Defence Information Security Hub (DISH)
The Defence Information Security Hub (DISH) is a Australian Signals Directorate (ASD, formerly DSD) outreach program to engage with schools, TAFEs and universities.
The DISH provides opportunities for secondary and tertiary students to undertake visits, work experience, vacation programs and internships in information and communications technology (ICT).
The team at the DISH conduct important background research into the latest developments in information security, investigating and assessing new ICT applications.
The Australian Government has made cyber security a top national security priority and has invested significantly in the ongoing implementation of the Cyber Security Strategy, released in November 2009. It is imperative that ASD, as the Commonwealth authority on cyber security, attract graduates of the highest calibre to inform decisions about Australia's future. The education outreach program is a proactive strategy designed to engage schools and universities in promoting ASD as a future employer in this highly competitive field.
The DISH is located at Fairbairn, ACT.
Local schools are invited to come to the DISH for excursions. Demonstrations and activities are provided, such as:
- history of ICT development
- Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens
- Tempest display (emanation security)
- computer security demonstration.
DISH Work Experience Program
The DISH Work Experience Program offers students an opportunity to extend their knowledge and skills in ICT. They will be mentored by experienced ICT professionals working in the industry who have a high level of expertise in their field.
Work experience students may undertake a number of challenges designed to increase the student's knowledge and understanding, such as:
- using Arduino to design and develop a secure authentication system
- understanding psychology and its impact when analysing data
- using known exploits to crack weak cryptography in wireless technology.
ASD Intern Program
ASD offers an Intern Program for tertiary ICT students during university summer holidays. Students are engaged on a non-ongoing contract basis to complete a supervised project based on ASD’s operational needs within its Cyber and Information Security Division.
Projects may be a research project, a review of a policy or guideline development, critical analysis of issues or drafting of strategic options. The sponsoring Cyber and Information Security Division team decides on the project the intern will work on during the program.
Projects can be based on current programs or future initiatives such as:
- research/develop/design/test tools/programs for communications network analysis and development
- network protocol design and IP network analysis
- software vulnerability analysis and auditing, including code analysis, static analysis, fuzzing, reverse engineering and vulnerability research.
- School holiday programs
- National ICT competition
- 1-day workshops for students and teachers
- Interstate school excursions to the DISH
- Interactive web site
- Email DISH or phone (02) 6144 9011