Microsoft and Australian Signals Directorate aim for better cyber resilience in Australia

Microsoft and Australian Signals Directorate aim for better cyber resilience in Australia


Microsoft Australia and New Zealand National Security Officer Mark Anderson with ASD’s general director Rachel Noble

Joint capability will enable Sentinel customers who are members of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing program to access threat intelligence

Alice Chambers |

A new joint capability by Microsoft and the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) will enable Microsoft Sentinel customers to integrate more effectively into ASD’s Cyber Threat Intelligence Sharing (CTIS) program.

The development aims to strengthen Australia’s defence against cyber threats through quicker and more comprehensive threat intelligence sharing and response mechanisms.

“This is the first time globally that such a collaboration has been created with Sentinel to enable public-private exchange of threat intelligence,” said Mark Anderson, National Security Officer at Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, in a Microsoft blog post. “It is a free capability to download, and will enable Microsoft customers who are (or become) partners of CTIS – which include some of the largest government and commercial organisations in Australia – to contribute and consume threat intelligence at machine speed.”

The collaboration between Microsoft and ASD aims to improve the country’s cyber resilience.

“Cybersecurity is a team sport, and the collective efforts of both the public and private sectors are vital to defend our nation,” said Rachel Noble PSM, general director of ASD. “We value working alongside organisations like Microsoft to make it easier for their local customers to become bilateral threat-sharing partners in CTIS. We are actively engaging with industry stakeholders to emulate approaches like this. By fostering such partnerships, we can more quickly identify threats, combat threat actors and make a lasting impact on Australia’s state of security.”

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