Friday, 25 May 2012 10:56

ISO certification part of Telstra’s continuing cloud investment

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Telstra’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform has been independently certified as compliant to the ISO27001 international standard, as the company continues its ongoing multi-million dollar investment in cloud services.

Telstra general manager of cloud computing, Mark Pratley, said the ISO27001 certification was part of the $800 million investment Telstra was making in cloud computing over the next few years and followed on from recent certifications of Telstra infrastructure from global application and hardware vendors.

Pratley said Telstra’s data storage services had long been compliant to the ISO27001 international standard for information security management and now Telstra’s utility and dedicated cloud computing platforms, backup and recovery service, associated operational systems and tools had been assessed as compliant to the strict standard.

“The cloud market, in particular infrastructure-as-a-service, represents a new approach to how IT is delivered for organisations and Telstra is very serious about making sure our cloud computing platform is not just secure but independently audited, giving our customers the confidence their data and applications are protected and safe.

“For the first time our entire infrastructure-as-a-service platform, including computer storage, backup, security and data centres has been assessed as compliant to the international ISO27001 standard.”

Pratley said that receiving ISO27001 certification followed a strict independent audit of Telstra’s infrastructure and security practices in connection with its infrastructure-as-a-service platform, which were in accordance with strict global standards. The audit and certification was carried out across Telstra’s multiple infrastructure-as-a-service sites in Sydney and Melbourne and included both utility and dedicated hosting infrastructure cloud services.

According to Pratley, as more organisations look to gain efficiency and cost savings by utilising cloud computing, it is even more critical to ensure information and security management practices are compliant with international standards, “providing surety that critical information remains secure.”

“Clearly security remains a top priority for businesses adopting cloud services. A recent Telstra survey of 700 large organisations had two thirds indicate they are looking to significantly invest in cloud computing this year and more than 80 per cent of all organisations rated security as very important,” Pratley said.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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