N. ZEALAND:PROBE INTO FUJI XEROX CONTRACT

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N. ZEALAND:PROBE INTO FUJI XEROX CONTRACT

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    Defence Force probe into Fuji Xerox contract
    AUGUST 2006
    The
    Defence Force has asked Audit New Zealand to investigate allegations
    concerning a multimillion dollar contract for photocopiers.An anonymous
    “whistleblower” said the Defence Force breached guidelines issued by
    government security agency GCSB by choosing photocopiers from office
    equipment maker Fuji Xerox over rivals that were more secure, and in at
    least one case cheaper.The whistleblower, who claims to work for
    another government agency, said that Fuji Xerox was given preferential
    treatment during the tender.Defence Force spokeswoman Major Denise
    Mackay said the allegations were being taken seriously.”The matter has
    been referred to Audit New Zealand for investigation to ensure
    transparency and independent review.”We will of course be cooperating
    fully with them. Details of the investigation will be released in due
    course.”Photocopiers have become an achilles heel for IT security staff
    now that many double as printers and faxes and are attached to computer
    networks.Modern copiers contain a hard disc drive that is used to
    quickly output multiple copies of documents and which can contain
    thousands of pages of previously copied and printed material. The
    information on these drives can be hacked into or stolen, if not
    adequately secured.Guidelines drawn up by GCSB say copiers that have a
    higher Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) rating, should be considered
    over those that have a lower rating. If the devices are used to output
    secure or classified information, products with a higher EAL rating
    must be purchased.The whistleblower said that the Xerox copiers chosen
    by the Defence Force have an EAL 2 rating, while competitors Ricoh,
    Konica Minolta and Sharp tendered products with higher ratings of 3, 3+
    and 4.”NZDF blatantly ignored GCSB policy, thus placing the information
    they retain in jeopardy, and are also spending more taxpayer dollars by
    doing so.”A pre-Budget leak of the Government’s plans to further
    regulate Telecom prompted GCSB to remind government agencies of its
    security advice in May, though later it turned out that a government
    messenger, Michael Ryan, had taken confidential Cabinet papers home and
    copied them there.GCSB spokesman Hugh Wolfensohn said GCSB had no
    comment to make on what was “an internal matter for the department
    concerned”.A spokesman for Fuji Xerox New Zealand, Clive Forbes, said
    the company was confident all correct procedures were met and said that
    Fuji Xerox was an international company that fully supported its
    equipment. “We are not aware of any shortcomings.”The Defence Force
    referred the allegations to Audit New Zealand within hours of hearing
    of them and Major Mackay said it was too early to speculate whether
    they may have substance.