Protected Utility for government

We are helping government agencies implement Protected Utility to standardise how teams communicate and collaborate across government.  

The Protected Utility Program aims to enable a modern workplace across government. The Program provides Blueprint designs for a secure, modern desktop based on Office 365, with further iterations to consider identity, access and unified communications.

Acknowledging the complexities of the modern workplace, the Protected Utility Program will provide a Blueprint design to support a hybrid environment that includes connections with unclassified elements.

The Protected Utility Blueprint

We have launched the first product of the Protected Utility Program, the Protected Utility Blueprint. The Blueprint is the design for a secure, modern desktop based on Microsoft Office 365.

The design provides support for government agencies to standardise the way they work, and to communicate and collaborate without compromising security.

Mobilise and modernise your workforce

The design supports cloud-based capability so your workforce can work from anywhere, anytime, and maintain connection with their colleagues. Productivity no longer relies on the need to be physically present in the office.

It also brings together best-in-class productivity tools and facilitates cross-agency collaboration. It allows staff to create, store and share documents, host online meetings, instant message, manage team sites and project resources — and much more.

Operate the Protected Utility Blueprint with peace of mind 

We developed the Blueprint in partnership with Microsoft and tested with independent security assessors. It helps agencies move securely to a modern desktop based on the Microsoft Office 365 platform.

The Blueprint includes configuration guides and security documentation to support you in assessing implementation against the requirements of the Information Security Manual.

The security documentation includes:

  • Systems risk management plan
  • Systems security plan
  • Systems security annex

It means you can handle data up to Protected knowing it meets the most stringent cyber standards.

Benefits of Protected Utility  

Operational efficiencies  

Moving to the design will help you make better use of your resources, allowing you to focus on core business activities.

Leverage our knowledge and expertise  

We will provide guidance and support for a successful transition and will provide the opportunity for participants in a government-led community of practice to continually learn from each other.

Better communication and collaboration 

The design standardises how we work across government, making communication and collaboration safer and easier within and across agencies.  

Improved security posture  

The design will guide your agency through the uplift of their cyber security posture and assist you with the Australian Signals Directorate Essential Eight maturity.

Constant learning 

The design will continue to improve, evolve and grow with agency and whole-of-government needs. 

Build a future-ready workforce 

Increase your staff mobility, workplace flexibility and empower your people with modern ways of working.

Implementation options 

There are two ways to implement Protected Utility. 

Do it with you 

We will provide you with the Blueprint and, based on your cloud readiness assessment, help you make the transition. This may include help with funding for the transition, technical support, and technical resources. 

Do it yourself  

We will provide you with the Blueprint and access to a cloud readiness assessment. 

Overview of the Blueprint 

The following documents show the solution overview for the Protected Utility Blueprint: 

Please contact us to review the full set of documentation including:

  • Security risk management plan
  • System security plan
  • Incident response plan
  • Detailed configuration settings (as built as configured)
  • Standard operating procedures

Get in touch

To find out more, get a copy of the Blueprint, or to discuss your options, please email us at protectedutility@dta.gov.au