Stories by Hamish Barwick


In pictures: Vocus rolls out fibre cable across Sydney Harbour

Telecommunications and data centre company, Vocus, laid two new fibre cable links in Sydney Harbour as part of a strategy to decrease connection latencies between Sydney’s central business district (CBD) and the ASX data centre in Gore Hill.

Craig Scroggie swaps Symantec for NextDC CEO role

Former Symantec Australia managing director, Craig Scroggie, has been appointed chief executive of Melbourne-based data centre operator ,NextDC (ASX:NXT), to allow former chief executive, Bevan Slattery, more time to focus on the company’s data centre rollouts.

In pictures: HP's Aurora data centre

HP officially unveiled its 134,000 square metre Tier III data centre, Aurora, in West Sydney during June. The facility can deliver 4 megawatts of power with a target power usage effectiveness(PUE) of less than 1.3.

Security threats explained: Internal negligence

In this series, Computerworld Australia examines some of the information security threats facing small business and larger enterprises today. We begin by speaking to experts about the problem of 'internal negligence' and company processes that can put businesses at risk of a data breach.

Vocus forecasts $47 million FY2012 revenue

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has issued a full year guidance for 2012 which forecasts the company's revenue to hit $47 million, an increase of 45 per cent on FY2011 revenue of $31 million, due to company acquisitions and growth in fibre/data centre services.

Treasury Wine Estates uncorks improved CRM

Former Fosters Group division, Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has managed to cut delivery times from weeks to days and boosted its d customer service through the implementation of a new cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) system.

PayPal, Amex phishing: What you need to know

Following the news of a four-month email phishing campaign that has been targeting PayPal and American Express Australia customers with legitimate looking emails, security experts share their top four insights on what this means for users and the companies involved.

Q&A: ME Bank information security manager, Lachlan McGill

Lachlan McGill heads up information security at Melbourne-based Members Equity (ME) Bank. He recently spoke to Computerworld Australia’s Hamish Barwick about the bank’s IT projects and the specific challenges of security in the financial services industry.

LinkedIn hacking: What you need to know

Following the hacking of business social networking website LinkedIn, security industry analysts and experts share their top five insights on what this password leak means for Australian users and the company.

Sports clubs scoring goals with technology

In an age where many forms of entertainment clamour for people’s attention, it’s no surprise that even popular sports codes such as rugby league have to work hard to get fans along to the game or watching at home.

Q&A: MCA IT services manager, Justin Warren

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) IT services manager, Justin Warren, recently sat down with Hamish Barwick from Computerworld Australia to talk about how the museum is upgrading its technology to meet patron's needs and where he sees the MCA heading in the future.

Don’t believe the Flame hype: Analysts

Security analysts have thrown cold water on the Flame malware, claiming that its threat level was blown out of proportion by some vendors and its features, such as the use of a computer’s microphone to record conversations, were nothing new.

NSW Police implements forensic data collection system

The New South Wales Police are using an exhibits forensics information and miscellaneous property system (EFIMS) designed to store evidence electronically for easy access by officers. This evidence data, such as seized drugs, may be used to assist in criminal convictions.

SA Dept of Transport plugs data security hole

The South Australian Government's Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure has implemented a real time database monitoring system designed to detect any malicious IT administrator activity, after discovering that critical databases weren’t being monitored for unauthorised changes.

Bendigo Community Telco removes network complexities

Bendigo Community Telco has deployed a network configuration manager to help the Victorian telecommunications provider get a better grip on its network management.