iseek Is Proud To Support The 2013 Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer

iseek Communications has committed to conquering cancer by participating in The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer® (RTCC) benefiting Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). The iseek RTCC team will join thousands of other men and women in a history-making ride from August 17-18, 2013. We will take part in a two-day ride through Queensland’s scenic countryside with a night of camping. Riders will support breakthrough research and the discovery of new cancer therapies at QIMR.

With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, iseek is rallying for the cause and cycling in The Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Most of us will have witnessed a family member, friend or acquaintance fight cancer. iseek is getting involved to help make a difference and improve the chances of surviving cancer for future generations. And until a cure is found, the ride will assist QIMR with the research to improve the current treatments for cancer patients and to lessen the devastating impact it has on patients and their loved ones.

For real impact, iseek Communications has set a combined fundraising goal of $10,000. To help iseek reach this goal, visit our page to make a donation online, or call 1-300-11-RIDE.

This is the third annual Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer event in Brisbane. Riders will be supported by hundreds of volunteers and crew members who will provide meals, water and snack stops, gear transport, portable restrooms, safety on the streets, comprehensive medical services and an overnight campsite complete with tents, massages, and hot showers. For more information on the event please go towww.conquercancer.org.au. All you need is a bike, a helmet and a little motivation!

For information about the Rio Tinto Ride to Conquer Cancer benefiting Queensland Institute of Medical Research, please contact: Kate McCabe, kmccabe@conquercancer.org.au

About Queensland Institute of Medical Research

Queensland Institute of Medical Research, established in 1945, is one of Australia’s largest and most successful medical research institutes. Aiming to develop better diagnostics and therapies, QIMR researchers are investigating the causes of more than 13 cancers including skin, prostate, colorectal, breast, ovarian, lung and lymphoma.

Click here to visit our RTCC page.

Data security and privacy: Out of the server room, into the fire

Data security and privacy is no longer just an ‘IT’ issue, the conversation between business and consumers regarding virtual data is now more pressing than ever before.

Where do you keep your most private and personal information? As few as ten years ago, your most vital private details, your photos and documents would more likely than not have been locked in a safe or stowed securely in a cabinet drawer. Today, the digital revolution means that our most important information from our passwords to our images, even our music, book and video collection, even the tracks of our online and offline activities, are moving to virtual storage. But what does this mean for the Australian consumer?

Well, firstly we should be more aware than ever about the security of our virtual information. When we recently conducted national research in data storage and consumers, we found that 40 per cent of Australians have rising concerns regarding their data security and privacy. And who could blame them? In the past year we’ve had major security breaches and data losses reported from companies like Sony, LinkedIn, even the government contractor tasked with delivering e-security alert services.

Whilst some may raise their hands in the air and cry ‘there is no such thing as security when it comes to online information’, legislation is already playing catch up to today’s digital world. The Privacy Amendment Bill 2012 states that organisations must take reasonable steps to protect the personal information they hold form misuse, interference, loss and unauthorised access. It will give the federal Privacy Commissioner the power to fine companies as much as $1.1m if they fail to do so.

Besides the very real legal threat, any business that holds customer data – and today that is practically every business – needs to also be aware of the increasing role that data security will play attracting and retaining customer. According to our research, 79 per cent of Australians either currently consider or believe they should consider, how and where their data is stored. Only 26 per cent currently trust businesses to hold this data responsibly. When it comes to virtual data, organisations are sitting on a trust time bomb.

IT has traditionally been a specialist area, often managed in a silo. But it is one that is breaking out of the server room. Business are grappling with ‘digital’ in general, technology is increasingly becoming a CEO issue – not just a CIO one. A report by Deloitte Access Economics from August this year underscored this when it suggested that firms in many Australian industries risked losing half their revenue within three years if they didn’t embrace the digital arena.

Data security is an issue that is now appearing on C-level agendas. As Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner Neil Gaughan was quoted in Computerworld: “Every organisation, large or small, needs to ensure they have a defence-in-depth strategy for protecting the vital assets on which their business depends.”

Most people, even educated business leaders, may not associate their virtual information with a physical location – it might as well be up in the sky as sitting in a server. For managers seeking to develop an all-embracing digital security platform, the first step is to get the bricks and mortar of your systems right – and build the network safeguards around a strong foundation.

But solving the dilemma of customer data is not solely about having the safest servers, the best firewalls and the latest security technologies. It is about understanding who your customers are and how they feel about their data. In the UK, think tank Demos recently looked at this issue in their white paper ‘The Digital Dialogue’. They found what constitutes ‘personal data’ varies widely. They also identified five categories of people when it comes to data sharing: non-sharers, sceptics, pragmatists, value hunters and enthusiastic sharers.

According to the Demos report: “Data sovereignty is the next big consumer issue”. For companies looking to defuse the trust timebomb, they must have collection and handling strategies that cater to this range of customers categories, and data storage strategies that give people confidence that their data is secure. There is no one size fits all solution, but the time is now to ensure all your IT and related systems are being operated with security in mind.

As published on abc.net.au

iseek’s Eagle Farm Data Centre wins Queensland development of the year

iseek Communications’ Data Centre development located within the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) precinct has been named ‘Queensland Development of the Year’ at the 2012 Property Council of Australia Innovation and Excellence Awards.

“We are very excited to receive this prestigious award, which demonstrates our commitment to sustainable and innovative development at the airport,” BAC Acting CEO Tim Rothwell said.

Mr Rothwell said that iseek’s Data Centre, developed in partnership with Brisbane Airport Property Division BNE, is the most architecturally significant and energy efficient Data Centre in Australia.

“It is a wonderful achievement for our team and highlights Brisbane Airport’s ability to deliver unique, high-quality developments,” he said.

Managing Director of iseek, Jason Gomersall said “This award highlights iseek’s commitment to providing our customers with state-of-the-art environmentally sustainable and power efficient data centre facilities without compromising security and service availability.”

BNE Property General Manager Renaye Peters said the win is particularly significant given the nature of the development.
“It demonstrates how good design can transform even the most technically and environmentally challenging project into an industry leader.

“The Data Centre has set a new industry standard by reducing its carbon footprint, power consumption and energy through design and technology innovations.

iseek was chosen from a host of high profile Queensland projects including Energex Headquarters and North Lakes to win the award at the Property Council of Australia’s Innovation and Excellence Awards on Tuesday 5th September at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

iseek Communications attains Queensland’s first ISO 27001 certification for data centre services

iseek Communications today announced that it has attained ISO 27001 certification encompassing its Colocation and Managed Storage products in Eagle Farm, Brisbane.

The internationally recognised ISO 27001 standard specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, operating, maintaining and improving a documented Information Security Management System, taking into account the organisation’s overall business risks.

The operation of the data centre, as well as all available applications, IT systems, processes and services, was audited by a neutral independent agency.

This certification verifies that the ISO 27001 information security standard is now an integral component of all business processes within iseek’s data centre in Eagle Farm.

Managing Director, Jason Gomersall, said “iseek designs, builds and operates all of its Data Centres to the highest operational standard, particularly where security is concerned.

iseek’s dedication to providing robust information security measures to preserve the integrity of our customers’ sensitive information is demonstrated by our commitment to this process.”

Australia’s Greenest Data Centre Scoops National Award

iseek Communications Brisbane facility heralded as the nation’s best sustainable development

The iseek Communications Data Centre located at the Brisbane Export Park has been chosen from a host of high profile projects to win the WSP Award for Best Sustainable Development – New Buildings, at the Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovations and Excellence Awards.

Managing Director of iseek, Jason Gomersall said “This award highlights the commitment to our customers to provide sustainable and power efficient facilities whilst not compromising on security and service availability.”

The award is timely considering the introduction of the carbon tax and our future expansion into the New South Wales market, Mr Gomersall says.

Chief Operating Officer of the Property Council of Australia Ken Morrison said: “The development provides customers with state-of-the-art facilities and establishes a new industry standard for the next generation of green data centres in Australia. Congratulations go to iseek Data Centre for demonstrating leading sustainability practices that reduced the project’s eco footprint over the entire lifecycle.”

The Data Centre, developed with iseek’s property partner Brisbane Airport Property Division BNE, is the most architecturally significant and energy efficient Data Centre in Australia.

BAC Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Julieanne Alroe said the award is testament to Brisbane Airport’s commitment to sustainable development.

The iseek Data Centre has achieved a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.3 by the Green Grid, one of the lowest power usage indexes in Australia.

Director of Rider Levett Bucknall, Michael Kerr, says the development took home the national award on the night, overthrowing eight other contenders.

The Innovation and Excellence Award was announced at a gala dinner on Saturday May 26th at Sydney’s Convention and Exhibition Centre.

iseek Communications secures position on Federal Government data centre panel

In March 2011 Special Minister of State Gary Gray announced the appointment of iseek Communications, to the Federal Government’s newly created whole-of-government data centre panel.

The only Queensland-based company to be appointed, iseek is one of eight panel members that have been selected to provide State and Federal Government agencies with data centre facilities and services over the next five years. iseek’s Managing Director, Jason Gomersall, said “As a member of the panel, iseek will work with Federal Government agencies for data centre requirements when current leases expire, changes to IT outsourcing occur or new data centre space is needed.” Government agencies sourcing data centre services from the panel will enter into 10-year leases for data centre space.

The panel is an important component of the Federal Government’s long-term data centre strategy which aims to reduce its technology costs by $1 billion over the next 15 years.

Mr. Gomersall said “As IT operations become a more complex and crucial aspect of most organisations, the need for more powerful, cost effective and energy efficient infrastructure to support non-stop IT systems has become paramount.” With the launch of iseek’s newest Data Centre in Brisbane Export Park last year, iseek is well placed to meet the stringent requirements of State and Federal Government agenci