Australian owned and operated CSO Group announced it has secured a four-year $7 million deal with the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ). The deal includes a tightly integrated solution delivering a fully managed Security Monitoring Service, (Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Managed Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)) that offers real-time visibility, intelligence and remediation. The platform is delivered through a strategically sovereign architecture via the ‘Protected Cloud’ and Government certified environment powered by Macquarie Government, a division of Macquarie Telecom Group. This SOC and SIEM contract is part of the Department’s Cyber Refresh Program and in addition to the $16 million DCJ contract awarded to CSO Group in late 2020.

The signing of this latest deal has ignited a new and exciting partnership for CSO Group, with the globally recognised and Australian-owned Macquarie Telecom Group. These two Australian owned companies offer a shared vision to help organisations demystify cyber security and provide critical detection and response capabilities, all through an enterprise grade Australian sovereign solution. CSO Group’s Integrated Security Monitoring Service (ISMS) is accessible, customisable, flexible, scalable and includes contextual use cases to ensure the delivery of a purpose-built solution to their customers. Taking the SOC-as-a-Service and SIEM-as-a-Service from Macquarie Government and wrapping their own Managed Cyber Assurance Service (M-CAS) delivers a seamless architecture providing advanced insights and increased security resilience and protection.

Leveraging strategic partnerships with CrowdStrike and FireEye’s Mandiant to provide leading intelligence and incident response only further enhances the holistic outcomes of the service. “Working with enterprise grade Australian cyber security companies that house the data in a protected Australian data centre is a highly valuable requirement. Furthermore, the services offered enables our internal teams to conduct the in-depth threat hunts to continuously validate the secure nature of our environment. All the while knowing our service partner is acting as our overwatch, ensuring we identify and respond to malicious behaviours and events,”  NSW DCJ CISO Matthew Fedele-Sirotich said.


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