DFAT HQ, Canberra.

DFAT reports it is embarking on an innovation agenda which includes the secure consumption of cloud services and has gone to tender seeking a secure cloud provider.

The trend to cloud among serious government agencies here and overseas is gathering momentum and this seismic shift in the way networks are built is going to have a huge impact on electronic security solutions over the next decade.

DFAT requires all operations to be compliant with the Australian Cyber Security Centre and Australian Signals Directorate guidance and policies to allow the department to securely connect too and consume Microsoft cloud service offerings.

The department is seeking to engage a suitably qualified and experienced service provider who has performed this task for other government agencies. Any provider must ensure the services consumed from Microsoft are achieved so security accreditation of DFAT’s connection to Microsoft and the service itself can be achieved through the strict application of security controls, policies and processes.

DFAT’s purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting its interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth. This brief includes ensuring the safety and security of Australia’s overseas missions.

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