Centrelink flags $7m data security revamp

Summary:Centrelink has released a new tender for the provision of data loss prevention and endpoint security capabilities on server and end-user platforms.

Centrelink has released a new tender for the provision of data loss prevention and endpoint security capabilities on server and end-user platforms.

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Centrelink is tendering for new endpoint security software.(Not so safe image by Terry Johnston, CC2.0)

The tender aims to have Centrelink better securing customer data from being internally and externally compromised across its 460 remote sites around the country. It seeks a scalable system that can be expanded easily over time. The tender outlines a delivery time-frame of three years, with the contract to be worth between $5 million and $7 million.

The tenderer must address a number of hypothetical scenarios to minimise the impact of data loss, email spam and staff removing data from the workplace in violation of security and privacy policies.

The tender specifies that security proposals must include network access control features in order to classify and individually manage each server or end-user's actions.

Centrelink plans to centralise the way that security threats and intrusions are reported and managed through the network access control mechanism.

The government agency is in the process of updating its core IT services to Windows Server 2008 R2. A roll-out of Windows 7 to end users is also under way.

Topics: Government, Government : AU, Security

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