CSO Group secures AU$7m cybersecurity deal with NSW DJC

Over four years, CSO Group will help the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DJC) lift its cybersecurity capabilities, after signing a new deal

CSO Group, which provides organisations with cybersecurity services, risk management and protection, has signed a four-year cybersecurity deal with the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) to provide real-time visibility, intelligence, and remediation.

Worth AU$7m the Australian owned and operated CSO says the deal includes a “tightly integrated solution” delivering a fully managed Security Monitoring Service, (Security Operations Centre (SOC) and Managed Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) that offers real-time visibility, intelligence and remediation.

"Working with enterprise-grade Australian cybersecurity companies that house the data in a protected Australian data centre is a highly valuable requirement." NSW DCJ CISO Matthew Fedele-Sirotich said.

"Furthermore, the services offered enables our internal teams to conduct the in-depth threat hunts to continuously validate the secure nature of our environment. All the while knowing our service partner is acting as our overwatch, ensuring we identify and respond to malicious behaviours and events."


Security uplift


The new contract comes just six months after CSO Group scored a $16.4m contract with the department to assist its cyber refresh programme. The large-scale security uplift began following a three-year, $32.5m investment through the digital restart fund in last year’s state budget, which the government has since added to.

Budget documents released last month show the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) has $85m at its disposal over four years to “protect highly sensitive data and ICT infrastructure through investments in cybersecurity”.

Macquare Telecom managing director Aidan Tudehope said that combining the experience of the two companies would help DCJ realise its cybersecurity strategy. “We look forward to working with the Department of Communities and Justice and CSO Group,” he added.


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