On Thursday, 25 July 2013 The Australian Financial Review asked Defence:
“We wanted to confirm that Lenovo computer products are not permitted to be used on the Defence Secret Network and the Defence Top Secret Network.”
Defence provided the following response:
“Defence has an accreditation process for all equipment used on Defence networks. There has never been a request to Defence to accredit Lenovo computer products for the Top Secret and Secret Networks.”
Following this media enquiry, reports published on 27 and 29 July 2013 in The Australian Financial Review allege a Department of Defence ban on the use of Lenovo computer equipment on the Defence Secret and Top Secret Networks.
This reporting is factually incorrect. There is no Department of Defence ban on the Lenovo Company or their computer products; either for classified or unclassified systems.