Optus opens Advanced Security Operations Centre powered by Trustwave

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Optus Business has opened an Advanced Security Operations Centre (ASOC) along with new managed security services and partnerships to help enterprises and governments arm themselves against a growing number of sophisticated cyber security threats.

The Optus ASOC, powered by Trustwave (owned by Optus’ parent company, Singtel), leverages Optus’ network security capabilities and is part of Singtel/Trustwave’s globally federated network of ASOCs, protecting Australian organizations from threats regardless of origin.

Optus Business Managing Director, John Paitaridis said that cybercrime is a persistent, global threat and the number one economic crime in Australia. “It is undeniable, unrelenting and growing. And with increasing online and digital presence, business and government must be able to confidently operate, innovate and maintain trust with customers and stakeholders in this evolving landscape.”

Optus customers using the ASOC gain access to comprehensive threat intelligence, threat data analytics and advanced security automation for incident response, backed by the SpiderLabs team at Trustwave, Paitaridis said. “The ASOC specifically provides proactive threat management, in-country forensic capabilities including incident response, access to best of breed cyber security technology partnerships and combined threat intelligence, all consolidated within the center to provide a truly global cyber view.”

Optus, together with Singtel, have formed strategic partnerships with a range of security leaders like FireEye, Palo Alto Networks, Checkpoint and Akamai, Paitaridis added. “This powerful partner ecosystem ensures Optus customers will access the latest best of breed security technologies, allowing for proactive management and support by a single provider with deep capabilities and global presence.”

Paitaridis said the ASOC ensures Australian businesses are better protected from advanced cyber security threats, while alleviating the pressures created by resource constraints, skills shortages and compliance requirements.

Optus has been making a number of cybersecurity-related investments this year, including a co-investment of A$10 million with Macquarie University to establish a multi-disciplinary Cyber Security Hub to tackle Australia’s cyber skills shortage, and an A$8 million partnership with La Trobe University to establish industry-focused cyber curriculum.

“We are talking with enterprise and government about how managed security services help optimize resources to best address security concerns associated with core business imperatives including mobility, social media, web applications, big data and increasingly prevalent digital innovations like IoT, wearables, AI and robotics,” said Paitaridis.

Meanwhile, Singtel Group Enterprise CEO Bill Chang said that the Optus ASOC brings Singtel’s global cyber security network to eight ASOCs around the world which currently protect more than 3 million businesses in 96 countries worldwide.

“The Optus ASOC’s ability to integrate network and security monitoring functions allow it to provide comprehensive infrastructure, network and data security for Australian government agencies and businesses,” he said. “This cutting-edge facility leverages our global cyber security capabilities to deliver round-the-clock protection and rapid response against a wide range of sophisticated and fast evolving cyber threats.”

The launch of the Optus ASOC comes on the back of announced plans by Singtel to set up another ASOC in Tokyo where Singtel and Trustwave would provide security services to Japan in partnership with TIS. Last week also saw the launch of the NUS – Singtel Cyber Security Research Laboratory set up to develop next generation technologies for cybersecurity.

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