Stories by Hamish Barwick


Weak passwords to blame for Australian Defence Force Academy hack

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) has been slammed by an Australian security expert for using “weak” passwords stored in plain text which were stolen by a hacker known as Darwinare in November.

Enterprises to “get real” about cloud in 2013: Forrester

IT leaders will need to “get real” and stop saying that everything is moving into the cloud during 2013, according to analyst firm Forrester.

NRL fans to get live match streaming on mobile, tablets from 2013

National Rugby League (NRL) fans who can’t catch the action at the game or their favourite bar will be able to watch matches live on their mobile phones and tablets, regardless of their carrier.

Big data management strategy, staffing big issues for 2013: Gartner

Many global organisations have failed to implement a data management strategy but will have to as IT leaders need to support big data volumes, velocity and variety, according to a new Gartner report.

Arup sorts storage problem with de-duplication

The Australian arm of global architecture and engineering firm, Arup, has been able to better manage its estimated 1 petabyte of total data following the implementation of de-duplication technology.

Qantas email scam plays on human vulnerabilities: IDC

A Qantas email scam, which contains malware, shows that humans are still the “most vulnerable vector” for cyber criminals to target, according to a security analyst.

BSA Australia settles 14 cases of software piracy in 2012

Fourteen cases of software piracy totalling $440,237 were settled in Australia, according to new statistics from the Business Software Alliance (BSA).

Macquarie Telecom to open $14M security data centre 'Bunker'

A $14 million Canberra security data centre dubbed the 'Bunker' by Macquarie Telecom (ASX: MAQ) will be opened in mid-2013 to help protect government Internet gateways.

Data speeds power up MWA radio telescope research

Data processing rates of up to 4 gigabits per second will be realised next year when the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) radio telescope correlator ramps up from February 2013.

Factory Direct Fencing stakes new boundaries with ERP, CRM

Queensland-based fencing product company, Factory Direct Fencing (FDF), has used a combined ERP and CRM system to automate functions and help with expansion into Australian sales markets.

NSW Institute of Sport casts IP camera eye on swimmers

A swimmer takes to the pool in Sydney’s Aquatic Centre. As he or she glides through the water, four IP cameras installed in the roof capture body movements and times — vital information when preparing for the Olympic Games where even a split second can mean the difference between winning gold or silver.

Vocus to acquire fibre provider Ipera Communications

Vocus Communications (ASX:VOC) has entered a binding agreement to acquire Newcastle-based data centre and fibre provider Ipera Communications for $9.8 million.

Cricket Australia sends technology in to bat

When men and women step out onto cricket pitches around Australia this summer in their whites, it’s not just the eyes of the crowd upon them but a wider audience following the action online.

Telcos to dial up UC, security sectors in 2013: IDC

Telecommunications companies in Australia and New Zealand are set to capitalise on the growing use of UC for enterprise social networks as well as ramping up security offerings next year, according to IDC Australia.

Business analytics, M2M spell opportunity in 2013: IDC

Business analytics as a service and consulting on machine to machine (M2M) implementations are just two of the predictions IDC Australia has tipped as sure bets in 2013.