Traditional IT department to disappear in radical five year transition

The IT department as we know it, will no longer exist after 2012. Not only will there be a radical shift in skill sets but the traditional IT shop is likely to have a different name with IT managers even sporting new titles like innovation manager or director of processes.

Written by Sandra Rossi28 Aug. 07 13:11

MIT researchers invent clutter detector

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have come up with a way to measure visual clutter, a breakthrough that could help everyone from fighter pilots to Web site designers.

Written by Network World staff28 Aug. 07 11:58

Brazil to vote against Open XML

The Brazilian organization in charge of technical standards has decided to vote "no, with conditions" to Microsoft's Office Open XML document format during an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) meeting on Sunday.

Written by Luiza Dalmazo, Tais Fuoco and Camila Fusco28 Aug. 07 08:18

NSW govt signs up indigenous telco

The NSW government has awarded a landline and mobile phone product and services contract to Message Stick Communications as part of its "People First" ICT plan to slash its telecommunications spend by more than $50 million a year.

Written by Rodney Gedda27 Aug. 07 14:53

Scam email masquerades as official government notice

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a warning of a scam email that purports to be from the 'Australian Office of Fair Trading', but carries a potentially dangerous payload.

Written by Ash Lawrenz24 Aug. 07 11:43

Uni moves to disk DR, virtual servers

The University of Wollongong, south of Sydney, has moved from a tape-based backup system to disk-based NAS dramatically reducing restoration times and allowing for inter-site disaster recovery.

Written by Rodney Gedda23 Aug. 07 14:34

Software as service draws interest

Software as a service is forecast by Gartner to grow at 22.1 percent until 2011 for the aggregate enterprise application software markets -- more than double the 9 percent growth rate expected in the market as a whole.

Written by Stuart Lauchlan20 Aug. 07 09:19

Democrats introduce data security breach bill to parliament

South Australian Democrats Senator, Natasha Stott Despoja, today introduced a private Bill to parliament seeking the introduction of laws which force businesses to notify consumers of a data security breach involving their personal information.

Written by Sandra Rossi16 Aug. 07 11:24

IIA welcomes Howard's $189 million Internet plan

The IIA's CEO Peter Coroneos has welcomed the Federal Government's plan to protect Australians online following prime minister John Howard's recent announcement of an $189 million plan to improve Internet safety by using filtering services to ISPs and providing free software for home use.

Written by Ash Lawrenz15 Aug. 07 12:02

National ID? How about a global ID?

The Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems (FiXs) -- a little-known group of non-profits, government contractors, commercial entities, and government agencies -- has recently unveiled a first-of-its-kind global infrastructure to support distributed, integrated identity management and cross-credentialing across organizations. The implementation combines several existing security technologies along with a set of trusted models, policies, and operating rules to insure the accurate identity of personnel accessing physical sites or logical systems.

Written by Maggie Biggs15 Aug. 07 12:02

Linux dances with penguins' Happy Feet

In an interesting tale of penguins giving life to penguins, the smash hit animated feature film Happy Feet was creating with Linux servers and desktops, in addition to Windows 2000 and XP.

Written by Rodney Gedda13 Aug. 07 15:59

Mainframes suffer from skills shortages

Mainframes are getting so easy to manage that fewer people are required, according to a recent report - but there remains a big skills gap despite IBM's efforts to improve the situation.

Written by Manek Dubash13 Aug. 07 10:02

IceTV wins copyright case against Channel 9

The Federal Court has dismissed Channel 9's case against IceTV, ruling on Thursday that the company does not infringe copyright against the broadcaster.

Written by Ash Lawrenz09 Aug. 07 18:28

Government Considers Web Blogs

The Australian federal government is seriously evaluating the pros and cons of Web blogs as it looks to enhance consultation and citizen engagement.

Written by Sue Bushell09 Aug. 07 14:29

Mozilla pushes security in Firefox 3.0

Mozilla's next update to Firefox will sport several new safer surfing features, the company's chief of security said Wednesday, but users won't see the most important changes.

Written by Gregg Keizer08 Aug. 07 22:34