The Digital Transformation Agency, now vested with the responsibility for certifying cloud companies that can host government data, appears to be unwilling to state clearly whether any of the four firms given a tick on 7 October had outstanding compliance issues.
Despite all the brouhaha over the alleged threat posed by China, the Federal Government does not seem overly concerned when it comes to cloud hosting of its sensitive data. Else, how does one account for the fact that the Digital Transformation Agency has given Amazon Web Services, a company that has links to a Chinese-owned data centre, the green light for hosting government data?
Another Australian cloud provider, this time the secure cloud specialist Sliced Tech, has passed into foreign hands with its sale to UK-headquartered private consultancy services giant Deloitte for an unspecified sum.
Four cloud companies have achieved Strategic Hosting Provider certification under the Federal Government's Hosting Certification Framework. One of them, Sliced Tech, was acquired by global consultancy Deloitte on Thursday.
Canberra-based secure cloud services provider Vault has welcomed the release of new guidelines for vendors to be assessed for their competence in delivering secure cloud services by either public or private sector entities.
Once again, a federal government cloud contract has been handed on a platter to the American firm Microsoft, without local firms even getting a look in.
ASD-certified Protected cloud provider Sliced Tech has been given a three-year contract by the Australian Department of Defence to implement and sustain its new enterprise student management system.
ASD-certified Protected cloud provider Vault has switched on high-security equipment in the NSW Government's GovDC in Silverwater, the company says, adding that this would provide fast low-level connectivity directly into Vault Cloud.
Reaction to the awarding of a whole-of-government cloud services deal to Amazon Web Services, the second big contract to go to the American company in two months, after the 2021 Census was handed to it, has ranged from muted to outright anger.
The Federal Government's release of a hosting strategy last week appears to be an attempt to prevent the issue of data sovereignty being raised as an election issue.
The Australian Greens say they are "bewildered" at the way the Australian Signals Directorate has handled Microsoft's application for Protected cloud certification and the subsequent departure of a top female officer from the agency's ranks.
The Australian Signals Directorate says the Australian Cyber Security Centre does not apply different security standards to different cloud service providers.
Microsoft's certification as a Protected provider of its Azure Cloud and Office 365 services to the Australian Government has literally come under a cloud, with the Australian Signals Directorate issuing a consumer guide containing a number of fiats about the service.
US telco and global communications giant Verizon has been included on a new federal government telecommunications services panel with six other services providers.
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