Macquarie Government cleared to handle sensitive data


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Tuesday, 26 September, 2017


Macquarie Government has secured accreditation to provide 'protected' level cloud computing services to government customers.

The Macquarie Telecom subsidiary achieved the highest security level certification currently approved by the Australian Signals Directorate for certified cloud services.

Accreditation will allow Macquarie Government's Govzone Secure Cloud service to host government data classified up to the protected level, and the ASD will add Macquarie Government to the Certified Cloud Services List (CCSL) for this classification level.

Managing director Aidan Tudehope welcomed the new classification, and noted that Macquarie Government was the first Australian cloud provider added to the CCSL for unclassified level in 2015.

"Macquarie has invested hugely in specialised infrastructure in our highly secure data centres in Canberra and Sydney, and in building a team of over 100 security cleared staff, all because we believe security is the foundation of government digital transformation.

"The need for 'baked in' security was made clear in the report on the eCensus failure, which recommended the certification of protected cloud services should be hastened to help government agencies move to safer information storage and management environments. As an Australian business continuing to invest in Canberra, we are proud to be the first scale cloud services providers to achieve ASD Protected status."

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