CyberTaipan competition launch for Australian youth

Monday June 25, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Canberra is proud to host the launch of CyberTaipan – the Australian Youth Cyber Defence Competition.

CyberTaipan, modelled on the U.S. Air Force Association’s CyberPatriot program, is delivered locally by Northrop Grumman Australia in partnership with AustCyber (the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).  AustCyber estimates there will be a national shortfall of at least 11,000 cyber workers by 2026 – which is one of the key challenges to growth in this sector.  CyberTaipan is designed to promote cyber security principles and inspire young people to pursue skills and careers in cyber security and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines.

The launch will feature remarks from U.S. Embassy Canberra Chargé d’Affaires ad interim James Carouso, Northrop Grumman Australia Chief Executive Officer Ian Irving, AustCyber Chief Executive Officer Michelle Price, and a representative of the Australian Federal Government.  It will also include a group of CyberTaipan’s first student participants.

The U.S. Embassy is excited to support this innovative education opportunity for Australian youth. Since launching in 2009, the CyberPatriot program has provided over 100,000 American students with not only networking, cyber defense, and cyber security skills but also communication, leadership and collaboration skills that help them become career-ready.  With the long term support of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the competition has since expanded into CyberCenturion in the United Kingdom and CyberArabia in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently, the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) also introduced this model to Canada as CyberTitan, continuing the competition’s global reach.

“The U.S. and Australia are already steadfast cyber security partners. Our democratic principles drive us to maintain the integrity of the systems we rely on. I can’t think of a better way to face our cyber security challenges than with programs such as CyberTaipan that harness the best of our private and public sectors with the creative problem-solving skills of young minds,” said Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso.

For more information on CyberTaipan, visit

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires James Carouso and AustCyber CEO Michelle Price (left) with students from Lake Tuggeranong College and Federal Minister for Cyber Security, Angus Taylor (right) at the launch of Cyber Taipan in Canberra.