Australia's national authority for information security, the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), will assess the security of Microsoft's Windows Mobile 5 and 6 systems.
DSD acting director, Lynwen Connick, met with Microsoft's national chief security adviser, Peter Watson, after the Microsoft products were formally accepted into DSD's Australasian Information Security Evaluation Program (AISEP).
Connick said it is important for the Microsoft products to be evaluated under the program.
"The evaluation of Windows Mobile 5 and 6 is an important step in evaluating emerging technology for potential use in government systems," she said.
"The successful evaluation of these products will mean that government can be assured that there will be greater choices available to work remotely."
As the government moves to provide greater online service and access options, Connick said there needs to be an assurance that there are appropriate levels of protection for Australia's IT systems.
Watson described the evaluation of Windows Mobile as a significant milestone for Microsoft.
"We are very pleased to be undergoing this process with the Defence Signals Directorate. This highlights the co-operative relationship between Microsoft Australia and the Australian government and reinforces both organisations' commitment to the area of security accreditation," he said.
As the national authority for information security, the DSD evaluates ICT security products for use in the Australian Government's official communications and information systems.