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Payroll
How New South Wales state departments achieved cloud migration success
State departments in New South Wales are heading to the cloud to achieve better workflow solutions, and one company is paving the way for their success.
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Government
Cyclone selected as NZ MOE software licensing partner
Following a recent Request for Proposal (RFP), Christchurch-based company Cyclone Computer Company Ltd (Cyclone) has been selected as The Ministry of Education’s software licensing partner.
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Healthcare
Workday winning on culture and family focus
This family-first approach sees all employees receive access to family-wide private healthcare cover, as well as income protection and life insurance policies.
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Partnerships
Thailand announces launch of the Thailand 5G Alliance
It will promote collaboration between the public and private sector, through companies such as Huawei, to commercially drive Thailand's 5G development.
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Broadband
Mercury launches broadband and fibre packages for NZ customers
Mercury has officially launched Mercury Broadband, giving its electricity and gas customers the ability to add fibre to their existing Mercury account.
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Digital Transformation
Govt IT spending on the rise, driven by XaaS - Gartner
Worldwide government IT spending is forecast to total $565.7 billion in 2022, an increase of 5% from 2021, according to Gartner.
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Cloud
CSIRO initiative set to bolster SME security in Australia
Australia's national science agency has created a program that looks to help SMEs working on complex cybersecurity matters.
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Privacy Commissioner
Aotearoa gets a new Privacy Commissioner: Michael Webster replaces John Edwards
Michael Webster, who is currently the Secretary of the Cabinet, will step into the Privacy Commissioner role on 5 July 2022.
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Micro Focus
Micro Focus releases update to enterprise NOM offering
Micro Focus has announced that the latest version of its comprehensive Network Operations Management (NOM) offering for businesses is now available.
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Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association / AMTA
AMTA supports publication of new international EMF standards
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) has openly supported the publication of two new international standards for 5G electric and magnetic fields (EMF).
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Cloud
Microsoft backing Māori and Pacific wāhine in tech industry
A new initiative focused on getting Māori and Pacific wāhine into the tech industry and backed by Microsoft, NZTech and the government is calling for tech companies to get involved.
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SaaS
Atturra partners with Focus HQ to support Aus organisations
Atturra has executed a partnership agreement with Focus HQ, to resell and support the company's Australian developed SaaS-based portfolio management platform.
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Secure access service edge / SASE
Versa Networks recognised as SASE leader in Govie Awards
Versa Networks has announced its SASE offering has been recognised in The Govies Government Security Awards competition by Security Today magazine.
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Cybersecurity
Government cooperation key to stopping cyber attacks
The majority of respondents from a recent Trellix report believe government-led initiatives can play an important role in protection against cyber threats.
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Cloud
Accenture report highlights the importance of government cloud strategy
A recent IDC estimate pegged spending on public cloud by governments in APAC (including China and Japan) at US$12.6 billion in 2025, growing by a CAGR of 20.3% between 2020-25.
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Ransomware
Strong multi-factor authentication key to protecting critical infrastructure providers
"Having a ransomware mitigation plan is one step towards minimising risk, with phishing resistant MFA the key to keeping necessary accounts secure."
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Phishing
New survey shows heightened online payment risks in Asia
A surge in digital payments has significantly increased banking security risks in Asia.
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Artificial Intelligence
Aussies want more digital, artificial intelligence govt services
Australians want more digital government services and a majority are comfortable with Artificial Intelligence-generated services that personalise assistance.
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Cloud
Telstra to deliver faster internet for QLD schools
State school students across Queensland will now have faster internet speeds, following a new $187m deal between Telstra and the Queensland Government.
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Government
NEXTDC, NT govt unveil data centre development plans
NEXTDC and the Northern Territory government have shared detailed plans surrounding the development of a new data centre in Darwin.
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Digital Transformation
Australian Budget 2022 bolsters cyber security sector
The Australian Government has announced an investment of $9.9 billion to increase the country’s intelligence and cybersecurity capabilities.
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Cloud
Atturra partners with Pursuit Technology for govt solutions
"We are looking forward to mutually successful outcomes for Atturra, Pursuit Technology and local government."
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Cybersecurity
Greater balance needed in AU Critical Infrastructure Bill
The proposed measures go too far and need stronger guardrails, otherwise they could adversely affect Australia's critical infrastructure operators.
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Phishing
Cyberattacks on governments beyond Ukraine surge by 21% - Check Point
Check Point Research provides updates on cyberattack trends observed during the Russia-Ukraine conflict.