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The Australian Signals Directorate will cease to be the regulator for cloud providers who aspire to be certified for government services with effect from Monday. The decision, announced by the ASD and the Digital Transformation Agency on Monday, comes after a review that began in July 2019.

All companies that are certified to the Protected cloud level — which means they can host top-secret government data — will remain certified until the end of this financial year.

After that date, each cloud provider will have to deal with every agency on their own, effectively meaning that they will have to self-regulate.

The review, commissioned by the ASD, looked at both the Cloud Services Certification Program and the Information Security Registered Assessors Program.

A joint statement from the ASD and the DTA said the views of industry and government stakeholders were taken into account "to ensure the proposed recommendations support Commonwealth entities, Australian businesses and the community while maximising cyber security and resilience to protect against evolving cyber threats".

The review recommended closing the CSCP and the creation of new co-designed cloud security guidelines with industry.

It also recommended the growth and enhancement of IRAP and the establishment of government and industry consultative forums for cyber security.

Additionally, it said there should be an updating of incentives in the Procurement and Administrative Instructions and Guidance to reflect the cessation of the CSCP.

The DTA's existing ICT Marketplaces will not be changed and will operate as usual.

The ASD has committed to enhancing its support of the IRAP and new IRAP candidates can apply to be accredited. The spy agency will also set up government and industry consultative forums for cyber security.

"The Consultative Forums will consist of select government and industry representatives from key stakeholder groups," the statement said.

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