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Australia’s invitation to white hat hackers: must be 14 or older

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Australian news service Educator Online reports that that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), part of the Department of Defence, is recruiting high school students to become “white hat” hackers.

According to “A white hat hacker is a computer security specialist who breaks into protected systems and networks to test and assess their security.”

The directorate is the country’s premier cybersecurity agency. ASD recruitment pamphlets are being distributed to secondary schools throughout Australia and are aimed at students aged 14 and older. They are being promised certification and work experience placements. More than 100 students have answered the ASD’s call.

Earlier this year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) was hacked during a national online census. This event, and reports that suggest that 40% of Australian jobs are becoming automated, are leading the federal government, schools and the private sector to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based careers more attractive.

Tobias Feakin, head of the International Cyber Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), has stated that cybersecurity is one of the country’s scarce skills, despite the fact that every business has cybersecurity requirements.

Feakin calls the move to recruit young students a deliberate strategy to make cybersecurity about protecting the nation’s interests.

Category: Summer 2016

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