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Australia's 6clicks & Microsoft Partner to Meet Government and Defence Security Requirements

Melbourne, Australia. In another first, global governance, risk and compliance (GRC) leader 6clicks has announced its latest offering – 6clicks for Government – designed to support the specific information security needs of Australian government departments & agencies as they seek to improve their risk and compliance maturity.

In line with the information protection standards and requirements of the Australian Signals Directorate - Australia’s national authority on all things cyber and information security - the 6clicks for Government platform has now been IRAP assessed against the Information Security Manual (ISM) at the PROTECTED level.

The new 6clicks instance runs on Microsoft’s Azure Australia Central (Canberra) trusted cloud infrastructure. In partnership with Microsoft, 6clicks has finalised its implementation and assessments and is set to make the platform available to a select number of launch partners, including CyberCX, Pure.Security, Sayers and a number of the ‘Big 4’ accounting firms, for resale and implementation.

6clicks for Government is cloud-based software that automates risk and compliance management, factoring in relevant regulations and departmental policies, and using artificial intelligence to interpret those rules and drive compliance. The unique architecture of 6clicks supports a deployment and usage model that aligns perfectly with the federated nature of government departments and agencies, as well as their suppliers to address full supply chain risk management activities.

Following the deployment in Australia, 6clicks plan to make 6clicks for Government available internationally, also using Microsoft Azure as the cloud foundation, and with the next deployment in the United States against FedRAMP requirements.

The Australian Government’s efforts to strengthen its departments & agencies, and external suppliers, reflect the Department of Home Affairs’ Cyber Security Strategy 2020. This strategy focuses on protecting citizens, businesses and critical infrastructure from emerging sophisticated threats and known cyber vulnerabilities.

Not only does 6clicks for Government address the cyber security needs of the public sector, but thanks to the unique architecture of 6clicks, it now helps to enable advisors and contractors who support the government sector to streamline their engagement and deliverables, and offer incredible value faster.

Steven Worrall, Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director said, ‘6clicks has developed its platform to help governments address the issues associated with risk and compliance. This new offering running on Microsoft’s Protected-level Azure cloud environment provides an important and timely solution for the Australian market’.

6clicks CEO Anthony Stevens, says ‘There is huge demand for a platform like 6clicks for Government to help streamline risk and compliance requirements related to health, aged care, defence, transport, education and local government’. 

Notes for Editors

·      6clicks was founded in 2019, by:

o  Anthony Stevens, CEO. Former Partner and Chief Digital Officer at KPMG. Author of Chasing Digital: A Playbook for the New Economy.

o  Louis Strauss, Chief Product Officer. Former Product Analyst and Digital Consultant at KPMG. Author of Chasing Digital: A Playbook for the New Economy.

o  Andrew Robinson, Chief Security Officer. Former employee of the Australian Signals Directorate. Internationally recognised cyber and information security expert (policing, intelligence, counter-terrorism, cyber security).

·      Q1 2020: AI research and Development Division Launched. Key partnerships formed in Australia and Singapore.

·      Q2 2020: Expansion into India. Content partnerships formed with Peter Deans and Sam Carroll. Launch of 6cicks Risk Review for Teams mobile app (world first).

·      Q3 2020: Launch of Hailey™ AI engine (world first). Successful $A2.2M cap raise. Appointment of Ian Buddery as Non-Exec Director.

·      Q4 2020: Expansion into the United States. Launch of 6clicks Pulse (Risk and Compliance Intelligence Social Network).

·      Q1 2021: Expansion into the United Kingdom and UAE. Successful $A5.5M capital raise. Appointment of Steve Nola as Non-Exec Director. Commencement of key partnerships with CyberCX and Sayers Group.

·      Q2 2021: Appointment of Matt Gyde as Non-Executive Director (based in US). Launch of 6clicks for Government in conjunction with Microsoft.