Supported by the Cyber Cooperation Program and delivered in partnership with the Australian National University’s National Security College (NSC), the first Digital Cyber Bootcamp for 2021 took place from 22-26 February with Thailand.
Over five half-days, 12 Thai officials learned about a range of cross-cutting cyber issues, including Australia’s whole-of-government approach to cyber affairs. The program included speakers from across the Australian government – with representation from the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Cyber Security Centre, and the Office of the eSafety Commissioner – as well as academia and the private sector.
Throughout each session, participants engaged through smaller breakout discussion forums with facilitators to promote further learning. Each Bootcamp is tailored to the particular interests of the recipient country. In consultation with Thailand, this course had a particular focus on the digital economy, e-commerce and using technology to foster innovation. There were several interactive activities throughout the course where participants were able to share their perspectives and work through relevant case studies using their newfound knowledge.
Australia’s Ambassador for Cyber Affairs and Critical Technology, Tobias Feakin, commented on the importance of the program “The Cyber Bootcamp is our flagship cyber capacity building project and showcases the importance of coordinating cyber affairs across government. It also highlights the importance the Australian Government places on public-private partnerships and close engagement with industry. Australia and Thailand work closely across the spectrum of cyber affairs, and I’m delighted we could share Australia’s approach to cyber issues with our Thai counterparts.”
During the course conclusion, one of the participants commented, “I really loved this bootcamp. I enjoyed the collaboration and learned to compare cyber practices between Thailand and Australia.”
A flagship activity of the Cyber Cooperation Program, the Cyber Bootcamp Project is delivered by the Australian National University's National Security College. The Bootcamps provide practical expert advice and skills training to government officials from ASEAN and Pacific countries. The Project aims to build participant's knowledge and awareness across the full breath of cyber affairs issues by combining international best practice with firsthand expertise from Australia's cyber policy and operational specialists across government, academia, and the private sector.