Macquarie Cloud\nServices on Tuesday launched a secure private cloud offering for the health\ncare sector.\nThe move is a\nresponse to the Department of Human Services\u2019 (DHS) policy decision to protect\nthe integrity of health data. This policy applies to third-party software\nconnecting with the DHS to deliver online services, such as electronic claims\npayments for Medicare.\nAccording to the\ncompany, data in the Macquarie Launch Health Cloud remains onshore and is\nstored in a physically separated cloud on ASD-accredited CCSL cloud\ninfrastructure. Only staff with security clearances will have access to the\ndata.\nCloud environments\nconnecting to the DHS\u2019 ICT systems are now mandated to meet the same standards\nof accreditation of those the department applies to itself.\n\u201cThrough the updated\npolicy, the DHS is demonstrating how it is possible to transform ICT while at\nthe same time, elevating cyber security standards,\u201d said James Mystakidis,\ngroup executive, Macquarie Cloud Services.\n\u201cThis is\nparticularly relevant as there has been a lot of talk about how supply chains\ncan create cyber security risks. This is an example of how the government can\nuse its supply chains to push secure transformation through an industry.\u201d\nMacquarie\u2019s secure\ncloud has received gold standard accreditation for security by being listed in\nthe CCSL, controlled by the Australian Signals Directorate.\nThe same infrastructure\nwill now be available to private health sector providers.\n\u201cThis means that\nAustralians will, for the first time, be able to be assured their data moving\nfrom a health software company\u2019s cloud into the Medicare system will be protected\nend-to-end to the same standard.\n\u201cThe health system\nis a case study of an industry delivering an essential service but which is\nwidely dispersed across private and public organisations of many sizes in many\nplaces. Private data in such situations is only as secure as the weakest link\nin the chain,\u201d Mystakidis said.