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Australian cybersecurity companies team up for Indigenous STEM scholarship

Brendan Foster -

First Nations-owned cyber security company Baidam Solutions and Tenable Software have teamed up to provide the first-lifetime scholarship for Indigenous STEM students at Western Australia's Edith Cowan University.

Brisbane-based Baidam Solutions has grown to be one of Australia's leading Indigenous ICT security services and solutions providers in just five years.

"Giving back to the community we represent is at the cornerstone of our organisation," said Baidam Solutions CEO and co-founder Phillip Jenkinson.

"The decision to support greater Indigenous participation in ECU was obvious, given the university's impressive track record, and since opening our Perth office a few months ago, we have been delighted by the reception we have received from other First Nations businesses, members of the community and customers who are looking to drive more than just a business outcome from their procurement budgets," he said.

The scholarship is the third of its kind delivered by Baidam Solutions to Australian universities and the first it has been delivered in Western Australia.

Tenable regional manager Scott McKinnel said the cybersecurity company believed that progress is anchored in innovation and diversity.

He said the scholarships would give First Nations students much-needed skills and opportunities for which they would otherwise be overlooked.

"These Cybersecurity scholarships allow aspiring First Nations individuals who otherwise may miss out on an opportunity to develop the knowledge and expertise needed to not only secure a lifelong career but fill a very genuine gap in Australia's current digital economy," he said.

"We couldn't be prouder to work with our key business partner Baidam Solutions, who share these same ideals."

Proud Badulaig (Kenedth Ke) man and Baidam Group CEO Jack Reis said blending the wisdom of ancestral roots with the innovation of cybernetics was a "bridge between worlds".

"I am not just an Indigenous business owner," he said.

"My mission goes beyond firewalls and code. It's about igniting the spark of opportunity for the next generation of Indigenous STEM warriors, fortifying our future while honouring our past.

"In partnership with Tenable, we're doing more than scanning vulnerabilities; we're building bridges to opportunity. Our shared legacy blends innovation with Indigenous wisdom, fostering a diverse future for Australia's national security and empowering the next generation."

Edith Cowan University deputy vice chancellor and proud Nyungar (Wardandi) man Braden Hill said he was delighted to partner with Baidam and Tenable to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student success at ECU.

"We know that financial support is critical to students being able to remain engaged fully within their studies, so this scholarship will be so impactful," Professor Hill said.

"Baidam's story is such a great story to be a small part of and together we can effectively transform our students' lives with this amazing support."

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