Tesserent announces UNIQ YOU partnership to encourage Gen Z girls into cybersecurity careers 

5th May 2021

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, 4 May 2021: Tesserent, Australia’s largest ASX-listed cybersecurity company (ASX:TNT), has today announced a strategic partnership with Queensland-based not-for-profit UNIQ YOU to encourage more Gen Z girls to seriously consider careers in cybersecurity. 

The Australian cyber sector currently employs 26,500 people but it’s estimated that over 7,000 new jobs will need to be created by 2024 to support the industry as it continues to grow. Encouraging diversity and more female talent in the industry is key to meeting demand and addressing gender imbalances. Tesserent has recently announced a new division - the Tesserent Academy, designed to address the skills shortfall in the sector.

UNIQ YOU is a ground-breaking new virtual platform showing Year 9-12 girls that a career in technology fields like cybersecurity is possible. As more girls see that this is a viable path, a more diverse pipeline of future cybersecurity professionals will open up.

“We are delighted to support the important work that UNIQ YOU is doing to significantly increase the exposure high school girls have to industries under-represented by women. Partnering together, we hope to encourage more female Gen Z high school students to seriously consider building a career in cyber. This program is an exciting initiative supported by the new Tesserent Academy,” enthuses Ms Emmeline McIIIree, Chief People Officer, Tesserent. 

UNIQ YOU tackles the pipeline problem by showing high school girls that they can pursue amazing careers in industries currently under-represented by women, focusing on STEM, technology, cybersecurity as well as mining, water, energy and gas, construction, manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, defence and transport and logistics.

Ms Tanya Messmmann, Chief Executive Officer, UNIQ YOU says, “Tesserent’s commitment to playing a role in the development of a future pipeline of female cybersecurity leaders and boosting participation in the sector is crucial to addressing gender imbalances. We are excited to work together to encourage and support thousands of young Australian women to undertake education and training pathways and start their careers in the important field of cybersecurity.”

“Over the next year, UNIQ YOU aims to facilitate over 600 information-packed video calls between high school girls, their Career Officers and over 100 female advisors working in industries and roles currently under-represented by women. With comprehensive career advisory experience and unique industry opportunities, this service is dedicated to inspiring girls to come and be part of exciting jobs of the future, and contribute to our ever-changing technological world,” explains Ms Messmmann. 



Tesserent provides full service, enterprise-grade cybersecurity and networking solutions targeted at mid-market, enterprise and government customers across Australia and New Zealand. The Company’s Cyber 360 strategy delivers integrated solutions covering identification, protection and 24/7 monitoring against cybersecurity threats. Within excess of 290 security professionals, Tesserent has the capability to support organisations to defend their digital assets against increasing risks and cyber-attacks.

Tesserent has been transformed via the acquisition of several high-quality cybersecurity businesses including Pure Security, Rivium, North Security, Seer Security, Airloom, Ludus Security, iQ3 and Lateral Security, making it Australia’s largest ASX-listed dedicated cybersecurity firm (ASX:TNT).

Interested in significantly growing the pipeline of young women into your organisation?

We're currently inviting corporate partners onboard for the launch of UNIQ YOU - a ground-breaking new D&I service focused on increasing the number of high school girls considering and pursuing pathways into under-represented industries and roles.