Cyber company awarded $2.2 million contract to help Army


Tuesday, 09 July, 2019


Cyber company awarded $2.2 million contract to help Army

A Canberra-based cyber technology and solutions company has won two contracts to improve the Australian Army’s cyber capabilities.

Penten Services was awarded two Defence Innovation Hub contracts with a combined value of $2.2 million to develop technology that aims to enhance the Army’s capacity to send communications over unsecured networks, according to Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price.

Funding has also been provided to help it develop a cyber-management capability and enhance security countermeasures. This would allow the Army to monitor network traffic and mitigate attacks on its network.

“Innovation is critical to build and sustain the Australian Defence Force’s capability edge,” Price said.

“Australia benefits from an industrial base of many agile small to medium enterprises like Penten.

“The government is committed to investing in Australian jobs and small and medium enterprises to develop our defence industry.”

Penten was formed four years ago and has grown from a team of four to over 50 employees. It provides secure hardware and software solutions for data protection as well as cyber deception capabilities to delay and confuse attackers and disrupt automated malware.

The contracts awarded to Penten were selected as part of Army Innovation Day 2018, which called for innovative solutions for the next-generation Army.

More information on the Defence Innovation Hub can be found via business.gov.au.

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