Stories by Hamish Barwick


UNSW wins Cyber Security Challenge Australia

A team of students from the University of New South Wales will be off to the US Black Hat Security conference in July after winning the annual Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA).

BigPond email scam emerges

A BigPond email scam has been flagged after a security professional received an email addressed to 'Dear BigPond User' which contained malicious links.

Privacy sweep underway for popular websites

Fifty of the most popular websites visited by Australians will be searched by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) to see if their privacy policies can be easily understood and accessed.

Overcome FUD with a clear cloud services policy: Ovum

Australian policy makers need to explain the benefits of cloud services clearly if state and federal government adoption is to improve, according to Ovum Australia's research director, Steve Hodgkinson.

Senior citizens need cyber safety protection: Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called on the federal government to adopt the Joint Select Committee’s Cyber Safety for Seniors report recommendations, saying that this will help senior citizens to stay safe online while increasing access to services.

Factory robots may help manufacturing sector: CSIRO

A new white paper by CSIRO has called for the introduction of robots which will help, rather than replace, workers in the Australian manufacturing sector.

Research projects drive CQUniversity Australia storage expansion

CQUniversity Australia in Brisbane has implemented a new high performance computing (HPC) system to help it store and process big data for healthcare and environmental projects.

Department of Defence security training needed: analyst

The focus on cyber security in the Department of Defence’s White Paper is a good start but retraining and upgrading skills that are in short supply at present is needed according to one security analyst.

Cyber Safety Committee to meet with Brisbane indigenous schools

Senator Catryna Bilyk and members of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber Safety will visit two indigenous schools in Brisbane tomorrow to discuss cyber bullying with students and teachers.

Construction Control awarded Australian Data Centres contract

Australian Data Centres (ADC) has awarded a multi-million dollar contract to Construction Control to develop the vendor’s new facility in Mitchell in the ACT.

Defence considers drones, while UN wants moratorium on lethal robots

The Department of Defence’s new White Paper is exploring the introduction of defence drones for Australia, but a recent United Nations report could put the kibosh on killer robots.

Defence White Paper plans for cyber warfare

Reducing vulnerability to cyber attacks is a high priority for the Department of Defence and work needs to be done to improve its networks according to a new white paper released today.

457 visas vital for cyber security talent pool: experts

Two Australian cyber security experts have called for the cultivation of cyber security talent as the government considers a reform of the 457 visa system.

Data #3 wins Queensland government computer contract

System integrator Data #3 (ASX: DTL) has been reappointed as a panel supplier to the Queensland government with the awarding of a computer hardware and associated services contract.

Digital repository allows pathologists to share images

Pathologists working in different parts of Australia will be able to share gigabyte-sized image files and perform a diagnosis together following the rollout of a networked digital repository.