Stories by Michael Crawford

Aussies chair Asian wargame

The Asia Pacific Computer Emergency Response Team (APCERT) completed its third annual test drill last month with the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT) acting as chair of the event and working group.

A lot more than plug and play

Security analysts believe firms interested in network access control (NAC) products will quickly discover the technology is far from plug and play. As a result adoption of NAC (in its various vendor flavours) will be slow.

Scouts barcoded at 2007 Jamboree

More than 10,000 scouts and scout leaders will sport barcoded bracelets as opposed to woggles at the 2007 Australian Scouts Jamboree so medical teams and event officials can instantly confirm someone's identification and special medical needs.

Privacy blueprint released for e-health

In a bid to address ongoing concerns surrounding the protection of confidential health records, the National E-Health Transition Authority (NeHTA) has released a privacy blueprint which is open for public comment until the end of February, 2007.

Snowy engineering goes real time

The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) is currently rolling out a CRM tool globally to better organize tender bidding and subsequent contract win rates.

Utility billing system sparks Mincom's interest

Brisbane-based software provider Mincom has announced another acquisition to strengthen its position in the utility market, which now accounts for 25 per cent of the company's overall revenue.

IronPort plays hard to get

Cisco had made repeated attempts to acquire IronPort prior to finally stitching up the $AU1billion deal last week.

Skills crises hits middle tier

The current skills shortage is affecting most people in the salary range of between $50,000 and $80,000, according to a national survey released today.

Microsoft, Dell team up on NAS/iSCSI array

Dell and Microsoft today announced a storage array that can serve up either file or block-based data and has software that supports features such as data snapshots and replication.

Security report finds Aussies alert, but not alarmed

The quarterly Unisys security index released today has found the majority of Australians surveyed particularly savvy when it comes to personal information security, in particular choosing a PIN (personal identification number), destroying bank or credit card statements or even reading the privacy policies of organizations they have dealings with.

Veterans' Affairs audit prepares for outsourcing deal

The Department of Veterans' Affairs last week extended an ICT outsourcing contract with IBM Australia in place since early 1992. The current contract will be run for four years, with two two-year contract extension options.

Arts festival profit from database design

Organisers of the month-long arts and cultural fair the Sydney Festival have outsourced the production, planning and organizing platform for an enterprise resource planning (ERP) package to replace some seven disparate software applications previously in use.