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Macquarie has opened Intellicentre 5 Bunker (IC5), part of a wider A$200 million investment by Macquarie into its sovereign Canberra and Sydney Data Centre Campuses.

Minister for Defence Peter Dutton has officially unveiled IC5, highlighting it as critical infrastructure 'supporting Australia’s data sovereignty, national cyber security and digital skills development.'

The facility provides what Macquarie calls a fully sovereign ecosystem in terms of supply chain, Australian Government security-cleared staff, data access and storage.

“The need to secure data to protect Australian businesses and government has been a maturing conversation over the last few years. The threat is evolving. We know there is increasing investment in penetrating systems throughout the world. To meet that threat, the Systems of National Significance Legislation and the Securing of Critical Infrastructure Legislation are essential,” Minister Dutton said.

IC5 Bunker is considered by the Government as Critical Infrastructure, given it has been designed to store important government information. It has also recently been Certified Strategic under the Government’s Hosting Certification Framework.

“Our IC5 bunker is built to the highest physical and electronic security standards, leveraging the accelerating trend of hybrid IT and cyber security needs across government,” said Group Executive of Macquarie Data Centres David Hirst.

“The delivery of this facility and Intellicentre 3 (IC3) in Sydney over the past year, when many supply chains were challenged by COVID, is a testament to the Macquarie Data Centres team and our partners."

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