Government Technology Featured Article
September 04, 2012
Verizon Gains Two Security Accreditations from Australian Government
By Meenakshi Shankar, TMCnet Contributor
The Australian government awarded Verizon (News - Alert) Australia Pty Ltd with Gatekeeper accreditation and a Common Criteria product certification. The two awards formally recognize Verizon's proficiency in delivering specific Identity Access Management solutions that enable the secure delivery of key online government services.
The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO) awarded Verizon Australia's Gatekeeper accreditation while Defense Signals Directorate awarded The Common Criteria certification for Verizon's UniCERT.
"We continue to see a rising trend of businesses choosing to interact with the government through online channels and the Gatekeeper Accreditation program is a key enabler in safeguarding the integrity of the government's online platforms. In this vein, rigorous accreditation processes serve to ensure that all technology partners are well-qualified to enable the delivery of these services," John Karabin, Verizon's area vice president for Australia and New Zealand, said in a statement.
Verizon's security services, offered through its Terremark subsidiary, include governance, risk and compliance solutions; identity and access management solutions; investigative response; data protection services; threat and vulnerability management services.
Through this recognition, the company has become the only IT solutions provider accredited under the High Assurance Category of the Gatekeeper Framework to deliver PKI services to and in relation to the Australian government.
A trusted system of certification for government enables verification and authentication of transactions between clients, industry, governmental agencies and other governments. Verizon Australia's Gatekeeper accreditation enables the company to issue digital certificates to individuals, businesses and Australian government agencies in connection with online government services.
Gatekeeper is the government's framework and strategy for the use of public key infrastructure (PKI) to enable online government services delivery, reinforcing the concept of implementing digital signatures to automate transactions that are currently carried out on paper.
The Common Criteria certification for Verizon's UniCERT software is developed by Verizon and signifies the company's competency in issuing and managing digital certificates that allow other IT systems to verify the identity of the holder.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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