The open source Apache Metron project will help underpin managed security services delivered from two Telstra security operations centres set to be launched later this year.
Telstra will launch SOCs in Sydney and Melbourne in June.
The telco’s director of security solutions, Neil Campbell, said the new SOCs and Telstra’s new platform are part of “reimagining” how managed security services are delivered, particularly in the context of the vast quantities of data enterprises find themselves grappling with thanks to developments such as the Internet of Things.
Telstra has already begun contributing code back to the Metron project. The telco has been working to build Metron “into a full industrial-scale managed security services platform,” Campbell said.
Using open source offers “the ability to be master of your own destiny when it comes to features and timelines,” he added, allowing the telco to be flexible in order to meet its clients’ requirements as well as adapt to an evolving market.
Another reason for using open source is that “by contributing to the open source community we put the tools in the hands of users who might otherwise not be able to afford an enterprise-grade SIEM platform or for their own reasons would never outsource and are looking for some flexibility in-house,” Campbell said.
There is a cost benefit for the telco: “It allows us to take out a significant underlying cost that contributes to any managed security service, which means we’ll be able to provide that service to more businesses who have previously not been able to afford an enterprise-grade managed security service.”
“The reason that’s important is because we believe that cyber security is a team sport, but that we as a society have not been playing enough as a team in order to try to combat the problem at a grassroots level,” Campbell added.
The two SOCs will be based in the CBDs of…