Transpower still mulling over security proposals

Transpower is set to pick an IT security provider by the end of the month.

Transpower is set to pick an IT security provider by the end of the month.

Jonathan Shennan, the SOE’s IT&T technical architect, says it has eliminated some responses to the original RFP, but doesn’t yet have a shortlist.

The selection process is “progressing well”, despite the RFP closing on February 14, he says. The issues involved with choosing an IT security provider “are of such complexity that we’re taking longer to digest them — we’re not prepared to rush it.”

While the need for extensive reference checks and other inquiries means the appointment has been “slightly delayed”, he is hopeful of being able to announce the preferred supplier at the end of April.

The RFP was offered because Transpower, which owns and operates the national electricity grid, is increasingly providing information to customers over the internet, Shennan says. “Most of the customers want to come and look at information relating to their relationship with Transpower. More and more, we’re having to share our systems with various groups and that’s where security comes in,” he told Computerworld earlier this year.

The RFP called for vendors to come up with packages encompassing software, integration and ongoing support.

Specific areas to be addressed include authentication and access controls and user management, external internet access and management and audit.

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