This is to propose the Australian Defence Force (ADF) raise an Australian CyberWarfare Battalion (ACWB) of 300 personnel, to protect Australia's national information infrastructure. All but a small cadre would be reserve military personnel who have full time jobs as computer security professionals.
After very basic military
training, personnel would be issued with secure communications and
return to their workplace. Personnel would remain in touch with each
other monitoring computer security threats. In the event of a large
scale attack, most of the Battalion would stay in their workplaces to
protect infrastructure, while a small number would deploy to industry,
government and military centers (including any Cyber Security Operations Centre)
to coordinate operations.
to an infantry battalion, a cyberwarfare battalion would be fast to
raise and inexpensive to maintain. Personnel would receive the minimum
of military training, sufficient for them to be able to work alongside
regular personnel in a headquarters. Use would be made of the facilities
and expertise in Australia's universities, including the University of NSW Cyber Range and the Queensland University of Technology Industrial Control System Security Course.
There is provision for the ADF to work alongside the civilian administration, as described in: "Civil-Military Operations", Australian Defence Doctrine Publication (ADDP) 3.11, 1 April 2009.
an effective form of cyber-defence Australia could expect its
government and civilian infrastructure to be crippled within a few hours
of the commencement of a major on-line attack. The ADF would then be
required concentrate on aid to the community, with a reduction in its
capacity to undertake conventional military operations.