in brief The Federal Department of Defence has revealed plans to dump its in-house developed email classification system and replace it with a Canadian solution.
Defence has paid AU$840,000 for an on-going licence to use the new system, which was developed by Canadian-based software firm Titus, the department revealed this week. Defence will use the system on its 100,000 Windows XP desktops and a smaller number of Windows mobile devices.
The classification software is part of a federal government policy to force staff into classifying outbound emails sent from Microsoft Outlook or Windows Mobile according to a range of security levels, such as "unclassified", "personal" or "top secret".
Defence joins several other agencies that use Titus' email classification system, including the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Taxation Office, the Department of Finance and Administration, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.