DTA publishes blueprint for collaboration, communication

By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 31 March, 2020

DTA publishes blueprint for collaboration, communication

The Digital Transformation Agency has published a new guide to help agencies standardise how teams communicate and collaborate across government.

The Protected Utility Blueprint, developed in collaboration with Microsoft and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), provides configuration guides and security documentation aimed at helping agencies transition to a modern desktop based on Microsoft Office 365.

It includes information designed to equip agencies to handle data up to the Protected classification level, and achieve greater adoption of the ACSC's Essential Eight threat mitigation strategies.

According to the DTA, the Protected Utility program brings together best-in-class productivity tools and facilitates cross-agency collaboration. The program will be designed to continually evolve to meet individual agencies and whole-of-government needs.

Supported applications include storing and sharing documents, hosting online meetings, instant messaging, and managing team sites and project resources.

The guide is divided into four blueprints, covering a solution overview, Office 365 design, platform design and workstation design respectively.

More documentation is available on request that includes a security risk management plan, system security plan, incident response plan, detailed configuration settings and standard operating procedures.

The blueprint provides advice for do-it-yourself implementation for agencies. Alternatively, the DTA is available to guide agencies through the process based on the results of a cloud readiness assessment, the guide states.

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