Canberra-based security vendor 90East has won a deal to provide a government information security system known as 'FedLink'.
The value of the deal between 90East and the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE) has not been disclosed, but FedLink will be used to secure intra-government communication as well as government online initiatives.
It will be used to secure transactions between all three levels of government as well as approved clients and suppliers. The system uses encrypted tunnels to transfer data that has a 'protected' status.
Federal IT Minister, Senator Richard Alston said not all traffic requires encryption and 13 agencies participated in the FedLink pilot including Austrade, NOIE and Treasury.
"FedLink will provide a foundation for whole-of-government services such as procurement and payments; it will eventually evolve into a fully-fledged electronic service delivery network as agencies increasingly use FedLink as a primary means to disseminate information," he said.
90East CEO Josef Farnik said the company will manage and develop the network with the focus on securing 'sensitive information'.
The company currently provides secure connectivity to the Internet for 32 government agencies including the Australian Taxation Office, the Australian Federal Police and the Prime Minister's Department.