Australian Army CTF

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When the Australian Army sought to create a dynamic and challenging cyber exercise, they turned to FIFTH DOMAIN for our expertise in crafting engaging Capture the Flag (CTF) events. This event was designed not just as a competition but as a platform to ignite passion for cybersecurity within the ranks and encourage IT professionals to consider cybersecurity as a viable career path.

Challenges Faced

The Australian Army faced several key challenges:

1. Generating widespread interest in cybersecurity within the Signals Unit and beyond.
2. Evaluating and expanding the existing cyber skills of participants in a meaningful way.
3. Developing new skills among participants under the pressure of competition.

Actions Taken

To meet these challenges, FIFTH DOMAIN collaborated closely with the Australian Army to:

1. Define the scope of skills needing to be developed within the cyber units. 
2. Build challenges that reflected real-world cyber challenges in incident response, digital forensics, and more.
3. Run a real-time multi-day CTF for hundreds of participants that was not only educational but also enjoyable and engaging for all participants.
4. Provide individual and team performance analytics used to identify and nurture talent. 

Results Achieved

The CTF event proved to be a resounding success:

- Participants reported the event as challenging yet rewarding, appreciating the real-world relevance of the tasks.
- The event fostered new skills, with many learning advanced techniques in cybersecurity.
- Relationships were formed and strengthened among the participants, enhancing teamwork and collaboration.
- The Army was able to take a baseline of the cyber skills within its workforce.

Key Takeaways

The CTF event hosted by FIFTH DOMAIN for the Australian Army showcased how structured competition can be used effectively to boost cyber skills and generate interest in cybersecurity careers. Participants left the event not only with enhanced skills but with increased enthusiasm for their roles in cybersecurity, proving that learning and fun can go hand-in-hand in high-pressure environments. This initiative has laid the groundwork for future CTF events, expanding to include international allies, thereby broadening the scope and impact of this innovative training approach.

Use Case


Skill Development
Team Building
Career Interest
Skills Assessment