CQR Consulting merges with TechnoSys
CQR Consulting and TechnoSys Consulting Services have announced a merger to create one of Australia’s most experienced and diverse information security providers. CQR Consulting Managing Director David Simpson said the move was the result of the strong compatibility between the two companies. “Both consultancies are fiercely independent of information security product vendors and share a passion for working cooperatively with clients to achieve the best outcomes,” Mr Simpson said.
CQR Consulting primarily works in the private sector while TechnoSys is South Australia’s largest provider of information security services to the government sector. “Our combined knowledge and skills position us to provide even greater value to our customers,” Mr Simpson said. The company will continue to trade as CQR Consulting and will be the state’s largest information security service provider, with a workforce of more than 30 security specialists. The merged company will continue to be based at the CQR Consulting offices in Dulwich, central Adelaide, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Oxford, United Kingdom.
TechnoSys managing director, Jeff Gwatking, said the merger was an exciting opportunity for the company. “The merger will enable us to offer an expanded set of services and skills to our existing clients, while providing our staff the opportunity of a broader range of clients and projects”, Mr Gwatking said. “It really is a case of everybody wins.” Mr Gwatking will assume an executive management position in CQR Consulting.
Christmas and New Year
The CQR Consulting team would like to wish all our clients and partners a safe, happy and meaningful holiday season.
Please note our offices will be closed from Friday the 23rd of December to Friday the 6th of January.
Jody Melbourne recently had an in-studio interview with Amanda Blair at FIVEaa radio. They discussed the ever-increasing problem of cyberbullying. Cybersafety has recently hit headlines again as the trial regarding the murder of Carly Ryan begins. Carly Ryan was allegedly murdered by a man and his son who lured her to her death using a fake internet persona. As more people manage their social world from the internet problems of abuse, harassment and deception online are increasing. This is particularly a problem for teenagers who use the internet all the time and don’t always have the life skills required to stay safe. Jody suggests the following tips for teenagers to stay safe online:
Only ‘friend’ people you know in real life
Set all social networking sites to private
Remember that once something is online it is out of your control so think before you post!
When confronted with offensive behaviour online the best thing to do is ignore it or report it
Jody points out that there are people out there who intentionally provoke people to get a reaction. While it is safe to ignore these people it is important to report abuse/harassment when it crosses the line. For more information about cyberbullying please visit the Disconnect section of this site.
Credit Card fraud is on the rise
The Australian Payment Cards Clearing Association have released their 2008 fraud statistics relating to payment card fraud in Australia during the 2008 calendar year.
As Australia moves toward an increasingly cashless society it is unsurprising to learn that payments using alternatives to cash are on the increase. In 2008 there were approximately1.87 billion credit/charge card transactions made on Australian issued payment cards. This is a 6% increase on the 1.75 billion transactions made in 2007.
Interestingly, although the number of credit/charge card transactions increased by 6%, the number of reported fraud instances on these cards increased by more than 24%. This shows that as more and more Australians use plastic cards for their everyday purchases the opportunities for thieves are increasing. Currently in Australia there are more than 41 million credit/charge cards. That is equivalent to almost 2 cards for every Australian adult.
For more information about this worrying trend click here to read the whitepaper on Credit Card Fraud in Australia.
CQR is now a PA-QSA company
CQR Consulting is delighted to announce that we are now certified as a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA QSA). CQR Consulting can now formally assess payment card software applications against the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA DSS), which ensures third party software programs comply with the global Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).
For more information about our PCI services please click here.
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