11 cyber SMEs take part in GovPitch 2020
Eleven Australian cyber innovators pitched their solutions for addressing cybersecurity challenges faced by government during AustCyber’s GovPitch 2020 today.
The 11 companies showcased their niche security solutions to a judging panel comprising the Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian Taxation Office, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Digital Transformation Office, Services Australia as well as In-Q-Tel International Australia.
Now in its fourth year, AustCyber GovPitch offers an opportunity for cybersecurity SMEs to pitch directly to federal government decision-makers. AustCyber held this year’s event in partnership with fintech innovation hub Stone & Chalk.
The companies delivered 3- to 5-minute pitches and answered Q&As from an audience comprised of government agency heads, CISOs and CIOs.
AustCyber CEO Michelle Price said Australia’s cybersecurity industry now comprises more than 350 companies.
She said recent comments from Prime Minister Scott Morrison related to state-sponsored cyber attack campaign targeting Australia have set the scene for why the federal government must significantly boost spending on cybersecurity for its own digital infrastructure and data, as well as for the country as a whole.
“The release of information from the Australian Government about the scale of the cyber attacks impacting the nation highlights the critical need for cybersecurity to keep our digital landscape safe,” she said.
“This is not just important for government agencies but for organisations of all sizes. GovPitch is providing innovative, globally competitive solutions directly to government, to help protect its agencies but also demonstrate to the rest of the economy what good cybersecurity practice looks like.”
Price said each of the 11 companies was selected for its capability type and alignment with an area of need in government.
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