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Stories by Hamish Barwick


How Amaysim used analytics to engage management

By Hamish Barwick | 03 March, 2015 13:13

Mobile provider Amaysim needed to develop a business intelligence (BI) strategy but didn’t want to subject its management team to static PowerPoint presentations about BI.

Attack on Gemalto only breached its office networks, claims firm

By Hamish Barwick | 26 February, 2015 09:45

An investigation by Amsterdam-based SIM card manufacturer, Gemalto, has found that an attack by operatives from the US National Security Agency (NSA) and UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) in 2010 and 2011 probably happened but the attack only breached its office networks.

Ludlam letter raises concerns about Gemalto SIM card hack

By Hamish Barwick | 25 February, 2015 16:34

Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has sent a letter to Telstra CEO David Thodey expressing concerns about the use of Gemalto SIM cards by the telco following media reports that the company’s SIM card encryption keys were allegedly hacked by United States and United Kingdom intelligence agencies during 2010 and 2011.

Australian Privacy Commissioner investigating SIM card hack

By Hamish Barwick | 25 February, 2015 13:12

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim is investigating reports about SIM card encryption keys – including those of SIM cards used in Australia – having been allegedly hacked by United States and United Kingdom intelligence agencies during 2010 and 2011.

Hey big spender, watch out for malvertising

By Hamish Barwick | 24 February, 2015 11:32

Global Internet advertising revenues will approach US$200 billion by the year 2018, making it a lucrative business but also attractive to cyber criminals, according to Cisco.

Mortgage Choice embarks on CRM consolidation

By Hamish Barwick | 17 February, 2015 12:28

Residential mortgage broker, Mortgage Choice, is in the middle of a Microsoft Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) rollout which will replace three separate CRM systems.

NeCTAR Research Cloud gets $1.5m capacity boost

By Hamish Barwick | 16 February, 2015 15:19

The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Research Cloud has extra capacity for big data sets following $1.5 million of investment by high performance computing partner Intersect Australia.

Companies need a culture of privacy and risk management: NSW Privacy Commissioner

By Hamish Barwick | 12 February, 2015 11:53

More organisations in New South Wales need to establish a culture of privacy and risk management rather than ignoring the issue, according to NSW Privacy Commissioner Doctor Elizabeth Coombs.

OAIC to launch privacy management framework in May

By Hamish Barwick | 12 February, 2015 10:38

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) will be rolling out a privacy management framework in May this year to help organisations develop or review their privacy program.

Blue Coat creates A/NZ CISO role

By Hamish Barwick | 10 February, 2015 14:02

Blue Coat has hired former National Australia Bank (NAB) enterprise IT and security risk manager, Damien Manuel, as its Australia and New Zealand CISO. The role is a newly created one.

Deloitte launches online Australian cyber intelligence centre

By Hamish Barwick | 04 February, 2015 13:50

Professional services firm Deloitte has set up an online cyber intelligence centre in Australia to help its clients respond to data breaches and other cyber security issues.

CSIRO to pilot online privacy tool

By Hamish Barwick | 28 January, 2015 16:01

CSIRO will be trialing an online privacy tool in March 2015 as part of a simulation exercise to evaluate the use of the technologies.

Health, education and environmental not-for-profits offered free IT services

By Hamish Barwick | 28 January, 2015 11:27

Australian-based health, education and environmental not-for-profits can apply for free IT services following the launch of a program by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

Cyber attacks, skills shortage top of mind for ISACA members

By Hamish Barwick | 27 January, 2015 09:48

The danger of cyber attacks in 2015 is a top concern for members of global IT association ISACA with 61 per cent out of 121 Australian and New Zealand members expecting an attack on their organisation.

UPDATED: OAIC mulls Aussietravelcover investigation

By Hamish Barwick | 22 January, 2015 09:26

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is deciding whether to investigate travel insurance company, Aussietravelcover (ATC) after reports that personal information including names, phone numbers, email addresses, travel dates and policy costs were hacked on 18 December, 2014.