IRAP certified for Protected data.

Internal data protection is only half the job.

While collaborating with external partners helps get things done, it also means losing control and visibility as soon as your information is shared.

Your data. Your responsibility.

In Australian law, data is classified according to the damage it can inflict on individuals, organisations or the national interest if it falls into the wrong hands.

If your data is anonymised or unofficial, a growing range of software options can be considered for file sharing and collaboration. If you work with individually identifiable, sensitive, confidential, privileged or protected data however, the stakes are higher and the rules are tighter.

Identifying a solution.

Research shows over 80% of teams working with these types of information can be guilty of file sharing with open, unauthorised or consumer-grade software when a dedicated solution isn’t provided. To identify which solutions are fit for purpose and which aren’t, the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) operates the Information Security Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).

Being secure. And proving it.

IRAP provides a framework of over 800 controls that independent assessors use to certify solutions for Sensitive and Protected data. Implementing a certified secure file sharing solution hot only helps mitigate critical legal, operational and reputational risk, it can unlock new engagement with all levels of government, regulated industries and the network of organisations they work with.

To do so, it applies national standards developed by the Attorney General’s Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Information Security Manual (ISM). This system replaces an earlier model where the ASD certified parties directly, such as the outgoing CCSL list.

“IRAP is the perfect showcase for our security posture”, establishes Chris Britton, Objective Connect VP, ‘because security isn’t something you claim, it’s something you prove.’

About Objective Connect.

What if one application could link people across devices, locations and between organisations while securing the data they work on?

The Objective Connect application automatically extends the governance of your Content Manager (TRIM) EDRMS when working with stakeholders outside your four walls. By creating secure shared cloud Workspaces, it maintains control of files shared externally, ensures one agreed version of the truth and delivers a record of who did what and when.

Because IRAP assessment includes both ‘should-do’ and ‘must-do’ controls, it’s important to note that not all assessment results are equal. Trusted vendors such as Objective make their assessments, certifications and penetration-tests available on request.

“We wanted something that would integrate into [Content Manager] HP TRIM, gave us the full audit trails and was IRAP assessed. Objective Connect was the only product that hit all of those marks”. Peter O'Halloran, Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, National Blood Authority


There's no such thing as almost secure.

“There’s no papering over the cracks with cyber-security”, emphasises Chris Britton. “Being IRAP assessed for Protected data means a solution must provide defence-in-depth.’ Objective Connect protects your data with:

  • Sovereign Australian hosting, support and engineering
  • Vetting staff, physical, virtual and procedural security
  • ISM, IRAP, ISO and SOC-2 certified AWS solutions
  • Full Content Manager Technology Alliance partnership
  • Embedded Anti-Virus (AV) and AES-256; 512, FIPS 140-2 and SSL/TLS encryption, along with
  • 2-step verification to ensure your access permissions are always current

Chosen by those who know

It’s little surprise then that millions of users employ Objective Connect for secure external file sharing and collaboration including local, state and federal government, defence bodies and whole-of-government agreements. To learn more about our security posture and what it means to you, talk to the Objective Team today at connect@objective.com.

  1. McAfee Report by STratecast (a unit of Frost & Sullivan)