if you want to catch sharks, you need to use the right bait
highly realistic and enticing content for your cyber deceptions

Advanced Cyber Deceptions

Detect and track sophisticated adversaries.

Cyber deception is a valuable security approach that creates uncertainty for attackers as to the location of real computers and data, while producing a small number of highly reliable indicators of intrusion.

The challenge with cyber deception is that the bait and decoys need to be sufficiently real in order to sustain the deception and provide actionable intelligence. Creating and maintaining realistic and enticing deceptions requires expensive, rare and specialist skills.

Get ahead of the pack

We use machine learning in a novel way to create highly realistic and enticing fakes based on patterns observed on your networks. We are currently working on solutions that generate highly realistic documents, radio traffic for military forces and user activity. These can be used as stand-alone solutions or enhancements to extend your existing systems.

Our solutions also focus on simplifying the management, update and retirement of deceptive content and minimising the impact on your team and system.


Stand alone solutions and enhancements to extend your existing systems


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file content deceptions

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radio traffic deceptions

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user activity deceptions

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Camouflage only works if it matches the surroundings

Realism is critical for effective deceptions. Making realistic decoys and traps means mimicking your data and systems. Your data is unique to you. You need custom deceptions, not generic templates. learns about your data and creates effective traps and decoys that match your environment.


Latest news

  • Snake Oilers 5 part 2: Penten talks Honey Docs


    Snake Oilers is a podcast where vendors pitch their tech at you, the listeners. This week we’re going to hear from Penten, an Australian based company that is doing some genuinely interesting stuff with honey documents.

  • Interview: The Aussie security firm fighting cyber deception from the inside out.


    Matthew Wilson is a technology entrepreneur — founder of the M5 Network Security, an award-winning cybersecurity firm sold to Northrop Grumman in 2012. In 2016, Matthew co-founded Penten — a cybersecurity project centred around innovation, mobile security and cyber deception technologies.

  • UNSW Canberra hosts international cyber sleuths


    UNSW Canberra is hosting Australia’s first ever Honeynet Project Workshop – an international event exploring methods and tools to detect, observe, and thwart cyber attacks. Coordinator of the event, and UNSW Canberra alumni Ben Whitham ( Founder), says the Honeynet Project is an international not-for-profit group of volunteers that work together to build free cyber security software tools.


Penten and are currently hiring in Canberra and Wollongong!

We are a highly successful cyber security business that is making headlines and we need your skills.  Our brand is developing a new suite of cyber products focusing on ground breaking machine learning technology to detect sophisticated intrusions.

We are excited to be offering multiple software engineering opportunities to people who are passionate about working with new technologies, being part of a high performing team in a fun environment with a focus on outcomes for the end user.

Some of the things you will be doing: 

  • Developing software in Python using agile frameworks
  • Integrating your code into our CI process
  • Working with and developing machine learning algorithms to generate deceptive content
  • Looking at computer forensics from a different angle

What you need:

  • Eligible for Australian Government Security Clearance
  • 3+ years software product development in any language
  • Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent.

If this sounds like you, step up and apply.

For any further information send an email to to find out more about the role.