Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 2 2012 Contents iPhones and iPads certified for use
THE Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) has certified the
use of government-owned iPhones and iPads for classified
Australian Government communications.
DSD led the way to safely enable devices running the
latest Apple operating system (iOS version 5), and that
are owned by Australian Government agencies, to
communicate and store classified information up to the
Acting Director DSD, Mike Burgess, says the organisation
worked closely with industry to develop practical
instructions for government to securely use the latest
“Embracing new technologies, such as smart phones
and tablet devices, provides government with a genuine
opportunity to conduct its business more efficiently,” Mike
“However, the threat of information being stolen or
compromised is also very real.
“DSD is working to help agencies better protect valuable
government information, while still enabling them to benefit
from the advantages of these devices.”
The iOS5 successfully passed an evaluation using a
stringent and intensive security assessment to ensure it
met government information security requirements.
The formal security evaluation, the first of its kind for
iOS5, covered devices owned and managed by Australian
Government agencies that have implemented specific DSD
More information and a security hardening guide is
available on the DSD website.
Fitting reward for DIGo team
By Jenny gianakis
THE team from the Bendigo-based Geospatial Analysis
Centre within the Defence Imagery and Geospatial
Organisation were presented with a joint Secretary and
CDF Commendation late last year.
The commendation was presented in recognition of the
outstanding achievements the Geospatial Analysis Centre
has made in changing business processes to enhance the
support provided to Defence and significant ongoing cost
The team at the Geospatial Analysis Centre has embraced
strategic reform. They have changed the way they do
business, are smarter in the way they work, are using
simplified processes and removing duplication.
Most importantly, they are driving for continuous
improvement and proving they understand that the
resources they are entrusted with are scarce and must
be used wisely. Through a review process, initiated and
driven internally, significant productivity improvements have
The team is conducting a long term project to re-map
Papua New Guinea. As a result of self-initiated business
process reform, the project will now be completed in
half the projected time and deliver the planned mapping
products, plus more detailed mapping of 35 key centres. It
will also save printing costs of about half a million dollars,
as well as provide a local print on demand capability in
The initial reform effort by people at the Geospatial
Analysis Centre has continued with ongoing improvements
to business processes, including shared savings with
Defence geospatial partners such as the royal Australian
navy’s Hydrographer. A new study of geospatial support
to military aviation will also deliver enhanced services and
Defence Secretary Duncan Lewis
(second from left) presents the Secretary
and CDF Commendation to Geospatial
Analysis Centre staff Jacinta Tuohey,
Vik Sabaliauskas, Harald Mai and
Photo: Department of Defence
DEFEnCE is upgrading the access control standard of
the Defence Common Access Card to a more robust
Involving the replacement of all common access cards, the
upgrade will start with cards that are used for electronic
access control systems and finish with cards that are not.
Developed in consultation with Defence security agencies,
the production and supply of the new technology began in
The Directorate of Security and Emergency Management
within the Defence Support Group will work closely with
regions and security officers to transition individuals, units
and bases to the new technology, which will replace all
existing common access card readers and includes entry
and exit doors, barriers and electronic key safes.
The project will replace more than 50,000 cards used for
electronic access control purposes. Most of the production
will occur between April and June this year, with an initial
focus on the ACT – the greatest number of cards used for
electronic access control systems is in this area.
The replacement phase of the upgrade is an extensive
process and requires the involvement of every person in
Step one – Upgrade Readers
The upgrade of card readers throughout workplaces will
begin with the ACT up to June 2012 and will follow in the
regions in the second half of 2012.
Step two – aCT Transition
Everyone in the ACT will complete a sponsorship form and
be re-issued a common access card by passing through
a pass office. To ease the transition process, an additional
eight pass offices will be established around the ACT
to cater for the more than 18,000 card carriers who will
receive the replacement card.
Step three – Regional Transition
Users of electronic access control systems will be singled
out for transition within the regions. Like the ACT, users will
complete a sponsorship form. The form will generate the
central production of a pass, which will be distributed to
users through the sponsor identified on the sponsorship
application form. The card will not be issued until the new
card readers are installed at the relevant base.
Step four – Contractor Transition
Contractors will be issued replacement cards through the
standard pass office once readers are installed at the sites
they need to access.
The remaining cards (not used for electronic access
purposes) will be issued with the new card when their
existing card expires.
To most, the new card will not appear any different to the
card they currently carry. What will change is the improved
security benefit for Defence and its workforce:
– a robust technology that is not susceptible to
– a new key diversification protocol that prevents
Defence from having to replace cards / readers in
the event a card is cloned and an access control
system is attacked
– a rationalisation of access control cards with
the opportunity for people to discard old /
superseded cards without prejudice
– an opportunity to purge access control systems of
redundant card data
– a high level of confidence that individuals in your work
place are authorised to be there.
Keep track of developments at the Directorate of Security
and Emergency Management intranet site.
Access security improves
Steve Meekin new Deputy Secretary
STEVE Meekin is officially Deputy Secretary Intelligence and
Defence Secretary Duncan Lewis made the annoucement
on March 19.
“I congratulate Steve on his appointment and look forward
to working with him in this important role,” he says.
Steve was appointed as Director of the Defence Imagery
and Geospatial Organisation in 2010. He served for many
years in the Army, reaching the rank of major general.
He has also held a number of senior positions in the
Defence Intelligence Organisation and the Defence Signals
The Secretary extended his thanks to Ian McKenzie, who
acted in the Deputy Secretary position until February
following the departure of Stephen Merchant last year.
Di Harris is acting as Director of the Defence Imagery and
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