Government News, Features, and Interviews

  • AFP to stage new raid in NBN leaks investigation

    Labor’s Senator Stephen Conroy has revealed that Australian Federal Police “will conduct a raid on Department of Parliamentary Services at Parliament House this morning to access the emails of Labor staff members”.

    24 Aug. 16 09:32 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Qld Department of Communities eyes hybrid cloud future

    Queensland’s Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is preparing for a major overhaul of its IT infrastructure that will see it make increasing use of private and public cloud.

    22 Aug. 16 13:14 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • NSW begins to roll out Android Pay support

    Service NSW will add support for Google’s Android Pay mobile wallet to its digital stores, website and app “in the coming months”, the state government has announced.

    17 Aug. 16 12:16 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • IBM breaks silence over Census

    IBM has responded to the Census debacle after a conspicuous silence in the wake of Tuesday night’s website meltdown.

    12 Aug. 16 08:41 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Turnbull takes aim at IBM, ABS over Census

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has shifted his tone on the Census debacle, with the PM telling a press conference that “which heads roll where and when” will be determined by the government review into the website meltdown that left most Australians unable to complete the Census.​

    11 Aug. 16 12:27 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Did the Census really suffer a denial-of-service 'attack'?

    Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) closed the 2016 Census website. No explanation was given at the time, except for a message on the page saying “the system is very busy at the moment”.

    10 Aug. 16 16:01 Written by Mike Johnstone, Edith Cowan University
  • ‘Confluence of events’ led to Census failure

    In an at times bizarre press conference small business minister Michael McCormack has confirmed that a series of denial of service attacks targeted the Census 2016 website, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics eventually making the decision to pull it offline.

    10 Aug. 16 13:01 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Privacy Commissioner to scrutinise Census ‘cyber attack’

    Australian Privacy Commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has launched an investigation into what the Australian Bureau of Statistics has described as a series of denial of service attacks that targeted the Census 2016 site.

    10 Aug. 16 09:42 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • DoS attacks targeted Census, ABS says

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics has claimed that it took the Census system offline after was targeted by four denial of service attacks “of varying nature and severity​”.

    10 Aug. 16 08:47 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • CERT Australia begins expansion program

    Australia’s national Computer Emergency Response Team – CERT Australia – is seeking a significant boost to its headcount as the government moves to implement the elements of its national cyber security strategy.

    10 Aug. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • SPARQ gears up for Energy Queensland ERP rollout

    SPARQ Solutions is preparing for the rollout of a new enterprise resource planning (ERP)/enterprise asset management (EAM) system for Energy Queensland, following the formal 1 July launch of the state-owned company.

    09 Aug. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Turnbull, Morrison defend Census security

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison have both sought to reassure Australians in the wake of privacy concerns over the 2016 Census.

    04 Aug. 16 07:30 Written by Rohan Pearce

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