AWS supporting Australian Government agencies self-assess cloud services


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From today, all government entities are required to self-assess their cloud services under new requirements from the Australian Signals Directorate following the expiry of Cloud Services Certification Program (CSCP).

To help agencies navigate these new requirements, AWS has released documentation to help plan, architect, and self-assess systems built on AWS. In July 2020, AWS successfully completed its third Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) assessment at the PROTECTED level for the Asia Pacific (Sydney) region, and now has 92 PROTECTED services for the region.

Iain Rouse, Country Director for Amazon Web Services Public Sector in Australia and New Zealand outlines how AWS is supporting the transition, “The changes to the Cloud Services Certification Program creates an opportunity for Australian Government agencies to strengthen their secure cloud skills, knowledge, and resources to foster ongoing innovation. AWS provides government customers with the most comprehensive set of security services and features to help them protect and secure their data. Australian organisations in the AWS Partner Network (APN) are ready to play their part in accelerating digital innovation across Australian Government agencies. To help Australian Government agencies plan, architect, and self-assess systems built on AWS, we have released extensive education materials including IRAP PROTECTED documentation and a series of informative webinars.”

APN Partners

  • Cynterra, an Australian owned, Canberra based APN partner, provides government agencies with AWS hosted secure gateway services. These services include Secure Internet Gateways (SIG), Secure Email Gateways (SEG), Application Gateway services and GovLink Gateways.  All Gateways have been built and IRAP assessed to process data up to and including the PROTECTED data classification.
  • Australian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company Faethm is an APN Technology Partner. Since going all-in on AWS in 2018, Faethm has doubled its business annually, and now works with more than 100 customers across 21 industries to help plan, and train their workforces. Strategy and transformation teams of organisations such as MIT Technology Review and the Luxembourg government use Faethm’s predictive modelling capability to analyse which jobs need re-skilling, and which need upskilling, and how to plan for change.
  • Shine Solutions is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, with 90 percent of their customers using AWS. Being a member of the APN has helped open new business channels, and Shine Solutions has grown its revenue by 20 percent year on year in the last financial year, and won five government projects in one quarter.
  • APN partner, Whispir, a cloud-based communications workflow platform is being used by 22 Australian government agencies for COVID-19 communications including ambulance services in three jurisdictions, Victoria Department of Health and Human Services and Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.