Funding released to improve cyber security awareness and capabilities of SMEs


The Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect Program has recently announced the grant funding distribution to designated “trusted organisations” to advise small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on cyber security risks and promote action to address the risk.

Grants from $100,000 up to $750,000 were available to provide business advisory services to SMEs, such as chambers of commerce and industry, industry associations, and peak bodies.

Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect is to give business advice to SMEs to:

    • raise the awareness of cyber security risks
    • promote action to address these risks
    • support and uplift the capability of SMEs to meet best practice in cyber security.


Successful applicants for the Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect program were:

OrganisationProject titleGrant amount
IT Connexion Pty LtdCyber Security Awareness Training$250,000.00
Murray Hume Business Enterprise Centre LimitedBusiness Enterprise Cyber Secure$750,000.00
Loyal I.T. Solutions Pty. Ltd.Cyber Secure Central Coast!$456,258.00
Hunter Business Centre LtdCyber Security Culture Program for Regional SMEs$349,040.00
Queensland Chamber Of Commerce And Industry LimitedCCIQAssure (Cyber Security Accreditation Program)$738,500.00
Cybercx Pty LtdCyber123 for SME$750,000.00
Caravan Industry Association Of Australia LimitedCyber Awareness Training in Australia’s Caravan and Camping Industry$364,500.00
Western Sydney UniversityOz Cybersecurity Aid Centre OCAC$745,920.00
The Project Lab Pty LtdCyberUP for SMEs$641,434.00
Business Enterprise Centre (Darwin Region) IncorporatedCyberSafe$219,596.00
Real World Technology Solutions Pty LtdCyber Security resilience within SMB, Charity & Indigenous Businesses$750,000.00
First Focus IT Pty LimitedDevelop & deliver a cyber security education package for SME C-suite$339,780.00
Concept Data Pty LtdSA Business Cyber Security Advisory Service$188,721.00
Belmont Business Enterprise Centre IncMY Business Incubator© CYBER SECURITY Training & Mentoring Project$274,900.00