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North Sydney cyber centre to boost Australia’s cyber security defences

NTT Security has officially launched its rebuilt Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Australia to assess and mitigate global cyber security threats and help clients strengthen Australia’s cyber security posture and resilience.

user iconStephen Kuper
Thu, 21 Feb 2019
North Sydney cyber centre to boost Australia’s cyber security defences
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The centre, located in North Sydney, is managed and operated by NTT Security for the delivery of NTT Group companies’ Managed Security Services to clients located in Australia and beyond, serving the growing demand for security and risk management expertise. It is part of a network of 10 dedicated NTT Security SOCs around the world.

NTT Security’s global CIO and regional CEO for APAC, Martin Schlatter, welcomed the reopening of the SOC, saying, “Cyber security risks are less predictable than before, and attackers are developing more sophisticated ways of breaching defenses. The role of the SOC has evolved from a stand-alone security monitoring and alerting environment to one that is much more proactive in hunting for threats and more integrated with each client’s environment – not just the technology – but also at an operational and business level.”

The SOC consists of a highly secure advanced threat monitoring and incident response centre. It is powered by a single global managed security services platform, with security best practice and knowledge shared across all SOCs instantaneously. It also features market-leading threat detection capabilities, including machine learning, big data and complex event processing analysis.


The SOC will be home to local cyber security specialists who will work closely with clients to define specific use cases for the services offered. With the cyber security sector facing a skills shortage, the SOC is expected to create new cyber security roles in the Australian market.

“The level of analytics and automation we have in the SOC, and the instantaneous access we have to threat intelligence globally, is a clear differentiator for us in the Australian market. We also now have access to highly specialised security skills and resources from geographies where particular technologies and applications are already in more widespread use, such as IoT deployments in manufacturing industries and critical infrastructure,” Dimension Data’s Australian director of cyber security, John Karabin, added.

Cyber criminals are developing malware and other malicious code and creating new methods of targeting organisations in APAC on a daily basis. Viruses and worms, two of the most common forms of malware, accounted for 66 per cent of malware in the region, compared to 23 per cent globally.

Tarquin Bellinger, COO of NTT Communications in Australia, commented, “This SOC launch is another fantastic example of NTT Group’s commitment to the Australian IT market. By leveraging the global network and security infrastructure of the NTT Group, we can now offer world-class resilience capabilities to our enterprise and government clients, delivering tangible business benefit and reduced risk in this digital age.”

NTT Security is the specialised security company and the center of excellence in security for NTT Group. With embedded security, we enable NTT Group companies (NTT Communications, NTT DATA and Dimension Data) to deliver resilient business solutions for clients’ digital transformation needs. NTT Security has multiple SOCs, seven R&D centers and over 1,500 security experts. It handles hundreds of thousands of security incidents annually across six continents.

NTT Security ensures that resources are used effectively by delivering the right mix of Managed Security Services, Security Consulting Services and Security Technology through NTT Group companies – making best use of local resources and leveraging global capabilities. NTT Security is part of the NTT Group (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation), one of the largest ICT companies in the world.

Founded in 1983, Dimension Data is an US$8 billion global leader in designing, optimising and managing today’s evolving technology environments. This enables its clients to leverage data in a digital age, turn it into information, and extract insights.

Headquartered in Johannesburg, Dimension Data employs 28,000 people across 47 countries. The company brings together the world’s best technology provided by market leaders and niche innovators with the service support that clients need for their businesses – from consulting, technical and support services to a fully managed service.

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