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About ASD

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is a vital member of Australia’s national security community, working across the full spectrum of operations required of contemporary signals intelligence and security agencies: intelligence, cyber security and offensive operations in support of the Australian Government and Australian Defence Forces (ADF).

ASD’s work sits across three areas which are best described as inform, protect and disrupt. As Australia’s cryptologic agency ASD:

  • Informs through covertly accessing information not publicly available (signals intelligence).
  • Protects by comprehensively understanding the cyber threat. The agency provides leading advice and proactive assistance to shape the environment and influence others to ensure governments, business and the community are able to better manage cyber security risk.
  • Disrupts by delivering high-impact, full-spectrum offensive cyber operations to support a range of Australian Government priorities including supporting military operations, law enforcement and criminal intelligence activity against cyber criminals, and responding to serious cyber incidents against Australian networks.

ASD operates in the slim area between the difficult and the impossible.

How we do it

Details of our signals intelligence and cyber capabilities (protective and disruptive) are necessarily secret. What is not secret are the roles we offer to complete our work:

As an analyst, you may be involved in:

  • analysis of communication systems
  • analysis of foreign signals intelligence
  • developing capabilities to perform your analysis using software developmentskills
  • developing new methods of analysing and exploiting data for intelligence or information security purposes
  • investigating large and complex data sets
  • offensive cyber operations
  • preparation of short-term or long-term information reports to government
  • protecting Australia from cyber adversaries as part of ASD’s Australian Cyber Security Centre
  • solving cryptological problems using advanced mathematical concepts
  • translating foreign language material.

As a member of our corporate services, you may be involved in:

  • managing budgets on behalf of the Australian Government
  • managing ASD’s external relationships
  • preparing advice for the Australian Government and Ministers
  • shaping and developing a continually-evolving workforce, including policy, security, governance, finance, communications, people management and recruitment.

As a technologist, you may be involved in:

  • forensic analysis and intrusion detection
  • offensive cyber operations
  • reverse engineering
  • software development
  • system administration and maintenance
  • system design, architecture and testing.