Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: Cooperation prevails in this years Cyber War Games

9 September 2019

The Hon Stuart Robert MP

Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

The champions’ title for this year’s Department of Human Services Cyber War Games has been taken out by a multi-disciplinary team representing the public and private sector.

Minister for Government Services, Stuart Robert, congratulated all players on their efforts throughout the week and announced this year’s winning team is made up of players from Ausgrid, IAG, Transgrid, Vodafone, Woodside, the Department of Defence, and the Department of Home Affairs.

‘This exercise is more than just a competition and aims to solidify relationships between cyber experts from government and business that will be essential in the event of a real attack,’ Minister Robert said.

‘Australians can have confidence that, in the event of a major cyber-attack, the Australian government and private organisations can work together effectively to stop hackers in their tracks and protect our nation’s critical infrastructure.’

Mr Robert said five teams have been working together, harnessing the latest in technology and strategy to launch a cyber-offensive on the fictional city of Shell Cove. The teams took it in turns to attack the specially-designed ‘cyber range’ linked to a working replica Lego city.

To reinforce the need to work together, the five separate teams learned they were really one large team working from different locations. Players then split into groups based on skills, and were able to make more progress as an organised unit.

After a gruelling three-day battle, teams were finally able to disrupt Shell Cove’s critical infrastructure and wreak havoc on the city’s transport, energy, emergency services and finance sectors.

However, only one team could take out the top prize and the panel of expert adjudicators selected this year’s champions based on their team work, communication, planning, critical thinking and creativity.

Over the course of this year’s games there were 46 players and judges and about 100 spectators, who all came away with new relationships and a deeper understanding of Australia cyber capabilities.

Images of the 2019 DHS Cyber War Games can be found here:

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