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CyberTaipan

CyberTaipan is an Australian cyber security competition that is modelled on the US Air Force Association's CyberPatriot program. CyberTaipan is presented by Northrop Grumman in partnership with CSIRO through the Digital Careers program.

2020 Expressions of Interest

[Music plays and a digital image appears of a taipan and the CyberTaipan logo and text appears: CyberTaipan, Australia’s Youth Cyber Defence Challenge]

[Images move through to show Sally Harriden standing at a desk while seated groups of students listen, close-ups of the groups of students, and then Sally talking to the camera and text appears: Sally Harriden, Teacher, Melba Copland Secondary School, ACT]

Sally Harriden: CyberTaipan is a competition in its pilot phase this year in Australia and we’re running it at our school as an opportunity for students to learn skills in cyber security and to learn a little bit more about the industry.

[Music plays and images move through of groups of students working on laptops at tables and text appears: Practice Round]

[Image changes to show Mitchell McLean talking to the camera and text appears: Mitchell McLean, Teacher, Melba Copland Secondary School, ACT]

Mitchell McLean: The students today have been starting their training in terms of CyberTaipan. 

[Image changes to show Sally and a group of students looking at cut out paper words on a table and the camera zooms in on the words and then on the students around the table looking at the words]

We’ve been looking at a variety of terminology used in cyber security.

[Images move through to show Peter Hazlewood talking to the camera, a sign showing data about the competition, and then Peter and students looking at a screen and text appears: Peter Hazlewood, Student]

Peter Hazlewood: I’m actually really excited to do this because it will test my knowledge and experience with cyber security. Hopefully I can represent our school well.

[Images move through of a group of students around a laptop, and then the data on the laptop screen]

Michael Battenally: When it comes to cyber security it’s an emerging area of career opportunity for young people. 

[Image changes to show Michael Battenally talking to the camera and text appears: Michael Battenally, Principal, Melba Copland Secondary School, ACT]

The great thing about this competition it’s not a one off event. It’s something that’s part of a journey that’s over time.

[Music plays and images move through of students looking at a computer, and a close-up of the screen they are working on, and text appears: Competition Round]

[Image changes to show a group of students working on a computer and talking and then the image changes to show Sally talking to the camera]

Sally Harriden: Today we’re completing Round 2. They have a six hour window. They’re given some clues as to the directions they need to take but otherwise they’re on their own there to work that out.

[Images move through of a group of students working, Cassandra Goh talking to the camera, a male working on a computer, and Cassandra and another student working and text appears: Cassandra Goh, Student]

Cassandra Goh: We are trying to strengthen the security of the system, getting rid of any possible vulnerabilities.

[Images move through of students working on computers, Michael McGarity talking to the camera, students sitting at tables listening, Michael teaching the students, and text appears: Michael McGarity, Chief Engineer, Northrop Grumman Australia, CyberTaipan Mentor]

Michael McGarity: This is a great opportunity for kids as they start to think about the world to be aware of not only those social problems, ethics and privacy but also be really able to get their teeth into the technologies as they develop over time.

[Image changes to show Maneeha Durrani talking to the camera and then the image changes to show Maneeha working with other students on computers and text appears: Maneeha Durrani, Student]

Maneeha Durrani: In school you would learn about it but you wouldn’t experience it very much whereas this is completely like self-orientated. So, you have to do it all yourself with the help of friends.

[Image changes to show Fynn Jammer talking to the camera and text appears: Fynn Jammer, Student]

Fynn Jammer: It’s much more exciting. 

[Image changes to show Fynn and other students working on the computers]

It’s just the atmosphere of being able to try something new that you don’t usually get to do at school

[Image changes to show a group of students working while Sally watches]

Sally Harriden: The students have really had a lot of fun.

[Image changes to show Sally talking to the camera and then the image changes to show a student’s hands typing on the keyboard, and then a student pointing towards data on the screen]

If there is a chance win we may go on to the finals so yeah, we’re all very excited.

[Music plays and the image changes to show Sally taking a photo of a group of students]

[Image changes to show the CyberTaipan logo, sponsors’ logos and a digital image of a taipan and text appears: CyberTaipan, Australia’s Youth Cyber Defence Challenge, austcyber.com/cybertaipan]

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