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Data#3 launches security initiative for Australia’s WA Government Sector

By Catherine Knowles, Tue 22 Jun 2021

Data#3 has launched Project Fortify, a security initiative for Australia’s WA Government Sector.

Project Fortify was launched through an online event, where Data#3 presented how the initiative will play a pivotal role in accelerating the cybersecurity posture within the WA Government Sector.

It covered how Data#3 will assist with deploying security services across key domains including security operations, Essential 8 compliance, legacy systems risk assessment and more.

Supported by the Office of Digital Government and the Department of Finance, the security outcomes will be achieved by leveraging a Digital Innovation Fund - an initiative created by Data#3 through the WA Government Microsoft Licensing Agreement.

The fund was established to assist with maximising the value of Microsoft technologies to help drive digital transformation in the WA Government Sector.

Combining the experience of a dedicated strategic consulting team, as well as hands-on cybersecurity specialists, Data#3 currently boasts a mature and highly accredited security team.

As Microsoft's largest Australian partner, and a Microsoft Gold Security Partner, Data#3’s team is recognised as a leader in securing environments with the Microsoft Security portfolio.

Data#3 chief executive officer and managing director, Laurence Baynham says, “We have a long-standing history of working with the Australian Public Sector to deliver real business value.

"Security is a business imperative and we continue to place significant investment into our dedicated Security Practice and security solutions. Cybersecurity has ranked the number one priority for our customers over the last four years, and we will continue to adapt to fast changing security requirements.”

Office of Digital Government WA chief information security officer Peter Bouhlas says, “This is a great opportunity for agencies with limited resources to accelerate their cybersecurity maturity and improve the public sector's resilience to cyberthreats.”

Data#3 general manager for Western Australia, Kingsley McGarrigle, also commented on the initiative.

He says, “We’re proud to support the WA Government as they accelerate their cybersecurity posture. Together with the Office of Digital Government and the Department of Finance, we aim to protect the integrity of government systems and to grow cybersecurity maturity across the sector.

"The Digital Innovation Fund will allow the WA Government to access our local experts. I look forward to seeing the team at Data#3 leveraging their extensive skills to assist the WA Government in achieving their security objectives through maximising their Microsoft technology investment.”

Overall, the Australian IT services and solutions provider is focused on helping customers solve complex business challenges using innovative technology solutions.

Data#3 delivers an integrated array of solutions spanning cloud, modern workplace, security, data and analytics, and connectivity. These technology solutions are delivered by combining Data#3’s services across consulting, procurement, project services, resourcing and managed services.

Headquartered in Brisbane, it has facilities across 12 locations in Australia and Fiji.

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