There's more to Aussie Broadband's fibre network plans than originally announced. Medium-sized and larger businesses will be able to order 10Gbps connections.

The peak body for communications consumers, the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has called on phone and Internet providers to continue supporting customers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Australian Government has established an Australian Broadband Advisory Council to provide it with advice on maximising the “economic upside” of increased digital connectivity for Australian businesses and consumers.

The head of a general-purpose hardware security module provider says that as per his observations, the passage of an encryption bill by the Australian Government in 2018 — legislation that was roundly panned by the industry as likely to have a negative effect on encryption take-up — has not deterred companies from planning for the use of the technology.

The sell-through of smartphones in the US — the proportion of wholesale units that are eventually sold at retail — fell by 25% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020, the technology research firm Counterpoint Research says.

Argentina's biggest Internet service provider Telecom Argentina has been hit by the REvil ransomware, with the attackers apparently using a vulnerability in Citrix VPN server to gain entry and hold the company to ransom.

Global payments technology company Mastercard has expanded its cryptocurrency program, making it easy for its partners to introduce secure compliant payment cards to market.

Malicious attackers are concealing phishing attacks on Google's Cloud Services, researchers at the Israeli security firm Check Point have warned, adding that this was being done by uploading a PDF to Google Drive that included a phishing page.

Contact centre specialists, MaxContact has partnered with C9 Communications to deliver an all in one cloud contact solution for Thomas Direct, an Australian company specialising in charitable lotteries, raffles and telefundraising.

GUEST OPINION BY Andrea Goding, General Manager Express Virtual Meetings:   As most people reading this will be acutely aware, the last few months of working from home have seen an exponential growth in the number of people using virtual communication and collaboration tools.

Deception technology vendor Attivo Networks' Endpoint Detection Net (EDN) product now protects agains device fingerprinting.

ASX-listed Opyl has a two-pronged approach to applying AI to healthcare.

Specialist fibre and network solutions provider Vocus claims it has reached a new milestone in the growth of its enterprise business as the top provider of NBN Enterprise Ethernet services.

The Federal Government's Industry Advisory Panel, set up to advise on Australia's 2020 Cyber Security Strategy, has offered 60 recommendations to bolster the countries defences.

One often sees claims being made that Twitter has destroyed journalism. This kind of assertion seems a bit over the top given that journalists are perfectly capable of destroying the profession on their own. But it is worth examining the reasons why this kind of hyperbole is being flung around.

GUEST CONTRIBUTION As the explosion in the capacity demands of data-hungry applications outpaces current high-speed transport abilities, 400G is a promising new technology that supports an immediate need in fibre optics with comparatively low operational expenses (OPEX) and smaller footprint.

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