Stories by Michael Crawford

Privacy taskforce eyes Access Card

A summary of recommendations made by the Access Card Consumer and Privacy Taskforce headed by Professor Allan Fels has listed 26 issues requiring rectification by the government before implementing the Access Card.

Government smartcard stores shopping lists, MP3s

Human Services Minister Joe Hockey has stated Australians could pick and choose whatever personal information they want on the proposed smartcard, so long as the government retains two-thirds of the storage capacity.

Database management aids takeover

National health club chain Fitness First is using automated address matching software to cut down on the costs of collecting outstanding debts.

US tops world spamming countries

Australia has dropped off the 2006 "dirty dozen" spam list completely. The dirty dozen spam list is a snapshot of countries found to be contributing to the worldwide level of spam in the third quarter of 2006 compiled by Sophos.

Junior soldiers protected by patches

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) has rolled out automated patching software to minimize monthly load on staff manually patching machines.

Phantom porn policy at NCR

Transaction and IT services company NCR has been ordered to reinstate an employee fired last year for storing pornographic and other graphic images on an NCR-owned work laptop.

Moon takes the reins at AIIA

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has replaced outgoing CEO, Rob Durie, with former Manpower director of recruitment, Sheryle Moon, who will take over the role immediately.

Enterprise market running out of steam

The brave new world of information security for Symantec involves looking first to consumer demand and wants and then scaling products for the enterprise market.

IronPort purchase PostX

Hardware security vendor IronPort has announced plans to take over encryption provider PostX. Integration of PostX technology will be fully integrated into the Ironport product line by January 2007.

Infosec? DCITA wants you!

The Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts (DCITA) is tendering for a consultant to produce a report on enterprise strategy for information security.

TomTom automates customer feedback

GPS navigation provider TomTom has based its entire customer facing feedback portal on the RightNow Service module to offer 24x7 customer feedback globally.

ADF to develop communications warfare

Charles Sturt University is working with the Australian Department of Defence to create gaming software for use by military personnel to train enlisted members on effective crisis management techniques and scenarios for battle and natural disasters.

Government recordkeeping failing

An audit of Australian government agencies has found standards around digital and physical recordkeeping lacking, with each agency audited failing to manage an electronic corporate recordkeeping system in accordance with established policy.

APEC 2007 taskforce select ASG

Services provider ASG has won a contract to provide IT support and systems integration for the forthcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) 2007 Taskforce.