07.25.2011

Verizon to Bolster Lines of Communication for Australian Department of Defense

A secure Internet environment is vital for any government organization, especially those charged with protecting national interests.  So when the Australian Department of Defense needed to upgrade its communications capabilities, it chose a secure, high-speed networking solution from Verizon.

The Department of Defense is responsible for defending Australia and its national interests, and combines the Australian Army, Navy and Air Force with a public service function. Under a five-year agreement worth more than AU$50 million ($52 million), Verizon will provide the department with a fully managed, dual Internet gateway solution and professional services support to link the department's 110,000 employees, other government agencies, industry partners and the general public.

The Verizon solution offers the department a streamlined, optimized Internet environment, with enhanced visibility into usage and costs. The system has the flexibility to quickly accommodate new functionality and expansion, and meets best-practice criteria.  In addition, to further reinforce system availability and security, each gateway will be housed in a separate, secure, geographically diverse Verizon data center location. 

Chief Information Officer Greg Farr of the department's Chief Information Officer Group said: "The Department of Defense manages one of the largest information and communications technology networks in Australia. It is our job to ensure that this network offers a dependable, secure and integrated information environment to support Defense military and business operations.  It is imperative that we provide simple and secure access to information for our internal and external stakeholders."

Verizon is a global leader in driving better business outcomes for enterprises and government agencies. Verizon delivers integrated IT and communications solutions via its high-IQ global IP and mobility networks to enable businesses to securely access information, share content and communicate. Verizon is rapidly transforming to a cloud-based "everything-as-a-service" delivery model that will put the power of enterprise-class solutions within the reach of every business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, NASDAQ:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers.  Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, with more than 106 million total connections nationwide.  Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America's most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers in more than 150 countries, including all of the Fortune 500.  A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of nearly 196,000 and last year generated consolidated revenues of $106.6 billion.  For more information, visit www.verizon.com.

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