Cyber Operator
Canadian Armed Forces
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
4d ago


Cyber Operators conduct defensive cyber operations, and when required and where feasible, active cyber operations. They liaise and work collaboratively with other government departments and agencies, as well as with Canada’s allies to enhance the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) ability to provide a secure cyber environment.

They monitor CAF communication networks to detect and respond to unauthorized network access attempts and provide cyber support to meet the operational requirements of the Navy, Army, Air Force, and joint enablers.

Work environment

A Cyber Operator has the following responsibilities :

  • Collect, process and analyze network data
  • Identify network vulnerabilities
  • Manage a computer network environment
  • Conduct defensive and active cyber operations
  • Apply security and communications knowledge in the field of information technology
  • Use and maintain classified and unclassified records and publications
  • Basic Military Qualification

    Basic occupational qualification training

    After your BMQ you will be sent to a CAF-approved college program on computer network security where you will learn :

  • Software development
  • Network Situational Awareness
  • How to respond to and report on cyber events
  • How to conduct analyses
  • After successful completion of the college program, or if you already have a diploma from an approved institution, you will attend the Canadian Forces School of Communications and Electronics (CFSCE) in Kingston, Ontario, for approximately 16 weeks.

    Using a combination of theory, demonstrations, practical work and simulation exercises, the CFSCE course will cover :

  • Cyber Operations
  • Data capture and statistical analysis
  • Communications and data security
  • Operation of auxiliary equipment
  • Cyberopérations
  • Saisie de données et analyse statique
  • Communications et sécurité des données
  • Utilisation d’équipement auxiliaire
  • Available specialty training

    Cyber Operators may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including :

  • Network vulnerability evaluations and assessments
  • Digital forensics
  • Threat intelligence analysis
  • Active cyber tasks
  • Malware identification and analysis
  • Cyber event mitigation
  • Cyber Operators who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential may be selected for career progression opportunities, advanced training, and promotion.

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