Australia’s academic and research network (AARNet) and computer emergency response team (CERT), AusCERT, have come together to provide the research and education sector with a range of IT and network security support services.
AARNet is the not for profit company that operates Australia’s Academic and Research Network. Its shareholders are made up of 38 Australian universities and the CSIRO.
AusCERT is a cyber emergency response team for Australia providing information security services since 1993. It provides threat intelligence and reporting to members by investing in data analysis systems and providing platforms for engagement with security analysts.
Members from both organisations in the research and education sectors will have direct access to a suite of networking, consulting and cyber security services.
In a joint statement, the two organisations said they will collaborate to support enquiries, provide testing and remediation services. Both organisations said this will assist CIOs and other IT professionals manage complexities of IT security.
AusCERT general manager Thomas King, said the new partnership with AARNet builds on the threat intelligence and reporting AusCERT has been providing to members since 1993.
“Under the new partnership with AARNet, AusCERT will provide unique and cost effective cyber security services to the higher education sector within Australia and will build upon this base to strengthen the nation’s research and education network,” he said.
AARNet enterprise services will bring professional services to the partnership, drawing on security knowledge and best practice from the IT Security community across multiple industries in Australia and overseas.
AARNet’s director enterprise services, James Sankar, said the partnership was about supporting universities with a wider range of cost-efficient options for securing campus IT environments.
“This is an operational solution. The relationship will help our universities to have an end to end suite of options available for securing their infrastructure," he said.
“Traditionally you would have AusCERT fulfilling the analyst role for IT. That’s going to broaden. It will be a lot more enquiry scoped and helping define the security targets and posture. We will undertake those tests and look at remediation options.
“Its more of an end to end approach to security that has traditionally been fragmented.
“This is just the beginning - our goal is to enable the innovation pipeline for research and education by continuously developing solutions for securing access to cloud and managed services," he said.