Cyber sensing and shaping

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The Cyber Sensing and Shaping branch of Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division develops concepts, technologies and techniques for assessing, characterising and shaping communication networks to enable cyber operations in support of Defence and national security.

The branch provides expert advice on communications intelligence applied to 'packetised' communication.

Access technologies

Cyberspace is bridged to the real world through physical layer technologies, from antennas and RF systems that interface the electromagnetic spectrum, through to high-speed computational systems that format and modulate raw data.

Our Access Technologies group undertakes research and development (R&D) in such technologies for cyber access and tailored wireless links.

We have a strong client engagement in this area, and develop prototype solutions to niche problems.

Communications network research

The infrastructure of cyberspace is a vast and interconnected network of networks.

Security of cyber systems is critically dependent on the resilience of these networks to intrusion and manipulation and it is important that discovery of vulnerabilities, threats and malicious activity is undertaken towards a network gateway with a holistic view.

Our Communications Network Research group conducts R&D in the characterisation, modelling and exploitation of telecommunication core networks.

Communications signal processing

Modern communication systems comprise an increasingly complex and interlinked stack of protocols.

The physical layer incorporates modulation schemes designed for optimal security, robustness and bandwidth efficiency. A singular cellular handset will employ a variety of wireless communication standards to connect the user to cyberspace.

The complex processing of signals at this interface is an example of the R&D undertaken in our Communications Signal Processing group.

We conduct R&D in physical and cross-layer processing and analysis for the security and exploitation of telecommunications and consumer wireless networks.

Cryptomathematics research 

The Cryptomathematics research group is is embedded within the Australian Signals Directorate in Canberra.

We apply cryptology-related research to solve complex mathematical and computing problems in a constantly evolving technology landscape, and our research is informed by these problems.


Key information

Areas of expertise:

  • communication theory
  • networks and technologies
  • electro-optics
  • RF technologies

Access technologies

  • antennas and RF technologies
  • high-speed reconfigurable receivers
  • communications and information theory
  • modelling and simulation, and design and development, of microelectronic and fibre optic devices

Communications network research

  • network modelling
  • knowledge representation
  • statistical and graph-based analysis and detection of network change

Communications signal processing

  • communication theory and signals processing
  • software-defined radio
  • wireless protocols
  • specialised RF geolocation

Cryptomathematics research

  • cryptology