Brisbane, Australia – 24 November 2022 – Sovereign Cloud Australia (“AUCloud”), announces operation of dedicated Brisbane Sovereignty Zone (BSZ) services for Government and Critical Infrastructure sectors to support Queensland based organisations.
BSZ complements existing AUCloud Federal Government security accredited services operating from Canberra and Sydney, to deliver Queensland customers with local capability to meet their cyber security (M365 Backup, Immutable Storage, Disaster Recovery, Secure Operations Centre as a Service), resilience (geographic and vendor) and low latency performance needs.
Brisbane based Comtrac, a national leading provider of investigation management software-as-a-service (SaaS), recognises the value that their customers place on the highest levels of data sovereignty and security and the related benefits of deploying their highly regarded specialist SaaS solution on locally based platforms. “Facilitating hundreds of thousands of investigations across regulatory agencies, law enforcement and large private sector companies, data integrity and confidentiality are the cornerstones of building a trusted, evidence-based chain of evidence” said Craig Doran, Chief Executive and Founder Comtrac.
“With the recent increase in cyber security incidents, including very public breaches, we recognise the value a locally based sovereign cloud provider, such as AUCloud, can provide to mitigate the evidential level risks of data. In partnership with AUCloud and specialist service partners, Comtrac is working in many investigatory environments to support high profile law enforcement, judicial and ethically based investigations.”
Further to supporting the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) with the secure delivery of the recent Federal Election, where it was acknowledged that “AUCloud played a key role in ensuring our success and helping the AEC defend democracy”, the launch of BSZ represents a further strengthening of nationwide sovereign security credentials.
“Working with partners NEXTDC, VMware and Veeam, AUCloud is now able to provide a broad portfolio of geographically resilient services, specifically engineered to address the data protection requirements of government and critical industry sectors including healthcare, financial services, resources and energy” said Phil Dawson, Co-Founder and Managing Director AUCloud.
“Our increasingly recognised and valued cyber security credentials, our obsessive focus on data retention in Australia to mitigate the risks of support, monitoring and metadata transmission to unknown overseas parties and our proven local service capability and partner eco-system, is now resonating with end customers and their service partners.”
Operation of BSZ also coincides with the opening of a new AUCloud office, located in the heart of Brisbane city and expands AUCloud’s long standing development and technical team presence in Queensland.
AUCloud is Australia’s sovereign cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider, exclusively focused on the Australian Government, Defence, Intelligence and Critical Infrastructure (CI) communities. AUCloud’s customers benefit from sovereign data protection with the scale, automation, elasticity, and lower costs associated with hyperscale public cloud offerings but with the assurance of data sovereignty and certainty that all data types remain within Australia. AUCloud is independently IRAP certified to the PROTECTED level controls of the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Information Security Manual (ISM), and Certified Strategic in accordance with the DTA’s Hosting Certification Framework. AUCloud is also a member of the Defence Industry Security Program.
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