Aussie small businesses backed to develop innovative cyber security capabilities

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Image Credit: Department of Defence

12 small-to-medium businesses have been awarded $3.6 million in grants as part of a new industry engagement initiative launched in August last year.

Called the Industry Competitive Evaluation Research Agreement (ICERA), the initiative will provide $36 million over six years, funded through Defence’s Next Generation Technologies Fund (NGTF).

Announcing the twelve first round grant recipients, Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said six of the 22 ICERA-backed projects focused on creating innovative cyber security capabilities.

According to the Minister, the remaining projects cover enhanced human performance, integrated ISR, quantum technologies and Advanced Sensors.

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“ICERA recognises the growing importance and capability of Australian small-to-medium businesses and nowhere is this clearer than in the cyber security domain,” Minister Price said.

“The ICERA program aims to support small-to-medium businesses that are critical to enhancing our tactical and strategic edge as Australia’s strategic context continues to evolve.”

For more information about NGTF visit https://www.dst.defence.gov.au/NextGenTechFund.

Image Credit: <a href=”https://www1.defence.gov.au”>Department of Defence</a>
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