Macquarie Telecom Group has announced it has surpassed 200 government-cleared security staff, with plans to continue to grow that number, as it continues to invest in local skills and capability to protect Australia’s sensitive government and citizen data.
Surpassing 200 security-cleared
staff is double the number Macquarie had only a year ago, exemplifying the
rapid growth the company is experiencing. The milestone means Macquarie has the
largest cohort of security cleared staff of any Australian data centre and
cloud service provider.
The clearances are Australian
Government security accreditations governed by the Department of Defence. They
require rigorous background assessments of individuals, security training, and
certification in order to receive them, and permit access to classified
information and resources up to and including the SECRET level.
The milestone comes as Australia continues to battle the war on cyberattacks on two fronts – skills shortages and rising cybercrime. AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, predicted in its 2021 Annual Report that Australia will need over 10,000 additional cyber security specialists by 2025 in order to mitigate threats and protect our sovereign data. The prediction comes as Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) data shows about one cybercrime is reported every 10 minutes.
Macquarie Government Managing
Director Aidan Tudehope says the impact of cyberattacks against government are
far more serious than those against private enterprises, due to the nature of
the data in play.
“Attack attempts on government data and departments are far more frequent than what we see in enterprise settings,” says Tudehope.
“Government holds the nation’s
data crown jewels. It belongs to all of us, every single person in Australia in
some way or another. Our government is entrusted to secure that data on behalf
of every Australian. On the other hand, as individual citizens, we make the
choice to share – or not – our personal data with private enterprises. These
decisions are ours to make.
“With government data the
decisions on where and how sovereign data is stored and protected is the
responsibility of government. This also highlights the importance of the supply
chain that is engaged to assist government with the storage and protection of that
data. As one of those trusted suppliers, we see it as our responsibility to
invest in the sovereign skills and security clearances needed to provide the
Commonwealth with the level of capability that is required to support this
vital national asset.”
At the state level, the company is also building a Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (CSCOE) in partnership with the New South Wales Government. This will be housed in the company’s new Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West data centre in Sydney.
“At Macquarie we are – and have always been – committed to developing sovereign capability to support data storage and processing,” adds Tudehope.
“At Macquarie Telecom Group we
are blessed to have hundreds of talented people who deliver the most dynamic
cyber security capabilities in the country, supporting a prolific, ‘always-on’
and in-demand industry.”