The TV ad shows an ASIS agent uncovering a system vulnerability in a computer network and then quickly installing a security update to fend off would-be hackers.
“If you’re currently working in technology, the Australian Secret Intelligence Service is interested in hiring you,” the ad says.
ASIS director-general Paul Symon said technology was essential to enabling and supporting operations, and keeping operational officers safe.
“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,” he said.
“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 role of ASIS is to protect and promote Australia’s interests through the collection of foreign intelligence.
The agency — which is under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade — was formed in 1952, but its existence remained a secret until 1972.
Australian intelligence agencies have in recent years been looking to come “out of the shadows” by explaining to the public more about what they do.
The domestic intelligence agency, ASIO, last month joined Twitter, and opened with a self-deprecating joke.
“Hi internet, ASIO here. I spy a new Twitter account. We thought it would be fun if you followed us for a change,” ASIO tweeted.
Anthony is foreign affairs and national security correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.