Cyber Operator Occupation

Canada’s new vision for defence, outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged, included a commitment to create a new Cyber Operator occupation.

The new Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Cyber Operator occupation has been created and the first Cyber Operators were inaugurated on November 3, 2017.  

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the CAF will be significantly increasing the number of military personnel dedicated to cyber functions. This specialized occupation enables streamlined, specialized training and better career management.

Cyber Operator personnel conduct computer network defence operations and liaise with Canada’s allies in order to enhance DND and the CAF’s ability to provide a secure cyber environment. They will monitor DND and the CAF’s communication networks to detect and respond to unauthorized network access attempts and provide cyber support to meet the operational requirements of the CAF.  It is expected that cyber operators will contribute to active cyber operations in support of government-authorized military missions.

The Cyber Operator occupation is currently open to all members of the Canadian Armed Forces. Planning is underway to start recruiting civilians with CAF-recognized and relevant educational background in the summer of 2018, and, no later than summer 2019, civilians who meet the minimum high school (or secondary in Québec) entry standards.  Planning is also underway to recruit the first Primary Reserve Cyber Operator by the end of April 2018.

Cyber security is a priority for the Government of Canada and the Department of National Defence and is part of the new vision for defence outlined in Strong, Secure, Engaged.

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