Stories by Hamish Barwick


​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.

​Fingerprint ID breakthrough could aid police say CSIRO

A house burglary prompted CSIRO materials scientist Doctor Kang Liang to come up with a method of identifying invisible fingerprints which could be used by law enforcement agencies.

Fifield questioned on NBN rollout plan

Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, has been asked by a Senate Committee to confirm if NBN rollout document briefings have been shared with non-Coalition MPs who wish to find out when the NBN reaches their electorate.

​CSIRO robot to test electrochemicals

A robot dubbed FASTER ,which can screen and evaluate electrochemicals, has been unveiled by CISRO today.

​Department of Education and Training to roll out new apprenticeship admin platform

The Department of Education and Training is set to roll out a new IT platform in 2016 designed to automate manual and paper based processes involved with apprenticeship administration.

​Kogan Mobile returns on Vodafone 3G network

Kogan Mobile has signed a direct deal with Vodafone after running into difficulties with Telstra reseller ispONE in August 2013.

​NT government lists remote communities earmarked for telco services

The Northern Territory government has set out details of which remote communities will receive mobile phone services and, where possible, fixed broadband services as part of a three-year Telstra agreement signed in September.

Anatomy of a social engineering scam

A convincing social engineering scam which targeted Centrify employees in 2014 and 2015 can be avoided if companies take steps to carefully check emails which ask for money transfers, says CEO Tom Kemp.