Stories by Sandra Rossi

Farmers milk RFID for its full-cream data value

If images of picturesque rural settings and grazing sheep come to mind when you think of farming today then think again. IT has revolutionised this industry in regional Victoria where dairy farmers are using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, handheld devices and robots.

Written by Sandra Rossi29 Jan. 04 09:34

Employment dept smartens up security

Leading the trend to combine both IT and physical security the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) has rolled out a million-dollar smartcard solution to more than 2000 employees.

Written by Sandra Rossi21 Jan. 04 09:56

E-business boosts govt coffers

Revenues are booming for the state's premier collection agency which has had an 800 per cent growth in electronic business in the past 12 months.

Written by Sandra Rossi10 Dec. 03 08:03

Govt goes it alone on security reporting scheme

In its latest move to protect critical infrastructure, the federal government yesterday launched a secure Web site to report information security attacks, but the initiative has raised the ire of Australia's Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCert) which has spent the last two years establishing a national reporting and alert system with a broad membership base.

Written by Sandra Rossi04 Dec. 03 12:28

Outsourcing flaws exposed in parliamentary hearings

Maintaining her role as Australia's outsourcing watchdog since 1997, Opposition IT spokeswoman Senator Kate Lundy used this month's Public Accounts committee hearing to expose serious flaws under current service provider arrangements between EDS and Customs.

Written by Sandra Rossi31 Oct. 03 10:41

Tales of mystery and missing laptops and PCs

Missing backup tapes from the Prime Minister’s office, cleaner’s removing PCs from the Attorney General’s department, laptops stolen from staff cars and homes while couriers mysteriously lose hardware in transit, are just a few of the extraordinary incidents a parliamentary committee heard last week.

Written by Sandra Rossi23 Oct. 03 14:49

Victorian government fails privacy audit

The Victorian government has failed a privacy audit of its Web sites with about half not even providing the security necessary to protect personal information.

Written by Sandra Rossi03 Oct. 03 13:05

Council calls for million-dollar tender

Penrith City Council will call for tenders this week to implement a $1 million information management system with plans to start the project in January 2004.

Written by Sandra Rossi08 Sept. 03 08:11

Smart state's e-cluster leverages basics for the big time

Boasting the highest concentration of e-security companies and research facilities outside of North America, the Queensland government and industry are working together to create an e-security cluster that is set to take on the big players in the IT security market.

Written by Sandra Rossi14 July 03 12:43

Commission cuts backup time with SAN

After running out of disk space on its Windows 2000 servers, the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) realised it had outgrown its direct-attached storage environment and needed to implement a storage area network (SAN).

Written by Sandra Rossi04 July 03 10:55

Qld AG Blasts Govt IT Security Levels

Queensland government agencies need to address poor computer security measures identified in an audit report tabled in Parliament yesterday.

Written by Sandra Rossi01 July 03 14:55

Biometric Passport Project Clicks In

Australia is one of 20 countries that must have a biometric passport in place by October 2004 to maintain its 'Visa Waiver' status with the US.

Written by Sandra Rossi24 June 03 11:28

Laws Stymie 'Trusted' Network

Numerous legislative stumbling blocks mean there is little chance of industry participating in even the most remote level of information sharing as part of the federal government's critical infrastructure initiatives.

Written by Sandra Rossi24 June 03 11:26

IT Forensics Standard to Lift Governance Bar

A new set of electronic record keeping standards for IT systems — which have federal government sponsorship — will be released in draft form this week. IT professionals will be invited to provide feedback before the formal introduction in July.

Written by Sandra Rossi20 May 03 10:17