Stories by Hamish Barwick


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.

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.

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.

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.

Customer data will reside in Australia, says Saba Software

Saba Software, a United States cloud based talent management solution provider, has taken co-location space in a Sydney data centre so that it can keep customer data in Australia and comply with the Privacy Act.

Targeted attacks set to get worse in 2015: industry

Targeted attack campaigns against enterprises will continue to multiply in 2015 as more ransomware variants appear, predict experts.

House of Travel Australia finds value in software-defined storage

House of Travel Australia has used a software-defined storage services platform to reduce capital expenditure and improve the resilience of its storage environment.

REST Industry Super finds value in software-as-a-service

Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (REST) Industry Super, a Sydney based not-for-profit super fund, has used a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool to manage the company’s projects and growth strategy for 2015.

Fed gov cyber security review overdue: KPMG and AISA

The federal government’s review of its cyber security strategy is long overdue and reviews need to be conducted more regularly, according to KPMG Australia forensic technology director Stan Gallo.