contemporary cyber issues, as well as new techniques from industry and academia to better prepare them for the challenges they would encounter during the 5 day competition. The CSC was conducted in a hybrid format, where challengers competed both in person at the QT Hotel in Canberra, Australia and virtual participants joining online. Spectators were able to view the events online through Discord and Twitch channels.

Challenges in the cyber domain are not unique to one nation nor one fighting force and demand evolving skills to meet enduring challenges. Participation in events such as the CSC enables teams to hone their skills while working with international partners to increase cyber resiliency.

“I am proud that our teams were sent to work with our Australian partners to test their skills while also collaborating with industry and academia representatives during the ADF CSC,” said Vice Adm. Craig Clapperton, Commander, U.S. Fleet Cyber Command. “Cyber threats and challenges are not limited by borders, and by working together, learning together, and challenging ourselves we sharpen our cyber warfighters and partnerships.”

U.S. Fleet Cyber Command (FCC) is responsible for Navy information operations, offensive and defensive cyberspace operations, space operations, and signals intelligence. Comprised of more than 19,000 Sailors, Reservists, and civilians stationed across the world, Commander, U.S. 10th Fleet (C10F) is the operational component of FCC and executes its mission through a task force structure similar to other warfare commanders. In this role, C10F provides support of Navy and joint missions in cyber/networks, cryptologic/signals intelligence and space.

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