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Stories by Hamish Barwick


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".

'I’d like us to move away from the dependency on passwords,' says Facebook engineer

By Hamish Barwick | 04 June, 2014 15:45

In an ideal world, people would not need a password to log in to Facebook as they would use a hardware token instead, according to Facebook United States engineer Gregg Stefancik.

NAB apologises for Visa debit payment glitch

By Hamish Barwick | 03 June, 2014 14:37

National Australia Bank (NAB) has apologised to customers for an issue with NAB Visa debit cards that had charged customers twice for card transactions.

Serving up faster websites

By Hamish Barwick | 03 June, 2014 10:16

Managing the needs of high-profile tennis stars such as Lleyton Hewitt, along with members of the public who expect websites to load within seconds, led Tennis Australia to implement online application performance and monitoring in time for the Australian Open in January 2014.

Inland Revenue Department NZ talks voice biometrics

By Hamish Barwick | 29 May, 2014 13:36

Call resolution times for Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of New Zealand customers who have registered for its biometric service take one minute faster than those who have not registered, said IRD contact implementation service manager Jared Mortlock.

Immigration and Border Protection to invest $700 million in border security

By Hamish Barwick | 28 May, 2014 16:55

Travellers entering Australia will be checked to see if they have undeclared criminal convictions against a biometrics database, Federal Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison announced today.

Mobile security lessons from Treasury

By Hamish Barwick | 27 May, 2014 09:26

Managing a fleet of iPhones that used containerisation to separate The Treasury data from employees’ personal information has been a journey of mistakes and lessons for CIO Peter Alexander.

University of Queensland to migrate 80 server rooms to two facilities

By Hamish Barwick | 26 May, 2014 14:08

The University of Queensland (UQ) is planning to migrate 80 server rooms to two large server rooms over the next four years to reduce costs.

ASX links Sydney data centre with Singapore stock exchange

By Hamish Barwick | 23 May, 2014 14:53

Customers in the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) data centre, Australian Liquidity Centre (ALC), can now connect to the SGX data centre in Singapore via the ASX’s low latency network, Net Global.

NSW government invites RFPs from ICT shared services applicants

By Hamish Barwick | 23 May, 2014 11:41

The NSW government has invited 50 companies that filled out a registration of interest (ROI) for ICT shared services in March 2014 to submit their plans via a request for proposal (RFP) process.

eBay Australia urges all customers to change their password

By Hamish Barwick | 22 May, 2014 16:33

eBay Australia is advising all of its customers to change their password, following confirmation by its United States parent company that cyber criminals accessed a database that contained eBay customer details including encrypted passwords.

eBay hack: What you need to do now

By Hamish Barwick | 22 May, 2014 14:45

Online marketplace eBay has stated that cyber criminals compromised a "small number of employee log-in credentials" in the United States between late February and early March 2014 to gain access to its database.