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Verizon Creates Gateway to Secure Australian Federal Police's IT Systems
[July 15, 2013]

Verizon Creates Gateway to Secure Australian Federal Police's IT Systems

Jul 15, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) -- Verizon announced that it has been selected by the Australian Federal Police to supply a managed gateway service that will boost the security, reliability and overall efficiency of the agency's IT systems.

According to a release, under the terms of the deal, Verizon will supply the AFP and its client agencies -- the Australian Crime Commission, the CRIMTRAC Agency, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center and the Commonwealth Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions -- with a dual Internet gateway service. It will provide intrusion detection and firewall management, anti-spam and anti-virus management, VPN management and DOS Protection with IPv6-capable bandwidth. With management fully outsourced to Verizon, Verizon will also staff a local contact center that will provide 24/7 support.

The three-year, AU$15 million ($14 million) agreement is in line with the Australian federal government's gateway reduction program, led by the Department of Finance. Under the program, the government is reducing its Internet gateways to eight from 124 over four years, from 2010 to 2014, to achieve a savings of AU$25 million.

"The AFP congratulates Verizon on winning the tender and looks forward to a professional and constructive partnership with Verizon," said the AFP's former chief information officer, Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers.

Verizon noted that, in 2011, it signed a five-year agreement worth more than AU$50 million ($46 million) with the Australian Department of Defense for a fully managed, dual Internet gateway solution and professional services support.

Verizon Communications Inc., headquartered in New York, delivers broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.

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