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  • 10 reasons to ignore computer science degrees

    Many organisations are looking beyond the CS degree to hire programmers who can deliver real results. Here’s why they might be right.

    Written by Anonymous31 July 18 07:01
  • Jamila Gordon: The CIO who escaped the Somali Civil War

    Jamila Gordon has had quite a life journey, from her humble beginnings as an African refugee to her current role as director and chief information officer at ASX-listed firm, GetSwift.

    Written by Byron Connolly27 Feb. 17 16:54
  • Learning from data

    How can universities make engagement more meaningful and improve student outcomes? Jon Baldwin of Tribal Group writes about this burning question as a new academic year dawns.

    Written by Edited by Divina Paredes13 Feb. 17 11:30
  • Massey University has new CIO

    Clive Martis is the new chief information officer of Massey University, effective 19 October.
    He replaces Gerrit Bahlman, who is now director of IT at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    Written by CIO New Zealand staff06 Sept. 09 22:00
  • Auto-pilot mode

    Networks with many users and a mature IT infrastructure are a favourite with hackers.Take, for example, the National University of Singapore (NUS), whose user population exceeds 40,000.
    “A total of 105,546 intrusion attempts targeted at NUS were detected in 2006,” says Yong Fong Lian, manager, IT security, NUS. The university estimates that if every attack resulted in successful compromise of the network, a staggering 210,000 hours in productivity would be lost. And the potential cost of these man hours? A jaw dropping S$4.2 million (US$2.8 million), or S$350,000 (US$240,000) a month.

    Written by Melissa Chua06 Aug. 09 22:00
  • Zapping the spammers

    Spammers continue to vary their tactics with passing years or even resurrect old tricks, says Mark Borrie, information security manager at Otago University. The Sophos PureMessage spam filter the university adopted in 2004 is still giving excellent service, but recently a problem with spurious bounce messages has re-emerged.
    It appears spammers, after a period of using fictitious ‘From:’ addresses, have turned again to picking up real addresses. The result is a swarm of fictitious “non-delivery” messages that implies the recipient has been sending spam, and are a major annoyance in themselves. If the bounced message includes the text of the original spam the Sophos filter will stop it, though the university has had to develop a strategy to deal with the rest, says Borrie. It is inadvisable to stop all bounced messages, as some may be due to a typing mistake by the sender of a genuine message. Users now receive a digest of such bounced messages, so they might get two such digests a day rather than 200 individual messages.

    Written by Stephen Bell03 June 08 22:00