Stories by Hamish Barwick


Australian Internet Security Initiative portal launched to help ISPs

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has developed an Australian Internet Security Initiative (AISI) portal so that Internet service providers (ISPs) can identity which of their customers’ devices have been infected with malware.

Get ready for IoT, mobile cybercrime in 2015: industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) and smartphones will continue to be under attack in 2015 as cyber criminals find ways to exploit more devices, according to cyber security experts.

Aus government begins review of cyber security strategy

Concerns about online threats against Australia have led to the federal government launching a review of its cyber security strategy for the first time since 2008.

Melbourne IT eyes social media market with Tiger Pistol

Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB) has invested $1.25 million in Melbourne-based social media marketing platform provider Tiger Pistol as the IT services firm looks to provide social media management services to customers.

NSW Rural Fire Service cuts travel costs by using video conferencing

A video conferencing deployment by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) in June 2014 has saved it thousands of dollars in transport allowances/accommodation as it no longer needs to send staff to headquarters in Lidcombe, Sydney for training.

Cybercrime reporting site launches in Australia

Australians who have fallen victim to cybercrime will be able to report the incident online via a new site called the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).

Planning and Design pays out $118k to BSA

Planning and Design, a Victorian based architectural drafting firm, has agreed to pay BSA | The Software Alliance $118,000 in a settlement case after it emerged that the company had been using unlicensed software since 2009.

Cheap access to the Internet should be a human right: survey

Affordable Internet access around the world should be a basic human right as it is essential for freedom of expression and economic opportunity, according to the results of a global survey released by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

129 out of 150 A/NZ websites fail Online Trust Alliance audit

Some 129 of 150 Australian and New Zealand websites audited by not-for-profit organisation Online Trust Alliance (OTA) failed to meet consumer protection, data privacy or cyber security criteria, according to a report released this week.

Cloud, privacy, big data and smart cities top HDS predictions

Cloud computing, privacy and big data will increase in priority for enterprises in 2015 while the smart cities trend will continue in Asia Pacific as countries such as China try to address urbanisation issues, according to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Asia Pacific CTO Adrian De Luca.

Australia, Canada, UK and China weigh in on Insecam privacy issue

The privacy commissioners of Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Macao, China have all sent an email to Insecam – the operator of a website that broadcasts footage from private webcams – asking it to take down its website.

In pictures: Hitachi Innovation Forum Singapore

Smart cities, the future role of the CIO and social innovation was on the agenda at Hitachi's innovation forum in Singapore this week. The vendor also shared its top five market trends for Asia Pacific in 2015.

Australian Signals Directorate unveils re-developed OnSecure website

The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has rolled out a re-developed version of its OnSecure website for state, territory and federal government IT professionals.

Immigration department 'failed to protect' asylum seekers' information: Privacy Commissioner

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) breached the Privacy Act when it failed to “adequately protect” the personal information of approximately 9,250 asylum seekers, said Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim today.

Perth hotel to offer smartphone room key service in 2016

Lost hotel key cards could be a thing of the past if a new service that allows guests to access their room using their smartphone takes off.