Services on Tuesday launched a secure private cloud offering for the health
The move is a
response to the Department of Human Services’ (DHS) policy decision to protect
the integrity of health data. This policy applies to third-party software
connecting with the DHS to deliver online services, such as electronic claims
payments for Medicare.
According to the
company, data in the Macquarie Launch Health Cloud remains onshore and is
stored in a physically separated cloud on ASD-accredited CCSL cloud
infrastructure. Only staff with security clearances will have access to the
connecting to the DHS’ ICT systems are now mandated to meet the same standards
of accreditation of those the department applies to itself.
“Through the updated
policy, the DHS is demonstrating how it is possible to transform ICT while at
the same time, elevating cyber security standards,” said James Mystakidis,
group executive, Macquarie Cloud Services.
particularly relevant as there has been a lot of talk about how supply chains
can create cyber security risks. This is an example of how the government can
use its supply chains to push secure transformation through an industry.”
cloud has received gold standard accreditation for security by being listed in
the CCSL, controlled by the Australian Signals Directorate.
The same infrastructure
will now be available to private health sector providers.
“This means that
Australians will, for the first time, be able to be assured their data moving
from a health software company’s cloud into the Medicare system will be protected
end-to-end to the same standard.
“The health system
is a case study of an industry delivering an essential service but which is
widely dispersed across private and public organisations of many sizes in many
places. Private data in such situations is only as secure as the weakest link
in the chain,” Mystakidis said.