Four cloud providers have been awarded Strategic Certified Status under the Australian Government Hosting Certification Framework (HCF). The companies are Amazon Web Services, AUCloud, Sliced Tech, and Vault Cloud.
The Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) selected these companies as part of the first wave of cloud providers to receive Certified Strategic Status.
The HCF is responsible for a new digital infrastructure service within the DTA, which involves assessing and measuring the supply chain risks presented by hosting providers, and determining standards, measures and timeframes to achieve the accommodation standards desired by the government.
According to Minister Responsible for Government-Wide Data and Digital Policy Stuart Robert, HCF positions the federal government “as an example in data protection and demonstrates our continued commitment to protect the security and privacy of data owned by the government ”.
All government data relevant under the framework can only be stored with certified or certified strategic vendors.
In June, Australia’s Data Centers (ADC), Canberra Data Centers (CDC) and Macquarie Telecom’s Canberra Campus became the top three data center providers certified to store sensitive data locally.
However, the June certifications were for Certified Insured status rather than Certified Strategic Status. The difference between the two is that strategic certified status is for cloud providers and certified assured status is for data center providers.
It is the first set of federally certified cloud providers since July of last year, after its previous list of certified clouds was removed on recommendations from the Australian Signals Branch.