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Penten appoints former defence chief to board of directors

Penten appointed former Information Warfare Division chief to board of directors.

user icon Liam Garman
Wed, 31 Mar 2021
Penten appoints former defence chief to board of directors
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Australia-based cyber and information company Penten confirmed on Monday morning that Major General (Ret'd) Dr Marcus Thompson has been appointed to Penten’s board.

Thompson served for 30 years in the Australian Defence Force, and was the inaugural head of the Department of Defence’s Information Warfare Division (IWD).

In his capacity as head of the IWD, Thompson oversaw Australia’s electronic, cyber, AI and space defence capabilities.

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Dr Thompson welcomed the appointment, and noted that the cyber warfare battlespace is growing rapidly.

“I am thrilled to be joining the board of directors at Penten, who are a standout example of Australia’s booming cyber and national security industry,” he said.

“Penten’s focus on secure mobility, applied AI and tactical communications is a natural fit for my previous experience and I am looking forward to helping them as they continue to grow and prosper as a company.

Dr Thompson continued, “The battlespace of the future will increasingly be a digital one. Companies like Penten will be leading the charge to help keep Australia safe.”

Matthew Wilson, CEO of Penten, further welcomed the appointment.

“From five founders in 2014, to 120 staff today, Penten has grown into one of Australia’s leading cyber technology companies,” Wilson said.

“Since 2017, when the Information Warfare Division was founded, the Australian cyber industry has developed tremendously and is the best example of sovereign capability development in the national security field.

“Cyber is proving to be Australia’s best chance to create a world leading national security sector, one where our products and capabilities can be exported worldwide, especially to our five-eyes partners.”

Liam Garman

Liam Garman

Liam Garman is the editor of leading Australian security and defence publications Cyber Daily and Defence Connect. 

Liam began his career as a speech writer at New South Wales Parliament before working for world leading campaigns and research agencies in Sydney and Auckland. Throughout his career, Liam has managed and executed a range of international media and communications campaigns spanning politics, business, industrial relations and infrastructure. He’s since shifted his attention to researching and writing extensively on geopolitics and defence, specifically in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and a Masters of Strategy and Security from UNSW Canberra, with a thesis on postmodernism and disinformation operations. 

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