iseek announces next stage of Queensland Regional Investment Strategy
Queensland based and owned data centre group expands regional services with Queensland’s first Protected Cloud Offering.
BRISBANE data centre and connectivity group iseek is set to deliver the first Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) certified Protected Cloud Services in Queensland, enabling critical data to be held closer to clients and end users.
This announcement marks the next step in a comprehensive regional investment strategy smashing the digital divide for business and government organisations. iseek will leverage its established North Queensland Regional Data Centre and partnership with state government owned QCN data backhaul network to provide better value telecommunications services to regional Queensland than previously possible.
In the post COVID-19 world, there has been a significantly increased reliance upon digital services, making the security and availability of data more critical than ever. “Australians have a reasonable expectation that their data is safe and secure and that they can rely on privacy of sensitive information,” iseek founder and Managing Director Jason Gomersall said. “Our new Protected Cloud is certified to the highest levels in accordance with ASD requirements and can be leveraged by regional organisations to ensure that they keep customer’s data safe, secure and local, not just within Australia but within their region.”
Recent breaches of citizen’s data and growing fears over cyber security, saw the Federal Government recently commit to a $1.35 billion strategy to develop Australia’s cyber security industry, promising to create 500 new jobs within the ASD and foster a new industry sector. This next phase of iseek’s investment strategy for Queensland and Northern Australia is also a direct enabler for the recently announced AustCyber’s national network of cyber security innovation nodes, including the establishment of a node in North Queensland. This means growth and jobs as well as security and success for local businesses so that North Queensland is well positioned to participate in the growth of Australia’s cyber security sector.
“Protected Cloud Services already exist in other parts of Australia and iseek believes that Queensland is deserving of our own secure cloud services, to keep data locally, rather than being forced to rely on out of state service providers,” Mr Gomersall said. iseek’s continuing investment and market penetration will be further enhanced with the development of its third data centre in Southeast Queensland this calendar year. This will bolster iseek’s already substantial capability in the state, providing customers with the peace of mind that their data will not leave Queensland as they enjoy the benefits of high performing and highly secure digital services. With a 22 year history as Queensland’s pioneering data centre and cloud services provider, iseek offers business and government customers Australia wide – whether it’s in urban, rural or regional areas – the security, reliability and scale they could expect to find in major urban areas. iseek is working with its clients and partners to lead the economic recovery by building next generation industries armed with digital and capabilities, regional resilience and reduced reliance on southern states.
“Building secure local digital infrastructure is a complex and challenging activity,” Mr Gomersall said. “Regional organisations now have access to world class, highly secure ASD Protected Cloud Services in North Queensland and no longer need to struggle with information security compliance.”