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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr [L] and Kieran Hynes, founder of Willyama Cyber [R]. Picture: provided

An Australian Indigenous Army veteran who has built a successful tech startup over the past six years has created a cybersecurity company with ambitions to one day launch it on the ASX.

Kieran Hynes is a Newcastle-area Worimi man who spent 13 years as an army officer, dealing with military technology, from communications to satellite systems and classified systems design.

He holds an MSc in Science and Computer Science and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra. After leaving the military, he spent more than a decade in IT and cybersecurity with large companies such as Telstra, Fujitsu, IBM and Dell.

Hynes founded technology company Willyama Services in 2016 and this week launched subsidiary Willyama Cyber, with ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr inaugurating its headquarters in Canberra this week.

Willyama is a Defense Industry Security Program (DISP) Cyber ​​Provider, providing mission-critical cybersecurity services to Defense and the broader defense industry supply chain.

It now has more than 50 employees, with offices in Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, and Hynes is committed to providing training opportunities for young indigenous people who are severely underrepresented among IT graduates.

“Willyama has been able to help by providing real jobs, culturally sensitive mentoring and training opportunities to enable their successful future in our industry,” he said.

“Many veterans find it difficult to make the transition from military to civilian careers, especially those who entered at an early age and Indigenous peoples are severely underrepresented in the IT industry, so I trained Willyama to try to support both groups.

“Wilyama Services is dedicated to Indigenous employment opportunities, while supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses. This will not change.

Hynes said he wanted to separate the two businesses under the Willyama brand to provide more defined offerings to customers and the Indigenous community.

“By splitting Willyama Cyber, we will have a business that is solely focused on improving Australia’s resiliency and security posture with cybersecurity expertise backed by people and influence. natives and veterans,” he said.

“We are providing increasing levels of support to Australian organizations and those wishing to operate in the Australian market by offering our cyber protection and classified information management offerings.”

Speaking to Startup Daily this week, Hynes said his ambition for the company was to take it all the way to an IPO.

“Willyama Cyber ​​has already secured the largest defense contract for cybersecurity and the intention is to expand it so that we are the national leader in the field,” he said.

“And ideally, create the first ASX-listed indigenous company.”

Chief Minister Barr said the territory was delighted with the company’s growth and its focus on job creation for Indigenous Australians, creating more than 15 Indigenous jobs.

“Congratulations to Willyama Services on the launch of their new e-business in one of our fastest growing industry sectors. It’s great to see a company committed to job creation, especially for members of our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” he said.

In 2021, Willyama launched the Indigenous Business Precinct in Canberra, which is now home to several Indigenous businesses, including Indigenous creative agency IB.Creative.

This article originally appeared on Startup Daily.

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