SecureNet scores custom-made PKI deal

SecureNet scores custom-made PKI deal

SecureNet has won a $2 million contract to provide Australian Customs with public key infrastructure (PKI) and services for its new Web-based import and export system, the Cargo Management Re-engineering project (CMR).

The security provider was originally contracted to provide perimeter security such as firewalls, gateways and virus protection. But since its $5.7 million acquisition of Baltimore Technologies' A/NZ subsidiary in May, the company has been able to add infrastructure security to its portfolio.

Australian Customs' new CMR system is part of the $153 million allocation to strengthen public and private information infrastructure handed down by Peter Costello in the May budget.

"The exciting thing is this is one of the first examples of us working with Baltimore Technologies [since the acquisition]," said SecureNet product marketing manager Martin Creighan.

Both SecureNet and Baltimore Technologies had been in discussion with Customs about various security aspects of the project for some time, Creighan said.

"SecureNet is a value-added reseller for third-party products. With Baltimore we have positioned ourselves as a security powerhouse. We now have a very broad range of solutions to go to the customer. Not only can we provide perimeter security, but going a step further we can apply application security."

The deal translates to more than $2 million in revenue for SecureNet over the next 12 months. Customs will use the PKI infrastructure in the generation, storage and management of digital certificates and signatures as well as procedures for cryptography.

"It is one of many opportunities we are involved with," Creighan said. "I think we will start seeing more wins in the near future."

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