Secure collaboration key to national intelligence deal
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Special Report: Data security company archTIS has locked in an agreement with Australia’s national criminal intelligence body, ACIC, to pave a new way forward for sharing information between high-security, geographically dispersed agencies.
Law enforcement agencies across the country can now collaborate and share information securely and seamlessly thanks to a new agreement between archTIS (ASX: AR9) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC).
archTIS’ cloud-based platform, Kojensi Gov, will be used by ACIC’s program team developing the government’s National Criminal Intelligence System – a whole of government capability that gives law enforcement and intelligence agencies across Australia the first national, unified picture of criminal activity.
The National Criminal Intelligence System is just one of a series of initiatives the government has looked at over the last few years in bolstering national security and enforcement – allocating an additional $570 million in funding towards the Australian Federal Police and ASIO in this year’s federal budget.
This follows archTIS’ launch of Kojensi Gov for commercial sale in April this year and its securing of the Attorney General’s Department as its first government client back in September.
archTIS managing director Daniel Lai said this was a significant milestone for the company and “proves the utilisation” of Kojensi Gov for secure collaboration between and within agencies.
“Kojensi Gov will support the ACIC’s NCIS program and law enforcement agencies to collaborate securely to facilitate the development of a unified image of crime in Australia,” he said.
While the NCIS is only in its early days, it has already received federal government backing, with the Australian government providing $59.1 million over four years for its implementation.
It began in 2018 after a successful two year pilot program with 20 partner organisations that was completed in June 2017.
The pilot attracted more than 11,000 searches across 600 million available records and demonstrated the potential of an NCIS system that could provide improved information and criminal intelligence sharing.
The final stage of the NCIS program, which will include 70,000 law enforcement personnel and other approved users, is set to be delivered by mid-2020 in accordance with ACIC’s Corporate Plan.
Given the strict security protocols required to comply with the NCIS program, archTIS CEO Daniel Lai said the agreement highlighted the platform’s ability to provide a highly-secure solution for digital collaboration across geographically dispersed agencies and law enforcement personnel.
“We look forward to working with ACIC, and its partners, and continuing to expand the Kojensi Gov service through government and industry in Australia and abroad,” he said.
Procured via the Digital Transformation Agency’s Cloud Marketplace for an initial 150 users, the contract will deliver an initial $235,250 to archTIS, with that figure expected to rise once user numbers grow.
ACIC will use Kojensi Gov for an initial period of 15 months and up to 200 hours of additional services, with an option for two annual extensions.