Hardened platform to deliver local cloud services designed for government and regulated industries

Canberra, Australia —  SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced SAP Critical Data Cloud, a fully managed service capable of powering the operations of government and regulated industries across both Australia and New Zealand

This is designed to help protect the core business applications of governments and highly regulated industries including financial services, healthcare and utilities. Planned to be operational in the second half of 2021, the platform is intended to support the Australian Government’s Official: Sensitive and Protected information, enabling customers to make faster, more informed decisions and with greater peace of mind.

SAP Critical Data Cloud is a significant investment recognising the increased focus on improving whole-of-economy cybersecurity. The hardened platform provides customers the full functionality of SAP’s multi-tenanted cloud applications.  It is initially available for human resources (SAP SuccessFactors) and SAP’s full suite of finance, analytics and machine learning applications (SAP Business Technology Platform, SAP Analytics Cloud and SAP S/4HANA).

In addition to providing customers with the constantly evolving benefits of contemporary business cloud applications, SAP Critical Data Cloud enables customers to extend functionality within the same certified framework. Importantly it also supports secure integration to other systems, for example public cloud, bespoke applications.

SAP Critical Data Cloud services and applications are continuously reviewed and hardened to ensure they stay current and are projected to meet evolving government security policy requirements. Customers are offered transparent assurance that data remains supported by appropriately cleared personnel.

“The legislative environment and cyber considerations in both Australia and New Zealand require organisations of different sizes to think hard about moving to cloud,” Damien Bueno, President and Managing Director, SAP Australia and New Zealand said.

“In support of those pursuing a cloud agenda, SAP is providing a service that puts all its software and service assets in an environment that exhibits the cloud and security characteristics needed to meet the legislative and security requirements of government.

“As a global enterprise provider and supporter to some of the world’s largest organisations, we’ve looked at how to drive efficiencies and provide customers with the capacity to deliver the sovereignty, security and confidence they need from a trusted platform. This follows the launch of RISE with SAP, providing customers with everything they need to transform their organisation in a way that works best for them.”

Richard Bergman, Lead Partner for EY’s Oceania Cybersecurity, privacy and trusted technology practice, said, “Planned changes to the Security of Critical Infrastructures Act and the increasing prevalence of foreign interference targeting the Australian public and private sector are driving an increasing need for sovereign cloud and security solutions and services.”

“SAP’s approach leveraging hardened patterns and templates is a great way of assisting Australian organisations to combat the increasing threat landscape and changing regulatory requirements,” continued Mr Bergman.

Leveraging its work with SAP National Security Services (NS2), SAP Critical Data Cloud is tailored for Australian and New Zealand legislative requirements. It empowers public and private customers to rapidly and safely digitise customer, citizen and employee services, while remaining current with legislation and policy. This reduces the cost and complexity of assessing and certifying multiple systems and platforms.

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About SAP NS2

At SAP NS2®, we support the mission of national security by providing innovative computing, analytics, and cloud solutions. From custom development to secure cloud, and virtually everything in between, SAP NS2 powers the secure intelligent enterprise. Learn more at www.sapns2.com.