Cynch Security team

The cyber resilience program


The program analysed the cyber security position of the 5 SMEs currently operating within the Thales supply chain. Cynch used their Cyber Fitness platform to identify the risks and threats faced by these Defence suppliers.

Cynch Security provided tailored solutions to help the SMEs meet the increased security requirements of the defence industry network.

Based on the results of the pilot program, other governments and multiple Defence Primes have approached Cynch to provide similar programs.

The cyber resilience pilot program


The cyber resilience program emerged out of discussions with Cynch founders Susie Jones, Adam Selwood and Thales Australia Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Ben Doyle while taking part in the CyRise Cybersecuirity Accelerator.

Michelle Richard, Director of Purchasing at Thales, assisted them to identify possible gaps in security and entry points for malicious actors that could exist in the growing defence industry supply chains.

As the Australian Defence industry ramps up, supply chains are expanding and incorporating new small business across the country, all with varying degrees of security measures in place. As with any network, supply chains are only as secure as their weakest link.

Securing their business from everyday cyber threats is often hard enough for small business. Faced with the added layers of a Defence Prime’s cyber security requirements – this can be an extremely daunting task.


Susie Jones, founder Cynch Security

That’s where Cynch comes in – helping SMEs understand and match the increased cyber security model used in Defence industry.

Cynch have welcomed the opportunity to measure themselves against the Defence Prime's requirements. They have found that businesses are enthusiastic about the program.

Cynch today


The start-up now has a team of nine staff and a growing list of diverse clients. They offer everything from short and sharp one-off programs, to monthly and annual memberships.

When asked about the experience partnering with a Defence Prime, Ms Jones said the experience has been transformative.

The advice and expertise we have received, and the willingness to give us a shot has been a great experience – it has transformed our market position.


Susie Jones

From the initial pilot of 5 SMEs, Cynch is now working with the Queensland and South Australian Governments to support the cyber fitness of an additional 50 small businesses.

In the long term, Ms Jones hopes to work with Global Supply Chain programs to help Australian SMEs secure their business for international supply chain opportunities.

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