Defence installs email classification system

Defence installs email classification system

Summary: The Federal Department of Defence has revealed plans to dump its in-house developed email classification system and replace it with a Canadian solution.

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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.

Topics: Government AU, Government, Legal

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  • Agencies

    Worth pointing out that ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) was one of the first departments to roll out this system.
    anonymous
  • Federal? Department of Defence.

    It's also worth pointing out that obvious little redundancy. The Constitution prohibits State Departments of Defence. It's the Australian Government Department of Defence and I seriously doubt that they would allow a Top Secret classification to be used on e-mails. Not even my Department does that!
    anonymous
  • Titus has been around for years

    Lots of departments use it.

    And No, defence is not going to send out emails to the public internet with TOP SECRET stamped on them, obviously!

    Of course, if you wanted to send something internally..................
    anonymous
  • top secret

    I bet they're not stupid enough to have TOP SECRET material on *any* network hooked up to the internet. Or at least I hope not.
    anonymous