In 2014, the Government of Australia made a momentous decision to define a cloud first focus for the nation, by creating the Australian Government Cloud Computing Policy. The primary objective being to digitise key citizen functions that need easy accessibility while guaranteeing safety and security of the data involved. Through this policy, the Government aims to consolidate the nation’s fragmented IT infrastructure via cloud architecture.
This policy recognises that moving to the cloud provides Government agencies with immediate cost savings and longer-term strategic benefits. In the short-term, there are significant operational cost savings, increased efficiency, enhanced flexibility and scalability, security and data storage. In the longer-term, adopting cloud assists agencies to focus on their core strategic competencies by outsourcing generic IT services that can be better and more cost-effectively delivered by a specialist cloud provider.
While security is always a key consideration for organisations moving to the cloud, Government cloud requirements are even more stringent. After all, we live in a world where trust in Government is easily lost and hard to gain.
The reason for this rigour is that Government entities are managing public data – much of which could be considered PII (Personally Identifiable Information), which is protected by various laws throughout the world. This additional requirement for structure can make it even more difficult for Government to adopt cloud-based solutions. Therefore, to ensure that the Australian Government truly benefits from using the cloud, a thorough certification process was created. Also, Government agencies and partners have the additional responsibility of being mindful of what data is moved to the cloud. They also need to ensure that it is protected at the right levels, while catering to the nation’s cyber security requirements.
This is where Vault plays a pivotal role. We are proud to be one of the few organisations whose cloud-based services are approved to store ‘Protected Data’. Vault assures you that the data stored with us is sovereign and under the Australian jurisdiction and that no other country has access to it.
Cyber Crime is going to become one of the biggest threats to humanity in the next two decades.
According to IBM’s study on Cost of Data Breach, the average cost of data breach for Australian companies was estimated to be $2.51 million with 47% of breaches being attributed to malicious or criminal attack.
In addition to this, Data Insider reveals that 95% of the records that were breached in 2016 are attributed to three key industries: Technology, Government and Retail. To make things worse, the average cost of a data breach in 2020 could top $150 million, according to Delta Systems. This includes the cost of any data losses, the cost of data clean-up and notification, as well as any lawsuits that could come from the public sector’s loss of Personally Identifiable Data (PII).
At Vault, we take cybersecurity seriously. It is our mission to keep your data secure from cyber criminals and adversaries. While it may appear that localised systems offer higher levels of security than cloud systems, the opposite is actually true. Legacy systems can be difficult to implement and are quite unreliable, with multiple potential entry points and opportunities for a security breach. Despite this, many businesses take huge risks and rely on these on-premise legacy systems to store large quantities of data.
At Vault, we are continually researching effective ways to improve physical and digital security for your data. Using cloud technology, we offer multiple layers of security. Our secure cloud platform natively embeds security controls to meet stringent Government security requirements.
Let our security professionals discuss with you the specifics around the near-term and long-term threat landscape and how we can protect your valuable assets.
Contact us at (02) 6190 0000 today to learn more.
The cloud is an enabler of digital transformation. It provides organisations and agencies the speed and scale to drive innovation. Ultimate flexibility and scalability are the two key promises of cloud computing and these are in fact realised on a daily basis around the world.
Web-enabled devices are growing in number every day, making it critical to provide an ‘always-on’ access to your important business information. Your customers expect to be able to access information on demand.
Cloud computing increases the efficiency of organisations through:
Today’s global businesses thrive on active sharing of data between cross border teams. Cloud computing makes this entire collaboration between partners, vendors and suppliers, a secure and efficient process. When you leverage the power of cloud computing, real-time access to sensitive information and systems makes all the difference and cuts down time and costs significantly.
The days of having your technology team walk across hundreds of workstations to update systems, is long gone. Cloud computing provides the ability to push out updates to your entire network at once, at a mere fraction of the cost of the hands-on upgrades required in the past. In addition, automatic updates are available for servers where sensitive data and platforms are being stored, allowing you additional peace of mind, knowing that your data is safe and proactively protected from ransomware and other malware.
Finding time to build and expand your infrastructure can be a challenge, especially for Government organisations. If there is a choice between adding and configuring a new server and defining and launching an innovative new platform, how would you prefer your tech teams to spend their limited time? The scalability of cloud computing helps reduce overall system administration significantly, while still providing exceptional uptime and processing speeds to your constituents. So now, instead of juggling between adding and removing servers as and when your business needs change, you can depend on our hyperscale cloud to match your growing business needs. You finally have everything you need to focus on running your business effectively!
If your organisation is handling sensitive data, a comprehensive business continuity plan for your systems, information and network is a basic necessity to safeguard you from both a physical threat or cyberattack. Cloud computing also helps protect your systems from an unforeseen calamity or other crisis with regional redundancies. Vault champions this by ensuring your records are safe through geo replication of systems and networks across multiple data centres in Australia. Through these centrally located data centres, you can access critical information instantly, regardless of your physical location. Using these systems, you get the power of business continuity inherently delivered that will get your business and employees up and running in no time.
Adopting cloud allows organisations to focus on their core strategic competencies by outsourcing generic IT services that can be better and more cost-effectively delivered by a specialist cloud provider. Rather than focusing on infrastructure, your IT department can focus on delivering new products and services to customers. Ideas for new products and services can be rapidly deployed and tested rather than waiting months for infrastructure to be available for testing.
Procuring, installing and integrating infrastructure typically takes 3 to 6 months whereas Cloud takes less than a day.
If you want cloud computing to help you stay ahead of the game, we are here to support you! Contact us at (02) 6190 0000 to learn more..