Stories by Hamish Barwick


Pulse 2012: User identity lessens security risk for Mater Health

Concerned that patients and clinicians could be unwittingly exposing NSW private health provider Mater Health to malware, IT security manager Peter Param decided that its broadband network needed monitoring.

Pulse 2012: ME Bank removes staff access tracking vulnerabilities

Members Equity (ME) Bank, a Melbourne-based financial services provider, can now track each staff members’ access to the core banking applications through the implementation of an identity and access management system.

Flashback the wake up call Apple needed: Kaspersky

Apple’s lack of support for older Macintosh operating systems is placing Mac users into the path of cyber security attacks such as the recent Flashback botnet outbreak, according to Kaspersky Labs co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky.

Symantec MD Craig Scroggie resigns

After eight and half years with security vendor Symantec Australia, managing director Craig Scroggie has announced his intention to leave the company.

Unity, not lawsuits needed to combat copyright issues: Industry

Improved media distribution models and partnerships with internet service providers (ISPs), rather than the threat of legal action, should be the method by which copyright holders stop their content from travelling over public Wi-Fi networks, according to iiNet and Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA).

NEC acquires CSG’s Technology Solutions business

NEC Australia has signed an agreement with IT services firm, CSG (ASX: CSV), to acquire CSG’s Technology Solutions business for $227.5 million as part of NEC’s five-year strategy to be a major player in the Australian IT services market.

Q&A: Mercury Mufflers IT manager, Richard Thompson

A self-confessed car and computers fan, Richard Thompson is in his element managing IT for Brisbane-based exhaust system supplier, Mercury Mufflers.

Copyright warning issued for public Wi-Fi network operators

The Communications Alliance has released a guide for public Wi-Fi network operators which warns that operators could be subject to litigation by copyright holders if there is evidence network users have illegally downloaded material. The guide also highlights operators’ responsibilities to keep users secure.

Data security on PCI Security Standards Council’s APAC agenda

In an effort to increase payment security awareness in the Asia Pacific region, the PCI Security Standards Council is holding an APAC event for the first time.

AARNet extends international academic network links

In a bid to increase collaboration between Australian and overseas universities, the Australian Academic Research Network (AARNet) has signed a partnership with, an international body of research and education networks that shares call routing to make free international voice/video calls.

CeBIT 2012: Will NBN speed up freight delivery times?

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is vital for the Australian logistics industry as it will cut delays in business to business data exchange and speed up freight delivery times, according to DB Schenker Australia and New Zealand chief executive, Ron Koehler.

CeBIT 2012: NAB calls for mobile app security overhaul

Mobile malware targeting the financial services industry will continue to rise unless companies do a better job of testing apps and educating users according to National Australia Bank (NAB) head of mobile and emerging technologies, Ben Forsyth.

CeBIT 2012: NSW Cancer Council begins Cloud journey

Faced with growing data and outdated infrastructure, the not-for-profit organisation, New South Wales Cancer Council, made the decision to move some of its business functions to a private Cloud in early 2012.

CeBIT 2012: Social media is a tool for cyber criminals, says Eugene Kaspersky

Social media is the latest tool in the arsenal of cyber criminals, with groups using social networking websites such as Twitter to “manipulate the masses” into thinking a certain way, according to Kaspersky Labs’ co-founder and chief executive, Eugene Kaspersky.

CeBIT 2012: CHEP deploys Cloud to improve company integration

Pallet and container supplier, CHEP, is nearing the end of a worldwide deployment of a hybrid Cloud designed to speed up system integration with company acquisitions.