Stories by Hamish Barwick


ICANN offers refund to top level domain applicants

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has responded to delays caused by a software glitch in its TLD Application System (TAS) by offering a full refund of the US$185,000 application fee back to companies and individuals.


Cloud exit strategy 101

Cloud computing has been touted by vendors and bean counters as a cost effective way to reduce overheads and the need for physical IT infrastructure, but having a Cloud exit strategy is also essential if it all turns dark and stormy.

Companies respond to Aussie worker mobility fatigue: Survey

Some office staff members in Australia are seeking to reclaim normal working hours by turning off devices and not checking work emails at home, according to a survey conducted by NorthgateArinso.

Q&A: F-Secure chief research officer, Mikko Hypponen

The enemies of information security come in different forms so it’s important to understand the different types and what motivates them, according to F-Secure chief research officer, Mikko Hypponen. #auscert2012

Call for mandatory data breach notification grows: Survey

More Australian internet users want the government to order businesses to notify users of online data breaches, as a new survey conducted by the University of Canberra and eBay Australia found that 85 per cent of 700 Australian participants want data breach notifications to become mandatory.


Data sovereignty awareness lacking in Australia: Security experts

While the US Patriot Act may make many headlines for the legal authority it bestows on US agencies to access data held in foreign countries, Australian companies need to be aware of similar legislation in both the US and Australia, according to security industry experts.

OAIC updates data breach guidelines

The Office of the Australian Information Commission (OAIC) has updated its voluntary data breach guidelines as a means of encouraging organisations to notify the public in the advent of a data breach.

Q&A: Internet Systems Consortium founder, Paul Vixie

When news of the domain name system (DNS)Changer malware broke in 2011, Internet Systems Consortium founder, Paul Vixie, was brought into the project by US law enforcement agencies as an advisor.


Regulated environment key to successful BYOD: Security expert

Controls, such as restricted network access, should be in place before allowing staff to bring their own devices if organisations want to avoid the risk of data leakage, says ACT government IT security senior manager, Peter Major.#auscert2012

LTE device uptake to drive 4G mobile broadband market: Telsyte

4G mobile adoption in Australia will be driven by increases in 4G long-term evolution (LTE) mobile devices from 100,000 in 2012 to 7 million in 2016, according to a report from Telyste.

Q&A: US Army Cyber Command operational attorney, Robert Clark

When the US Army requires legal advice covering the defence of its IT networks, operational attorney Robert Clark is called in.


Centrebet embarks on post-acquisition IT consolidation

Online wagering operator, Centrebet, (ASX: CIL), is consolidating its IT infrastructure to reduce costs and remove system duplication following its $183 million takeover by UK-based rival, Sportingbet, in September last year.


AFACT, iiNet call for amendments to copyright law

The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) and iiNet, have called on the Federal Government to update the Copyright Act of 1968 to suit the current digital environment.

iiNet wins AFACT copyright case

The High Court of Australia in Canberra has dismissed an appeal by 34 film and television companies led by Roadshow Films against internet service provider (ISP) iiNet over alleged copyright infringement.


CIOs need to check security of supply chains: ISF

Chief information officers should begin asking serious questions about the security of their supply chain partners because of the risk of backdoor attacks, according to the International Security Forum (ISF).