GovPitch - harnessing home grown cyber security innovation

GovPitch - harnessing home grown cyber security innovation

Cyber Security
Monday, 04 September 2017

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Fatemah Beydoun pitching her company’s product to Australian government officials as part of the inaugural GovPitch event in Canberra.

Can a small Australian cyber security start up compete for government business against an established tech giant? Judging by the success of the first GovPitch the answer is yes!

As part of the APS200 project, GovPitch brought together a group of Australian cyber security start-ups to pitch their technical solutions to existing challenges faced by the Australian Public Service in front of an audience of Government Secretaries, CIO’s and Heads of Security.

GovPitch aims to harness home grown cyber security innovation for the benefit of all Australians who rely on efficient government services. Opening the inaugural GovPitch, PM&C Secretary, Dr Martin Parkinson said,

“As we move into an ever-more connected, digital world, technology industries will be the engine room of our economy. Cyber security in particular will form a major part of our economic growth into the future. And we need it to. We need it to help us build the stable, secure platform on which we can build our new economy.”

The event highlighted that it is now easier than ever for start-ups to apply for government cyber security contracts. With an expanded Digital Marketplace, Australian companies can utilise their agility and flexibility to quickly develop, and be the first to market with, business ready solutions to the challenges faced by the public service from emerging disruptive technologies.

Dr Parkinson acknowledged the work of the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in expanding the Digital Marketplace. The Marketplace is now open for an unlimited number of sellers to sign up across information communication technology and digital services including cyber security.

“Earlier this year, the Digital Marketplace expanded to include cyber security, and the fact that it already has more than 130 sellers in this category (two thirds of which are SMEs) speaks to how powerfully this sector is growing.” said Dr Parkinson.

Start-ups taking part in GovPitch were selected by AustCyber, which among its goals aims to accelerate the creation and adoption of Australian-based cyber security products, services and best practices. Also known as the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, AustCyber was established as part of the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative.

GovPitch demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the nation’s rapidly growing cyber start-up sector and delivering on the objectives of the Australian Cyber Security Strategy, and the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Based on the very positive response from all involved in the first GovPitch future events are expected to follow.