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Stories by Hamish Barwick


Rise of the digital risk officer?

By Hamish Barwick | 11 July, 2014 15:19

A new security role called the digital risk officer (DRO) is emerging in response to new cyber threats introduced by the Internet of Things (IoT), according to Gartner United States distinguished analyst Paul Proctor.

Commonwealth Bank, NAB, ANZ see strong growth in Internet banking

By Hamish Barwick | 09 July, 2014 13:38

Australians are turning to Internet banking in greater numbers, according to figures released by Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA), National Australia Bank (NAB) and ANZ Banking Group.

Investment in data centres expected to increase in Australia: survey

By Hamish Barwick | 08 July, 2014 09:52

Some Australians have indicated they will spend more on their data centres over the next year due to big data, virtualization and business continuity requirements, according to a Forrester Consulting survey.

Flinders University to establish ICT academy with Cisco

By Hamish Barwick | 03 July, 2014 12:02

Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia will establish a new academy with Cisco at the university’s Tonsley Park campus to help students with their ICT degrees.

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone respond to 1300 number issue

By Hamish Barwick | 02 July, 2014 14:29

Telstra, Optus and Vodafone have responded to the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) comments about making mobile calls to 13/1300 numbers free, saying they have plans that include unlimited calls to 13/1300 numbers.

$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.