Stories by Hamish Barwick


Equinix appoints Australian country manager

Equinix Australia has promoted sales director Jeremy Deutsch to the position of country manager, after former managing director Tony Simonsen left the data centre provider on 26 March.

How to avoid a big data security breach

Big data can hold “incredible value” for people who work but the consequences of a data breach that exposes large amounts of information need to be understood, according to Telstra chief security specialist Scott McIntyre.

AusCERT 2014: Awards, cellos and celebrations

A sudden downpour didn’t dampen spirits as the AusCERT organisation celebrated its 13th annual conference and information security awards night on the Gold Coast.

AusCERT 2014: 45 year-old Internet protocols need 're-programming', says Verizon VP

Forty-five-year-old Internet protocols which date back to the US Defence Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) from 1969 were never designed for cyber attacks and need to be changed, urged Verizon’s US national security policy vice president, Marcus Sachs.

Budget 2014 - Federal agency mergers could create cyber security gaps

Up to 36 Australian federal government agencies will be merged or scrapped as a result of the federal budget, meaning the remaining IT departments may not be across shared services and cyber security, according to Dell Software Australia managing director Ian Hodge.

AusCERT 2014: Security in a world of surveillance

The leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden about the United States National Security Agency (NSA)’s spying activities has highlighted that consumers need to take a more serious approach to online security, according to Princeton University's professor of computer science and public affairs, Edward Felten

Telstra Global extends European network

Telstra Global (ASX:TLS) has established a network-to-network interconnection (NNI) agreement with GTS Central Europe, a fibre optic and data centre network provider.

Getting the cyber security analytics mix right

Organisations who want to make use of cyber security analytics should build up a team of data scientists to complement their information security team, according to PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) Australia partner Michael Cerny.

Telstra CISO responds to customer data privacy concerns

Telstra CISO Mike Burgess says the telco has taken steps to tighten up security controls following three data breach investigations launched by Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim since 2010.

University of NSW team takes out Cyber Security Challenge

A team of students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has once again won Telstra’s annual Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA).

Privacy commissioner scrutinises mobile apps

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has begun a privacy sweep of the 50 most popular apps in Australia to see why they collect personal information and what is done with the data.


NBN Co will need to bring on 100,000 premises per month to meet 2020 deadline: Switkowski

NBN Co chairman Ziggy Switkowski has conceded that NBN Co will need to bring on 100,000 premises a month every month for the next eight years to meet its 2020 deadline for the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout.

Police cyber crime challenge results to be announced at AusCERT

The results of a cyber law enforcement challenge issued by the Australian and New Zealand police community will be announced during the AusCERT security conference on 14 May at the Gold Coast.

NAB posts 1H profit of $2.86 billion, provides NextGen update

National Australia Bank (NAB) has recorded a 1H 2014 profit of $2.86 million for 2014, an increase of $390 million on the same time last year.

Check the privacy of mobile apps: NSW privacy commissioner

Australians need to check the privacy policy of smartphone apps before they download and discover their personal information is being “skimmed off” by third parties, urged New South Wales privacy commissioner Doctor Elizabeth Coombs.