Software vendor Novell and systems integrator Dimension Data have won a $3.4 million security software deal with the Victorian Government's Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DRE).
Already an existing Novell customer for its NetWare products, the DRE put out a competitive tender in September last year for security and enterprise directory solutions.
The Department was looking to better authenticate and secure access to its various systems among its 5000-strong employees.
"[These employees] are all in different locations, have varied roles and responsibilities, and need to be identified and given authorisation within each application and system," said Vic Davies, manager of ICT security at the DRE. "This becomes incredibly complex and requires significant administrative investment to update and maintain the disparate systems, particularly when people join and leave the Department."
Davies said employees were concerned about managing multiple passwords for the different systems they used in the Department.
The three-year deal involves 15 projects comprising of various Novell authentication and security solutions will be rolled out progressively over the next 12-18 months. The $3.4 million contract includes $1.8 million of Novell licensing and $1.6 million in professional services work. These services will be provided by either or both Novell and Dimension Data staff, depending on the "scheduling and logistics" of the particular project, according to Novell client partner Vic Raymond.
By the end of the year, Novell expects to have completed an infrastructure upgrade and implementation of Novell's Identity Management and Provisioning solution, with the remainder of the contract to be fulfilled by 2004.