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AWS joins Australia’s ‘protected’ classification club

January 24, 2019 / Harley Dennett

AWS, the cloud computing offshoot of Jeff Bezos’ Amazon, is the latest of only six providers to have passed a series of requirements set by the Australian Signals Directorate to handle classified material. Forty-two of its services have been certified up to ‘protected’, including compute, storage, network, database, security, analytics, application integration, management and governance.The government has not yet allowed for any provider to host material classified above ‘protected’.The AWS data centre, with its Australian site in Sydney, joins four other Australian providers, Vault Systems, Sliced Tech, Macquarie Government, Dimension Data, and fellow US provider Microsoft Azure/Office 365 — which is hosted at Canberra Data Centres. Federal government departments and agencies can also use a longer list of cloud computing providers for unclassified material, including AWS and Microsoft’s chief cloud rival, Google Cloud Platform, along with othe...