Zscaler Inc., the leader in cloud security, today announced it has successfully completed a second Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) assessment.
The new assessment confirms that the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange and Zscaler solutions have achieved the Australian Government security status of ‘protected’ and passed the most stringent government review.
A previous assessment completed in early 2020, confirmed Zscaler’s cloud security platform had achieved the status of ‘official sensitive’. The second IRAP assessment involved a process documented in the Australian Government Information Security Manual (ISM). This is required before government departments can adopt any security platforms and tools provided by external vendors.
“The successful completion of a second IRAP assessment now allows us to work with all Australian Government agencies as a number require the higher ‘protected’ status to have been reached,” says Budd Ilic, ANZ Regional Director – Government, Zscaler. “This in turn means we can assist their internal IT teams to strengthen cybersecurity and improve the way users access core software applications.”
The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange is the world’s largest cloud security platform, processing more than 150 billion transactions and detecting more than 100 million threats per day. Zscaler serves more than 5,000 customers across all major industries and including more than 500 of the Forbes Global 2000.
Zscaler Internet Access (ZIA) is a cloud security service that transforms the networks of government departments and agencies by delivering cloud-based internet and web security that scales to serve all users. Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) delivers Zero Trust Network Access by securing access to private applications without those applications or users connecting to the network.
The newly achieved protected status confirms Zscaler delivers a robust, scalable security platform that can provide protection to users regardless of their physical location.
“For a number of years, the Australian Government has been adopting a cloud-first strategy and Zscaler’s Zero Trust Exchange can now better assist agencies to achieve this goal,” says Steve Singer, Regional Vice President and Country Manager Australia and New Zealand, Zscaler.
The IRAP process involved assessing Zscaler against all the controls identified in the ISM, including those that had been added since the initial assessment.
“Achieving protected status will allow Zscaler to work with agencies to significantly improve the user experience for staff,” says Ilic. “Many have previously been relying on technologies such as virtual private networks to provide secure remote connectivity. Zero Trust takes security to the next level while also improving performance and usability.”
“These organisations are striving to improve their cybersecurity posture while at the same time enhancing the level of service delivered to citizens. Zscaler looks forward to working with them to achieve this goal,” he concludes.
To learn more about how Zscaler can help public-sector agencies accomplish their missions, visit: zscaler.com/government.