Stories by Hamish Barwick


AusCERT 2013: Deploying BYOD in a government environment

Strong executive desire to use iPhones led the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities to start looking for solutions that would separate government from personal information.

AusCERT organisation celebrates 20 years

Fireworks lit up the sky as the AusCERT organisation kicked off its 20th birthday to coincide with the annual awards night.

AusCERT 2013: What's it like to be a 'Nigerian scam' victim?

Feelings of shame and despair at being conned out of $300,000 by a convincing Nigerian based email scam led Queensland interior decorator Jill Ambrose to attempt suicide twice.

AusCERT 2013: Police urge banks to install ATM chip technology

Australians will continue to be ripped off by international crime syndicates unless banks fast track the rollout of ATM chip technology, according to Queensland Police Detective Superintendent Brian Hay.

AusCERT 2013: NBN users need security professionals’ help, says Google

Google has urged security professionals to help Australians stay safe on the National Broadband Network (NBN).

16.5k malware infections reported daily in Australia

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has launched a webpage which reveals that 16,500 cases of malware have been reported to internet service providers on a daily basis in 2013.

Cyber safety awareness is not enough: AISA

Cyber safety awareness may still be lacking amongst the wider community, but so is information on how people can protect themselves from attacks, according to research from the Australian Information Security Association (AISA).

Telstra in the sights of Privacy Commissioner

Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has begun an investigation after some Telstra customer’s phone numbers, names and home addresses contained in spreadsheets were found online during a Google search.

Profitable future for data centre services market: report

The Australian data centre services market is forecast to hit revenues of over $1.5 billion by 2019, according to a new report by Frost & Sullivan.

NextDC awarded ISO quality management certification

NextDC (ASX: NXT) has received a quality management system certification from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).

North Sydney Council begins electronic monitoring of parking

North Sydney Council will start using licence plate recognition (LPR) technology to monitor parking from Monday, May 20 in restricted areas which don’t have meters.

Santos migrates to Windows 7 before XP support ends

The ending of Windows XP support in April 2014 combined with slow log in times led Australian oil and gas producer Santos (ASX: STO) to start its Windows 7 migration.

Telstra apologises after customer records appear online

Telstra has issued a formal apology to affected customers after phone numbers, names and home addresses contained in spreadsheets were found online during a Google search.

NextDC completes S1 base building

Data centre provider NextDC (ASX: NXT) has received the thumbs up that its Sydney (S1) facility achieved practical completion.

Information security still lacking at WA universities: report

Little progress has been made with securing Western Australia universities and TAFEs against cyber security attacks, according to the Audit Results Report 2012 tabled by Western Australian Auditor General, Colin Murphy.