Society depends on reliable and resilient infrastructure to function. Any impact to these critical systems ripple outwards and are felt by all.
Critical infrastructure is one core of Anchoram's core industries. It requires a completely different skillset and approach to other areas of technology. We've invested heavily in tailoring our specialised service offerings to this domain, focusing on aspects specific to operational technologies and the facilities, supply chains, and critical networks that support them.
The COVID-19 pandemic triggered some further big changes to the way critical infrastructure is recognised and treated by the Australian Government. The Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020 introduced in the Australian Parliament late in 2020, seeks to expand the scope of the Security of Critical Infrastructure (SoCI) Act to additional sectors and introduces the concepts of ‘Positive Security Obligations’, ‘Enhanced Cyber Security Obligations’, and ‘Government Assistance’.
These changes will impact the following 11 sectors:
Anchoram is uniquely positioned to help critical infrastructure providers not only become more resilient, but also to modernise by taking advantage of the many technology integration opportunities available today.
We have a deep understanding and appreciation for the sensitivities surrounding the delicately balanced operation of critical infrastructure, and know that each system has its own unique challenges and complexities. Most critical infrastructure systems are not 'IT' and should not be treated in the same way as corporate IT infrastructure. Conversely, it is well known that system availability is usually the main concern when dealing with these sensitive systems, and that requires a specialist skillset to ensure your critical operations are never interrupted.
We are proud to say that critical infrastructure has been an integral focus of Anchoram since day one, with many of our Partners having first-hand experience in the industry. In fact, our team has even published multiple papers on the topic, and literally wrote the definition for Power Systems Resilience!
If you've suddenly been roped into the critical infrastructure classification or have any other questions on the Security Legislation Amendment, SoCI, or Critical Infrastructure Protection in general, please reach out and one of our specialists will be more than happy to help!
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Jordan began his decade-long career as a cyber warfare officer in the Australian Air Force, which included personally planning and leading Australia's first Air Force cyber deployment to the Middle East Region. Since then Jordan has fulfilled various specialist, management, and academic roles for large security, critical infrastructure, and Big 4 consulting organisations globally; all focused on the cybersecurity of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS). Jordan also holds qualifications in Engineering, Project Management, Industrial Control Systems, and Security Architecture, and is a doctoral research candidate in space systems resilience.
As part of our Critical Infrastructure team, James brings over 20 years of experience across enterprise technology with a focus on management, advisory, architecture, systems engineering and cyber security. Prior to joining Anchoram, James established the cyber security practice for the private operator of the Sydney Metro Northwest - the first fully automated railway in Australia. He has also worked as part of the development group for the Australian Standard for Cyber Security in Rail AS7770.