In what might herald the emergence of disruption to the Federal Government’s Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) arrangements, Canberra-based cybersecurity and data analytics company Cynterra has contracted to provide the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) with its Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) solution. The contract is valued at $175,000, commenced in April 2021 and ends in January 2022.
The SIG will be based upon Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) start-up Cynterra’s IRAP-assessed secure cloud platform (SCP) which is able to provide agencies with gateways to meet specific business while complying with government security requirements.
According to Cynterra Chief Executive Drago Gvozdanovic, who had a 26 year career in the public sector before Cynterra, the gateway is the result of years of research and development and will “help the DTA configure secure environments in less than a day”.
Cynterra’s other solutions are ‘Secure AWS Gateway’, ‘Secure API Gateway’ and ‘Office 365 Gateway’. It says its software-defined security solutions meet the most stringent Australian Signals Directorate compliance standards, allowing government agencies the best security possible at the right price.
“Traditionally, government agencies have relied on big-iron consolidated gateways which must continually grow in capacity to handle each and every varying requirement. This is expensive, slow and creates more opportunities for cyber-attacks” according to Gvozdanovic.
Cynterra also offers users a single portal with a customised dashboard with real-time reporting and data collection. This data allows security departments to monitor threats to their gateways as they occur.
The DTA contract follows an August 2020, $250K per annum contract with IP Australia to provide cybersecurity and infrastructure in partnership with NTT. Cynterra has also been trialing solutions with various Australian government departments to protect classified, sensitive and protected communications and materials.
In 2019, the federal government overhauled its Secure Internet Gateway scheme to provide agencies with more flexibility while continuing to support cyber security standards. Criticism of the original scheme surrounded its lack of flexibility regarding evolving agency needs and lack of focus on cost-effectiveness. The revised scheme allows agencies to select SIG providers based on their needs, rather than from the formerly enforced list of approved providers delivered through lead agencies.
Cynterra’s fledgling contracts with the Federal Government suggests that government agencies will increasingly look beyond the traditional SIG providers.