The Department of Defence will invest $1.4 billion under Joint Project 9131 to strengthen the cyber defences of deployed ADF networks and combat platforms over 20 years.
And as part of an initial investment of $575 million, the project will deliver a comprehensive training program to support the growth of the ADF cyber workforce, including virtual cyber training environments and tools.
Minister for Defence, Senator Linda Reynolds, announced the details of JP 9131 Defensive Cyberspace Operations as part of the 2020 Force Structure Plan to strengthen the ADF’s deployed cyber resilience.
This project ensures Defence can actively defend its deployed networks and combat platforms against rapidly evolving cyber threats, the Minister said. “This investment builds on the Government commitment that was made in the 2016 Defence White Paper to strengthen Defence’s cyber capability.”
To maintain an edge over evolving threats, Defence will also invest in essential training, tools and infrastructure including the construction of a modern, purpose-built Joint Information Warfare Facility in the ACT which will offer critical Defence cyber training and simulation systems.
“This project, along with other government initiatives, will offer significant opportunities for the Australian domestic cyber security sector and the local construction industry,” said the Minister.
As well as developing an Industry Engagement Plan to maximise Australian industry involvement, the project’s partnership with DST is expected to grow Australia’s sovereign cyber industry capability by linking industry to the Cyber Threat Response Lab. The lab will provide direct opportunities for small and medium sized businesses to collaborate with Defence on innovative training and cyber tool solutions.