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OAIC mulls Aussietravelcover investigation

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is deciding whether to investigate travel insurance company, Aussietravelcover after reports that personal information including names, phone numbers, email addresses, travel dates and policy costs were hacked on 18 December, 2014.

Aussie businesses lose $600k to invoice email scam

Criminals have managed to siphon a total of $600,000 out of Australian businesses by posing as suppliers and requesting payment be sent to a new bank account via email, says SCAMwatch.

NSW traffic management systems vulnerable, audit finds

A information security audit by NSW Auditor-General Grant Hehir tabled today found that traffic signal networks managed by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) could have potentially been hijacked, leading to traffic disruptions.

A/NZ companies eye cloud for business growth: survey

About two thirds of Australian and New Zealand companies are interested in using public and private cloud services to aid cost effective business growth, according to the results of an IDG Connect/ EMC survey.

Top 3 Australian financial scams of 2014

As the year winds down, it’s time to look back at some of the financial scams that targeted Australians in 2014.

Vocus to acquire remaining shares in Amcom

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) will acquire the remaining 90 per cent of shares in Amcom Telecommunications (ASX: AMM), the company announced today following an ASX trading halt.

TorrentLocker ransomware targets 9,415 Australians: report

TorrentLocker ransomware attacks affected 9,415 users in Australia, according to a new report by security vendor ESET.

Allianz Australia embraces IT-as-a-service

Allianz Australia’s IT department has moved to a service-oriented model where IT provides for the needs of the business in a timely fashion.

Fake passports are big business in underground markets: report

New identities, fake passports and social security cards have emerged on the hacker market in 2014 as criminals look for more ways to commit fraud, according to a new report by Dell SecureWorks.

Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in Australia alleviates data sovereignty concerns: analysts

IT analysts have welcomed Microsoft’s decision to deliver Office 365 and Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) in two Australian data centres from 2015, saying it will alleviate fears about data sovereignty in the cloud.

Micron21 considers Tier IV data centre certification

Victorian data centre operator Micron21 could become the first Tier IV certified data centre in Australia once a $9 million expansion project is complete by July 2015.

Robots lighten the load at The Catch Group warehouse

The Catch Group is using 70 robots in its Melbourne warehouse to retrieve products and deliver bins to stations where humans than process orders. This has sped up processing times from 15,000 orders a day to 25,000 orders every day.

Microsoft to host Office 365 and Dynamics CRM in Australia

Microsoft has confirmed that its cloud services portfolio, Office 365 and Dynamics customer relationship management (CRM) online, will be available from two data centres in Australia by 31 March, 2015.

Park management company cuts software costs

Australian Tourist Park Management (ATPM) is saving over $7,000 a year in software licencing costs following the rollout of Office 365 and Windows Intune in mid-2013.

NAB partners with Bugwolf to test mobile services

National Australian Bank (NAB) has partnered with Melbourne tech startup Bugwolf to test development projects such as the latest version of the NAB mobile banking iOS and Android app.