The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has extended and renewed its contract with Macquarie Government, a division of Macquarie Telecom Group, to deliver a variety of data and cyber security services.
The ATO will continue to make use of services including the Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) from Macquarie, the 24x7x365 Security Operations Centre (SOC), the sovereign data center, the hyper-converged infrastructure, and cloud services.
These services assist in the secure administration of the link between the ATO’s IT infrastructure and the internet and protect the sensitive financial, personal, and other information of Australian organizations and citizens.
Since the initial agreement was signed in 2019, Macquarie has aided the ATO’s IT and security teams with regard to SIG services and eased the migration of SIG services. This assistance includes triaging specific attacks by Macquarie’s SOC and monitoring digital events on the ATO’s SIG.
In order to comply with ATO policies, the Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF), and Information Security Manual (ISM) controls, Macquarie’s SOC offers a thorough inspection of internet traffic flows, content, and images.
In December, Macquarie Government, Australia’s government cyber security specialist, also became the first company in Australia to have both its cloud and data center services ‘Certified Strategic’ by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).
Macquarie Government provides SIG and other cyber security services to approximately 42 per cent of the Federal Government based on staff headcount.
“We’re proud to play a key role in keeping one of Australia’s most fundamental government agencies secure, at a time when Australians are looking for greater assurance their critical government data and the institutions that store and protect it are fully secure,” said Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director, Macquarie Government.
In order to expand its government cyber security capacities, Macquarie Government has kept investing in its infrastructure and service capabilities, with a strong emphasis on recruitment. More than 220 security cleared engineers working for the organization now provide services to its customers.
By offering virtual service gateways, improved cyber security technologies, and secure access service edge (SASE) security frameworks, they are promoting service innovation.
With the $17 million Intellicentre 5 data center set to launch in 2021, Macquarie Government has also greatly enlarged the campus of its sovereign data center in Canberra.