Melbourne-based cloud services provider, Kloud Solutions has added a new security services unit, which will be led by former Microsoft chief security advisor, Peter Watson.
Watson has clocked up 20 years experience working for companies such as NBN Co, Microsoft and IBM.
The new unit called Kloud Security Services aims to help companies develop security strategies and assist in their execution. It will also focus on ensuring customers are compliant with security, industry and government standards.
Key additional offerings include defining and delivering measurable outcomes based on security roadmaps, regular business focused reporting and analysis to track security investment and cloud security advisory services to provide insight on security trends and issues.
Kloud Solutions managing director, Nicki Bowers, said it had been looking into establishing the security unit for a while based on market demand.
“There is a gap in the market and customers are demanding us to be involved in that area,” Bowers said.
In establishing the new unit, Bowers said it will be looking to build up the security team and has identified a number of candidates to come on board next year.
“Peter will ideally start with a small team and according to our plans that will grow rapidly,” she said. “We’re just under 100 staff right now and ideally we would like to build up the unit to have the largest security practice in Australia.”
Watson said he sees an opportunity in a market among medium-sized businesses facing challenges around potentially employing specific security staff or engage with existing partners in the market.
"These organisations need a security plan and help with executing that strategy, and the key thing for c-level executives is that they need regular reports showing what they're actually getting for their spend and what the outcomes are," Watson said. "I've already had a number of organisations reach out to us asking to provide this service for them. I'll be looking at bringing in resources either from within Kloud or partners that we can bring to the table to deliver those solutions and provide a managed service around the ongoing development of their security strategy."
Bowers said it was currently establishing its vendor partner plans and more details will be released in the New Year.
“The conversations are underway, and we can provide more details in January,” she said.