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Australian Signals Directorate on the hunt for a cyber partner

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The Australian Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence (SP&I) Group has published an Invitation to Register (ITR) on behalf of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), searching for a private sector partner that would be willing to "work collaboratively" within ASD's Cyber Program. The ASD lies within the SP&I Group and is the national agency responsible for the collection, analysis, and distribution of foreign signals intelligence, and it is also the national authority on communications and computer security. The ITR asks for a service provider that is interested in forming a long-term working relationship with the ASD, and one that can provide a workforce to establish or reconfigure the ASD's IT infrastructure, including its servers, network, storage, operating systems, PCs, applications, databases, and middleware. Additionally, the ASD is anticipating its servers to total 150, with 20 initially in place. With this, the ASD also expects its total storage requirement to sit at 10 petabytes, with its current state using only 200 terabytes.


IBM Is Ready To Rise Again

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The logo of the software and computer services company IBM is displayed during the Viva Technology show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 25, 2018 in Paris, France. IBM missed a couple of high tech rallies in recent years. Big Blue's shares underperformed badly the technology sector. Over the last five years, IBM shares have lost 25.85% of their value as the Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ) shares have gained 113.23%--see table 1. The company's business initiatives have failed to produce sufficient sales to offset the decline in sales in the old businesses.


Geoscience Australia embedding staff within Australia Post to learn its 'culture'

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The Australian government is eager to shake up how it operates, having taken its staff on digital transformation journeys and sparing no buzzword to do it. But Geoscience Australia took this one step further, immersing its staff in the world of government-owned enterprise through learning from others that are "leading" the way. Reimagining business for the digital age is the number-one priority for many of today's top executives. We offer practical advice and examples of how to do it right. Leading the way, Geoscience Australia director of scientific computing Ole Nielson explained, is the country's 210 year-old postal delivery service -- Australia Post.


Allens CIO bets on Australian legal sector AI boom

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In an interview with iTnews, Philip Scorgie, who joined Allens last month from Chicago-based Mayer Brown, said that he expects large Australian law firms to begin adopting cloud-based cognitive computing systems within the next year. But he believes predictions that'robot lawyers' will replace humans are overstated. He instead views cognitive computing as augmenting, rather than replacing, human capabilities, for example by assisting lawyers to handle large data volumes to produce structured documents. The CIO also said that nervousness around the access foreign governments might have to firms' sensitive client data has meant the legal sector has been hesitant to adopt cloud technologies, particularly in Australia and Europe. But he added that doing so carried a risk that in-house legal teams would do so and handle more work themselves.


Survey says Australian companies adopting multi-cloud more likely to pay ransom

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A new survey has revealed Australian organisations that operate multi-cloud infrastructures run a greater risk of being exposed to a ransomware attack and are more likely to pay hackers to retrieve their data in the event of one. Veritas revealed in its Australian report of its 2020 Global Ransomware Resiliency Report [PDF] that only 43% of the Australian respondents said their security has kept pace with the growing complexity of their IT environment. According to the report, some 57% of Australian organisations run a multi-cloud environment and use between 15-20 cloud services. It indicated that 33% of organisations with more than 20 clouds paid a ransom in full, compared to the 19% of businesses with fewer than five clouds that did the same. At the same time, the average number of clouds deployed by organisations who partly paid a ransom was 11.47, versus 6.17 for businesses who did not pay at all.