Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) security services provider CSO Group has won a $16 million contract from the Department of Communities and Justice of New South Wales to enhance its cybersecurity capabilities. The move has been taken to take the department’s cybersecurity abilities to the next level. The contract will be running till 30th June 2024 and is a part of the department’s Cyber Refresh Program.

More on the NSW govt’s cybersecurity contract

The contract is a part of the department’s efforts towards improving its cybersecurity position, a spokesperson for the department said. The Department of Communities and Justice is fiercely committed to the protection of the identity, privacy and safety of its clients, the spokesperson said. Cybersecurity needs continuous improvement in order to manage new challenges. This contract of the department with CSO Group will help with this effort and is the latest example of the NSW government looking to invest greatly into cybersecurity. It also is committed to quadrupling the size of its cybersecurity team with a capital injection of $60 million over the next 3 years back in August. 

The contract with CSO Group is part of its wider $1.6 billion Digital Restart Fund, which was finalised in mid-November 2020 by the NSW government. Moreover, another chunk of this fund will see $54.5 million go to state’s courts and tribunals over a 3-year period for the services digitisation, process enhancement and improve productivity and the overall customer experience.

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CSO Group – An Aussie ICT services provider

CSO Group is a Perth-based cybersecurity and ICT service provider firm. The firm works towards demystifying cybersecurity and simplifying end-to-end process management of security strategies and capabilities. The company has offices in Melbourne and Sydney as well. CSO Group aims to be the most trusted cybersecurity specialist in Australia by offering expert advisory, consulting and managed security services and solutions.

CSO Group is in no way a stranger to working with the Department of Communities and Justice as it has partnered previously with it on a various projects, with its CEO, Michael Simkovic who claims that the new contract win has taken the firm to its next level. “

The Perth-based cybersecurity firm has been working and growing its business for the last 4 years and working closely with the Department so it is extremely exciting for the firm, he said. Moreover, CSO Group has previously worked with the federal government, as it is listed on the Software Licensing and Services Panel of the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA).

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