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$88m big data research centre opens in South Australia

By Hamish Barwick | 01 July, 2014 14:48

An $88 million big data research and development centre has opened in Adelaide, South Australia to look at how defence/national security agencies can use big data to predict cyber and physical threats to Australia.

NAB promotes three women to IT GM roles

By Hamish Barwick | 01 July, 2014 11:50

National Australia Bank (NAB) has promoted three women in its technology and NextGen core banking transformation groups as it looks to improve diversity in the divisions.

Mobile calls to 1800 numbers made free – why not 1300?

By Hamish Barwick | 01 July, 2014 10:36

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is praising the telecommunications industry for making mobile calls to 1800 numbers free of charge from January 2015, but says the same deal needs to be made for 1300 numbers.

Cyber security mitigation still needs work: Federal Government audit

By Hamish Barwick | 25 June, 2014 10:18

A cyber security audit of seven Australian Federal Government agencies has found that none of them had achieved full compliance with the top four mitigation strategies mandated by the Department of Defence in 2013.

Malcolm Turnbull throws Australia Post a lifeline

By Hamish Barwick | 24 June, 2014 15:03

A three-day letter delivery system, rather than five, could help reduce Australia Post’s letter business operating costs, according to Federal Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.

'We don't want to be the next Kodak,' says Aus Post CEO

By Hamish Barwick | 24 June, 2014 12:56

Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour says the organisation is trying to avoid the fate of photography company Kodak by offering services such as digital mailboxes, parcel delivery and two-speed letter deliveries.

SAGE-AU cuts spam by 80 per cent from mailing lists

By Hamish Barwick | 20 June, 2014 15:46

Australian not-for-profit IT professionals' association, SAGE-AU, has cut spam from its mailing lists by 80 per cent since the rollout of a security solution in September 2013.

How to avoid a Privacy Act breach

By Hamish Barwick | 19 June, 2014 14:14

Organisations who haven’t done anything about the Privacy Act need to put best practice measures, such as privacy training, in place before Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim comes knocking, according to IBRS advisor James Turner.

NSW IT spending will help state's digital future: ACS

By Hamish Barwick | 17 June, 2014 15:31

The New South Wales government’s 2014-15 Budget IT spending will help the state prepare for a digital future, according to the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

NSW Budget 2014: Police and Justice get $81.9 million tech upgrade

By Hamish Barwick | 17 June, 2014 12:58

The New South Wales Department of Police and Justice have been allocated $81.9 million over the next four years for videoconferencing and ICT upgrades in the NSW 2014-15 Budget.

Aussie public cloud services market worth $305 million: Telsyte

By Hamish Barwick | 17 June, 2014 10:51

More than 50 per cent of 315 CIOs and IT executives surveyed by analyst firm Telsyte are now using public cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), according to a new report.

Australia's Centre for Cyber Security opens in Canberra

By Hamish Barwick | 16 June, 2014 10:38

The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS), which will bring together government cyber security staff with academic researchers, opened in Canberra today.

Managing super funds in the cloud

By Hamish Barwick | 13 June, 2014 14:35

Moving to faster third-party cloud has given BGL new-found agility in Web app development and data services provision.

Series of errors led to Department of Immigration data breach: KPMG

By Hamish Barwick | 13 June, 2014 09:50

Unfamiliarity with some Microsoft Word functions and limited awareness of IT security risks may have led to the accidental publishing of almost 10,000 asylum seekers details on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website in February 2014, says a new KPMG report.

Feature: Why mainframes are still around

By Hamish Barwick | 10 June, 2014 11:11

The mainframe has been back in the news recently after Treasurer Joe Hockey announced during a radio interview in April 2014 that the Centrelink mainframe, which dates back to 1983, needs replacing and will cost Australia “billions".

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