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  • 24 October 2019 15:25

Macquarie Government simplifies cyber security for Australian organisations

New SIEM-as-a-service unifies security systems to enable cyber threat management within one interface

Macquarie Government, part of the Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX: MAQ), today launched a new cyber security service to better protect and simplify compliance for Australia’s state and federal governments.

Developed by Macquarie Government leveraging the Splunk Enterprise Security platform, SIEMaaS (security information and event management-as-a-service) is a portal which monitors all ICT systems within a government entity to make it easier to conduct forensic investigations, and manage cyber-security events to defend against threats.

“The frequency, sophistication and impact of cyber threats continues its ascendancy, so much so that cyber-attacks and data fraud are among the five most likely global risks, according to the World Economic Forum,” said Aidan Tudehope, managing director at Macquarie Government.

“Now that ICT environments feature multiple security layers to protect diverse and often dispersed organisations, companies are facing information overload while trying to secure assets, data and users. By unifying all this information in one place, SIEMaaS provides a single view for security events across all facets of a business shoring up the weakest links in an organisation’s cyber-defence.

“Previously, this level of cyber defence sophistication was out of reach for most mid-sized government departments, but SIEMaaS offers an affordable solution from a sovereign cloud provider and data management leader in Splunk – a unique solution for the Australian government market,” said Tudehope.

Security and data protection remain among the top priorities for Australian governments, particularly with heightened regulatory requirements imposed by Australia’s NDB scheme, the Whole-of-government Hosting Strategy, and the expansion of the Internet Gateway Program.

Macquarie Government’s new service is hosted within an ASD-certified (Australian Signals Directorate) ‘GovZone’ cloud environment where all service components remain onshore and sovereign. The platform unifies cyber security systems with related data across on-premises and public cloud environments – including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. Information is provided within a single, customisable portal to deliver deep insights into threats and attacks, both internal and external.

“By managing all security-related information in one place, Macquarie’s SIEMaaS provides a single pane of glass for security alerts, while enabling correlations between multiple data sources that may otherwise be missed,” said Aziz Benmalek, vice president of worldwide partners at Splunk. “This enhances control over data to reduce risk to an organisation no matter where its applications and data are hosted.”

SIEMaaS is available as a standalone service or bundled with Macquarie’s new security operations centre as-a-service (SOCaaS), launched in September to address the evolving threat landscape faced by Australian Federal Government agencies.

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