AustCyber’s merger into Stone & Chalk gets positive reaction

Australia’s cybersecurity industry likes the combination of the cybersecurity and startup advisories, in hopes for greater impact on homegrown technologies.

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AustCyber, the government-funded security advisory and technology not-for-profit, is now part of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit startup advisory focussed on homegrown technology. The merger of the two firms is meant accelerate the growth of Australian startup technology companies that are secure by design before they write their first line of code, Stone & Chalk said.

The surprise announcement on 15 February 2021 is the result of merger conversations that began in late 2020, and follows several years of the two organisations working together.

Australian cybersecurity experts like the AustCyber–Stone & Chalk linkup

Monash University’s first-ever CISO, Dan Maslin, said this is a positive partnership, “a force-multiplier where we will see the combined strength of a proven and well-connected organisation driving growth in the cybersecurity sector with that of a dedicated startup and scale-up innovation community.” The merger “has benefits for the rapidly emerging cybersecurity industry in Australia and, as a by-product, the broader Australian population will have greater access to homegrown expertise and solutions,” he told CSO Australia.

Mitra Minai, CISO for Melbourne-based private hospitals operator Healthscope, told CSO Australia:

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