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  • 2 October 2018 15:31

Canberra Institute of Technology and Fifth Domain Tap Vault Cloud for AustCyber Project

ASD Certified ‘Protected’ cloud provider Vault delivers a secure and sovereign environment to house Canberra Institute of Technology and Fifth Domain’s new cyber security training platform.

Vault, the ASD Certified Secure, Sovereign Community Cloud Provider for Government and Critical Infrastructure today announced that it is the chosen cloud provider to house all data from Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) and cybersecurity training company, Fifth Domain’s Virtual Classroom - Penteract. Penteract is a cloud-based security operations centre, allowing students to work through real scenarios to gain nationally accredited qualifications.

The project, which was made possible by the Australian Federal Governments AustCyber’s Project Fund, is being delivered by a consortium that includes CIT and Fifth Domain, but also the ANU and Nova Systems. The project will leverage Fifth Domain’s Penteract that will be complemented by a training facility at CIT Reid. The training facility will have capacity for a 40-student classroom to equip students with real-world skills development needed to offset the shortage of skilled workers across the Australian cyber security industry.

“By being involved in this project through Fifth Domain and CIT, it allows Vault to be part of the solution of addressing the critical issue of upskilling the next generation of cyber security experts in Australia,” said Tony Marceddo, General Manager of Vault. “It’s important that these skills don’t go overlooked and we are excited to be able to provide a secure and sovereign environment for these students to build their security skill set for their future.”

Founder and Director of Fifth Domain, Matthew Wilcox said, “When we set out on this project to develop a new cyber security training facility with CIT, we had three requirements. We needed a cloud provider that ran on OpenStack, was able to securely store data within the sovereignty of Australia and was based in Canberra. Vault’s cloud ticks all of those boxes.”

“Selecting Vault as a partner for the new cyber security training project at CIT was an easy decision based on their credentials,” said Jayne Miller, Director of Business Development at CIT. “Not only do we have a ASD Certified ‘Protected’ cloud provider storing this valuable training data, but we are able to have three Australian organisations all based in Canberra working together. With Vault, providing the cloud environment, we can rest assured that we will have great support from the local team on the ground.”

The project is valued at $1.1million, with $547,000 funded under AustCyber’s Project Fund. The cloud-based platform would allow CIT to not only train people in the classroom but also remotely, so the program would be able to teach more people. Additionally, the program has the potential to be a platform that TAFEs around Australia could hook into and share content as well.


About Vault

Vault is an Australian ASD certified protected cloud provider that operates the country’s largest secure, sovereign, hyperscale Government community cloud. Vault’s cloud infrastructure includes highly secure data centres that operate 24/7, to provide consistent, fast and scalable performance so that our clients can focus on their core business and scale from development to production rapidly without worrying about security, performance, reliability or capacity. As an organisation, Vault takes securing the nation’s data and privacy seriously and operates entirely within the legal jurisdiction of Australia and is not subject to the laws of a foreign country. Vault is the only Australian Hyperscale cloud built exclusively for security. Vault has engineered high performance systems designed to scale up and scale out to deliver order of magnitude performance on legacy IT systems.

Today Vault is a trusted cloud provider to some of Australia’s most sensitive data and mission critical systems. We have a proven track record in working with major Government agencies and enterprise organisations to move to the cloud as part of their digital transformation journey.

Vault’s services are delivered through partners including Fujitsu, Leidos, RXP, Agile Digital, Accenture, ASG amongst others.

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About Canberra Institute Technology

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is a leader in the development and delivery of Vocational education and training in Australia and in 2017 was one of the top three large training providers in Australia, in 2018 CIT has just been awarded the ACT Large Training Provider of the Year Award. This coveted position as a leader in the VET sector is underpinned by the ability to create and deliver future focused training to the ACT community. The Canberra Institute of technology (CIT) delivers training to over 25,000 enrolments annually and 1000 international students from over 90 countries.

CIT is a proud member of the Canberra Node of Austcyber and works closely with education and industry partners to ensure the ACT is well placed to lead in the skills development of this growth sector. CIT first developed cybersecurity training in 2015 and in 2018 extended the suite of programs to include the industry recognized Certificate IV in Cybersecurity (VIC22334). CIT now delivers cyber security training to over 170 students across all programs and expects student numbers to grow with the launch of this project.

About Fifth Domain

Fifth Domain is a Canberra-based cyber security training organisation with the mission of training technologists, analysts and technology consumers and users in cyber security. Fifth Domain has delivered training in the classroom and online to Australian universities and Federal Government. With our cloud-based delivery and simulation platform - Penteract, our cyber security training is more accessible and realistic than ever.Penteract provides easy to create and deploy lab environments, providing wide range of benefits and features to users like scalability, measurability and self service. Educators can create labs and deploy individual and collective training environments into the cloud for students. Penteract gives users the opportunity to assess and track individual and collective skills against the “National Initiative For Cybersecurity Education” skills framework.

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