Australian-owned and operated CSO Group reports it has won a 4-year $7 million contract to deliver a managed security monitoring service, (Security Operations Centre (SOC) and managed security information and event management (SIEM), giving real-time visibility, intelligence and remediation to the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ.)

The platform is delivered through a strategically sovereign architecture via protected cloud and a government-certified environment supported by Macquarie Telecom Group’s Macquarie Government division. This SOC and SIEM contract is part of the DCJ’s Cyber Refresh programme and is 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 2 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.

According to CSO Group, its 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 its 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 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,” said DCJ’s CISO, Matthew Fedele-Sirotich.

“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.”