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A team of business and technology journalists and editors that write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Smarter Writer
Smarter Team

A team of business and technology journalists and editors that write to help Australia’s community of small and medium businesses access the technology and know-how that helps solve problems and create opportunities.

Highlights
  • Penten is developing world-leading cyber security solutions to governments and businesses around the world.    
  • The Canberra-based business protects sensitive data by using cyber deception tactics to trap and confuse attackers.    
  • Online bookstore, Booktopia, was named as the 2018 Telstra People’s Choice Award Winner. 

Canberra-based cyber security company, Penten, is the 2018 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. The business uses cyber deception strategies to protect Australian governmental departments and the Defense Forces from malicious online threats.

The Canberra-based firm provides world-leading cyber defence services to government agencies and the Australia Defence Force. 



Accepting the award, Penten CEO, Matthew Wilson, said it was “amazing recognition” for the company that was founded in 2014. “Penten has got a very simple and clear focus,” he said.

"Penten has got a very simple and clear focus,” he said.

“We are trying to create world-leading cyber security technology here in Australia. We’re not waiting for foreign governments and companies to create capabilities and bring them here.    

Cyber security firm, Penten, celebrates winning the 2018 Telstra Business of the Year Award. Canberra’s Penten celebrates being named the 2018 Telstra Business of the Year.



"We’re trying to create them here to meet our needs and then export them to the world, which we’re already doing in the UK, Canada and New Zealand.” Penten focuses on two core areas of cyber security:

1.    Secure mobility: enabling government users to access classified information on mobile devices in a security setting.

2.     Cyber deception: tricking and trapping attackers with realistic decoys that camouflage your data and systems, triggering a small number of reliable indicators in the event of an intrusion.

The business was also named as the Telstra Medium and Making Waves Award winner, following on from Telstra ACT Business of the Year Award win earlier this year. Celebrating their 26th year, the Telstra Business Awards showcase the achievements and entrepreneurial spirit of Australia’s best small and medium businesses.    

The other business winners at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards include: 

  • Online bookstore and 2018 Telstra NSW Business of the Year, Booktopia, claimed the 2018 Telstra People’s Choice Award.     
  • Western Australia early education and childcare centre, Pachamama Pty Ltd, won the 2018 Telstra Australian Small and Succeeding Award.
  • Hoof-wear specialists and 2018 Telstra Tasmanian Business of the Year, Scoot Boots, was named the 2018 Telstra Australian Emerging and Energised Business of the Year.
  • Canberra-based strategic design consultancy specialising in designing for public good, took home the 2018 Telstra Australian Social Change Manager Award.

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