Stories by Hamish Barwick


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Faced with growing data and outdated infrastructure, the not-for-profit organisation, New South Wales Cancer Council, made the decision to move some of its business functions to a private Cloud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

Vocus acquires NZ data centre operator Maxnet

Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC) has entered a binding agreement to acquire New Zealand-based data centre and Cloud provider, Maxnet, for a sum of $A7.3 million (NZ$9.5 million)

Speed to screen drives Fox Sports Australia’s networking upgrade

Fox Sports Australia has moved to meet demand for play-by-play sports coverage on high definition (HD) TVs, tablets and smart phones by building a virtual private network enabling the media giant to send three HD broadcast feeds from sporting venues back to the studio over one connection.

Licence fees, consulting boost TechnologyOne half year results

Licence fees and consulting services contributed a total of $65.1 million to enterprise software company, TechnologyOne's (ASX: TNE), half year results for the year ended 31 March 2012.

AusCERT 2012 in pictures: Day three

Security conference,AusCERT, offically ended on Friday after a week of insights, networking and awards. Delegates gathered for the final sessions from experts such as Eugene Kaspersky and Eric Byres.

AusCERT 2012: Four questions enterprises should ask Cloud providers

Too many Australian enterprises are rushing into the Cloud without asking the right security questions, according to Pierre Tagle of information security and risk management consulting firm Sense of Security.

AusCERT 2012 in pictures: Awards night

The annual AusCERT gala dinner and awards is the social highlight of the conference and this year was no exception with winners and their colleagues celebrating into the night. The conference ends today on the Gold Coast.