Stories by Sandra Rossi

WCIT 2002: Telstra backs broadband

Telstra today announced details of a $50 million stimulus package for the Australian broadband market and called on industry to invest in the initiative.

WCIT 2002: Australia to push broadband plans

Australian Prime Minister John Howard officially opened the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2002) today, and announced an ICT scoping study and the establishment of a Broadband Advisory Group.

The good, the bad, the ugly

For a litany of sorry tales about dopey end users just ask IT managers, they seem to have an endless supply.

Presidential adviser calls for unity on cyberspace defence

Government partnerships with the private sector are crucial to defend cyberspace; this includes laws to protect information sharing between the two parties, one of the top cyber security advisers to US President George Bush told Australia's IT industry on Tuesday.

IT forum tackles thorny issues

Brothels, systems administrators from hell, and radio-controlled bomb-defusing robots were just some of the topics raised by US and Australian law enforcement authorities attending a special session of global threats to IT security at the World IT Business Forum in Adelaide today

Securing the enterprise

Never has enterprise security figured so prominently, or taken its place so swiftly, in the psyche of today's IT leader.

The good, the bad, the ugly

Sure IT and acronyms go hand in hand, but sometimes they can be a little too explicit. The newly formed Release and Application Management/IT department at one company recently sent an e-mail that was signed off: 'Regards, RAM-IT'. The same cannot be said for IT security professionals who are rarely explicit but have an uncanny ability of turning a simple conversation into something more suited to the television series Get Smart. Explaining security standards to GBU last week one reader said: "There are layers of information protection - in-confidence, protected, highly protected, right through to top secret."

Tough laws sought on IT industry standards

Penalties for insecure systems and fines for poorly performing products form the linchpin of a submission to the Federal Government seeking new laws to lift IT industry standards. Companies that do not secure their systems and vendors who sell products that are not up to scratch would be the target of the proposed laws.
The get-tough legislation outlined in the submission has been drafted by Internet law specialists Deacons Lawyers and will be presented to the National Office for the Information Economy (NOIE), the Federal Attorney General Daryl Williams and IT Minister Senator Richard Alston next month.

Business cools its e-commerce pace

While analysts are touting the growth of global e-commerce, expected to top $1.9 trillion this year, a new survey has found Australian companies are abandoning the Internet for business transactions amid security fears.

Stark farewell to my naked friend

Forced to farewell the days of big projects, big bucks and big IT shops, IT managers may be feeling somewhat naked without the cushioning comfort of a mammoth CRM or ERP implementation (and what the hell were those ERP projects anyway?).

Survey starts on local computer crimes

The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCert) is in the process of surveying the country's top 300 companies to quantify computer crime concerns.

Users take a swipe at patches

Constant patching and updates to security products is overwhelming IT shops caught in a nightmare that won't end until vendors wake up and provide better software and automated tools.

The good, the bad, the ugly

The GBU inbox has been running hot this week, a sure sign the holiday period has ended. One cheeky reader even asked if GBU is a reverse acronym for Uncle Bill Gates.