Australian startup Cynterra wins major IP Australia cyber contract


Australian cyber-security startup Cynterra has won a multi-year contract to help safeguard IP Australia’s data and increase the speed of its services. The contract is worth $250k per year.

Cynterra, which was established in 2018, won contract in partnership with global technology services company NTT Ltd over several multi-national providers.

They will provide cloud-based web gateways for all of IP Australia’s online applications, including their trademark and patent systems which are accessed by thousands of local and international users daily. Their system is the first cloud-based gateway system to be deemed government compliant.

Cynterra’s gateways provide real-time reporting and use data collection methods enriched with geo-spatial data combined with the latest threat information. This powerful data correlation allows security departments to see threats posed to their gateways, who is accessing data and from where. The IPA services utilises the NTT Security Operations Center for 24/7 monitoring, threat escalation, and service management.

CEO Paul Heaton believes this win is a positive sign that government agencies are now backing local cyber-security service providers.

“We see this as a milestone for not only Cynterra, but validation and the acceptance of cloud-based solutions and the capabilities of Australian cybersecurity. The forward-thinking of this Australian Government agency is encouraging – not just for Australian security firms, but for the general public too,” says Paul.

Cynterra’s system is expected to increase the speed of IP Australia’s online applications by approximately 150 per cent, compared with non-cloud solutions.

“We are incredibly proud to be protecting the Government agency that holds the intellectual property and much of the innovation we’ll see in our nation’s future. We see our secure Gateway service as integral in not only protecting the agency but enabling them to work much faster using our system,” adds Paul.

“This should boost public confidence that our national interests are being kept safe by an Australian company.”

Cynterra is currently trialling several of their solutions with a range of Australian Government Departments designed to protect classified communications up to the official Sensitive and Protected levels.

As their technology is adopted by government agencies, they have already set their sights on the Australian enterprise market.

“We see a bright future for Cynterra. We expect our gateways to be protecting and accelerating the largest Australian organisations and government departments by 2025,” says Paul.