Round two recipients

On 13 February 2020, the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Hon. Karen Andrews, announced 17 industry-led projects were being funded under the second round of the AustCyber Projects Fund.

The first round of AustCyber’s Projects Fund provided $6.5 million in matched funding to ten industry-led projects. The combined value of projects provides a total contribution of approximately $35.8 million to growing Australia’s cyber security sector, which has the double benefit of delivering globally competitive cyber security capability to the world.

In addition to the matched funding, significant value add to the projects is also through in-kind contributions made by industry consortia members. In-kind contributions are deemed to have a cash value but are not matched by AustCyber.

Additional funding will be directed into the marketing of successful projects.

Below are the recipients and funding amounts for 13 projects. Information on a further four projects will be made available shortly.

  • Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNET) has been awarded a project to the value of $1,848,780 to develop a Security Operations Centre service to help institutions to monitor, detect and respond to cyber threats.

    Industry funding: $1,293,780

    AustCyber funding: $555,000

  • Airlock Digital has been awarded a project to the value of $1,300,000 to deliver commoditised Application Whitelisting to Managed Service Provider (MSP) and smaller businesses, building on their existing enterprise-grade product.

    Industry funding: $650,000

    AustCyber funding: $650,000

  • Alpha Beta has been awarded a project to the value of $1,220,860 to develop an interactive heat map of demand and supply for cyber security jobs in states and metro areas across Australia and enable local educators, employers, policymakers, and job seekers to understand the cyber security job market within their region.

    Industry funding: $610,430

    AustCyber funding: $610,430

  • Amplify Intelligence has been awarded a project to the value of $200,050 to create a cyber safety service which will be trialled by 100 small businesses, including in regional locations, to measure cyber risks derived from critical datasets from both an external and internal view of their risks. This project will be delivered in partnership with Gallagher.

    Industry funding: $100,050

    AustCyber funding: $100,050

  • Cynch Security has been awarded a project to the value of $209,969 to deliver and study the impacts of cyber risk interventions by applying the Cynch Cyber Fitness platform to tailor programs for small or micro businesses. This project will be delivered in partnership with Deakin University.

    Industry funding: $100,000

    AustCyber funding: $109,969

  • Fifth Domain has been awarded a project to the value of $1,975,482 to develop a learning platform to support individual lab training, collective cyber range exercises and dynamic, gamified Capture the Flag style challenges to provide a variety of training experiences to optimise job readiness.

    Industry funding: $987,741

    AustCyber funding: $987,741

  • Serinus Security has been awarded a project to the value of $535,060 to develop the HackHunter WiFi Threat Analytics Platform, which will use data to provide insights into safe WiFi areas and identify malicious WiFi trends and behaviours globally.

    Industry funding: $267,530

    AustCyber funding: $267,530

  • Kortek has been awarded a project to the value of $2,218,050 to deliver a highly secure Internet of Things platform to give stakeholders unparalleled control over the security and interoperability of their distributed networks through a combination of industrially robust hardware and a programmable operating system that make it possible to securely integrate endpoint devices into any cloud. This project will be delivered in partnership with Telstra and Intellidesign.

    Industry funding: $1,291,927

    AustCyber funding: $926,123

  • Locii has been awarded a project to the value of $1,900,000 to develop the trUUth Identity Platform which fragments, encrypts and shards user biometrics across multiple trusted servers so that no single entity has access to a user’s complete biometric vector, improving online safety and eliminating the need to remember many different usernames and passwords. This project will be delivered in partnership with Laava, Macquarie Bank, Nu Mobile and the Australian Finance Group (AFG).

    Industry funding: $950,000

    AustCyber funding: $950,000

  • Penten has been awarded a project to the value of $3,075,485 to provide fly-away kits to a pilot group of regional SMEs and academia so they can access their own classified IT network on a scalable, multi-tenant service.

    Industry funding: $2,275,485

    AustCyber funding: $800,000

  • Quad IQ has been awarded a project to the value of $612,216 to develop the Intelligent Trust Evaluation System (ITES) by Quad IQ to dramatically reduce the time to complete security vetting.

    Industry funding: $312,216

    AustCyber funding: $300,000

  • Responsight has been awarded a project to the value of $250,746 to develop a system for forensic data collection, investigations and early warning risk analytics based on behavioural activity profiling. This project will be delivered in partnership with McGrathNicol.

    Industry funding: $125,373

    AustCyber funding: $125,373

  • WorldStack, Penten and TSS Cyber have been awarded a project to the value of $499,102 to accelerate joint development of a prototype (HoneyTrace) to address the challenge of data breach detection and bring the solution to market through a customer trial.

    Industry funding: $274,102

    AustCyber funding: $225,000

  • South Metropolitan TAFE has been awarded a project to the value of $450,000 to continue to develop a framework for the national delivery of cyber security education and training. This includes a set of resources that participants around the country can access, regardless of their various technical environments.

    Industry funding: $225,000

    AustCyber funding: $225,000

  • Cybermerc have been awarded a project to the value of $2,440,000 to establish a national Threat Intelligence Portal (TIP) to collect and share data of new cyber attacks targeting Australian businesses. Cyber security startup’s and Australian universities will be able to use the TIP to test and develop next generation defensive cyber technologies.

    Industry funding: $1,220,000

    AustCyber funding: $1,220,000

  • The University of Adelaide has been awarded a project to the value of $313,387 to develop the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to provide cyber focused resources and challenges to support and encourage Australian schoolteachers in national cyber security education efforts. This project is delivered in partnership with Google Australia/New Zealand and CSIRO.

    Industry funding: $206,689

    AustCyber funding: $106,698

  • Untapped has been awarded a project to the value of $220,000 to develop a virtual, cloud-based, cyber security training and assessment centre in Australia to connect individuals with cyber security employment opportunities and options for further study. Untapped is delivering this project in partnership with DXC Technology’s Dandelion Program, La Trobe University and Curtin University

    Industry funding: $110,000

    AustCyber funding: $110,000

If you have any questions about the recipients or projects, please email [email protected].