NSW-based integrator, Ethan Group, has struck a contract with Victoria Police to deliver managed services around mail filtering.
The three-year contract will see Ethan provide secure email filtering, business continuity, implementation, customisation and ongoing monitoring across the inboxes of 14,000 police employees. The integrator's Secure Web Gateway service is based on technology from Cisco subsidiary, IronPort.
Division manager, Antony Flutely, said the deal was a significant win in terms of building up the company's managed services reputation in that state. It is the first time Ethan has provided services to Victoria Police. The deal also represents its first hefty mail filtering deal in Victoria, he said. The financial value of the contract has not been disclosed, nor have any of the other contract contenders.
Flutely said Victoria Police had previously managed its mail filtering needs in-house.
"The issue for many organisations is that keeping up configurations to provide an adequate level of security is an effort," he claimed. "A lot of organisations can't or won't invest in skilling up for this, which has meant managed services around mail filtering are very popular."
Flutely attributed Ethan's success to its best-in-breed and best value-for-money technology.
In a statement, Victoria Police technical standards and architecture group manager, Marshall Lee, said it had identified a need for higher levels of protection from spam, phishing and viral emails. Bringing on Ethan would allow it to improve the overall performance of its IT systems, he said.
Flutely said a good proportion of Ethan's $60 million annual turnover currently stemmed from managed services contracts. Existing customers include Visy Industries and Vanguard Investments.
"We want to be more sophisticated in what we do, and sign customers to long-term contracts," he said. "We have a number of managed services offerings - mail management is one of those that is easily commoditised."