e-Defence contract awarded to CSC

The Australian Defence Force has signed a $34 million deal with CSC Australia to upgrade and e-enable its communication network and provide digital certificates to all personnel.

Over the next two years, the e-Defence Project will provide sophisticated privacy and integrity infrastructure to the organisation's operational communications network.

The project involves encryption, electronic signature capabilities, e-mail enhancements, smart cards, 'desktop to desktop' interoperability with allies, and a tactical communications interface to battlefields.

At the same time, costly elements of the existing communications system will be made redundant.

Defence personnel will also be provided with a digital certificate to enable them to uniquely sign and encrypt electronic correspondenceThe network covers more than 300 locations nationally and offshore. When the project is complete, the network is expected to comply with the Commonwealth Government's 'Gatekeeper' requirements.

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