IBM has announced the establishment of the Institute for Advanced Security in Asia-Pacific, to act as an extension to the company’s global advanced security operations.

The IBM Institute for Advanced Security in the Asia-Pacific region is designed to help drive innovation in next-generation security models and solutions, securing cyberspace by:

  • connecting organisations with IBM Security research efforts including the IBM X-Force team as well as broader IBM services, software and technology experts; and
  • providing resources including collaboration and technology insights through expert blogs, X-Force expertise, white papers, podcasts and online sessions that address rising security issues around cyber security, data analytics, cloud and mobile computing.

The Institute will make extensive use of recent IBM research advances and wider expertise. The company has expressed its confidence that the new institute will address specific issues such as mobile device security, deep analytics and emergency response.

The National Broadband Network will start its first phase of commercialisation, allowing the 14,000 residents and business owners who have been connected to order a service provided over the NBN from participating telephone or internet service providers, following the conclusion of the trial.

The Victorian State Government has announced a new laboratory which will act as a test-bed for businesses to explore and develop new applications for the use of new high-speed broadband which will be delivered through the National Broadband Network (NBN)

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Telecommunications Reports 2009-10 show clear trends developing around fixed and mobile services.

Information technology and telecommunications professionals are enjoying a boom in labour demand, leading to increasing rates of mobility amongst workers in the sector.

Zendesk, an emerging provider of international cloud computing services, has opened its Asia Pacific headquarters in Melbourne, bringing around 20 jobs to the area over the next 12 months.

Australia and New Zealand have submitted a joint proposal to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The official submission is a crucial step towards the goal of hosting the world’s most powerful radio telescope.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has been awarded a Pinnacle Award from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration in the United States.

The Victorian State Government has launched its Community ICT Skills Grants program after Acting Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development Peter Ryan invited community organisations to apply for funding.

The Federal Government has announced the establishment of an independent inquiry that will conduct an ongoing investigation into the Australian media.

The Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee will hold a series of public consultations around the country to examine telecommunications services in regional, rural and remote parts of Australia.

The Victorian Spatial Excellence Awards have been held in Melbourne, with the Victorian Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips congratulating the winners of the awards.

The Federal Government has invited members of the public and businesses to contribute to the development of the country’s first Cyber White Paper after the release of a discussion paper.

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, has announced the appointment of Rick Turchini to the board of NBN Co.

The telecommunications industry has been urged to bypass devices and jargon and instead talk face to face with their customers.

Telstra has begun providing enterprise, government and wholesale customers with Internet Protocol version 6 connectivity (IPv6). IPv6 addresses the emerging internet protocol addresses shortages by extending the length of the address, which is unavailable under the current IPv4 technology used.

The National Broadband Network Co (NBN Co) has announced two separate agreements with major construction companies to conduct work in Western Australia and Victoria.

The Australian Information Industry Association has praised South Australia’s Strategic Plan, describing it as a new benchmark for Australian states and Territories seeking to establish leading economies based on the intelligent application of technology.

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has launched its Digital Hubs Directory aimed at showcasing Australian technology innovation in NBN early release sites.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published its Reconnecting the Customer enquiry into the telecommunications industry.

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