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Australia’s first national youth cyber defence competition

US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso, AustCyber CEO Michelle Price, students and Mr Graham Cassells from Lake Tuggeranong College, Minister Taylor.

Australia’s first national youth cyber defence competition for high school students, CyberTaipan, was launched today to encourage young Australians into cyber security careers.

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor launched CyberTaipan at the United States Embassy in Canberra along with AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, and Northrop Grumman, who are jointly delivering the program.

Minister Taylor said CyberTaipan promotes cyber security skills and inspires young Australians to pursue careers in cyber security and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines.

“Cyber security touches every sector and underpins our ability to use critical services and do everyday things, such as shopping, banking, paying our bills, and communicating with our families,” Mr Taylor said.

“We know there will be a national shortfall of at least 11,000 cyber security workers over the next decade, which is one of the key challenges to growth in this sector.

“CyberTaipan will provide Australian students in years 7-12 with the practical means to build, demonstrate and validate cyber security skills, all in a fun, gamified environment.”

The name CyberTaipan was chosen through a survey of Australian high school students and will position Australia well in the international competitions, which include CyberPatriot (USA), CyberCenturion (UK), CyberTitan (Canada) and CyberArabia.

CyberTaipan is modelled on the U.S. Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program.

The inaugural competition will pilot in ACT and Victoria in 2018-19, with registrations now open nationally for schools, community groups, technical mentors and coaches to get involved.

AustCyber CEO Michelle Price said that all sectors of our economy need to be focused on building our future capabilities in cyber security, and that she is looking for partners to support the delivery of the program.

“The estimated shortfall in skilled workers will impact everyone across our economy, including governments, large and small private sector businesses, our academic institutes and, ultimately, our population,” said Ms Price.

“AustCyber is pleased to have the support of Northrop Grumman to deliver CyberTaipan in Australia, but we need more organisations on board to assist with prizes, sponsorship, venues and more. This will ensure we get a truly national reach and collectively build the cyber talent of tomorrow.”

AustCyber is currently seeking teams, coaches and technical mentors to compete in the inaugural CyberTaipan competition pilot in 2018-19.

To register, visit www.austcyber.com/cybertaipan

For more information about partnership opportunities and to support the program, please email challenges@austcyber.com.

Source: Australian Government

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