Craig Davies, chief executive officer of the new Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (ACSGN), is pleased with last week’s trade mission to the RSA Cyber Security Conference in San Francisco.
This first collaboration between ACSGN and Austrade, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, saw 32 delegates [PDF] from 26 Australian cybersecurity companies meet with security vendors and potential vendors from the US and elsewhere.
“We’re really happy with the week. Great sessions that helped our Aussie firms understand the opportunity in the US market, and people here were very giving of their time and knowledge,” Davies told ZDNet.
“We’ll be tracking how the companies that came take advantage of the week. We know a number had a great week with meetings with key VCs and potential partners, as well a better understanding of the road ahead if they should decide to expand in the US market.”
The mission coincided with the launch of the government’sCyber Security Industry Capability Report [PDF], essentially a promotional brochure for Australia’s cyber industries.
The ACSGN is an industry-led not-for-profit company that aims to position Australia as an attractive location for cybersecurity research and innovation. It was first announced as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda in December 2015, and is a key part of the Australian Cyber Security Strategy released in April 2016.
Last week’s delegation included representatives from Australian cybersecurity firms archTIS, Cogito Group, Covata, Cryptsoft, Datacom TSS, Enosys, Foresight, FunCaptcha, Haventec, Huntsman Security, Ionize, JanusNET, PS&C, Randtronics, ResponSight, Salt Group, SC8 Technologies, Secure Code Warrior, Sense of Security, Shearwater Solutions, Shelde, Tesserent, and Triskele Labs, among others.