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Telstra set to launch Sovereign SecureEdge cyber security capability

Telstra announced it will extend its range of tailored security solutions for government with the introduction of Sovereign SecureEdge and cyber detection and response capabilities to help strengthen Australia’s cyber defences.

user icon Nastasha Tupas
Thu, 10 Feb 2022
Telstra set to launch Sovereign SecureEdge cyber security capability
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This comes as Telstra bolsters its commitment to providing expertise and specialist services to all levels of government with the creation of a specialist government team.

According to Nicole McMahon, Telstra Enterprise's group owner for government, Telstra has had a long and productive history of partnering with the government and protecting Australians and their interests.

"COVID-19 has rapidly accelerated digital adoption, including more digital government services."

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"This creates huge opportunities for communities – particularly those in rural or remote locations but can also present significant security challenges given the sophistication and rising number of cyber attacks on Australian organisations, which now cost the economy more than $3 billion each year," McMahon said.

McMahon further explained that the new capabilities would help secure the digitisation of Australia’s economy and meet the federal government’s commitment to providing access to all government services digitally by 2025.

"As we recover from the pandemic, reliance on digital services will remain critical, so it’s important that we secure and protect our digital environment, as disruptions due to cyber attacks could significantly impact the economy and its recovery.

"Telstra’s capability to protect, detect and respond to cyber threats, coupled with the unparalleled visibility of threats we have from operating the largest and most complex network in Australia, uniquely positions us to be able to act on cyber issues in real time.

"Our team of technology and cyber experts can provide federal, state and local government with the secure, sovereign and intelligent networks and technology solutions to keep Australia safe," McMahon said.

The cyber detection and response capability is built on the same security operations centres that are trusted by organisations 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 service platform.

Sovereign SecureEdge helps customers to implement more stringent compliance measures, without the complexity and cost of having to build the functionality from scratch.

Built using cloud architecture, the solution also helps to reduce latency and limitations that often come with more complex perimeter-based security solutions.

Telstra's enhanced cyber security solutions are designed and built to federal, state and local government requirements, including iRAP assessment measures (ISM protected).

The new Sovereign SecureEdge and cyber detection and response capabilities build on a suite of secure services Telstra already provides government – from private networks and flexible cloud management platforms to unified communications and mobility solutions that support remote work and collaboration, and IoT solutions that help to improve efficiency and customer experiences.

Beyond these tailored solutions for government, McMahon added that Telstra aims to continue boosting security at the network level to protect consumers and organisations from increasing cyber security threats.

"As part of our Cleaner Pipes initiatives, we’re now blocking 13 million scam voice calls on average per month, and more than 100 million scam calls have been blocked since we started this work.

"We’re also ramping up efforts to filter and block scam 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 harm caused by scam websites," McMahon concluded.

Telstra’s Sovereign SecureEdge and cyber detection and response capabilities will be available for the government in the coming months.

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Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha Tupas

Nastasha is a Journalist at Momentum Media, she reports extensively across veterans affairs, cyber security and geopolitics in the Indo-Pacific. She is a co-author of a book titled The Stories Women Journalists Tell, published by Penguin Random House. Previously, she was a Content Producer at Verizon Media, a Digital Producer for Yahoo! and Channel 7, a Digital Journalist at Sky News Australia, as well as a Website Manager and Digital Producer at SBS Australia. Nastasha started her career in media as a Video Producer and Digital News Presenter at News Corp Australia.

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