Stories by Hamish Barwick


Telstra Foundation pumps $8m into cyber safety education

A six-year, $8 million program designed to improve cyber safety amongst Australian consumers has been launched by the Telstra Foundation and The Alannah and Madeline Foundation.

Australian Crime Commission sends out fraud warning letter

In a bid to warn Australian consumers about online and telemarketing investment fraudsters, the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) and Australia Post have begun a mass mail out to 10 million Australian households.

Accident Compensation Corporation NZ slammed over data breach

The New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, Marie Shroff, has taken the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) to task over its August 2011 data breach of 6748 NZ client’s details, saying the Corporation displayed an “almost cavalier attitude” towards data protection.

iseek Communications opens $100m Sydney data centre

Queensland data centre provider, iseek Communications, has expanded into New South Wales with the unveiling of a $100 million Tier III facility at Gore Hill Business Park in North Sydney.

Vodafone NZ deploys 100Gbs data network

Vodafone New Zealand has rolled out what it claims is the fastest data network in the country with a reported speed of 100 gigabits per second (Gbs).

Vocus begins partial phase out of Maxnet name

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has decided to partly rebrand its recent acqusition, New Zealand IT services firm, Maxnet, under the Vocus banner.

Australian Taxation Office calls for greater data surveillance powers

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has requested greater data surveillance powers, including phone tapping, in order to catch fraudsters, according to a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into criminal intelligence gathering.

Coles deploys PayPass across all stores

Australian supermarket operator, Coles, has deployed MasterCard’s PayPass technology across 749 stores, enabling customers with eligible credit cards to pay without having to sign or provide a personal identification number (PIN).

NAB outlines data centre consolidation strategy

National Australia Bank (NAB) has confirmed that it will be consolidating 30 small data centres -- or computer rooms -- around Australia into a new Melbourne data centre, according to a new white paper.

Australia set to join Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime

The adoption of the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 will pave the way for Australia to join the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, according to Federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon.

In pictures: CA Expo 2012

Software vendor, CA, held the first of four Australian conferences in Sydney this week. Delegates heard insights from the company's executives, Visa and Qantas. The Expo continues in Melbourne, Canberra and Perth later in August.

Secure authentication adoption needed to tackle online fraud: Visa

International card provider, Visa, has warned that criminal rings will continue to target Australian consumers online unless uptake of improved payment card authentication methods increases.

Qantas takes flight with Cloud-based data management

Qantas has reduced data gathering time, improved financial reporting and reduced its legacy IT infrastructure through the implementation of project management software as a service (SaaS).

Freehills courts Cloud prior to merger

Forecast savings and the ability to scale up storage requirements as required has led Australian law firm, Freehills, to host its e-discovery application at one of Fujitsu’s New South Wales-based data centres.

Holograms may appear at future Olympics: Report

Holograms of events could be projected from one stadium to another at the 2024 Olympic Games as the holographic technology continues to develop, according to a new report authored by experts from the IT and sporting industries.