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Avaya Inc. last month announced it is dipping its fingers into the enterprise security pot with the launch of security consulting offerings through its services division. The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based network provider said it will address the security needs of firms by supplying assessment, policy development and design consulting for all communication networks – what it refers to as an “all-inclusive approach.” Avaya’s security consulting team will work with individual enterprises to minimize vulnerabilities on any vendor’s communications system, according to a statement issued by the company. Avaya says it has developed two offerings to support policies that are developed: the Avaya Security Assessment and the Avaya Security Architecture and Design offer. The first will provide customers with an understanding of what state their networks are in, and will include a view of the network from a hacker’s perspective; the latter will allow consultants to “integrate and mitigate security issues in the network,” the company said.

Feds invest in affordable high-speed network access

The Government of Canada took another step towards providing affordable high-speed video, voice and data communications last month with the announcement of a multi-million-dollar investment in Markham, Ont.-based Redline Communications Inc. Broadband fixed wireless systems provider Redline employs 100 people. Broadband fixed wireless technology plays a role in advancing the Government of Canada’s goal of making Canada the world’s most connected country, said Minister of National Defence John McCallum. “Small companies like Redline are among the leaders in developing new technologies that are moving Canada to the forefront in sectors of the knowledge economy that will create new jobs and opportunities across the country.” The $4.6-million Redline investment is under the federal government’s Technology Partnerships Canada (TPC) technology investment fund. TPC supports research, development and innovation within the private sector.

CGI lands contract in Quebec

IT services firm CGI Group Inc. has inked a five-year consulting contract with the minist