Stories by Hamish Barwick


​TeleChoice to pay for credit monitoring after privacy breach

Telecommunications firm TeleChoice has reached an enforceable undertaking agreement with the Acting Australian Information Commissioner, Timothy Pilgrim, following a privacy breach where the personal details of former TeleChoice customers in a shipping container were accessed.

​A/NZ CIOs expect digital revenues to double within five years

A 2016 CIO survey by Gartner has found that CIOs in Australia and New Zealand expect digital revenue as a percentage of total revenue to grow from 14 per cent to 32 per cent in the next five years.

Australia requires more streamlined cyber policy structure: Report

Australia’s cyber security readiness has received high scores but a new cyber strategy and more streamlined cyber policy structure is needed, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

​Rimon Advisory to invest seed capital in startups

Sydney based grant firm Rimon Advisory has announced a seed capital fund called Rimon Investments to help startups with funding.

​NAB running $250b in daily transactions out of Deer Park data centre

National Australia Bank (NAB) is running over $250 billion in transactions every day out of its Deer Park data centre in Melbourne according to the bank.

Privacy complaints dropped by a third in FY15

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) received 2841 privacy complaints during FY2015, a 33 per cent decrease on the 4239 received in the previous financial year, according to its annual report.

​Elevate61 startup program returns for 2016

Later stage startups that are looking to enter the US market are being invited to take part in an accelerator program being run by KPMG Australia and Advance.

​Deakin University to expand network monitoring

The roll out of network performance monitoring tools in 2012 by Deakin University has led to better remediation and faster discovery of misconfiguration reports.

​WA Public Trustee extends IT support contract

The Western Australia Public Trustee has extended a long-running contract with Unisys for support, maintenance and enhancements for its Management Accounting Trust Environment (MATE) application.

Australian government to review space legislation

The Australian government has announced a review of the Space Activities Act 1998 and the Space Activities Regulations 2001​. The review will look space technology developments that have emerged since the Act was introduced.

​Australian companies still investing in mainframes: Survey

Good security and centralised data server capabilities have been cited as reasons why Australian businesses are continuing​ to use mainframes according to a new survey.

​Technology hub envisaged for heritage-listed Sydney power station

The White Bay Power Station and its surrounds in Sydney’s Bays Precinct could become a hub for hi-tech businesses under a plan announced today by NSW Premier Mike Baird.

​NSW govt signs up to Microsoft cloud services

NSW government agencies will be able to access a range of Microsoft cloud and mobility services including Office 365. The state government and software vendor today revealed details of the agreement, which will involve the delivery of cloud services from data centres in NSW and Victoria.

​MasterCard to roll out identity check system in 2017

MasterCard is set to introduce a suite of services called Identity Check for consumers, including biometrics and one-time SMS passwords. The services will be made available globally in 2017.

​Victoria University developing medical electronic data system

Researchers at Victoria University (VU) in Melbourne are working on privacy algorithms which will be incorporated into a new electronic data system.