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Stories by Hamish Barwick


Coles responds to credit card app vulnerability reports

By Hamish Barwick | 08 September, 2014 16:28

Coles has responded to reports that its MasterCard Android app fails to properly validate cryptographic security certificates by saying that the app has “never experienced a security vulnerability.”

Department of Finance drafts cyber security clauses

By Hamish Barwick | 08 September, 2014 11:04

The Australian Department of Finance is inviting feedback from the IT industry about draft cyber security clauses.

News platform records 4.1b hits during FIFA World Cup

By Hamish Barwick | 08 September, 2014 10:06

A news, video and photo platform developed for the FIFA World Cup recorded 4.1 billion hits during the tournament in 2014 as soccer fans from around the world tuned in online.

Australian MDM market to reach $51.6m by 2016: Frost & Sullivan

By Hamish Barwick | 03 September, 2014 11:36

The Australian mobile device management (MDM) market is forecast to be worth $51.6 million by 2016 as more organisations allow personal smartphones into the workplace, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

Streaming in the cloud

By Hamish Barwick | 03 September, 2014 10:12

Wanting to improve music search times for its 1 million customers, Australian-based music streaming service Guvera moved from physical servers to the cloud in August 2013.

AFP apologises for privacy breach

By Hamish Barwick | 28 August, 2014 14:31

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has issued an apology after it emerged that metadata related to criminal investigations was accidentally released online.

ANZ Banking Group improves incident response with comms tool

By Hamish Barwick | 28 August, 2014 13:38

Incident response calls at ANZ Banking Group were “chaotic” due to manual processes and the time it took for calls to begin until the bank began to roll out a communications management tool earlier this year.

Telstra talks customer phone privacy

By Hamish Barwick | 27 August, 2014 15:33

Telstra has moved to re-assure customers that their phone conversations are kept private and would be only accessed if a police warrant was in place for a particular customer.

How Medibank embraced cloud, overcame shadow IT

By Hamish Barwick | 27 August, 2014 11:09

Medibank is allowing staff outside of the IT department to sign up to cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) to reduce website hosting costs, while at the same time including IT security in the process, according to Medibank enterprise security manager Mark Burns.

IT security needs to market itself to the business: Woolworths

By Hamish Barwick | 26 August, 2014 15:45

CISOs and CSOs need to start marketing IT security as a “brand” to the business or risk getting left out of business decisions, according to Woolworths group information risk manager Peter Cooper.

Department of Human Services uses big data analytics to measure staff performance

By Hamish Barwick | 26 August, 2014 09:52

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is striving to improve its customer service through the use of big data analytics.

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.