Verizon Enterprise Solutions has won a three-year contract worth $14 million to provide a facility intended to strengthen the threat detection and security features of the Australian Federal Police's computer systems.
The dual Internet gateway will be designed to have firewall management and intrusion prevention capabilities to protect an integrated network of the AFP and its affiliated agencies, Verizon said Tuesday.
Under the agreement, the company will also operate a 24/7 service center that will function to provide technical support for clients.
“The AFP congratulates Verizon on winning the tender and looks forward to a professional and constructive partnership with Verizon,” said Rudi Lammers , the AFP's assistant comm. and former chief information officer.
The project is part of a federal program that aims to cut the Australian government's Internet gateways from 124 to eight between 2010 and 2014 as well as save around $23 million in operational costs.
Verizon was also selected to create a gateway offering and offer technical services for the Australian Department of Defense in 2011 under a $46 million five-year contract.