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The integrity of the Defence
Information environment (DIe) has
been boosted with the establishment
of the Defence Resource certificate
Defence and AGIMO officials witnessed the
first certificates issued under the new authority
at an official key signing ceremony, and while the
formalities took place in a secure server room, the
benefits will be realised across Defence.
Using Public Key Infrastructure technology,
Defence Resource Certificates provide trust
between resources for users and can be used for
multiple purposes, including:
■ authenticating resources, applications, code,
and environments to users, and other entities
(e.g. secure sockets layer), and
■ securing, protecting and validating
transactions, access, transfers, remote
administration, virtual private networks, etc.
Defence relies on trusted communication
and transactions between resources. Without it
Defence network communication, management of
remote devices, and commercial transactions could
be vulnerable to manipulation or interference.
“This capability is a key enabler for
Defence. Knowing that we can encrypt, validate,
authenticate, securely replicate or sign any
resources on the DIE creates vast opportunities
for Defence – from eBusiness to Network-Centric
Warfare,” Assistant Secretary for Application
Development, Mr Peter Corcoran said.
“All Defence managers should be looking at
this capability and asking themselves how they
can use it,” he added.
Director of eBusiness Integration Mr Dennis
Healy said that the establishment of Defence’s
Certificate Authority is an important step in realising
the late Mandy Cramer’s PKI vision for Defence.
“We are committed to Mandy’s legacy
because her commitment showed us how critical a
secure electronic environment is to Defence. This
achievement is part of her legacy, and one step
closer to realising her vision,” Mr Healy said.
“The next steps to highly assuring the
Defence Information Environment (DIE) include
the increasing use of soft tokens to allow any
DRN or DSN user to digitally sign their electronic
transactions, including emails, followed by a
smartcard authentication pilot in preparation for
cross certification,” PKI Projects Project Manager
Mr Gavin Fittler said.
“This will pave the way for JP 2099 Identity
Management capability, as well as fill an interim
cross-certification need to enable the replacement
of the Trusted Agent Project (TRaP),” Mr Fittler said.
Mr Healy also thanked Project Manager
Mr Gavin Fittler, Technical Director Mr Richard
Brown and Mr Sunil Sethi and his Certificate and
Directory Management Centre (CDMC) team for
their exceptional efforts.
The Certificate Authority will be managed by
CDMC within CIOG.
For more information on PKI in Defence, or
how to obtain a PKI certificate for your resources,
visit the CDMC website on the Defence Intranet.
new Comtrack self service
helps commanders and managers
CHIeF InForMAtIon oFFICer GrouP
I’m a Defence resource
Defence's cIO greg Farr presents Mr Peter cramer (Mandy's husband) with the framed letter
bought back from the cceB recognising Mrs Mandy cramer's work and contribution to the five-
nation Joint Military combined communications-electronics (c-e) organisation.
comTrack self service
At A Glance
What is it?
The new ComTrack Self Service is a grievance and
complaints management and reporting system
available through PMKeYS.
What does it do?
The new ComTrack Self Service makes it easier
and quicker for commanders and managers to
monitor Australian Defence Force and Australian
Public Service complaints and grievances. It brings
a number of processes and procedures into one
common online system to improve knowledge
sharing, transparency and the efficiency and
effectiveness of ADF and APS complaints and
Who is it for?
Anyone with a grievance and complaints reporting
or management role, but primarily commanders
Where can I find it?
You can access the new ComTrack Self Service
through the PMKeyS Self Service Portal link on
the Defweb Homepage.
Where can I go for more information?
All support issues should be reported to
1800 680 202 PMKeyS Customer Support Centre
in the first instance.
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