Baltimore Technologies officially opened its secure hosting facility in Sydney yesterday.
The Gatekeeper-accredited facility is already being used by more than 10 organisations including Austrade, ANZ Bank and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and was built to generate, manage and host PKI and e-security services.
The facility, which Federal IT Minister Senator Richard Alston declared open, was designed to meet ASIO approved security standards and Baltimore managing director John Palfreyman said it gives companies e-business tools eliminating the need for them build their own secure data facility or supporting in-house IT security staff.
"While technology helps organisations enforce security policies, proper e-security also needs monitoring, attention and follow up. Robust, sustainable security is 30 per cent technology and 70 per cent policy and procedures," Palfreyman said.
A recent report from analyst group Datamonitor claims that as a result of increasing e-security complexities, companies will turn to vendors to manage security services.
Palfreyman said the main benefit of using managed security services is that systems and networks can be monitored remotely.
"On-site teams are no longer necessary; managed security providers will work from a centre monitoring customer networks and can respond to alerts 24x7," he said.
The centre, the staff of which are cleared by the Attorney General's office, features infrared beams on the roof, the use of biometrics and closed circuit television.