The lead agency approach to the provision of authentication services is the Australian Government’s new initiative to facilitate access to government services. This initiative minimises investment in new authentication infrastructure and maximises ease of use by reducing the number of authentication credentials required to access government services. All agencies (except defence, health and the intelligence community) are required to apply the lead agency model.
The National e-Authentication Framework (NeAF) will assist agencies, jurisdictions and sectors in authenticating the identity of the other party to a desired level of assurance or confidence. The NeAF encompasses the electronic authentication (e‑authentication) of the identity of individuals and businesses dealing with the government, on one side of the transaction, as well as the authentication of government websites on the other side.
The Identity Management for Australian Government Employees Framework (IMAGE) is an integrated, better practice approach for identity management of Australian Government employees and contractors.
The National Smartcard Framework will facilitate the adoption of a consistent approach to the implementation of smartcard technology by agencies in all Australian jurisdictions. It will assist agencies that intend to implement smartcards and allow for the adoption of common policies and technologies that facilitate technical interoperability between smartcard deployments.
Gatekeeper is the Australian Government’s strategy for the use of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) as a key enabler for the delivery of secure online government services.
There is an emerging commercial provider market for a range of on-line services such as personal data vaults, digital mailboxes, data verification and authentication services. The Commercial Service Provider Assurance Framework provides guidance for agencies to determine the Level of Assurance required to be demonstrated by Providers and the criteria to be satisfied by Providers to deliver the required Level of Assurance.
AGIMO develops, in consultation with DSD, guidance documents that articulate agencies’ responsibilities in meeting the requirements of the government’s ICT security policy.
The consistent implementation of protective markings in email will increase the security of all government email. Guidance is currently being developed by AGIMO to support Australian Government agencies in implementing protective markings in email and to enable officers to understand their responsibilities.
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This Standard defines the format of protective markings for Internet email message headers used for messages exchanged within and between Australian Government agencies. A protective marking is used to convey the protection requirements for information in a message, as defined within the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework. The protective marking may also contain additional information about the message that tells systems and system users how to appropriately disseminate the information contained in the message.
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