A strategic partnership between ASD and ANU.

The ASD - ANU Co-Lab brings together researchers, academics and technical leaders to solve national security challenges and nurture Australian talent.


Co-Lab is a 15-year partnership between the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian National University (ANU). Based at ANU, in a state-of-the-art purpose-built unclassified facility, this unique partnership brings together leading ANU academics and some of ASD’s foremost analysts and technologists to collaborate on a program which puts Australia’s national security at its centre.

Co-Lab unites problem solvers from a variety of disciplines to share in collaborative research projects and provides a pathway for students interested in pursuing a career with ASD and other STEM-related fields. The program of activities focuses on areas such as cryptography, computational linguistics, secure communications, computing, cyber security, psychology and vulnerability research.

Upcoming events

Find out what's happening at the Co-Lab and how you can get involved.

Capture the flag - 24 to 26 November 2021


Capture the Flag (CTF) is a friendly competition consisting of assorted cyber security and cryptography problems and puzzles. 

In teams or as individuals, participants will solve a variety of tasks in categories such as software engineering, reverse engineering, digital forensics, computational linguistics and mathematical cryptology. 

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