Monday, 18 May 2015 15:31

Macquarie paves way for Aussie firms to meet stringent govt cloud security standards Featured

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Macquarie Telecom is hailing its inclusion as the first, and so far only, Australian business on the federal government’s list of providers to meet government security standards for the delivery of cloud services.

The Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL) identifies companies approved by one of Australia’s highly secret security services, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD).

Macquarie managing director and co-founder Aiden Tudehope said ASD certification complements the company’s appointment to the recently announced Cloud Services Panel established by the Department of Finance.

“The ASD was detailed and thorough and Macquarie is proud that out hard work has been recognised in this way,” Tudehope said.

Tudehope says Macquarie Telecom looks forward to other Australian cloud vendors also achieving certification in the near future “as further demonstration of the security skills and investments by the Australian ICT industry.”

Major General Stephen Day, head of Cyber and Information Security at ASD and also Coordinator of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, said; “The rigorous and detailed certification process overseen by ASD for Cloud Service providers will give public sector users confidence in making the transition to new technologies and services.”

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with industry to ensure that there is a range or providers who can independently demonstrate that they meet the security needs of government in the cloud space.”

Tudehope said security of government data, including citizen data, is a key policy issue for the public sector, and Macquarie’s analysis shows governments are “increasingly looking for a range of cloud computing services for different data classification use cases.”

“This certification confirms to agencies that Macquarie Telecoms’s cloud infrastructure is suitable for sensitive government data at the ‘Unclassified – DLM’ level.”

Tudehope said ASD has highlighted to government a range of risks to be considered when moving to the cloud. “CCSL certification will give agencies a more informed basis to determine which provider is the best fit for their security needs when choosing from the new Cloud Services Panel.

“Macquarie Telecom has worked hard to develop a high standard of specialist security capabilities specifically for the government sector. We have invested heavily in a purpose-built government data centre in Canberra and to create a suite of products, including our GovZone secure cloud. We are delighted to see this product among the first cloud services providers independently certified by ASD as complying with the new cloud security requirements of the ISM.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a 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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