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Orica’s IT division blasts Excel spreadsheets away in favour of cloud software

Explosives maker Orica Limited (ASX: ORI) has migrated from Excel spreadsheets to a cloud software suite within its IT department in order to show the wider business the real cost of IT equipment.

Drones could prove useful for high risk situations: Queensland Police Service

Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have the potential to help the Queensland Police Service (QPS) with situations such as sieges or industrial fires where officers’ lives could be put at risk, according to QPS Superintendent Brian Huxley.

800k terminals undergoing software update for 1 August PIN deadline

Approximately 800,000 point of sale (POS) terminals in Australia will need a software update as the country phases out signature-based credit and debit card payments.

Mandatory data breach notification back on government agenda

The Privacy Amendment (Privacy Alerts) Bill is back on the government agenda after it had a first reading in the Senate this week.

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Queensland Police arrest man for allegedly hacking US gaming developer site

A 21-year-old man alleged to have hacked a United States-based online gaming developer’s computer network has been arrested in Poona, Queensland by the Queensland Police Fraud and Cyber Crime Group.

NICTA concerned over IT security brain drain

Australia needs to create a cybersecurity ecosystem of companies so there are more opportunities for computer scientist and software engineering graduates according to NICTA software systems research group leader Scientia Professor Gernot Heiser.

NSW Rural Fire Service uses virtual storage to avoid data outages

New South Wales Rural Fire Service is halfway through a virtual storage implementation at its two data centres in Sydney which will improve real-time data access when staff are mobilising to fight bushfires.

Telstra conducts Google Glass app trial with staff

Telstra has partnered with Melbourne development company b2cloud for the development of two Google Glass apps.

Big data from the Internet of Things may create big challenge for data centres: report

Devices that use the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate big data that needs to be processed and analysed in real time, putting more pressure on data centre providers, according to a new Gartner report.

Scammers use missing Malaysia Airlines plane news as online bait

People searching for news about the missing Malaysia Airlines plane are been warned to steer clear of a fake Facebook page which is designed to generate money for scammers.

Privacy Act will make organisations 'more transparent': State privacy commissioners

State privacy commissioners around Australia have backed the federal government’s Privacy Act changes, saying that the Act will encourage organisations to be transparent about their management of people’s information.

NSW government releases ICT investment policy for agencies

The NSW government has unveiled a new ICT policy designed to help government agencies with technology investment and planning decisions.

In pictures: Inside the Symantec Melbourne operations centre

Symantec opened the doors to its public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate operations centre in Melbourne recently. The centre is used to verify online identities and generate secret keys. Within Australia, every transaction in Australian Custom’s cargo system is secured and authorised by one of the vendor's gatekeeper certificates.

Caterham F1 drives into the future

Technology is changing so fast in Formula One (F1) racing that even veterans such as Caterham F1 team manager Graham Watson find it hard to keep up.

How YHA Australia reduced costs through virtual desktop infrastructure

Not-for-profit hostel accommodation provider YHA has reported financial and IT support savings, following the rollout of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

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