Canberra companies take world-leading local technology global
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Canberra companies take world-leading local technology global

Two Canberra cyber security companies are teaming up to take world-leading, locally created technology to the world's biggest cyber security conference in San Francisco.

Deception.ai has partnered with QuintessenceLabs to add new quantum technology to its products, which use artificial intelligence to make decoy files that confuse hackers and leave them attacking fake targets that realistically mimic the real ones.

Vince Lee from QuintessenceLabs with deception.ai chief executive Ben Whitham at the Australian Cyber Security Centre conference in Canberra, where they announced a new partnership on Wednesday.

Vince Lee from QuintessenceLabs with deception.ai chief executive Ben Whitham at the Australian Cyber Security Centre conference in Canberra, where they announced a new partnership on Wednesday.

Deception.ai chief executive Ben Whitham said the approach was a world-first in advanced cyber threat detection, likening it to camouflage that constantly adapted to its surroundings.

He said deception.ai's systems could generate fake documents, computers, databases, websites and credentials, constantly updating them at a speed far greater than a human could.

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The idea was that to catch a shark, you had to use the right bait.

"It's all about turning the tables on the adversary and using their own tricks against them," Mr Whitham said.

"Sooner or later, people will detect traps and avoid them, but every time we spin off our product, it looks completely different and it matches the environment, so the fakes are very convincing.

"Basically, it baits and traps the intruder with a camouflage that matches the surroundings."

Deception.ai and QuintessenceLabs announced their partnership on Wednesday at the Australian Cyber Security Centre conference in Canberra.

They will now travel to San Francisco to pitch their ideas at the world's biggest cyber security conference, RSA, which starts on Monday.

Mr Whitham said after months spent developing the technology behind closed doors, he was looking forward to speaking with potential clients from all over the world.

QuintessenceLabs chief executive Vikram Sharma said he was delighted his company was part of a world-leading innovation.

"We are looking forward to working together with the team at deception.ai to create a unique solution to overcome a major cyber security issue," he said.

Canberra Business Chamber chief executive Robyn Hendry and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr also welcomed the partnership, saying the success of two local businesses showed the city was increasingly seen as a place that supported cyber security businesses.

“It is exciting to see these two businesses working together and demonstrating their world-leading innovations at one of the biggest global cyber events," Ms Hendry said.

Blake Foden is a reporter at the Sunday Canberra Times. He has worked as a journalist in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.

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