Macquarie Telecom Group reaches milestone with 200 government security-cleared personnel

Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director at Macquarie Telecom Group

Macquarie Telecom Group has announced that it has surpassed 200 government-cleared security staff, with plans to continue to grow that number, as it continues to invest in local skills and capability to protect Australia’s sensitive government and citizen data.

Surpassing 200 security-cleared staff is double the number Macquarie had only a year ago, exemplifying the rapid growth the company is experiencing.

The milestone means Macquarie has the largest cohort of security cleared staff of any Australian data centre and cloud service provider. 

Macquarie is bridging the cyber security skills gap

Australian Government security accreditations are governed by the Department of Defence.

There is rigorous background assessments, security training, and certification to receive and permit access to classified information and resources up to and including the SECRET level.

The Macquarie Telecom Group milestone comes as Australians continues to battle the war against cyber attacks on two crucial fronts, skills shortages and rising cybercrime.

AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, predicted in its 2021 Annual Report that Australia will need over 10,000 additional cyber security specialists by 2025. 

This prediction is vital in order to mitigate threats and protect sovereign data as  Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) shows about one cyber crime is reported every 10 minutes.

Macquarie’s comments on the security accreditations

Macquarie MD Aidan Tudehope says the impact of cyber attacks against government are far more serious than those against private enterprises, due to the nature of the data in play.

“Attack attempts on government data and departments are far more frequent than what we see in enterprise settings. Government holds the nation’s data crown jewels,” said Tudehope.

“Government data belongs to all of us and everyone in Australia is affected in one 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 and or not to share our personal data with private enterprises. These decisions are made individually.”

“Government data storage and protection is the responsibility of government and highlights the importance of the supply chain engaged to assist with the data storage and protection.”

“Its our responsibility to invest in the skills and security clearances needed to provide the Commonwealth with the level of capability that is required to support this vital national asset.”

At the state level, Macquarie Telecom Group is also building a sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence (CSCOE) in partnership with the New South Wales Government.

This will be housed in the new Intellicentre 3 (IC3) Super West data centre in Sydney.

“At Macquarie Telecom Group we are, and have always been committed to developing sovereign capability to support advanced data storage and processing,” added Tudehope.

“At Macquarie Telecom Group we are blessed to have many talented people to deliver dynamic cyber security capabilities supporting a prolific, real-time and in-demand industry.”