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Avertro appearances in mainstream media outlets and publications
October 16, 2021
Balancing the Grind with Ian Yip, Founder & CEO at Avertro
This conversation is brought to you by start-up & scale-up recruitment agency The Nudge Group. Connecting you with world class talent, from start-up to unicorn.
October 14, 2021
More firms back ransomware disclosure push
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip, provides his views to The Australian on the Australian Government's new Ransomware Action Plan
October 5, 2021
Here are the 18 finalists in the Australia Technologies Competition
The Australian Technologies Competition (ATC), an annual celebration of the nation’s best best emerging technology companies, has revealed the 18 finalists for ATC21.
October 5, 2021
InnovationAus 2021 Awards: Cybersecurity finalists
Here are the finalists for the InnovationAus 2021 Awards in the Cybersecurity category.
October 5, 2021
New Australian VC Black Nova raises $7 million for debut fund
Black Nova, Australia’s newest venture capital fund, has announced raising A$10 million ($7 million) for its debut fund that invests in early- and growth-stage companies.
September 29, 2021
Meet Black Nova, the new Sydney VC fund that’s backed 23 startups in stealth mode and already had an exit
Sydney venture capital fund Black Nova has emerged from the shadows to launch officially this week with $10 million in its kitty and 23 companies already in its portfolio.
September 28, 2021
How are tech leaders managing mental health in the pandemic
Managers discuss their own mental health and that of their employees...
September 23, 2021
Startup founders react to a new report saying Australia is lagging key nations on tech innovation
A new report into Australia’s digital future, released with week found that the nation is falling behind the US, UK, Canada, France and China when it comes to tech innovation.
September 21, 2021
Tackling the growing threats to Australia’s cyber security
Self-reported financial losses from cybercrime run into the millions. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) puts the figure for 2019-20 at $316 million. However, the total cost to Australian businesses could be many times that, with one private sector estimate suggesting it could be as high as $29 billion, about 1.9% of GDP.
September 20, 2021
Tech minister Christian Porter resigns, replaced by Alan Tudge
Federal Industry, Science and Technology minister Christian Porter has resigned after just five months in the role over a blind trust that saw him take money from anonymous donors to pay the legal fees in his defamation case against the ABC.
September 20, 2021
Taylor appointment an 'opportunity for innovation'
Australia will gain its sixth federal innovation minister in as many years after Christian Porter resigned on Sunday, with tech start-ups urging the government to use the move to re-focus its efforts on the local industry and capitalise on strong momentum from local high growth companies including Canva.
September 20, 2021
‘Nothing’ to show: Frustration as Porter the latest to exit Industry
Christian Porter’s resignation from the Industry portfolio has been met with criticism and frustration across the Australian technology sector, which will now be working with its eighth minister in as many years.
September 14, 2021
Shortlist: Voting opens for prestigious People’s Choice award
Public voting has now opened for prestigious People’s Choice award in the InnovationAus.com 2021 Awards for Excellence. A shortlist of 25 of Australia’s most ambitious companies has been selected from all the entries to each of the other categories by our distinguished panel of judges.
September 8, 2021
R U OK: A Conversation On Mental Health With Tech Leaders
Tomorrow is R U OK Day and this year’s theme is Are they really ok? For business leaders with teams working remotely, it is harder than usual to check on employees. We checked in with female tech leaders to share how they are managing their own mental health as well as their teams.
August 27, 2021
Startup or Large Corporation?
Sophia Pace wrote an article for Issue 4 of the Women in Security Magazine outlining the differences between working in a startup versus a traditional large organisation. Read it in full starting on page 80.
August 27, 2021
How to get an entry-level cybersecurity job in 2021
In an article published in Issue 4 of the Women in Security Magazine, Ian Yip provides advice on how to get an entry-level cybersecurity job. Read it in full starting on page 50.
August 25, 2021
STEM Leaders Speak Out About The Importance Of Empowering Women
Sophia Pace, Avertro Strategic Partnerships & Marketing Manager talks about the importance of empowering women in STEM.
August 24, 2021
ausbiz (StartupDaily) Interview - Ian Yip (Avertro) - 24th August 2021
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip, spoke with Simon Thomsen about how one can get an entry-level job in cybersecurity. Interview with Ian starts at the 16:09 mark.
August 18, 2021
Cybersecurity startup founder Ian Yip explains how to get an entry-level job in the sector
There is no shortage of people wanting to break into the industry, so how do you stand out?
August 18, 2021
Cyber attacks: education, not awareness, key to reducing effects of crime
The increased frequency of cybersecurity advisories being published by governments is great for awareness. Avertro CEO Ian Yip's opinion piece talks about why education, not just awareness, is what's really needed.
August 8, 2021
'Nothing beats in-person interactions for building relationships,' says Ian Yip, CEO Avertro
Ian Yip, Avertro CEO is interviewed by the team at Hacker Noon.
July 8, 2021
Venture capital under the microscope
Tax offsets and capital gains concessions for the funders of start-ups will be under the microscope with the Federal Government holding a review of venture capital tax concessions.
July 7, 2021
Sydney startup leaders respond to the city’s extended lockdown
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian extended Sydney’s two-week lockdown for another week to midnight, Friday, July 16, today as the focus for COVID-19 infections shifted from Sydney’s eastern suburbs to the city’s southwest.
July 7, 2021
Sydney extends lockdown for another week; Retailers seek further support
NSW authorities have extended the lockdown for at least another week as they try to contain a Delta variant outbreak after detecting 27 new cases in New South Wales, up from 18 a day before.
July 1, 2021
What's the ART to creating an authentic culture in organisations?
We authored an article on creating the right authentic culture in organisations for Issue 3 of the Women in Security Magazine. Read it in full starting on page 22.
June 30, 2021
NSW lockdown: Survival strategies from SME owners
The resurgence of COVID-19 cases and general uncertainty has prompted concerns among small businesses, who are once again at risk of disruptions and further cash burn. Last week, New South Wales imposed a two-week lockdown for greater Sydney, the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, and Wollongong, which will end at midnight on July 9.
June 23, 2021
NSW Government hands Digital Restart Fund a $500 Million Budget boost
The New South Wales Government handed down its 2021/22 Budget on Tuesday. The Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet has committed $500 million over the next three years to the Digital Restart Fund and a further $38.3 million over four years to the state’s Data Analytics Centre.
June 23, 2021
NSW State Budget: From Cybersecurity to SMEs, here are the key highlights
The New South Wales government has released its budget for the year 2021–22. Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced several recent and new measures to help the local economy recover from the COVID-19 pandemic slump.
June 16, 2021
Let’s Talk: Degree or experience? Deciding what to look for when hiring newcomers
Job candidates with a tertiary qualification demonstrate they possess intellectual ability, ambition, and discipline, but does this automatically make them the best person for the job?
May 26, 2021
Let’s Talk: How to plan for an uncertain financial year
The end of the financial year is a critical time for business owners, an opportunity to review and learn from the previous twelve months’ trading and to set a course for the year ahead.
May 19, 2021
Why improving online habits, and safety, takes a village
In April of that year, a report found that nearly 4 out of 5 Australian children aged 5 to 14 used the internet. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, recent surveys have found that screen time has increased by more than 500%.
May 16, 2021
Startup leaders react to the 2021 budget
Nearly all the good news in this week’s budget was announced ahead of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg detailing the government’s plans for the year ahead. Nonetheless, we asked many in the startup and tech sector what they thought of the 2021 budget.
May 14, 2021
National Families Week: The relationship between families, educators and wellbeing
Saturday, May 15th marks the start of National Families Week with this year focusing on the theme of community wellbeing.
May 12, 2021
Australian Budget Provides $1.2 Billion Boost for Digital Economy & Cybersecurity Measures
The Australian Government handed down its 2021/22 budget on Tuesday evening. Building on their previously announced $1.67 billion Cyber Security Strategy, Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg outlined a new Digital Economy Strategy on budget night.
May 12, 2021
JobTrainer program is extended, but will it solve Australia's labour shortage?
ABC News' "The Business" interviewed Avertro CEO, Ian Yip regarding his thoughts on Australia's Federal Budget 2021.
May 7, 2021
Govt unveils $1.2bn Digital Economy Strategy
The federal government has announced plans to invest nearly $1.2 billion to augment Australia’s digital capabilities through the Digital Economy Strategy.
May 6, 2021
Budget 2021 to include $1.2 billion digital strategy; myGov & My Health sites overhaul, tax incentives, e-invoicing and more
This coming Tuesday’s announcement of the 2021 Federal Budget will include a big focus on the digital sector – to the tune of a $1.2 billion plan.
May 6, 2021
From tech advice to tax overhaul: Here’s what the government’s $1.2 billion digital economy plan means for SMEs
Small businesses are set to benefit from a $1.2 billion boost to the government’s digital economy strategy that will include changes to the tax treatment of intangible assets, access to digital technology advice and funding to accelerate the take up of e-invoicing.
March 30, 2021
Nine hack a 'wake up call'
As Nine Entertainment Co continues to recover from their cyber attack, our CEO Ian Yip was asked by The Australian for his views.
March 29, 2021
Calls for national cybersecurity standard
A cyber attack at Nine Entertainment Co over the weekend had significant impact on the company and our CEO Ian Yip was asked to comment for The Australian.
March 29, 2021
Australia’s Nine Network hit with major cyber attack; Federal Parliament experiences disruption
Australia’s Nine Network has been the target of what may be the largest-scale cyber attack thus far on an Australian media company.
March 29, 2021
Live TV Programming subject to Cyberattack – Takes down Channel 9
Australian television network Channel 9 confirmed a cyberattack was behind the failure of live programming coming out of its Sydney studios on Sunday.
March 17, 2021
Let’s Talk: When is the right time for your business to grow? Balancing risk & opportunity
Starting any business comes with an element of risk – some, perhaps, more than others. But, as they say, no guts, no glory.
March 11, 2021
AustCyber Cyber Spotlight - Avertro
AustCyber’s recent merger with Stone & Chalk aims to accelerate growth for Australian emerging technology companies. This segment shines a spotlight on Australia's sovereign capabilities, both within cyber and emerging tech, to provide you with their startup stories.
March 9, 2021
Global Microsoft cyber attack leaves Australian businesses vulnerable
The global cyber attack Microsoft shed light on last week has hit tens of thousands of businesses – and Australia’s feeling the brunt of it as well.
March 9, 2021
MS Exchange Server hack worse than first thought
Hundreds of thousands of Microsoft Exchange Servers around the world could have been breached by ­attackers using exploits in the tech giant’s email software.
March 3, 2021
Sydney cyber SaaS player Avertro expands into Singapore
Sydney-founded cyber security start-up Avertro has launched a footprint in Singapore as part of a major push into the Asian market.
February 25, 2021
Labor calls for national ransomware strategy
Two Labor shadow ministry members have called for a national ransomware strategy to tackle what they call the biggest cyber threat facing Australia.
February 19, 2021
Holistic approach needed to tackle ransomware, say tech executives
Good cyber defence must be a holistic pursuit and focusing only on one area risks repeating mistakes of the past, the chief executive of cyber security firm Avertro says.
December 9, 2020
Let’s Talk: Making life easier
Businesses are increasingly able to streamline workflows and finances through technology, lifting productivity and accelerating growth. However the right technology can also help simplify your operations, reducing the everyday stresses of running a business.
December 2, 2020
Let’s Talk: Business Model
Writing a business model looks different to each company. It can be a simple plan that evolves over time or even be accidental, becoming clearer after the fact. Regardless of when or how it is created, it is universally understood to be critical to your business’ success.
November 30, 2020
Cyber security head to be appointed: Prime Minister
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his government will create a cyber security role next month as part of a ministerial reshuffle.
November 25, 2020
Let’s Talk: Goals
Being able to set tangible goals is key to improving and growing your business. However there are a number of factors that make a goal successful – for instance, your team, the timeline and the scale. Balancing these factors is one of the main challenges when setting goals in a business.
November 11, 2020
The founder of Avertro reveals what the first year building his cybersecurity startup has been like
Avertro just turned one. These are some of the real moments from our first year.
November 9, 2020
New contracts, staff and advisers for Avertro
Avertro has grown to ten staff members, won four new commercial contracts, appointed Jamie Norton to its Industry Advisory Board, and appointed Nigel Hedges to its Customer Advisory Board.
October 28, 2020
Let’s Talk: Diversity
Diversity in the workplace is not only a pressing social concern, but is intrinsically tied to your business model. Having policies that are friendly to diverse backgrounds means that your ability to attract talent is greater, workplace culture is enhanced and you are more likely to outperform non-diverse companies.
October 23, 2020
Tech creators describe Prime Minister’s digital strategy as ‘paradoxical’
The Prime Minister has encouraged businesses to “be the best at adopting” technology but has cautioned against becoming “one big Silicon Valley.” This has elicited confusion among tech creators who question how Australia can promote technological innovation under a Federal strategy that prioritises practicality over originality.
October 7, 2020
Tech firms welcome digital investment in 20-21 federal budget
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip's comments on the 2020 Australian Federal Budget appeared in The Australian.
October 6, 2020
Startup founders and the tech sector react to Budget 2020 Copy
The delayed 2020 federal budget, delivered by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg in the wake of the damage wrought by Covid-19 contained a major unexpected win for the startup sector over the R&D Tax Incentive.
October 6, 2020
Budget 2020: Here’s what nine startup founders really want from Frydenberg
Ultimately, there’s an opportunity here for the government to get behind the tech community as an enabler for economic growth, post-COVID-19. These founders want Frydenberg to grab it with both hands. Here’s what these startup founders want to see in the Federal Budget 2020.
September 28, 2020
How partnering with a global VC validates your brand and opens doors
At Antler, they share a lot of information about how founders benefit from working with them when building their company, but the value that the VC firm provides portfolio companies beyond this phase is just as significant. This series aims to share the experiences of the founders, and what they have benefited from most.
September 8, 2020
ausbiz (StartupDaily) Interview - Ian Yip (Avertro) - 8th September 2020
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip, spoke with Samantha Brown and Simon Thomsen about the Service NSW data breach. Ian's segment starts at the 29:22 mark.
August 26, 2020
ausbiz (StartupDaily) Interview - Jacqueline Ryder (Avertro) - 26th August 2020
Our very own Jacqueline Ryder spoke with Samantha Brown and Simon Thomsen on ausbiz TV about joining Avertro. Her interview starts at 25:30.
August 19, 2020
Jacqueline Ryder joins Avertro
Jacqueline Ryder brings over a decade of international experience in the public sector and working with government agencies. As Cybersecurity Specialist, Ryder will combine her expertise in public policy and cybersecurity to address market demand for reliable, timely and strategic guidance on how organisations can protect and prepare against the latest cybersecurity threats.
August 7, 2020
Australia’s new Cyber Security Strategy is lacking precision when it comes to execution and outcomes
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip's opinion piece for Startup Daily on Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy for 2020.
August 6, 2020
Cyber security plan will centralise govt networks
Prime minister Scott Morrison has promised stronger defences for government networks and data as he released the long-awaited 2020 cybersecurity strategy.
July 29, 2020
Acceleration of digital economy exposes greater cyber risks
The Government is determined to tackle cybercrime and has even appointed a new advisory panel to deal with. But as Ian Yip from Avertro points out, the government is typically slower on the uptake. Avertro CEO, Ian Yip, made another guest appearance on ausbiz TV to talk about this with Samantha Brown and Simon Thomsen.
July 29, 2020
5 Steps to Avoid a Data Breach & Improve Data Security
Collecting and using personal data - from email addresses through to basic names and addresses - lubricates many marketing models. It also creates two distinct businesses: those that have suffered a data breach and those that don’t know they’ve been breached ...yet.
July 28, 2020
Elevate your cyber game
On this weeks episode, we talk to Ian Yip from Avertro - the Cyber-WHY company, who explain cyber to executives and board members in plain english. Ian talks to us about validating your cybersecurity strategy and understanding why Identity is a key contributor in organisations.
July 27, 2020
Australia must outline ‘clear consequences’ for cyber attacks: panel
Plagued by increasing online threats and blurring of the lines between cyber security and warfare, Australia’s cyber security industry has welcomed the final report of an industry advisory panel whose 60 recommendations will inform the government’s long-awaited Cyber Security Strategy 2020.
July 21, 2020
Panel offers 60 recommendations to guide development of cyber security strategy
The Federal Government's Industry Advisory Panel, set up to advise on Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy, has offered 60 recommendations to bolster the countries defences.
July 10, 2020
Ticker Today Interview - Ian Yip (Avertro) - 10th July 2020
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip was interviewed on the 10th of July 2020 by Ticker Today. During the interview, he spoke about the recent round of investment and the challenges involved with doing so in the midst of a global pandemic.
July 3, 2020
ausbiz (StartupDaily) Interview - Ian Yip (Avertro) - 3rd July 2020
Avertro CEO, Ian Yip was interviewed on the 3rd of July 2020 by ausbiz on the StartupDaily program. During the interview, he spoke about the recent round of investment and Avertro's plans for the future.
June 30, 2020
Australian startup Avertro closes first funding round, with lead investor, Black Nova Group, to launch the strategic cybersecurity platform for executives Copy
Avertro Pty Ltd, co-founded by Ian Yip and Roman Mandryk has closed their first round of fundraising led by Australian Venture Builder, Black Nova Group Pty Ltd following the completion of two intensive accelerator programs, Antler and CyRise.
June 3, 2020
Spotlight on the CyRise Teams: Avertro
It’s not uncommon for us to talk about what it takes to jump from your corporate gig to cyber entrepreneurship. It’s a certain kind of person who steps away from a comfortable, well-paying job into a risky startup endeavour. That person is usually driven, tenacious, and deliberately optimistic. Ian Yip is these things.
March 27, 2020
Announcing CyRise Cohort Three: Six exciting cyber security startups
We officially started with our new CyRise cohort on the 4th of February, after a rigorous search and selection process that covered the entire Asia Pacific region. The six teams chosen were selected for CyRise late last year, so we’ve been working with these clever folk for a while now.
January 8, 2020
Australia’s startup sector reveals its 2019 highlights
As part of Startup Daily’s summer series, we asked a range of people in the startup ecosystem about the year that’s been and what they see for 2020.
January 7, 2020
Startup founders share their favourite books to read this summer
As part of our summer series, Startup Daily asked founders and others in the startup sector about the three books they think everyone should read and why.
December 24, 2019
MERRY CHRISTECH: Startup founders on their Christmas traditions and taking time off over summer
Australia’s Christmas traditions are a far cry from the world’s other major tech hubs, where people take a few days off amid the snow of a cool Yule. With many workers crossing the finish line to a summer, we spoke to founders and others in the startup ecosystem about how they’ll be spending the Christmas break.
December 17, 2019
Aussie founders and executives share how they'll be using the New Year to get ahead
Australian business leaders share what they’re going to be doing this holiday season and how they plan to get ahead in 2020.
December 11, 2019
The language of business
How Sydney startup Avertro is translating cyber risks into something manager-friendly.
November 13, 2019
For the dreamers
Inside Antler Australia’s first ever Demo Day extravaganza.