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Australian Government Awards Cybersecurity Certification to Local Tech Company

The Australian Government has awarded the world’s largest data centre & colocation infrastructure provider with Certified Strategic Hosting Provider status, the highest-level assurance required of data centre providers to host Australian Government data, based on requirements defined in the Hosting Certification Framework managed by the Digital Transformation Agency.

This new certification applies to several of the company’s International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in key metros across Australia. The Managing Director of the tech company says the company has a proven track record as a long-term provider. The firm understands and welcomes the need for clear and transparent whole-of-government outsourcing arrangements in respect of data centre service providers, whilst ensuring Australia remains a competitive, global digital economy.

The company has many certified, densely connected, highly secure IBX facilities in key metros across Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Melbourne and has been a data centre provider to the Commonwealth and state governments for many years under previous hosting panels. They also work with most of the major managed service providers, cloud providers and network providers who provide services to the Australian Government.

Combined with Defence Industry Security Program (DISP), Australian Cyber Security Committee (ACSC) membership and various ISO and SOC certifications, this latest certification ensures that the company meets the highest standards to continue supporting its partners’ capabilities to serve the Australian public sector.

Digital transformation initiatives that leverage cloud technologies and enable remote working are on the rise in Australia, and so is the demand for cybersecurity solutions, according to a new report published by a leading global technology research and advisory firm. The report sees the cybersecurity industry in Australia growing significantly in the coming years.

As enterprises move more data to the cloud and enable remote working, they want to improve their cybersecurity services. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a greater strain on cybersecurity systems as many employees continue to work from home.

In addition, the use of artificial intelligence with cybersecurity tools will grow, the report says, driven by the adoption of the IoT, an increase in threats, concerns about data privacy and stringent new regulations. Next-generation identity and access management, messaging and network security will be key cybersecurity investment areas for Australian companies through 2022.

Demand for cloud-based detection and response solutions is also expected to increase in the coming years, the report predicts. Threat intelligence and strategic security services can also help organizations become more resilient.

Identity and access management platforms have also become one of the most important technology investments for Australian organizations due to the move toward cloud and hybrid IT, the report adds. As enterprises move their IT infrastructure to the cloud, many cybersecurity providers are also moving identity and access management tools from on-premises to the cloud.

Advanced data loss prevention tools have also become a mature and important market in Australia, since the adoption of the Australian Privacy Act of 2018. Stricter privacy regulations have prompted enterprises in the country to adopt the technology.

Finally, many enterprises in Australia are adopting advanced endpoint threat protection, detection and response solutions to protect employees who continue to work from home, the report says. Demand is also triggered by legacy technology still being used and by an explosion of internet-facing endpoints and services that create technical complexity, leading to configuration errors.

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