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Friday, 18 June 2021, 2: 02 pm


Press Release: Macquarie Government

Australia’s Minister for Defence, The Hon. Peter Dutton
MP, today officially unveiled Intellicentre 5 Bunker (IC5),
highlighting it as critical infrastructure supporting
Australia’s data sovereignty, national cyber security and
digital skills development.

Defence Minister Peter
Dutton and Macquarie Government Managing Director Aidan
Tudehope

The IC5 Bunker data centre was completed
on time and on budget during the pandemic. It is part of a
wider A$200 million investment by Macquarie into its
sovereign Canberra and Sydney Data Centre Campuses. The
facility provides a fully sovereign ecosystem in terms of
supply chain, Australian Government security-cleared staff,
data access and storage.

The unveiling comes as cyber
security becomes a bigger issue in Australia following a
series of cyber-attacks which have damaged media,
agriculture, energy and other sectors in recent months.
Minister Dutton highlighted the importance of the nation’s
critical infrastructure in bolstering Australia’s digital
and cyber security defence capabilities.

“The need
to secure data to protect Australian businesses and
government has been a maturing conversation over the last
few years. The threat is evolving. We know there is
increasing investment in penetrating systems throughout the
world. To meet that threat, the Systems of National
Significance Legislation and the Securing of Critical
Infrastructure Legislation are essential,” Minister Dutton
said.

“Macquarie is a globally recognised leader in
its field with a particular focus on data storage and
protection services. In our current threat environment, the
demand for those services can only increase.”

IC5
Bunker leverages the latest physical, virtual security and
compliance credentials to manage highly classified
government cloud workloads. The facility is considered by
the Government as Critical Infrastructure, given it has been
designed to store important government information. It has
also recently been Certified Strategic under the Morrison
Government’s Hosting
Certification Framework
, a measure of the trust the
Government places on the facility and the sovereign controls
that are applicable to it.

Speaking at the unveiling,
Macquarie Government Managing Director Aidan Tudehope
highlighted the importance of collaboration between industry
and government to combat cyber threats in
Australia.

“We are proud to welcome Minister for
Defence, the Hon. Peter Dutton to IC5 Bunker” said
Tudehope. “His interest in unveiling our facility is a
measure of the government’s commitment to ensuring
government agencies and critical infrastructure operators
and their supply chains are ‘battle-ready’ for the
challenges we all face in the cyber domain.

“This
means protecting Australia’s sovereign data and
demonstrating the importance of cyber security to the whole
of the Australian economy. Minister Dutton’s leadership in
introducing the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act
(SOCI) into Parliament, and his 2020 Cyber Security
Strategy, are leading the way for businesses like ours to
champion and support the ongoing uplift of cyber security
posture across Government and business.”

“Our IC5
bunker is built to the highest physical and electronic
security standards, leveraging the accelerating trend of
hybrid IT and cyber security needs across government,”
said Group Executive of Macquarie Data Centres David
Hirst.

“The delivery of this facility and
Intellicentre 3 (IC3) in Sydney over the past year, when
many supply chains were challenged by COVID, is a testament
to the Macquarie Data Centres team and our partners. At a
time when Australia needs strong economic growth, recent
research has shown that data centres like these support the
creation of more than 1,600 onshore jobs.”

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About Macquarie Government

Macquarie
Government, part of ASX-listed Macquarie Telecom Group (ASX:
MAQ), has provided sovereign cloud and cyber-security
solutions to Australian governments for over 19 years. Our
sovereign clouds and cyber security services are trusted by
over 42% of federal government agencies.

Macquarie
Government is one of a few Secure Internet Gateway (SIG)
providers to the Australian Government that’s connected to
the Intra-government Communications Network (ICON) and the
NSW Government’s GovDC data centre. We’re built to
comply with the ASD’s Top 35 cyber mitigation
strategies.

With the highest customer satisfaction NPS
score in the industry, Macquarie Government provides
unrivalled support with 24x7 access to our Hosting
Management Centre. Our Security Operations Centre (SOC) and
150+ government-cleared cloud and security specialists
ensure our government customers’ data and systems are
safe.

Visit this site
for more
information.

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