Stories by Hamish Barwick


Australian public not aware of new online attack vectors: Norton

Consumer awareness of bad emails and dodgy attachments is high in Australia but the bad news is that these are the old attack methods from five years ago, according to the latest Norton Cybercrime report.

In pictures: IBM A/NZ SmartCamp finals

IBM held its first ever SmartCamp event for Australia and New Zealand in Sydney this week. The program is designed to help entrepreneurs build their business by providing support and resources. CropLogic chief executive, Jane Hill, was the inaugural winner for 2012. Hill was required to give a six minute pitch about why her company should receive funding from IBM.

Don’t be afraid to report online, door-to-door scams: NSW Fair Trading

New South Wales Fair Trading has urged consumers in the state to come forward and report online and door-to-door scammers as it warns that the 1000 scam reports received by the regulator this year are “just the tip of the iceberg”.

Huawei urges world to step back from online “Wild West”

Huawei may have been barred by the Australian federal government from National Broadband Network (NBN) deals on security grounds, but the Chinese vendor has invited governments to review its security capabilities in a new white paper.

ANZ Bank releases Android version of goMoney app

ANZ Bank has released an Android version of its free goMoney application, which enables customers to securely transfer funds between friends and businesses using their mobile phone details.

Australian enterprise encryption levels improve: Survey

Publicity around security threats has seen the rate of encryption by the Australian public and private sectors increase 20 per cent year on year since 2008, according to a new study commissioned by security vendor Thales.

Network Ten flicks on IT networking upgrade

Australian television station, Network Ten, has streamlined studio to studio broadcasting speeds following the consolidation of three disparate networks into two wide area networks (WANs).

ACMA clients targeted with phishing emails

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has warned people not to open phishing emails claiming to be from ACMA as the email is designed to gather Internet account details.

Data breaches not being discussed by companies: Report

The demand for mandatory data breach notifications in Australia has become louder as advisory firm, KPMG, has found in an annual risk report that some companies are using the lack of legislation as an excuse not to discuss security issues.

NextDC’s Canberra data centre opens for business

NextDC (ASX:NXT) has unveiled its 6000 square metre data centre, known as C1, in Canberra as part of a strategy to target government clients.

OAIC seeks comment on PCEHR privacy, data breach investigations

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) is requesting feedback from the Australian public on its draft Enforcement Guidelines for the Personally Controlled Electronic Health Records System(PCEHR) Act.

Dell’s Australian data centre coming soon: Kremer

Dell Australia and New Zealand managing director, Joe Kremer, has confirmed at a quarterly business briefing in Sydney that its planned Australian data centre won’t be a “long time away”.

Windows 8 tablets could upset the Apple cart: Dell

Dell is cautiously rubbing its hands with anticipation over the impending launch of Windows 8 in October 2012, claiming the touch orientated operating system (OS) could offer a real alternative to Apple iOS in the tablet space.

Proposed data retention laws likened to police state: Bendall

Acting Victorian Privacy Commissioner, Anthony Bendall, has slammed the federal government’s proposed two-year Web and telecommunications data retention laws as “characteristic of a police state”.

In pictures: NetApp's new Brisbane office

NetApp recently threw open the doors of its new Brisbane office to customers. According to Queensland Minister for Science, IT, Innovation and the Arts, Ros Bates, the vendor has doubled its Brisbane-based staff over the past year to 14.