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Symantec opens $12m Sydney office

By Hamish Barwick | 21 August, 2014 14:55

Symantec has invested $12 million in a new office in Kent Street, Sydney.

NSW gov appoints IT consortium to improve password security

By Hamish Barwick | 19 August, 2014 14:14

Dataweave, Qubit Consulting, Oracle Australia and NTT Communications have been selected by the New South Wales government to deploy an identity management service, which will manage user accounts and passwords.

Optus reports $187m profit in Q1 2014

By Hamish Barwick | 14 August, 2014 10:06

Optus has reported a net profit of $187 million in the first quarter of 2014, a 12.3 per cent increase on the same period last year.

CBA's Lock and Limit gets 40k enrolments

By Hamish Barwick | 13 August, 2014 09:59

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA) has announced 40,000 enrolments for its Lock and Limit service that allows credit card users to lock and unlock certain transactions on their card.

Privacy Principles awareness high but companies seek guidance: IDC

By Hamish Barwick | 12 August, 2014 13:15

Over 80 per cent of 150 companies surveyed by IDC Australia were aware of the Australian Privacy Principles (APPs) changes but 72 per cent of those said that they sought third party guidance on data management, according to a new whitepaper.

ASG signs contract with Australian Maritime Safety Authority

By Hamish Barwick | 11 August, 2014 09:51

ASG Group (ASX: ASZ) has signed a five-year ICT services contract with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for an undisclosed sum.

Russian hack could see end of usernames and passwords: industry

By Hamish Barwick | 07 August, 2014 16:09

The implications of a 1.2 billion username and password hack performed by a Russian group could spell the end of the standard username and password combination, say information security experts.

Virtualization helps I-MED Network reduce data centre footprint

By Hamish Barwick | 07 August, 2014 12:19

A virtualization offering has helped medical diagnostics imaging firm I-MED Network reduce three data centres down to two in June this year, leading to cost and energy savings.

UPDATED: Phishing website impersonates auspost.com.au

By Hamish Barwick | 06 August, 2014 09:54

Australia Post is warning customers to steer clear of a phishing website that has been designed to look like its homepage.

5 years on, Windows Event Viewer scam still operating

By Hamish Barwick | 05 August, 2014 09:58

A cold calling scam called Windows Event Viewer or `eventvwr’ is still targeting Australians, five years on from Computerworld Australia’s 2009 investigation.

Aus Post warns customers not to open scam email

By Hamish Barwick | 04 August, 2014 11:09

Australia Post has warned customers not to open a scam email that claims a courier could not deliver a parcel to their address.

How to recognise the cyber insider threat

By Hamish Barwick | 01 August, 2014 10:42

Losing business to a competitor because one of your trusted employees has walked out the door with sensitive information doesn’t need to happen if you look for the signs and put controls in place, according to a panel of cyber security experts.

Countdown begins for switch from debit/credit card signature to PIN

By Hamish Barwick | 30 July, 2014 11:56

Banks are reminding consumers that they will no longer be able to sign when they make purchases on their debit and credit cards in Australia from 1 August 2014. Instead, people will need to use a PIN – part of a move to decrease card fraud in Australia.

ACMA signs online child abuse notification scheme with police

By Hamish Barwick | 29 July, 2014 11:53

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has signed formal agreements with state, territory and federal police for the reporting of online child abuse material in Australia.

More than 6k Australians duped by Koler Android ransomware: report

By Hamish Barwick | 29 July, 2014 10:35

Android ransomware, which displays a message that claims to be from the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and other local law enforcement authorities, has affected 6,223 Australians since May 2014, according to research by Kaspersky Lab.