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ACS Week In Review: 19 July 2013

Friday, 19 Jul 2013

This week the ACS was pleased to call for submissions on the National Consumer Cloud Protocol. The ACS, as the only vendor neutral voice in the sector with expert membership and depth of policy expertise, has been selected to manage this process by the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. Cloud computing has seen enormous growth in recent years, and it is important to engage the many different stakeholder groups as we work with Government to develop a protocol which benefits and protects the position of cloud computing in the digital economy.

The submission process is open to the public, and the discussion paper is available at the ACS website. The process was officially announced by Senator Kate Lundy on Monday and submissions will be accepted until the close of business on August 5, 2013. We encourage all readers of the ACS Week in Review to consider making a submission, and also to inform those who may have an interest in cloud computing to make sure their voice is heard.

Usage policies needed for explosion in BYOD

PERSONAL mobile devices are increasingly infiltrating the business world but 57 per cent of local organisations are in danger of data theft with no usage policies in place, a new survey shows.

Around 75 per cent of participants said they didn't have a public cloud policy and 78 per cent didn't train staff to use these platforms properly. 
This meant confidential information could be easily transferred and accessed beyond the corporate firewall on Google Drive, Dropbox and others.

Staff could then forward those files to all and sundry without IT's knowledge.

NSW Government announces appointment of new CIO

The NSW Government has named Laurie Glanfield, the director-general of the Attorney General’s department, as the state's new CIO after current IT head Michael Coutts-Trotter was moved to a new role.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell today announced state Finance and Services director-general Coutts-Trotter would now head up the Department of Family and Community Services, with Glanfield taking his place.

The role of state chief information officer was incorporated into the DFS director-general position in 2011, as part of IT governance reforms introduced by the new Coalition government. 

ACS asks how to increase SME trust in the cloud

The Australian Computer Society released a draft discussion paper this week that asks cloud vendors and users how they can help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and not for profits (NFPs) become more confident in using the cloud.

“Despite the clear and compelling value of the cloud, SMEs and NFPs in particular appear reticent to integrate the cloud into their businesses and operations,” the ACS said in the paper.

“The evidence suggests that this is due to a combination of a lack of understanding of what the cloud actually is, and secondly a lack of confidence in using cloud services due to concerns around issues such as privacy and security.

Parramatta launches Australia’s first free 802.11ac public WiFi network

Residents and visitors in Parramatta, NSW will be able to surf the Internet for free at speeds up to 100Mbps with the launch of a new "5G" fixed wireless network using the super-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

The outdoor network runs through Church Street, from Riverside Theatre to Westfield shopping centre, and also covers some parts of Macquarie Street and the Parramatta River area. Free Wi-Fi for the city’s libraries was implemented earlier this year by the council and ParraConnect.

Using any Wi-Fi enabled device, users can access 30 minutes a day of free Internet, and for continuous access, can sign up to W3 Networks – the Parramatta-based company that is hosting the network.