Verizon chooses Australia for its Asia-Pacific cyber security facility

04 Apr 2017

US telecommunications multinational Verizon has strengthened its cyber security capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region by opening a new security operations centre in Canberra.

A Verizon media release states that the Asia-Pacific Advanced Security Operations Centre will provide real-time insights into cyber threats for public and private customers. This facility complements Verizon’s nine existing security operation centres around the world, which together analyse more than 60 billion security events annually.

Robert Le Busque, Verizon’s regional managing director for Australia, New Zealand and India, says the Canberra facility will enable Verizon’s security experts to collaborate more effectively with public- and private-sector stakeholders to deliver more actionable insights.

‘The increased sharing of intelligence is vital to safeguarding Australia’s physical and online assets,’ he adds.

In 2016, the Australian Government launched a A$230 million Cyber Security Strategy containing 33 new initiatives to address cyber security threats and take advantage of business opportunities. In January 2017, it established an industry-led Australian Cyber Security Growth Network to develop a national approach for cyber security innovation.

Verizon provides ICT services to more than 75 federal and state government agencies in Australia. In December 2016, the company was also appointed to the new telecommunications services panel, which provides coordinated telecommunications services to the whole of the Australian Government.

Founded in 2000, Verizon delivers global managed security solutions to enterprises worldwide and combines intelligence and analytics with professional and managed services.