Stories by Hamish Barwick


Gaming still number one target for DDoS attacks

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks continued to plague the gaming and software/technology industries during Q1 of 2015 as cyber criminals sought to disrupt services, according to a new report by Akamai.

Top 9 cloud computing threats

Cloud computing has become ubiquitous for many companies but keeping it secure can be a challenge. Cloud Security Alliance Asia Pacific executive council chairman Ken Low shared the alliance’s top nine threats to the cloud at a Trend Micro event in Sydney.

Interpol battling 'crime-as-a-service'

Purchasing stolen credentials is so easy that anyone with a couple of hours of Google research and not many technical skills can do it according to Interpol cyber innovation and outreach project manager Steve Honiss.

Aussie data centre systems spending to hit $2.5b: Gartner

Enterprises in Australia are forecast to spend $2.5 billion on data centre systems this year, slightly up on $2.3 billion in 2014 according to Gartner.

Australia a popular target for ransomware attacks

Cyber criminals are finding rich pickings in Australia with ransomware variants according to security experts.

New Victorian networking research org builds on IBES’s work

A new think tank called the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) has been launched to look at connectivity issues in Victoria such as scale and speed.

WA looks to cut IT costs with state budget

Approximately $110 million will be cut from the ICT budgets of a range of Western Australia government departments and agencies, with the state government looking to put $25 million of the savings into an ICT Renewal and Reform fund.

AARNet, AusCERT team up to offer IT security services

The Academic and Research Network (AARNet) and AusCERT have begun offering members in the research and education sector a range of discounted networking, consulting and cyber security services.

Businesses not supporting ERP mobility

Some businesses in Australia don’t have access to enterprise resource planning (ERP) software in the field leading to missed opportunities, according to a new report by analyst firm Telsyte.

Snap Franchising embarks on IT transformation

Business printing firm Snap Franchising is replacing a 10-year-old management information system as part of a five-year IT transformation project called Project DNA.

Digital Realty appoints APAC managing director

Former Colt Technology Services head of IT Daryl Dunbar has been hired as Digital Realty’s Asia Pacific managing director.

Children’s online privacy in spotlight

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) this week will be assessing the privacy controls of 44 websites and mobile apps aimed at children aged 12 and under.

Fujitsu to spend $10m on Perth data centre upgrade

Fujitsu Australia will invest $10 million in upgrading its Perth data centre to Tier IV certification.

Tasmanian government seeks operator for Wi-Fi hotspots

The Tasmanian government has approached the market seeking an operator to build and run free Wi-Fi hotspots at 50 locations around the state.

SKA project aims to break ground in 2018

Work on the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope is expected to produce a construction-ready design by the end of next year, according to Australian SKA project director David Luchetti. Construction is due to start in 2018.