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Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 1788–2013

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by

This report provides an overview of the socio-political factors and events that have influenced the development of Australia’s child sexual abuse legislation from 1788-2013.

Key developments in relevant legislation during this period which are discussed in detail in the report include:

  • the decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting males
  • the removal of gendered language from legislation to enable the law to deal with matters involving male victims, female offenders and same sex offences
  • broadening the definition of sexual intercourse
  • introduction of specific legislation relating to child pornography
  • introduction of mandatory reporting laws.

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Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by

This report provides an overview of the offences that an individual who sexually abuses a child in an institutional setting may be charged with in the nine Australian jurisdictions.

These include contact and non-contact sexual offences, child pornography offences and offences for which institutions and/or their representatives that were aware of child sexual abuse may be charged.

Prepared by the Australian Institute of Criminology for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Terrorism threat level

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by



The Government of the United Kingdom has raised its terrorism threat level from ‘Substantial’ to ‘Severe’. This move by the United Kingdom indicates the significance of the threat posed by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.

It is of serious concern that Australian citizens are active in these groups. The Government’s assessment is that approximately 60 Australians are engaged in fighting in Syria and Iraq, with an additional 100 involved in active facilitation and support.

We remain in close contact with the United Kingdom and other partners about the threat from terrorist groups active in Syria and Iraq and from returning foreign fighters.

As the Director-General of Security and I have said before, events in Syria and Iraq, and the large number of Australians participating in the conflict means Australia is facing its highest threat for some time.

Australia’s National Terrorism Public Alert System level remains at ‘Medium’, which indicates that a terrorist attack could occur.

This level is under constant review by the Australian Government and is based on advice from security and intelligence agencies. Australia’s threat level would be increased to ‘High’ if it were deemed that a terrorist attack is likely to occur.

The Government is taking all necessary steps to keep Australia and Australian interests safe.

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HID Global Brings Intelligence to the Door with Its New EDGE EVO Solo Solution for Stand-Alone Networked Access Control in the SMB Market

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by



HID Global®, a worldwide leader in secure identity solutions, has announced the release of its EDGE EVO® Solo IP-enabled solution that brings intelligence and decision-making to the door for advanced and highly customizable networked access control. As a single-door solution, EDGE EVO Solo is part of the company’s new generation EDGE EVO open and scalable controller platform that enables an extensive range of access control functionality, including real-time monitoring, report generation and the use of the system hardware for complimentary applications.

EDGE EVO Solo is a remotely managed stand-alone solution that utilizes a standard web browser and does not require software to be installed on PCs. It also provides the ability to power all devices around a door using Power over Ethernet (PoE), significantly reducing total door installation costs by removing the need to install a separate, dedicated power supply.  EDGE EVO Solo utilizes less expensive CAT5 wiring compared to traditional structured cable, and it can be fully upgradeable to an EDGE EVO Host solution as access control demands increase.

“Offering the convenience of contactless physical access control along with PC login and a variety of additional smart card-enabled applications, EDGE EVO Solo is ideal for small- and medium-sized businesses managing a single door for ten to hundreds of cardholders,” said John Fenske, vice president of Product Marketing, Physical Access Control with HID Global. “The solution’s intuitive web interface also enables a number of simple management features, making it to easy understand for users that know little to nothing about access control.”


EDGE EVO Solo is available in controller-only and controller/reader and form factors that support a full range of card and reader options.   It includes global regulatory certifications and is localized in 12 languages for use in major markets around the world. HID Global’s EDGE EVO Solo is available now.  Click here for more information.

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About HID Global

HID Global is the trusted source for innovative products, services, solutions, and know-how related to the creation, management, and use of secure identities for millions of customers around the world. The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, and HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit

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Gallagher wins again for innovative security product

Posted on: September 1st, 2014 by



The New Zealand Security Association (NZSA) has awarded Gallagher ‘Innovative Security Product of the Year’ at the annual NZSA conference dinner in Auckland, New Zealand.  Gallagher’s Z10 Tension Sensor, an intelligent electronic perimeter security device, has been attracting significant attention for product innovation in the global security market and has already won awards in the United States1.

“We’re thrilled to receive this award for our Z10 Tension Sensor” said Curtis Edgecombe, Global General Manager at Gallagher.  “We believe this product is world-leading in the field of taut-wire sensor technology so it’s great to see the New Zealand industry acknowledging the work we’re doing in developing security products that compete on the world stage.”

The NZSA award, recognizing innovative excellence in the New Zealand security industry, was presented following judging by a panel of highly-experienced security professionals during the 2014 New Zealand Security Conference & Exhibition.

“We know we’ve developed something special here” said Kahl Betham, Global Product Manager at Gallagher.  “The reaction we’re receiving from customers and those in the industry tells us we have created something that overcomes previous limitations in the market place”.

The Gallagher Group, internationally renowned for its Animal Management and Fuel Systems divisions, entered the security market in early 1990s.  Leveraging its strength in research, design, and development, the privately owned and operated NZ company has grown to be a global technology leader in the development and manufacture of integrated security solutions.  Gallagher’s security solutions are utilized in more than 130 countries around the world, and are employed in all major industries, including education, ports and airports, military and defense, critical infrastructure, mining, corrections, finance, entertainment, and healthcare.

1 Previous awards:

- 2014 Gold award – Integrated Perimeter Security Solution – Government Security Awards, United States

- 2013 Best Perimeter Protection Product/System – Government Security News, United States

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Unisys Survey Reveals 86 Percent of Critical Infrastructure Providers in Australia and New Zealand Have Been Breached in the Past Year

Posted on: August 28th, 2014 by


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ANZ utility, oil and gas, energy and manufacturing organisations cite accidents and negligence as the most common reason for data breaches in last year

New global research from Unisys finds alarming gaps in the security of the critical infrastructure organisations. Nearly 70 percent of executives surveyed at companies responsible for power, water and other critical functions globally, and 86 percent of those in Australia and New Zealand, have reported at least one security breach that led to the loss of confidential information or disruption of operations in the past 12 months.

To explore how utility, oil, gas, alternate energy and manufacturing organisations are addressing cyber security threats, Unisys commissioned the Ponemon Institute to survey 599 business and IT decision makers across 13 countries, including 49 from Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

Only ten percent of ANZ respondents describe their organisation’s IT security program or activities as mature. And those who suffered a data breach in the past year most often attributed these breaches to an internal accident or mistake (50 percent), and negligent insiders (21 percent). Despite these findings, only 6 percent of respondents said they provide cybersecurity training for all employees.

The survey found 67 percent of ANZ respondents anticipated one or more serious attacks in the coming year. Despite this risk, only 18 percent ranked security as one of the top five strategic priorities for their organisations. Yet a majority, 65 percent, named their top business priority as minimising downtime.

“It is surprising that so many utilities organisations have not made security a strategic business priority, given how dependent our economy is on such critical infrastructure,” said Mr John Kendall, security program director, Unisys Asia Pacific.  “The increased dependence of critical infrastructure on IT systems, and the interconnectedness of those systems, means that these organisations are increasingly vulnerable to cyber security failures that may result in data breaches or downtime.

“What’s more, failure in one area of infrastructure can create outages in others – in a domino effect.  In this region, we know the flow-on impact of outages caused by natural disasters like floods, bushfires and earthquakes.  It is therefore essential to prevent further outages and breaches caused by cyber security failures.  We hope the survey results serve as a wake-up call to critical infrastructure providers to take a much more proactive, holistic approach to securing their IT systems,” said Mr Kendall.

Almost half (48 percent) of ANZ critical infrastructure providers surveyed said they had suffered security incidents due to the use of insecure networks, and one in three (33 percent) were caused by unmanaged mobile devices and employee use of social networks.

ANZ respondents cited negligent insiders (47 percent), denial of service attacks (41 percent) and system glitches (39 percent) as their top security threats.  They also rated the technologies most effective to foster security objectives to be encryption of data in motion, automated code review and debuggers and data loss prevention systems.

The survey also highlighted concerns regarding the security of industrial control systems (ICS) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, which monitor and control the processes and operations for power generation and other critical infrastructure functions. When asked about the likelihood of an attack on their organisations’ ICS or SCADA systems, 79 percent of the ANZ senior security officials responded that a successful attack is at least somewhat likely within the next 24 months. Just 4 percent of ANZ respondents (compared to 21 percent globally) thought that the risk level to ICS and SCADA has substantially decreased because of regulations and industry-based security standards, which means that tighter controls and better adoption of standards are needed.

The full report can be viewed here

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Seagate Ships World’s First 8TB Hard Drives

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by


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8TB Hard Drives Boast Ultra-High Capacity, Energy-Efficiency and the Lowest TCO in the Industry

Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, has announced it is shipping the world’s first 8TB hard disk drive. An important step forward in storage, the 8TB hard disk drive provides scale-out data infrastructures with supersized-capacity, energy-efficiency and the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) in the industry for cloud content, object storage and back-up disaster recovery storage.

“As our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers,” said Scott Horn, Seagate vice president of marketing. “Seagate is poised to address this challenge by offering the world’s first 8TB HDD, a ground-breaking new solution for meeting the increased capacities needed to support the demand for high capacity storage in a world bursting with digital creation, consumption and long-term storage.”

A cornerstone for growing capacities in multiple applications, the 8TB hard drive delivers bulk data storage solutions for online content storage providing customers with the highest capacity density needed to address an ever increasing amount of unstructured data in an industry-standard 3.5-inch HDD. Providing up to 8TB in a single drive slot, the drive delivers maximum rack density, within an existing footprint, for the most efficient data center floor space usage possible.

“Public and private data centers are grappling with efficiently storing massive amounts of unstructured digital content,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research vice president for hard disk drives. “Seagate’s new 8TB HDD provides IT managers with a new option for improving storage density in the data center, thus helping them to tackle one of the largest and fastest growing data categories within enterprise storage economically.”

The 8TB hard disk drive increases system capacity using fewer components for increased system and staffing efficiencies while lowering power costs. With its low operating power consumption, the drive reliably conserves energy thereby reducing overall operating costs. Helping customers economically store data, it boasts the best Watts/GB for enterprise bulk data storage in the industry.

“Cleversafe is excited to once again partner with Seagate to deliver to our customers what is truly an innovative storage solution. Delivering absolute lowest cost/TB along with the performance and reliability required for massive scale applications, the new 8TB hard disk drive is ideal for meeting the needs of our enterprise and service provider customers who demand optimized hardware and the cost structure needed for massive scale out,” said Tom Shirley, senior vice president of research and development, Cleversafe.

Outfitted with enterprise-class reliability and support for archive workloads, it features multi-drive RV tolerance for consistent enterprise-class performance in high density environments. The drive also incorporates a proven SATA 6Gb/s interface for cost-effective, easy system integration in both private and public data centers.

Seagate is shipping drives to select customers now with wide scale availability next quarter. Pricing has not been announced.

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Omlis announces dynamic partnership with Orion Software and Services

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by


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Global mobile payment solutions provider Omlis has confirmed a strategic partnership with leading technology distributor Orion Software and Services. This alliance further strengthens Omlis as a leading provider of mobile payment solutions worldwide with support from the forward-thinking network of technology and security solutions that Orion employs.

This partnership is an indication of Orion’s strategic commitment to ensuring that all their customers are fully secured, which is best achieved by leveraging the innovative solutions provided by Omlis. Orion plans to integrate Omlis technologies into their current portfolio to provide uncompromised secure solutions for their identity theft products and to enable safe E-Commerce services.

“After two years of searching for a strategic fraud prevention partner, we found a revelation in Omlis,” said Orion’s Director, Simon Cairns. “Omlis offer a highly differentiated proposition to the market and their unique approach to ensuring the uncompromised safety of sensitive information is why they are a leading vision in their industry and our proud partners.”
Mr. Cairns is a 15 year veteran of the mobile payments industry. He has held numerous executive roles in retail banking technology companies, including prominent global companies S2 Systems and Oasis Technology. He established Orion as a worldwide leader in identity theft prevention through garnering an extensive network of software solutions.

Orion provides world class innovation and market-leading IT solutions to organizations to address challenges in fraud and improve security. The firm has built a formidable reputation in identity theft protection and anti-hacking protocols implemented at a corporate level through novel authentication processes supported by anti-phishing training programs. Their portfolio includes leading edge software solutions in authentication, anti-phishing, and personal security, and they anticipate integration of E-commerce platforms.

One in four consumers worldwide has been a victim of card fraud in the last five years, with even higher numbers in Orion’s key territories, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. An immense 44 percent of U.A.E. consumers have experienced fraud within five years, followed by 30 percent in South Africa, and 28 percent in the UK, according to a report from the Aite Group.
“We’ve seen the mobile payment space grow over time, and with that, the emergence of cyber fraud, cryptography, and an ease of which people can replicate the systems,” commented Mr. Cairns. “There’s a huge need for an unbreakable solution and that’s primarily what we found consistent in Omlis.”

Through this partnership, Orion will position Omlis as their technology provider of choice, leveraging their secure mobile payment solutions. Together, these visionary organizations will deliver compelling, fraud-free technology solutions to the mobile commerce market. The distinct mobile payments enabling technology combined with Orion’s immaculate industry reputation and client list will allow Orion to bring Omlis forward, delivering market leading mobile payment capability across the globe.

“Our partnership with Orion Software and Solutions is a natural step forward for Omlis, because they possess the market leading fraud prevention solutions that align strongly with our vision. Omlis delivers a distinctly unbreakable security solution, alongside high interoperability and immense scalability. Together we can implement systems that provide ultimate consumer confidence in mobile payment adoption worldwide,” said John Lethbridge, Strategic Partner Director at Omlis.

Omlis has recently secured an elite position in the Latin American mobile payment market with additional strategic partnerships. In Chile, Omlis’ innovative secure payments encryption technology will be instrumental in relationship with ISN, a specialized supplier of market leading technology solutions. Another strategic partnership with Stratus Technologies Mexico will provide uniquely risk-free transactions in the vastly expanding mobile commerce market in Mexico, and will drive Omlis technologies throughout key financial institutions and retail chains across Latin America.

About Omlis
Omlis is a global mobile payment solutions provider bringing to market proven, differentiated and most effective solutions to all mobile commerce security. Omlis combines completely secure, unique and uncompromised technology with 100% fault-tolerant tracking for all mobile payments in real-time for full transaction accountability.

About Orion Software and Services – Orion provides market-leading IT solutions to organizations to improve security using world class innovations in fraud prevention. Through implementing anti-hacking protocols, implementing training programs and identity theft education, Orion has built a formidable reputation as a leading supplier of fraud prevention technologies and services throughout the UK and EMEA region.

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Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems to establish space debris tracking site in Western Australia

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by


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New Electro-Optical Tracking Site to Complement Radar Tracking Systems

Under a new strategic cooperation agreement, Lockheed Martin and Electro Optic Systems Pty Ltd are developing a new space object tracking site in Western Australia that will paint a more detailed picture of space debris for both government and commercial customers.

The site will use a combination of lasers and sensitive optical systems like those found in telescopes to detect, track and characterize man-made debris objects. Electro-optical technologies that can zoom in on specific objects form a strong complement to radar-based systems like the U.S. Air Force’s Space Fence, which will sweep the sky and track 200,000 objects.

Drawing on advanced sensors and software, the new site will focus on specific objects and determine how fast they’re moving, what direction they’re spinning, and what they’re made of.

“Ground-based space situational awareness is a growing priority for government and commercial organizations around the world that need to protect their investments in space,” said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “Through this agreement with Electro Optic Systems, we’ll offer customers a clearer picture of the objects that could endanger their satellites, and do so with great precision and cost-effectiveness.”

“The partnership with Lockheed Martin will help both organizations establish a global network of space sensors, while simultaneously increasing the market reach of the partners’ data and services,” said Electro Optic Systems Chief Executive Officer Ben Greene. “We consider the strategic partnership with Lockheed Martin a major step towards the achievement of critical mass of sensors, data and services, all of which are critical in providing detailed yet easily usable information on space debris.”

Electro Optic Systems develops and produces a wide range of space-related technologies including telescopes and beam directors. They are among the largest producers of major optical telescopes in the world, and currently operate the Space Research Centre, a satellite laser ranging and debris tacking facility, at Mt. Stromlo in the Australian Capital Territory.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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Sam Johnson Wins the WSABE 2014 Young Entrepreneur Award

Posted on: August 26th, 2014 by



Southern Cross Group Services (SCGS) is pleased to announce that its General Manager Sam Johnson was announced as the winner in the category Young Entrepreneur by the Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence.

“I am very honoured to receive this award. The award provides Southern Cross Group Services with further momentum to accept new challenges and continue to grow Southern Cross Group Services as a successful integrated services provider,“ said Sam Johnson. “As we diversify into new businesses, this award stands a testimony to the hard work of my staff and the continued support of our clients,” Sam further added.

“We are very proud with this award and look forward to continued business and organisational growth under the leadership of Sam Johnson,“ said Stephen Butt CSM, SCGS National Training and Compliance Manager.

The premier Awards Night function, held at Rosehill Gardens Parramatta, was attended by the Who’s Who from the NSW Business Chamber and Sydney business circuit.

Sam will now automatically proceed through as a NSW State Finalist with NSW awards planned for November 2014.

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