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This Week’s Highlight: Joint Incident Analyst Training

Defence recognises the need to develop a deep understanding of the technologies that exist within the cyber domain to effectively defend its information and communication technology against current and emerging threats.

To address this requirement, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has developed a cyber-warfare training continuum. It provides trainees with the relevant knowledge for employment as a cyber warfare specialist or officer. ADF delivers the joint incident analyst (JIA) course at the Defence Force School of Signals, Simpson Barracks, Melbourne, and 462 Squadron, RAAF Edinburgh, Adelaide.

The Commonwealth’s Request for Tender (RFT) seeks suitable suppliers to deliver a JIA training course for ADF personnel that prepares them for their initial employment as a cyber incident analyst.

The JIA course is part of the Joint Basic Cyber Course (JBCC) construct, which is the entry-level course for ADF cyber warfare professionals. The course supplies the underpinning skills, attitudes, and behaviours essential to collect and analyse technical data to determine the cause of cybersecurity incidents and develop response actions to remediate the affected system or network.

ADF requires the contractor to provide personnel who can deliver training in person at both the Defence Force School of Signals in Melbourne, and 462 Squadron Adelaide. The JIA course aims to graduate incident analyst and vulnerability assessment personnel to contribute to the ADF Cyberspace Incident Response and vulnerabilities assessment function.

Tenderers must supply evidence of registered training organisation (RTO) affiliation, key persons, and vocational and/or industry certifications or competencies to at least the level of instruction the course delivers or assesses.

Delivery timeframe is 12 months. The JIA course has a maximum panel size of 45 trainees per program and an annual trainee throughput requirement of 90. The JIA course is full-time and conducted over 5 months, which includes technical instruction periods and assessments. The course includes some periods of military-specific training, however most of the daily training program is technical.

The closing time and date for responses is 11am ACT local time on 3 October 2023.

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