CJD Equipment toughens security, connectivity amid cloud move

Macquarie Telecom has struck a deal with CJD Equipment, distributor of construction equipment and trucks, to provide cyber security and networking services as the organisation moves to the cloud.

Founded in 1974, CJD Equipment supplies Australia’s construction and mining sectors with excavators, wheel loaders, haulers, highway trucks and more from brands that include Volvo Construction Equipment, SDLG Construction Equipment, Kenworth, DAF, and Isuzu. 

Based in Perth, the company employs more than 600 people, and operates 23 branches and dealerships nationwide with a major focus on regional areas.

As CJD expanded with new branches in Geelong and Canberra through 2023, a key priority for the company was migrating its accounting and inventory system to the cloud. 

Macquarie deployed its AI-powered SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) technology and SD-WAN to facilitate this transition. The move aligns with Macquarie’s expertise in providing secure internet gateway services and cybersecurity support.

“This industry is going to look very different in 10 years and we’ve got a partner in Macquarie that can guide us, take us to the cloud, keep our operations and customer relationships secure, and ensure we can match up to the technological changes our customers and equipment manufacturing partners are making,” said Alan Barnett, CJD Equipment managing director.

The SASE technology proactively monitors and provides insights on every device and network in CJD’s business, immediately flagging issues which can be escalated and solved by CJD’s and Macquarie’s teams. 

The AI capabilities mean it constantly evolves its understanding of the company’s baseline security to only flag abnormal behaviour and not become burdensome.

Meanwhile, SD-WAN technology has doubled connectivity speeds at all CJD’s Branches. It also has backup 4G/5G connections in the event of a major telecom network outage, meaning phones, EFTPOS machines and more can continue to work. 

As CJD expands and opens new branches, particularly in regional areas, the SD-WAN proves vital as it can be operational within 24 hours.

“We don’t have growth restraints, even though we’re dealing with more data, more sites, more connected machines and more field services where people operating machinery all over Australia can connect to us,” added Barnett.

Looking ahead, CJD Equipment aims to expand and supply quarry, mining, logistics and construction companies working on major mining, quarry, and infrastructure projects around the country.