Stories by Hamish Barwick


ING Direct Australia removing identity management risks

Removing unathorised access to data was the driver for financial institution, ING Direct Australia, to implement an identity and access management control system in 2011.

How to report a cyber threat to Australian police

It’s bad news: your organisation's website has been hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Rather than sweeping the incident under a virtual rug and not reporting it to state police, there are various steps that can be taken by cyber crime units, according to one law enforcement expert.

How to prepare for a hacktivist attack

Sony, News Corp and NATO. What do these organisations have in common? They have all been targeted by the hacktivist super group, Anonymous.

Security threats explained: Internal excessive privilege

In this series, Computerworld Australia examines some of the information security threats facing small businesses and larger enterprises today. We’ve looked at third party access, hacktivism, social engineering, and internal negligence and conclude the series by speaking to security experts about the problem of internal excessive privilege.

Future Olympic Australian swimmers get 3D imaging performance boost

Data collected from a University of Western Australia (WA) research project, which uses the latest 3D imaging and biomechanical techniques to quantify swimmers’ movement patterns, will be used to help Australian swimmers prepare for future Olympic Games.

DNSChanger impact less than expected in Australia

Australia has been spared the brunt of the DNSChanger malware internet blackout, according to reports from major internet service providers (ISPs).

SAP Australia and New Zealand finds new leader

SAP Australia and New Zealand has hired former Unisys Asia-Pacific and Japan regional vice president, Andrew Barkla, to head up its operations.

Queensland Institute of Medical Research seeks data centre services

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) is seeking a data centre construction partner to build a new facility as it prepares for increased storage needs, according to a request for information.

Telstra customers get DNSChanger redirection

Telstra customers who may be affected by the DNSChanger server switch off have been thrown a temporary lifeline by the telco giant.

Australian consumer data sold to financial fraudsters: ACC report

Fraudsters have purchased personal information including credit card details submitted online by Australians to commit investment fraud, according to a new report from the Australian Crime Commission (ACC).

Network security in the BYOD era

With more employees deciding that they want to bring their own smartphone into work rather than using a company supplied device, the spectre of network security and controlling company data emerges.

In pictures: NextDC’s M1 data centre

NextDC (ASX: NXT) officially unveiled its 17,500 square metre data centre, M1, in Melbourne during July. The facility features a solar rooftop panel array with a target power usage efficiency (PUE) of 1.35. Estimated cost of the project has been put at $130 million.

Final countdown for DNSChanger switch off

Australians who still haven’t checked to see if their computer is infected with the DNSChanger malware will need to do so this weekend before a temporary fix implemented by the Internet Systems Consortium expires on 9 July at 2pm (AEST).

In pictures: iAwards New South Wales winners

National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) won two categories in the iAwards New South Wales (NSW) awards for their work developing a system to automatically monitor the Sydney Harbour Bridge's structural integrity.

BSA Australia offers $20K to software piracy whistle-blowers during July

The Business Software Alliance(BSA) Australia has brought back a $20,000 reward incentive that it last offered in 2010 in order to entice more Australians to report software piracy this month.