The Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) has signed a five year deal with Telstra for the provision of a secure internet gateway for itself and its nine client agencies.
The ACBPS was one of the final lead agencies appointed under the Federal Government’s Internet Gateway Reduction Program to approach the market to outsource its gateway needs.
Kicked off in October 2010, the Program aimed to reduce the number of secure internet gateways operated by Federal agencies from a starting point for 124 to a maximum of eight, and appointed eight lead agencies to head up eight gateway-sharing clusters to enact this goal.
The deal is worth $32 million to Telstra for the whole group, with the ACBPS component worth just under $12 million of this according to the agency.
Other agencies that will share the gateway include:
- Attorney-General’s Department
- Department of Finance and Deregulation
- Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity
- Department of Immigration and Citizenship
- Australian Institute of Criminology
- Insolvency and Trustee Service Australia
- Australian Law Reform Commission
- Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal
- Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s (DIAC) transition of their gateway needs into the shared arrangement was given as one of the reasons for the reduced annual value of its recently refreshed outsourcing contract with Unisys, from whom it previously sourced this service.
Newly appointed Chief Technology Officer at the ACBPS, Randall Brugeaud, endorsed the gateway consolidation plan run out of the Department of Finance and Deregulation and its impact on security and efficiency.
“A reduced number of gateways will provide improved security through a more consistent approach to gateway management, accreditation, monitoring and incident response.
“The new Secure Internet Gateway will mean improved security and service delivery, particularly for the smaller agencies, and a reduced cost to the Commonwealth as a whole,” he said in a statement.
The contract signing comes during a period of significant change at Customs. Minister for Home Affairs Jason Clare yesterday issued a Blueprint for Reform of the agency following the discovery of system corruption within its ranks.
The Telstra win means that only two lead agencies still need to settle upon a supplier of gateway services.
- Department of Defence: Defence signed a $55 million contract with Verizon in April 2011 for the provision of Internet Gateway Managed Services.
- Australian Taxation Office: The ATO will remain with its incumbent telecommunications managed services supplier, Optus, for the provision of secure internet gateway services.
- Department of Human Services: DHS told Intermediumthat it will continue to manage its internet gateway infrastructure internally.
- Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations: DEEWR told Intermedium that it will also continue to manage its internet gateway infrastructure internally.
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry: Elected to stay with incumbent supplier Macquarie Telecom for its shared gateway, following an open approach to market.
- Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet: approached the market for the provision of secure internet gateway services in December 2011.
- Australian Federal Police: The AFP approached the market for the provision of a gateway and associated services in May 2012.
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