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Secret Telstra facility

By nanzan - 28 November 2009 40

The news web sites are bringing us news about a new secret Telstra Security Operations Centre, somewhere in Canberra, certified by ASIO, and employing 40 people, with the capacity to increase that to 100.

So, any ideas where this new hi-tech top secret establishment is?

Is it related to the other high-security Telstra establishment in Kent Street, Deakin?

Photos anybody?

What’s Your opinion?


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Secret Telstra facility
el 11:41 am 29 Nov 09

Only this week jb?

Anna Key 10:39 am 29 Nov 09

UrbanAdventure.org said :

Oh for crying out loud. Some of you may as well just sign up for Al-Qaeda membership! Do you ever stop to think for just a moment about the damage you may be doing to national security by discussing this stuff publicly? Where do you idiots get off handing out indformation about classified facillities?

And where do the owners of the Riot Act get off by allowing this crap to happen?

I don’t think we are giving away too many state secrets here. Perhaps ASIO and DSD should also remove the signs from outside their buildings.

Actually, you should sign up for Al Qaeda membership – I hear they do a good chicken schnitzel and have a mega meat tray raffle on Wed nights

johnboy 9:51 am 29 Nov 09

Congratulations on the stupidest thing said on RiotACT this week UA.

UrbanAdventure.org 9:32 am 29 Nov 09

Oh for crying out loud. Some of you may as well just sign up for Al-Qaeda membership! Do you ever stop to think for just a moment about the damage you may be doing to national security by discussing this stuff publicly? Where do you idiots get off handing out indformation about classified facillities?

And where do the owners of the Riot Act get off by allowing this crap to happen?

Mr Waffle 11:44 pm 28 Nov 09

Grrrr said :

Who cares about the location and appearance of yet another Canberran T4 accredited data centre?

That should be fairly obvious.

bd84 5:17 pm 28 Nov 09

Perhaps at Fyshwick, there have been a few development applications over the past year with very little info or described as a “defence facility”.

georgesgenitals 4:09 pm 28 Nov 09

ASIO T4 certification (only an agency ASA can accredit physical premises for the purposes of civilian government) sounds lot sexier than it really is. The Australian Govt uses the services of ASIO’s T4 group for laying out the standards for physical security in govt. This means that either ASIO T4 (or one of their SCEC-endorsed assessors) certifies that the building or room is constructed to meet the requirements in the relevant standard.

There are lots of sites around town that are certified, and lots of individual rooms as well, belonging to both govt and private organisations. Having such facilities is standard if you want to do business in this town.

NickD 4:02 pm 28 Nov 09

Thanks for that Tony.

Tony 12:03 pm 28 Nov 09

In addition to the questions raised, I’d like to add a coupe more.

A couple of articles I read state that resources are being relocated from Sydney and Melbourne.

Is Telstra going to need to advertise to fill new positions, or are they just relocating existing ones?

Does anyone know when this facility is scheduled to open?

NickD, the established building on Battye St is an EDS managed facility housing a number of Fed Gov equipment and EDS staff. The building on Braybrook St is a Verizon (ex Cybertrust) building, again hosting Fed Gov equipment and Verizon staff. Both are ASIO T4 accredited, but to my knowledge none of these buildings have commercial customers. I doubt Telstra is moving in with these guys, they are competitors in this space. Not to mention that these mostly contain Data Center space and that is in very short supply and expensive ATM.

A Noisy Noise Annoys 11:38 am 28 Nov 09

I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you . . .

PBO 11:15 am 28 Nov 09

NickD said :

There’s are a couple of a large, newish and mysterious-looking office buildings on Battye Street and Braybrooke Street in Bruce which have pretty tight security. The one on Battye Street has no signage indicating who the tenant is – there’s only an Australian Government logo on its gate. I think that Centrelink and some other agencies have data centres there, but Telstra could have moved in as well.

I think that it is the TAX server and backup. I thought that they were moving the Telstra bunker to Hume, though i could be wrong.

Grrrr 10:36 am 28 Nov 09

“Under that lake” .. that must be the reason for the dumptruck at the lake’s edge recently seen here, it was just collecting the last of the construction waste from their secret aquatic lair!

Who cares about the location and appearance of yet another Canberran T4 accredited data centre? It’s going to be a bland concrete box in the middle of somewhere unexciting. The implication that it’s location is classified Top Secret is pretty fanciful. The reality is there’s nothing to gain by announcing it’s location – only a loss of privacy and therefore security, so they don’t.

Disposable 9:54 am 28 Nov 09

In the bunker under the lake. P1 has an awesome google map of it.

indigoid 9:50 am 28 Nov 09

T4-accredited means they’re going after government customers, not just corporate

NickD 9:33 am 28 Nov 09

There’s are a couple of a large, newish and mysterious-looking office buildings on Battye Street and Braybrooke Street in Bruce which have pretty tight security. The one on Battye Street has no signage indicating who the tenant is – there’s only an Australian Government logo on its gate. I think that Centrelink and some other agencies have data centres there, but Telstra could have moved in as well.

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