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    ESG investing in people and the planet


    Rosemary Addis |  April 24, 2024


    Environmental and social issues need to be considered together for sustainable finance reforms to contribute positively to the wellbeing of the planet and its people.


  • Artificial Intelligence

    The idea factory


    Open Forum |  April 24, 2024


    AI chatbots can offer a novel avenue for idea generation, simulating multidisciplinary workshops that traditionally require significant time and resources. Soon we won’t need people at all, will we?


  • Health

    Australia’s healthy health sector


    Open Forum |  April 24, 2024


    New research from the Productivity Commission has found Australia’s healthcare system delivers some of the best value for money of any in the world.


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    A call for maturing our approach to IT security and risk

    Gavin Struthers     |      June 13, 2008

    Gavin Struthers

    For many businesses, justifying a budget for IT security remains a perennial challenge.

    As part of McAfee’s participation in E-security Awareness Week, I’ve spent the last three days talking directly to customers at an Executive Summit we hosted in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, and gleaned some of the challenges organisations are currently facing.

    In the context of what challenges face CxO’s and security managers when it comes to better securing corporate networks and managing risk, there is a definite sense of this being a "work in progress". Their call was to make the proposition simpler while providing higher levels of protection and compliance.

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    Keeping our kids safer online

    editor     |      June 12, 2008

    Martyn Wild

    Our kids might understand and recite the safety messages we tell them, but this rarely has much impact on their everyday behaviours.

    The cybersafety discussion is more important today than it has ever been. Not simply because of the scare stories that are emerging with ever-increasing frequency (only last Thursday [5 June] we witnessed large numbers of Australians, including at least one teacher and a police officer, identified in the worst type of child exploitation). But more so because, (i) children are changing their use of the Internet; and (ii) their parents are evidently not taking responsibility for the implications that arise from that use.

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    Innate virus protection by applying POLA and Object Capabilities

    quagga     |      June 11, 2008

    Contrary to the assumptions of most people- it is possible to create computer operating systems and programs that are immune to arbitrary attack by viruses and unauthorised access. In fact the foundational knowledge of how to build such a system has been known and applied for over thirty years. Unfortunately this knowledge has never been […]

  • A shift in thinking

    Julie Inman - Grant     |      June 11, 2008

    While we all have our own safety guidance, coming together to consolidate these messages and working across sectors is critical to making impact with consumers.

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    Why we’re teaching kids to teach their parents

    editor     |      June 10, 2008

    Mark McPhersonBy Mark McPherson

    If little Jimmy comes home from school and asks you to scan the home computer for trojans, listen to what he's talking about – chances are he knows more than you do.

    This week we'll be working with kids from about half a dozen schools in Brisbane and taking them through a series of workshops at a purpose-built training facility at the University of Queensland.

    We're going to break them up into mixed groups where they'll work with their  teachers to solve real problems faced every day by home computer users.

    The challenge for us at AusCERT is that many of the attacks these days are carried out from computers in average homes, in average suburbs, often without the knowledge of the computer owners, so we're hoping to enlist average Australian kids in the struggle against cybercrime.

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    Telstra and the Tio, partners in crime

    Cyberbitz     |      June 8, 2008

    For a long time I thought I was the only one having trouble with Telstra, and that the TIO was an independant government body who would sort this out fair and quick. Not so, after many months of hearing and reading Telstra horror stories I have come to believe that Telstra is an unstoppable giant criminal rogue with the TIO […]

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    Does e-Security Matter?

    editor     |      June 6, 2008

    Rob ForsythBy Rob Forsyth

    The worldwide revenue from cybercrime is now more than $100 billion per year – this is the extent to which organised crime has embraced the internet.

    Why should you be interested in the message of e-security week?

    Let's imagine, for a moment, that you are already familiar with the many risks on the internet. Your employer is running good software at your email and web gateways. Your HR department regularly gives you sound security advice, such as not opening unexpected attachments, even from people you trust. (How do you know they really sent it?)

    You have an active firewall; you use strong passwords and protect them; you bank using two-factor authentication; and you don't surf to internet sites that aren't related to your business. You're protecting yourself, and you realise that at the same time you are protecting the next guy, too, through responsible internet citizenship.

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    CRM solutions – avoid the pitfalls; reap the rewards

    James Simpson     |      June 5, 2008

    For the midmarket, integrated CRM solution improves business productivity at a low total cost of ownership.

    Building and maintaining strong, solid relationships with customers is essential to the success of any business. According to Adam Sarner, an analyst with Gartner who focuses on the customer relationship management (CRM) industry, obtaining a new customer is 10 times more expensive than retaining an existing one.

    It's no secret that automating and integrating processes and procedures previously confined to paper and incompatible, disparate applications is proving to be a  cornerstone for effectively managing customer relationships.

    Until recently though, affordable technology designed specifically to meet the customer CRM needs of midmarket businesses, was not available to these organisations. That's all changed – and for the better.

    When it comes to customers, sales and service are fundamental to an organisation's success. If salespeople can't manage leads and opportunities, sales will doubtlessly be lost. And the service they do deliver is likely to be inconsistent.

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    You don’t know what you’ve got…. Until it’s gone

    Douglascomms     |      June 5, 2008

    Cyberspace is a little like the real world, and cocky kids who think they know what they're doing can get into just as much trouble online as they can at the local shops, park or pub for that matter.

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    The real value of technical innovation

    proberts     |      June 5, 2008

    Yes, process and entreprenurial innovation is crucial – but let's not forget the importance technical innovation.

    It is always hazardous to make a distinction between technical and non-technical innovation, lest one be accused of favouring one over the other. As has been pointed out, technical innovation is still a critical area where Australia is falling behind the rest of the world.

    Business spends only the equivalent of one per cent of GDP on R&D, half the OECD average and a third of that of the leaders – even Icelandic business does better. Our venture capital sector which might fund businesses to come from research is 0.1 per cent of GDP – again even Iceland manages more. Australia accounts for a mere one half of one per cent of global exports in technology-intensive industries.

    The fact is there are few R&D driven business on the stock exchange other than the familiar, Cochlear, Resmed and CSL. Most of our top companies are banks or miners. Multi nationals from Ericcson to JDS Uniphase have voted with their feet and ceased large scale R&D in Australia while most global giants in pharmaceuticals and IT spend a fraction on R&D locally compared to overseas rates.

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    Interoperability By Design

    Greg Stone     |      June 3, 2008

    In the last month alone, the government announced more than 630 submissions have been received towards its Review of the National Innovation System. It also launched a national program of festivals to increase innovation awareness in the wider community.

    We know innovation is central to Australia’s economic future, arresting the ‘brain drain’ and ensuring we continue to build strong, non-resources led, alternative export industries, among other macroeconomic drivers. We also know that government policy provides a strong foundation for fostering and encouraging innovation.

    But it’s also up to industry and the businesses within them to make incisive judgements on how to best leverage the skills and resources they have to ensure Australia retains a reputation for innovation, particularly on the international stage.

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    Inputs required from Mums

    bheeshmachand     |      May 30, 2008

    Valuable inputs required for paper on Parenthood, Pregnancy, Birth and Post Birth