Telstra calling SecureNet

Hoping to reap the benefits of growth in the B2G sector, Telstra has partnered with SecureNet to establish its second data centre specialising in trust and security solutions.

Under the terms of the arrangement, SecureNet will set up its first Australian trust centre within the Telstra network. Its Hong Kong facility, which has been operating for the past 18 months, was its first such centre.

Geoffrey Ross, managing director for SecureNet, said potential markets for the centre include government, financial services and the health industries.

"Basically, typical markets are those that need proper security for online transactions due to the high volume of transactions conducted and the critical nature of the information transacted."

The location of the Australian centre is yet to be determined, but Telstra's emerging business executive director, Gerry Sutton said it is likely to be in Sydney at a secure Telstra location. The centre is set to begin operations in late March after the first customer has come on board.

Sutton said there were a number of customers lined up with "10 major opportunities in the pipeline".

He said that, within three to five year's time, the market for the centre will be worth "in excess of hundreds of millions of dollars".

"In the next six to 12 months, we expect growth from the B2G sector due to the ABN implementation and B2G e-commerce. Following this, we expect demand as a result of growth in the B2B marketplace," Sutton said.

He said Telstra chose to partner with SecureNet to gain the ability to provide digital certificates to customers when they are building applications. "We needed a partner to manage the system integration issues, which is something Telstra does not do."

Sutton is promoting the centre as just a "delivery mechanism for the technology". "IT managers will have the choice of either buying the raw [digital certificate] technology [from major vendors] and implementing it themselves, or sourcing the technology on a service basis, whilst still being able to work with the technology vendors [such as VeriSign and Baltimore]."

SecureNet's Hong Kong centre numbers the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Jockey Club among the high-profile clients it has signed up. Ross said the company is looking to continue its rollout of centres across the globe and hopes to find a way into Europe this year.

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