Macquarie Government renews its cyber security contract with the ATO

Macquarie Government, part of Macquarie Telecom Group, announced it has renewed and extended its agreement with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to provide a range of data and cyber security services. It will see the Australian Taxation Office continue to leverage services including Macquarie’s Secure Internet Gateway (SIG), 24x7x365 Security Operations Centre (SOC), sovereign data centre, hyperconverged infrastructure, and cloud services.

What is Macquarie’s product offering to the ATO?

These services aid the secure connection between the ATO’s IT environment and the internet and protect the financial, personal and other sensitive data of Aussie companies and citizens.

Since the initial agreement in 2019, Macquarie has facilitated the migration of SIG services and supported the ATO’s IT and security teams regarding SIG services. This support includes monitoring of digital events on the ATO’s SIG and triage of attacks by Macquarie’s SOC.

For the ATO, Macquarie’s SOC provides a full inspection of internet traffic flows, content, and images to meet ATO policies, the Government’s Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and Information Security Manual (ISM) controls. In December, Macquarie Government, Aussies’ govt cyber security specialist, became the first company in Australia to have its cloud and data centre services ‘Certified Strategic’ by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

What does the extension mean for Macquarie?

Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director at Macquarie Telecom Group

Macquarie Government provides SIG and other cyber security services to about 42% of the Federal Government based on staff headcount. “We’re proud to play a key role in keeping one of Australia’s most fundamental govt agencies secure, at a time when Aussies are looking for greater assurance their critical govt data and the institutions that store and protect it are fully secure,” said Aidan Tudehope, Managing Director, Macquarie Government.

In growing its government cyber security capabilities, Macquarie Government has continued to invest in its infrastructure and service capabilities, including a significant focus on recruitment. The company now has more than 220 security cleared engineers servicing its clients. They are driving service innovation through the provision of virtual services gateways, enhanced cyber security tools and secure access service edge (SASE) security frameworks.

In addition, Macquarie Government has also significantly expanded its sovereign data centre campus in Canberra, opening the $17 million Intellicentre 5 data centre in 2021.