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Afraid of being hacked or cyber-compromised?

Tim Boreham
30 October 2020

Archtis is Canberra based and is sharing the love going around since Sco-Mo’s cyber boost, having signed $5 million of new deals with the Department of Defence, defence contractor Northrop Grumman and Curtin University.

Archtis’s key offering is a tool called Kojensi Gov, a cloud based platform thatenables sensitive documents to be shared without fear of leaks or other breaches.

The gist is that rather than creating a multiple of vulnerable checkpoints (such as user passwords), Kojensi creates an electronic fingerprint on the data or documents determining who can access the material and where and when.

Come to think of it, most other cyber security operators go out of their way to ensure the data is not shared.

Archtis listed in September 2018 but the shares were well askew of the 20 cents listing price until mid-June, when they climbed from sub 5 cents to as high as 58 cents.

Whitehawk, meanwhile, takes the ‘honest broker’ role of an online cyber security exchange. This involves devising a risk scorecard for an SME client and matching the business with the most suitable security provider.

Whitehawk doubled revenue in the June half to $585,835 and also posted a$1.26 million loss.

Based in Washington DC, Whitehawk also consults to government and businesses, including the US Department of Homeland Security.

It no doubt helps that Whitehawk CEO Terry Roberts is theformer deputy head of US naval intelligence – and can therefore keep a secret.

What we can tell you without fear of rendition is that Whitehawk has struggled to gain traction with investors since listing in January 2018 at 25 cents apiece, but recent momentum has been more positive.

Other ASX-listed cybersecurity exponents include high-level encryption specialist Senetas, which has been listed since 1999.

Back then, government and business leaders were more concerned about the Millennium Bug, which turned out to be a conspiracy theory created by the IT industry.

 A former day traders’ favourite, Senetas turned over $5 million last year but still struggles for consistent profitability (a $3.6 million loss). Reassuringly, the company’s $66 million market entity backed by $15 million of cash and no debt.

As its name implies, Family Zone Cyber Safetyprovides internet screening tools for impressionable young ones.

The $150 million market cap entity turned over $5 million and lost $17million the last financial year, but there’s still some way to go in keeping kids free of the online nasties.

For investors unwilling to sort the wheat from the voluminous chaff in a still-maturing sector, there is always the diversified option of exchange traded funds. With the apt ASX ticker of HACK, the $285 million Global Cybersecurity EFT offers a one-stop exposure to 40 offshore cybersecurity providers.

Tim Boreham edits The New Criterion (tim@independentresearch.com.au)

Disclaimer: Under no circumstances have there been any inducements or like made by the company mentioned to either IIR or the author. The views here are independent and have no nexus to IIR’s core research offering. The views here are not recommendations and should not be considered as general advice in terms of stock recommendations in the ordinary sense.

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