Stories by Hamish Barwick


Preparing for mandatory data breach notification

With the Privacy Amendments (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013 likely to become law following a standing committee report, now is a good time to start looking at security systems, says K&L Gates partner Cameron Abbott.

Indigenous cyber safety issues need addressing: report

A House of Representatives committee has urged parliament to begin a far reaching inquiry into cyber safety, cultural, policy and literacy issues for Indigenous Australians.

Senate must pass mandatory data breach notification bill: Committee

A standing committee has urged the Senate to pass the Privacy Amendments (Privacy Alerts) Bill 2013, stating that mandatory data breach notifications would benefit both Australian consumers and industry stakeholders.

Committee recommends increased hacking powers for ASIO

A parliamentary inquiry has urged the federal government to extend ASIO's powers, including giving the organisation the right to use a third party's computer system to access a target PC.

Tru Blu Beverages drinks to improved networking

Australian soft drink manufacturer Tru Blu Beverages has reduced its networking traffic through the use of wide area network (WAN) optimization, leading to a 91 per cent data transfer improvement.

ACCC takes scam education message to Perth

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and WA Small Business Development Corporation held a joint event in Perth today to educate business owners about scams.

Mantra Group books on storage upgrade

Server room constraints led Queensland-based accommodation firm Mantra Group to start looking at reducing its physical server numbers.

IBM says Australian job cuts part of business transformation

IBM has responded to media reports that it will be cutting up to 1500 Australian jobs by saying that transformation is an “essential feature” of its business model.

ACCAN goes into bat for mandatory data breach bill

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has thrown its support behind mandatory data breach notification, saying it would lead to better security of private and financial information.

Comms Alliance expresses concerns with mandatory data breach notification

The Communications Alliance has joined the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA) in criticising the federal government’s proposed mandatory data breach notification law, saying that the legislation will come at a cost to industry and that there was not enough consultation.

Mobility, cloud and security top IT executive concerns: report

Advancements in mobility, cloud computing and security are moving so fast that IT departments are struggling to keep up, according to a new IBM report.

Good Technology creates A/NZ vice president role

Mobile device management vendor Good Technology has appointed Gavin Jones to the newly created role of Australia and New Zealand vice president/general manager.

Profile IT: Barnardos Australia senior IT manager, Sue Cribb

Sue Cribb has notched up 16 years in IT at child welfare organisation Barnardos Australia.

Victoria Racing Club bets on new projectors

Members of the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) in Melbourne who want to watch horse races from the dining area will have a brighter view following the installation of new Panasonic projectors.

Mobile app data protection not our responsibility, say Australians

Companies are responsible for protecting data collected by mobile apps rather than the individual who uses the app according to an Australian survey conducted by Newspoll.