Fast Five: This week in IT 4/11

In this week’s Australian IT news highlights: NBN Co, CBA, Westpac, SKA, cybersecurity, Woolworths

Your five-minute wrap of the top Australian ICT stories this week.

We're not to blame for high wiring costs: NBN Co NBN Co has sought to distance itself from claims by builders that making a home NBN-ready requires sophisticated and potentially expensive internal wiring. The comments follow reports that some families have been charged up to $1000 to have their residences wired up.

China a minimal cyber security threat: Paper Despite growing concern about China’s cyber-warfare capabilities, Australia and other Western nations have little to worry about when it comes to their national security.

Computers in schools program deadline pushed to 2012 The Federal Government’s computers in schools program has had a dramatic impact on the shape of school IT departments across the nation, a joint committee hearing into the Digital Education Revolution Program – National Secondary Schools Computer Fund has heard.

Australian SKA bid bolstered by construction of hybrid power plant Australia’s bid for the $2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project has been bolstered by news that a state-of-the-art power plant will be built to supply its renewable energy.

Australia to become APAC Cloud hub? The dream of Australia becoming an Asia-Pacific Cloud computing hub could become a reality, but hinges on having a well-designed regulatory and policy environment and overcoming cost challenges, a new report argues.

Westpac hits halfway in Strategic Investment Program Westpac has reached the halfway mark in its Strategic Investment Program (SIP) and will now move to derive value from its extensive IT core banking investments, according to the bank’s CEO, Gail Kelly.

NSW DET, AARNet, click through to collaborative learning in schools Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) has enabled the NSW Department of Education and Training to collaborate learning for students across the state.

The University of Sydney moves to virtual desktop as part of learning network rollout The popularity of consumer devices combined with the launch of four learning hubs has caused the University of Sydney to deploy desktop virtualization software across its campuses.

Telcos make OAIC's 2010-11 top 10 privacy complaints list -- updated Telecommunications, finance and health companies, along with government agencies, have featured prominently in the complaints received by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) during the past year.

Nations collaborate on Do Not Call Register The Australian Media and Communications Authority’s (ACMA) push to eliminate nuisance telemarketing calls could get a boost following the inaugural International Do Not Call (DNC) Forum held in Paris on Friday.

Woolworths revamps online service by upgrading supermarket app Australian retailer Woolworths has flagged plans to revamp its online presence following a 63 per cent growth in online sales for the 2011 financial year.

ASX traces outage back to trading platform upgrade The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) has confirmed that a technical outage which occurred on 27 October was linked to a trading platform upgrade.

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