Regulatory compliance tops issues facing IT managers

Regulatory compliance will be the top business and technology issue facing IT managers and executives worldwide in the next 12 to 18 months, with a major emphasis on protecting personally identifiable information (PII) and transaction monitoring.

Written by Andrew Hendry05 Aug. 08 14:25

CSIRO develops technology that goes where GPS can't

The CSIRO has developed a new wireless localisation system with the ability to track, sense and communicate in areas where GPS and other wireless technologies cannot work.

Written by Andrew Hendry31 July 08 12:33

Sorting out the facts in the Terry Childs case

It's been nearly three weeks since Terry Childs was arrested on four counts of computer tampering and sent to jail on US$5 million bail. In those three weeks, this event has taken turns to the strange, and wound up firmly in the land of the absurd. From bombastic claims in the press to midnight visits by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom to pages of functional usernames and passwords entered into the public record, this case has certainly proven engaging.

Written by Paul Venezia31 July 08 08:12

Critics claim govt's porn filtering will fail

A glowing report on the government's national Internet content filtering scheme has again outraged telecommunications providers and privacy advocates who declared the results biased and worthless.

Written by Darren Pauli29 July 08 13:33

City missed steps to avoid network lockout

The high-profile sabotage this month of the city of San Francisco's fiber backbone network clearly shows both the extent of damage a disgruntled employee can cause and the need for controls to mitigate the risk of such actions.

Written by Jaikumar Vijayan29 July 08 08:37

Web 2.0 must be embraced for competitiveness

Organizations must embrace Web 2.0 technologies to remain competitive, but also be aware of potential threats and compliance issues. Alan Calder, chief executive of risk management consultants IT Governance has completed a report on the benefits and risks associated with Web 2.0 and told CIO they found serious issues at the board level.

Written by Mark Chillingworth25 July 08 13:20

Virtual-Server Vendors' Apps Manage Competing Products

Virtual-server vendors are following the example of systems-management and physical-server vendors by expanding their management applications to control not only their own virtual server environments, but those of their competitors.

Written by Deni Connor24 July 08 08:33

San Francisco's mayor gets back keys to the network

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met with jailed IT administrator Terry Childs Monday, convincing him to hand over the administrative passwords to the city's multimillion dollar wide area network.

Written by Robert McMillan and Paul Venezia24 July 08 08:07

Questions abound as San Francisco tries to repair network

IT managers and analysts are expressing surprise at the amount of time it appears to be taking officials at the City of San Francisco to regain full control of the city's FiberWAN network after a disgruntled network administrator allegedly locked access to it by resetting administrative passwords to its switches and routers.

Written by Jaikumar Vijayan23 July 08 09:08

Experts: Retail CIOs Must Keep Spending

Retail sector CIOs will need to invest in online shopping services throughout the current slow down to meet the demands of consumers both now and in the future, experts have signalled. Recent retail figures show that although consumer spending has gone down, online shopping continues to remain healthy.

Written by Mark Chillingworth22 July 08 14:57

Open-source software a security risk, study claims

Open source software is a significant security risk for corporations that use it because in many cases, the open source community fails to adhere to minimal security best practices, according a study released Monday.

Written by Ellen Messmer22 July 08 08:39

Health IT research gets $20M boost

The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) became a national institution today with $20 million in funding from the federal and Queensland governments.

Written by Rodney Gedda21 July 08 14:43

Forrester: Five storage strategies that will save you money

Storage costs eat up at least 11 per cent of IT hardware budgets, but there are plenty of ways to save money without sacrificing performance or security. In a new report called "Five Key Storage Strategies for a Down Economy," Forrester analyst Andrew Reichman provides a road map for smart purchasing and maximizing the resources you already have. Here's a summary.

Written by Jon Brodkin21 July 08 08:34

Back-end systems could save a city Wi-Fi project

Poor coverage and unworkable business models have plagued many municipal Wi-Fi projects, but the city of Lompoc, California, says managing subscribers was one of the things it needed to improve before getting its project back on track.

Written by Stephen Lawson15 July 08 08:31

ACLU, EFF sue US gov't over mobile phone tracking

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are asking a federal court to order the US Department of Justice to turn over records about the agency's tracking of mobile phone users.

Written by Grant Gross03 July 08 08:37

Open source community pushes Canberra on school computer fund

Australia's open source community leaders have written an open letter to Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard calling for consideration of free and open source software in the implementation of the Digital Education Revolution for the National Secondary School Computer Fund.

Written by Rodney Gedda02 July 08 17:06

Japanese military loses data again

Japan's Self Defense Force lost sensitive data pertaining to a joint US-Japan military exercise last year, the Ministry of Defense said Tuesday.

Written by Martyn Williams02 July 08 08:17

NSW Treasurer caves to computers-for-schools

The NSW government has buckled and signed on to the federal government's $1.2 billion computers-for-schools plan after allegedly demanding an extra $245 million to cover implementation costs.

Written by Darren Pauli01 July 08 15:06
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    Australian government departments have been notoriously slow to replace legacy paper-based processes with new, digital services. Digitisation programs amongst agencies have delivered mix results in recent years.


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