Under the terms of the $A15 million deal, Verizon will supply the AFP and its client agencies – the Australian Crime Commission, the CRIMTRAC Agency, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Center and the Commonwealth Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions – with a dual Internet gateway service.
It will provide intrusion detection and firewall management, anti-spam and anti-virus management, VPN management and DOS Protection with IPv6-capable bandwidth. With management fully outsourced to Verizon, Verizon will also staff a local contact center that will provide 24/7 support.
The 3-year agreement is in line with the Australian federal government’s gateway reduction program, led by the Department of Finance. Under the program, the government is reducing its Internet gateways to eight from 124 over four years, from 2010 to 2014, to achieve a savings of $A25 million.
“The AFP congratulates Verizon on winning the tender and looks forward to a professional and constructive partnership with Verizon,” said the AFP’s former chief information officer, Assistant Commissioner Rudi Lammers.
In 2011, Verizon signed a 5-year agreement worth more than AU$50 million ($46 million) with the Australian Department of Defense for a fully managed, dual Internet gateway solution and professional services support.