Telstra cloud infrastructure receives security certification

Media Release, 24 May 2012

Australian business, enterprise and government organisations now have a secure cloud platform ready for them to transition their business applications and data, with Telstra’s infrastructure-as-a-service platform independently certified as compliant to the highest of industry standards.

Telstra’s data storage services have long been compliant to the ISO27001 international standard for information security management and now Telstra’s utility and dedicated cloud computing platforms, backup and recovery service, associated operational systems and tools have been assessed as compliant to the strict standard.

Mark Pratley, Telstra General Manager of Cloud Computing, said the accreditation of Telstra’s  infrastructure-as-a-service platform is another part of the organisation’s ongoing investment in cloud.

“The cloud market, in particular infrastructure-as-a-service, represents a new approach to how IT is delivered for organisations and Telstra is very serious about making sure our cloud computing platform is not just secure but independently audited, giving our customers the confidence their data and applications are protected and safe,” Mr Pratley said.

“For the first time our entire infrastructure-as-a-service platform, including computer storage, backup, security and data centres has been assessed as compliant to the international ISO27001 standard.

“Receiving ISO27001 certification follows a strict independent audit of our infrastructure and security practices in connection with our infrastructure-as-a-service platform, which are in accordance with strict global standards,” Mr Pratley said,

As more organisations look to gain efficiency and cost savings by utilising cloud computing, it is even more critical to ensure information and security management practices are compliant with international standards, providing surety that critical information remains secure.

“Clearly security remains a top priority for businesses adopting cloud services. A recent Telstra survey of 700 large organisations had two thirds indicate they are looking to significantly invest in cloud computing this year and more than 80 per cent of all organisations rated security as very important,” Mr Pratley said.

“Australian organisations trust us with their business critical applications and data and it is important Telstra is able to provide independent audits certifying the security of our facilities and information management practices,” Mr Pratley said.

The ISO27001 certification is part of the $800 million investment Telstra is making in cloud computing over the next few years and follows on from recent certifications of Telstra infrastructure from global application and hardware vendors.

The independent audit and certification was carried out across Telstra’s multiple infrastructure-as-a-service sites in Sydney and Melbourne and includes both utility and dedicated hosting infrastructure cloud services.