Home Government Tech Policy DHS, ATO replace Vault Systems in Govpass cloud hosting role
DHS, ATO replace Vault Systems in Govpass cloud hosting role Pixabay

ASD-certified Protected cloud provider Vault Systems has lost its role as cloud host of the Govpass ID system, with the government's Digital Transformation Agency deciding instead that the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Human Services would assume responsibility for hosting the components of the digital identity system.

Vault Systems was chosen to host the digital identity solution last year and its head, Rupert Taylor-Price, apparently had no inkling just three months ago that he would be playing no further role in the project.

At the time, Taylor-Price told  iTWire that his company was more involved in "the automation, the cloud technology, the delivery of the actual infrastructure and environment that sits behind that".

The Digital Transformation Agency, along with the Australian Tax Office and DHS would run Govpass, he said.

Vault Systems is one of four local companies certified to Protected cloud status by the Australian Signals Directorate, with the others being Dimension Data, Sliced Tech and Macquarie Government. The American software giant Microsoft was certified as the fifth such provider recently, with some questions hanging over its certification.

A spokesperson from the Digital Transformation Agency said in response to queries from iTWire that it had engaged Canberra-based IT company Gulanga in January 2017 to host the digital identity system prototypes for 12 months. Vault Systems was the wholesale provider for Gulanga.

"Following the decision that DHS and ATO will operate the digital identity system’s components, the two agencies assumed responsibility for hosting these components," the spokesperson said.

"The DTA continues to use Vault for hosting in relation to other projects and initiatives."

iTWire has sought comment from Taylor-Price about the reasons for his company suddenly being excluded from the Govpass system.

The trial in October will use the ATO's new online tax file number application service.

Govpass was allotted $92.4 million in the 2018-19 Federal Budget so that the solution could be taken to completion. About two-thirds is new money and the balance is coming from the ATO and the DHS, with the former absorbing $25.9 million and the latter $5.6 million.

CDAO SYDNEY TURNS 5 IN 2019

With 50+ Speakers, 300+ senior data and analytics executives, over 3 exciting days you will indulge in all things data and analytics before leaving with strategic takeaways that will catapult you ahead on your journey

· CDAO Sydney is designed to bring together senior executives in data and analytics from progressive organisations
· Improve operations and services
· Future proof your organisation in this rapidly changing technological landscape
· CDAO Sydney 2-4 April 2019
· Don’t miss out! Register Today!
· Want to find out more? Download the Agenda

REGISTER HERE!

LEARN HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF A CYBER ATTACK

Australia is a cyber espionage hot spot.

As we automate, script and move to the cloud, more and more businesses are reliant on infrastructure that has the high potential to be exposed to risk.

It only takes one awry email to expose an accounts’ payable process, and for cyber attackers to cost a business thousands of dollars.

In the free white paper ‘6 Steps to Improve your Business Cyber Security’ you’ll learn some simple steps you should be taking to prevent devastating and malicious cyber attacks from destroying your business.

Cyber security can no longer be ignored, in this white paper you’ll learn:

· How does business security get breached?
· What can it cost to get it wrong?
· 6 actionable tips

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Sam Varghese

website statistics

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the sitecame into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

 

Popular News

 

Telecommunications

 

Sponsored News

 

 

 

 

Connect