Australian owned and operated CSO Group has secured a four-year $7 million deal with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ).
The deal includes a tightly integrated solution delivering a fully managed Security Monitoring Service (Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Managed Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) that offers real-time visibility, intelligence and remediation.
The signing of this latest deal has formed a new partnership between CSO Group and the globally recognised, Australian-owned Macquarie Telecom Group.
The two Australian owned companies offer a shared vision to help organisations demystify cyber security and provide critical detection and response capabilities, all through an enterprise grade Australian sovereign solution.
According to Aidan Tudehope, Macquarie Government managing director, the NSW government is a leader in cyber security, demonstrating best practice in its cyber maturity by driving a new strategy that sets standards and regulatory requirements within the state.
"The combination of CSO Group’s consultative-led model and Macquarie’s heritage and experience across all levels of government – particularly over 42 per cent of federal government agencies – will help to realise this strategy while ensuring a sovereign data-secure environment,” Tudehope said.
"We look forward to working with the Department of Communities and Justice and CSO Group.”
This SOC and SIEM contract is part of the Department’s Cyber Refresh Program and in addition to the $16 million DCJ contract awarded to CSO Group in late 2020.
The platform is delivered through a strategically sovereign architecture via the ‘Protected Cloud’ and government certified environment powered by Macquarie Government, a division of Macquarie Telecom Group.
CSO Group’s Integrated Security Monitoring Service (ISMS) is designed to be accessible, customisable, flexible and scalable, including contextual use cases to ensure the delivery of a purpose-built solution to their customers.
According to Michael Simkovic, CSO CEO, the company's main driver as a dedicated Cyber Security System Intergrator is to deliver security solutions to meet strategic partner requirements.
"We are very proud of the work that our team has been providing our customers in addition to the partnership and trust we have developed with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice," he said.
"As a dedicated Cyber Security System Integrator, delivering Integrated Security Outcomes to our customers is our primary goal – enhanced through orchestrating the right components of our strategic partners to meet the contextual need.”
The CSO Group's Managed Cyber Assurance Service (M-CAS) wrapped with Macquarie Government's SOC-as-a-Service and SIEM-as-a-Service is designed to provide seamless architecture, advanced insights, increased security resilience and protection.
Leveraging strategic partnerships with CrowdStrike and FireEye’s Mandiant to provide leading intelligence and incident response further enhances the holistic outcomes of the service.
Working with enterprise grade Australian cyber security companies that house the data in a protected Australian data centre is a highly valuable requirement, according to Matthew Fedele-Sirotich, NSW DCJ chief information security officer.
"The services offered enables our internal teams to conduct the in-depth threat hunts to continuously validate the secure nature of our environment,” Fedele-Sirotich said.
"Knowing our service partner is acting as our overwatch, ensuring we identify and respond to malicious behaviours and events.”
Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans issues, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! 7 and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. She started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.