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Securing the digital chain of supply is vital


ACCREDITED: Airlock Digital co-founder Daniel Schell. Picture: Mike Burton/The Advertiser

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Daniel Schell understands how important cyber security is for any business, even his own.


As the co-founder of Airlock Digital in South Australia, the chief technology officer has years of experience developing security programs and protocols to protect business entities.


In recent times, the company’s focus has been on the resurgence in defence-related contractors and suppliers in this state. The need for cyber security for defence companies and anyone who becomes involved in their supply chain – no matter how large or small they are – is paramount. “A lot of our customers are government and defence contractors who are targets (of hackers), so we have to spend a lot our time defending our own network. We are part of the supply chain ourselves,” Schell says.


“You have to worry about the maturity of the security posture of the people you buy from. A lot of those defence contractors require these cyber security skill sets – sometimes to win contracts and sometimes to protect themselves.”


In other words, any company wanting to supply goods or services to defence or government entities must have their cyber security ducks in a row. Airlock has been successful through its development of application whitelisting, a system that strictly limits the list of applications able to run in a work environment. Airlock employs eight staff, largely recruiting more experienced cyber security enthusiasts through personal professional networks.


“Ensuring the training system meets employer needs and the rapid rate of change is critical to the long-term success of the cyber industry in South Australia,” Schell says.


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