Stories by Hamish Barwick

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Immigration and Border Protection to invest $700 million in border security

Travellers entering Australia will be checked to see if they have undeclared criminal convictions against a biometrics database, Federal Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison announced today.

Melbourne IT CEO wants company to become a sales and marketing business

Melbourne IT (ASX:MLB) CEO Martin Mercer said today at the company’s AGM in Melbourne that he wants to turn the organisation from a “product-led, technology oriented” business into a sales and marketing business.

University of Queensland to migrate 80 server rooms to two facilities

The University of Queensland (UQ) is planning to migrate 80 server rooms to two large server rooms over the next four years to reduce costs.

ASX links Sydney data centre with Singapore stock exchange

Customers in the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) data centre, Australian Liquidity Centre (ALC), can now connect to the SGX data centre in Singapore via the ASX’s low latency network, Net Global.

NSW government invites RFPs from ICT shared services applicants

The NSW government has invited 50 companies that filled out a registration of interest (ROI) for ICT shared services in March 2014 to submit their plans via a request for proposal (RFP) process.

Australian Advertising & Marketing Network receives Spam Act enforceable undertaking

Alex Shehata, owner of Australian Advertising & Marketing Network, has stopped sending unsolicited marketing emails promoting his online printing business, following an investigation by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in late 2013.

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eBay Australia urges all customers to change their password

eBay Australia is advising all of its customers to change their password, following confirmation by its United States parent company that cyber criminals accessed a database that contained eBay customer details including encrypted passwords.

eBay hack: What you need to do now

Online marketplace eBay has stated that cyber criminals compromised a "small number of employee log-in credentials" in the United States between late February and early March 2014 to gain access to its database.

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.