Verizon will be rolling out a dual internet gateway service to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and its associated agencies to reduce cost and shore up the security of their IT systems.
The other agencies included in this deal are the Australian Crime Commission, the Crimtrac agency, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre, and the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
Worth AU$15 million, the three-year outsourcing agreement will see Verizon provide management for intrusion detection and firewall, anti-spam, anti-virus, and virtual private network, along with denial-of-service protection. The company is also providing a 'round-the-clock help desk to support those services.
All this is a part of the gateway reduction program spearheaded by the Department of Finance, which aims to cull internet gateways from 124 to eight by 2014. This will save the government AU$25 million, according to the Department of Finance.