The telecommunications company has hit a new milestone, doubling its security-cleared team in just 12 months.
Macquarie Telecom Group has confirmed its government-cleared security team has surpassed 200, making it the largest cohort of security-cleared staff among Australian cloud and data security companies.
The accreditations, granted by the Department of Defence, enable recipients to access classified information and resources up to and including the ‘SECRET’ level.
Macquarie Government managing director Aidan Tudehope noted the importance of the security accreditation amid a spike in cyber attacks.
“Attack attempts on government data and departments are far more frequent than what we see in enterprise settings,” Tudehope said.
“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.”
The managing director also reflected on the importance of the supply chain in assisting government with data storage and protection.
“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,” Tudehope added.
The company is currently in the process of developing a Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (CSCOE) in partnership with the NSW government, based at its 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,” Tudehope said.
“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.”