There are plenty of ways blockchain technology can be applied in various industries, but careful consideration is required, according to Tibco's CTO.

Windows ransomware attacks cost Australia about US$39.8 million (A$60.4 million) in ransom demand costs in 2019 at the minimum, a study by the security firm Emsisoft has found. The estimated cost of these attacks, totalling 2874, was US$159.4 million.

Monday, 24 February 2020 08:26

ACS battle on hold – for now

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ANALYSIS – The increasingly bitter battle for the control of the heart and soul of the Australian Computer Society has taken a short breather. But expect some more fireworks in the next a few weeks.

Monday, 24 February 2020 02:07

Dell to sell RSA to private equity

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Dell has announced the sale of RSA to a consortium composed of Symphony Technology Group, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board and AlpInvest Partners. The consortium will pay US$2.075 billion in an all-cash deal.

An 'intentional product decision' has meant that Google is able to index WhatsApp's invitation codes.

As Apple gets ready to explain its iPhone production strategy to shareholders in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in China at its annual general meeting on 26 February, another group of shareholders is set to take Apple to task over its human rights record in that country.

Energy and storage solutions vendor SENEC Australia has expanded its operations, opening an office in Sydney and appointing Patrick Duignan as general manager of sales & service.

Organisations in Australia say that more than 76% of their IT infrastructure will be operating in the public cloud over the next five years, an increase from almost 45% currently - but security concerns are slated as restricting public cloud adoption, according to a new study.

The government's Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, Dr James Renwick, has indicated he would support the security appeals division of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal having oversight of technical capability notices issued under the encryption law passed in 2018, and resolving any issue that could arise.

VENDOR PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: CommsChoice (ASX: CCG) announced today that it is seeing an increasing demand for its Microsoft Teams Direct Routing service, driven by the adoption of the Office 365 platform along with the NBN rollout and ISDN network decommissioning in Australia.

IT, security and process training provider DDLS has opened its first training campus in the Philippines to support the local workforce, marking its expansion into the Asia Pacific region and providing professionals in the Philippines with an opportunity to take up a career in a “booming” ICT industry.

Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei has brushed aside “constant external pressures” and says that despite the pressure it is still forging ahead in the global 5G market, with latest data showing its 5G products are “winning the majority of 5G contracts with operators around the world”.

VENDOR CONTRIBUTION: As part of Claroty’s continued mission and focus to support and secure critical infrastructure, researcher Tal Keren has discovered a vulnerability (CVE-2019-19279) in the Siemens Digsi 4 protocol.

GUEST OPINION: As CTO of a monitoring company that has become successful in the classic IT sector, I face many challenges. Some recurring questions: How can we at Paessler transfer over 20 years of experience in network monitoring to future technological developments, especially the Internet of Things? Which overall goals, milestones and methods should I introduce from a management perspective? And what specific opportunities do I see for Paessler?

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced funding for two hydrogen prjoects as it continues to ramp up the allocaton of funds for the development of renewables.

ASX VENDOR ANNOUNCEMENT: A global shift in capital allocations is underway. Trillions of dollars are flowing into sustainable or green investments, as the, ‘environmental, social and governance’ (ESG) sector shakes off its image as simply a feel-good investment class.

Global machine identity protection provider Venafi says that between US$51 billion to US$72 billion in losses to the worldwide economy could be eliminated through the proper management and protection of machine identities.

The Australian Stock Exchange has partnered with S&P Dow Jones Indices to launch the S&P/ASX All Technology Index which will list companies in the technology sector. The new index will go live on Monday, 24 February.

Penrith City Council in NSW has deployed Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Service as part of a cloud-first digital transformation to streamline and lift the quality of the delivery of services - including waste management - to a rising population.

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