Telstra Launches Specialized Government Cybersecurity Capability
Telstra today announced that it will expand its range of world-class bespoke government security solutions with the introduction of Sovereign SecureEdge and Cyber Detection and Response capabilities to help bolster Australia’s cyber defences.
This comes as Telstra reinforces its commitment to providing specialist expertise and services to all levels of government with the creation of a specialist government team.
Telstra Enterprise Group Owner, Government Nicole McMahon said Telstra had a long and productive history of partnering with government and protecting Australians and their interests.
“COVID-19 has rapidly accelerated digital adoption, including more digital government services. This creates huge opportunities for communities – especially those in rural or remote areas – but can also present significant security challenges given of the sophistication and growing number of cyber attacks on Australia organisations, which now cost the economy over $3 billion every year.”
Ms McMahon said the new capabilities would help secure the digitalization of the Australian economy and meet the federal government’s commitment to provide digital access to all government services by 2025.
“As we recover from the pandemic, reliance on digital services will remain essential, so it is important that we secure and protect our digital environment, as disruption from cyberattacks could have a significant impact on the economy and its recovery.” , she said.
“Telstra’s ability to protect, detect and respond to cyber threats, coupled with the unrivaled threat visibility we have through operating Australia’s largest and most complex network, uniquely positions us to be able to act. on real-time cyber issues.
“Our team of technology and cybersecurity experts can provide federal, state and local governments with secure, sovereign and intelligent technology networks and solutions to keep Australia safe.”
The cybersecurity detection and response capability relies on the same security operations centers trusted by organizations across Australia and integrates with government systems, endpoints and cloud services to monitor the vast landscape of cyber threats using big data analytics from Telstra’s managed security services platform.
Sovereign SecureEdge helps customers implement stricter compliance measures, without the complexity and cost of having to build functionality from scratch. Built using a cloud-based architecture, the solution also helps reduce latency and limitations that often accompany more complex perimeter security solutions.
Telstra’s enhanced cybersecurity solutions are designed and built to federal, state and local government requirements, including iRAP (ISM protected) rating measures.
The new Sovereign SecureEdge and Cyber Detection and Response capabilities build on a suite of secure services that Telstra already provides to government – from private networks and flexible cloud management platforms to unified communications and mobility solutions that take support remote working and collaboration, and IoT solutions that help improve efficiency and customer experience.
Beyond these government-tailored solutions, Ms McMahon said Telstra continues to strengthen network-level security to protect consumers and organizations from growing cybersecurity threats.
“As part of our Cleaner Pipes initiatives, we now block an average of 13 million fraudulent voice calls per month, and over 100 million fraudulent calls have been blocked since we began this work,” he said. she declared.
“We are also stepping up our efforts to filter and block fraudulent SMS messages with new technology following a successful trial with Services Australia and are using Domain Name System (DNS) and other filtering techniques to reduce the damage caused by fraudulent websites.”
Telstra’s Sovereign SecureEdge and Cyber Detection and Response capabilities will be available to government in the coming months.
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