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War games sharpen Australia's cyber operators

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The Hon Stuart Robert MP Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme Minister for Government Services


Authorised by S. Robert MP, Canberra

Wednesday, 4 September 2019


A coalition of government and private sector Cyber security professionals will compete in Operation Tsunami 2019, the third annual Cyber War Games hosted by the Department of Human Services.

From 2-6 September, Operation Tsunami 2019 will see professionals from 14 different organisations assume the role of the bad guys and using sophisticated cyber warfare tactics attempt to wipe out the fictional Lego® city of Shell Cove, on the Department of Human Services’ state of the art cyber range.

Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, said strong cyber security practices are critical to protecting Australia’s interests and these games are a fantastic initiative to build vital skills, foster professional networks and enhance collaboration across the Australian cyber security community.

‘The games will see competitors use the very cyber warfare tactics they work hard to fight against in their day-to-day roles,’ Mr Robert said.

‘Cyber security threats are evolving so rapidly that cyber defenders need to be a step ahead of innovations in the domain.

‘This year’s games allows players to get into the minds of attackers operating out there in the real world, helping them anticipate and prepare for threats they otherwise may not have considered.

‘This not only helps the government agencies involved, but collectively improves our cyber resilience as a nation and I’m proud that my department is playing a key role in this effort.’

The Cyber War Games are an opportunity for some of the leading cyber operators from across government and the private sector to come together, learn from one another and develop the sort of coordination required to address threats to Australians and their government in the cyber domain.

Media contact: Hayley Rorke - 0448 848 178

Authorised by S. Robert MP, Canberra

Further information:

Participating agencies Adjudicators

AEMO Michelle Price - CEO, AustCyber

AGL James Turner - CISO Lens

- AusGrid Mary Kelaher -Energy Queensland

- Energy Australia Berin Lautenbach - Telstra

- Energy Q Ad Wolst - Energy Australia

- IAG Jamie Norton - ATO

- Optus Sean Hugo - Home Affairs

- Transgrid Garry Bentlin - Transgrid

- Vodafone Daniel Grzelak - Atlassian

- Woodside Anthony Chapman - Finance NSW

- ACIC Bill Yeack - US cyber expert

- Department of Defence Kristin Lyons - AusPost

- Home Affairs Andy Chauhan - AusGrid

- Department of Human Services Fred Thiele - Transport NSW Mackenzie Muir - QBE

About Shell Cove:

In excess of 100,000 pieces of Lego® have been used to construct Shell Cove City, which has been built over the past six months. Cyber events will impact critical infrastructure in the Lego® city which players and adjudicators will be able to see in real time.