Stories by Hamish Barwick


Telcos slammed over security deposit demands

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has directed Vaya and Live Connected to comply with the TCP Code after the service providers asked customers for a $20 security deposit in February.

​NBN to establish cyber security operations centre in Melbourne

The Victorian government and NBN have announced plans to establish a cyber security operations centre in Melbourne by 2017.

​Cirrus Networks buys L7 Solutions from Vocus

Cirrus Networks Holdings (ASX: CNW) has agreed to acquire L7 Solutions from Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) for $500,000.

Ricoh takes space in SoftLayer Melbourne data centre

Ricoh Australia has signed up to the SoftLayer data centre in Melbourne so that its customers will experience less latency when using the vendor’s videoconferencing services.

Tax transparency measures included in Tax Laws Amendment Bill

Private companies with revenue of $200 million or more will need to disclose their tax affairs while international companies with revenues of $1 billion will need to prepare general purpose financial statements following amendments to the federal government’s Tax Laws Amendment (Combating Multinational Avoidance) Bill 2015.

​Suncorp system maintenance affects Internet banking

Suncorp has apologised to customers after scheduled system maintenance affected its Internet and mobile banking services.

NSW government eyes integrated telecommunications network

In a bid to reduce telecommunications costs, the NSW government has announced a plan to introduce an integrated telco network over the next 10 years.

Online extortion set to get worse in 2016

The success of ransomware-as-a-service in 2015 means enterprises will be subject to more online extortion attempts in 2016, experts predict​.

​Anthony Wong elected ACS president

Anthony Wong has been elected as president of the ACS for two years from January 2016.

​Cybercriminals net $1.2b from Australians: Report

Australians lost $1.2 billion to cybercriminals in 2015 according to a new report.

​In brief: Xero unveils Apple Watch app

Accounting software firm Xero (ASX: XRO) has released an app for Apple Watch aimed at small business owners.

​ACMA enters third wave of ICT transformation

After investing in private cloud and an interdependent application framework, ACMA is now focusing on improving online services and completing an enterprise data warehouse.

NextDC raises capital for new Brisbane and Melbourne data centres

NextDC (ASX: NXT) is seeking to raise $120 million to help fund two data centres: B2 in Brisbane and M2 in Melbourne.

​Megaport to list on ASX

Network interconnection provider Megaport is seeking to raise $25 million through an IPO and list on the ASX.

​IAG hires Deloitte’s Peter Bonney for 'disruptive' role

Former Deloitte Digital technology director Peter Bonney has been hired by Insurance Australia Group (IAG) for the newly established role of disruptive technology and architecture.