One of Australia's biggest cloud service providers has become the first to receive government certification, and from no less a body than the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) - essentially our version of the NSA.
Macquarie Telecom is indeed the first company to make it onto the new Certified Cloud Services List, which means it makes the extremely tough grade set by one of Australia's likewise toughest government organisation.
The company is now also part of the Cloud Services Panel, set up by the Department of Finance to help federal government agencies outsource their ICT to the cloud.
"Macquarie Telecom has worked hard to develop a high standard of specialist security capabilities specifically for the government sector," says Macquarie Telecom Managing Director and Co-Founder, Aiden Tudehope.
"We have invested heavily in a purpose-built government data centre in Canberra and to create a suite of products, including our GovZone secure cloud. We are delighted to see this product among the first cloud services providers independently certified by ASD as complying with the new cloud security requirements of the [Information Security Manual]," Tudehope says.
While this announcement is mostly relevant to top level government departments and the various contractors who support them, the fact Macquarie Telecom is first on the list is worth noting by anyone who runs a small business.
It cements the relevance and importance of cloud services, and shows that the leading cloud service providers are getting very serious. Offsite IT infrastructure that's secure and reliable enough for ASIO to use? That should fill any manager with confidence.
Macquarie Telecom still has time for the little guy too, though. Here's a recent, and very useful, article on the 10 signs you should invest in disaster recovery for your business.