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Confluent Cloud achieves 'Protected' level under Aussie IRAP assessment
Wed, 20th Mar 2024

Data streaming pioneer Confluent has announced the completion of an assessment under the Australian Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) to PROTECTED standards for its Confluent Cloud. This move underlines Confluent's dedication to supporting customer data security, privacy, and compliance requirements.

Following the assessment, Australian Government agencies with Information Security Manual PROTECTED level requirements can now engage Confluent Cloud across numerous cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. This will provide the means for even more government departments to integrate data across their applications and systems, reinventing experiences for employees and citizens alike.

Confluent's successful assessment by an independent third party under the IRAP against the PROTECTED standards established by the Australian Signals Directorate reflects the firm's commitment to upholding customers' data security, compliance, and privacy needs.

Simon Laskaj, Regional Director at Confluent ANZ, stated, "With Australian Government agencies relying more and more on data-driven decisions, they can no longer operate on data that has been stored for some time in data at rest systems."

He added, "With the successful completion of the IRAP assessment at the PROTECTED level, government agencies can now transform fragmented internal systems and workflows with Confluent. This will enable real-time applications for its citizen services across multi and hybrid-cloud environments, allowing citizens to enjoy more digital and connected experiences when engaging with agencies."

Confluent's full data streaming platform offers several key advantages. These include its transformative Kora engine, offering a reimagined data streaming experience with superior scale, elasticity, resilience, and cost-efficiency across hybrid and multicloud architectures.

Furthermore, their native stream processing capabilities to join, filter, aggregate, and enrich data continuously at the moment of generation drive greater portability, consistency, and reuse of the data while allowing downstream systems and applications to get the most enriched, up-to-date view.

Lastly, the Confluent Stream Governance suite provides a simple, self-service experience for teams to discover, trust, and understand their data while remaining compliant with evolving data regulations and security standards.

Two recent Forrester reports recognised Confluent as a leader: The Forrester Wave: Cloud Data Pipelines and The Forrester Wave: Streaming Data Platforms, Q4 2023. The latter report comments, "Streaming data is the pulse of an enterprise. Data Streaming Platforms have become a distinct category and a mission-critical component of the data stack. What was once a nice-to-have is now indispensable for any organisation to operate in real-time."

With Confluent, additional Australian government agencies can now provide data-rich government services based on enriched, high-quality data to deliver better citizen experiences, become a connected government that gathers and shares data across departments, offices, and agencies to advance its Data and Digital Government Strategy and elevate the nation's cybersecurity vision by providing fast, actionable insights to policymakers, regulators, and the justice system to ensure citizen safety.