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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 05:30

Foreign spy agency ASIS looks for recruits to fill tech, other roles

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Australia's foreign intelligence agency, ASIS, is looking for potential recruits to fill tech and other roles in the organisation.

To this end, the Australian Secret intelligence Service has launched a campaign with the moniker "ASIS is interested".

Potential recruits would have to be trained in IT, software development, data science, engineering, cyber security or customer service.

ASIS director-general Paul Symon said in a statement: "In today's society, intelligence operations are enabled by a range of highly technical capabilities. We need to be at the cutting edge of tech to stay a step ahead.

"Technologists arm our operational officers with advanced capabilities and they create technical solutions to complex operational challenges. They have natural curiosity, an analytical mindset and a strong desire to innovate.

"The popular image of a technologist with an intelligence agency might be someone who makes gadgets for the field, but in fact there is a wide range of areas from cyber to big data that are becoming increasingly critical to an agency such as ours."

The agency's last campaign to find employees ran under the name "Most Interesting Job Interview" in 2017 and is claimed to have been a success.

The agency's stated mission is to protect the country's interests by providing relevant foreign intelligence to the government.

Symon said ASIS was looking for people who reflected the agency's core values. "These include integrity, respect and honesty – qualities that every ASIS officer shares. At the same time, we are looking for diversity of thought and diversity of experiences," he added.


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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