TechTarget News - Week of Oct 17, 2010

Identity theft costs UK £2.7bn a year

Identify fraud is hitting nearly two million people in the UK each year, costing £2.7bn, according to the latest figures from the National Fraud Authority...

CAAT software powers fraud detection analysis for RLI

Specialized data analytics software called computer-assisted audit technology (CAAT) can help companies identify fraud and missed billing opportunities.

ISCSI storage gets performance makeover

Vendors, including Ibrix, Mellanox, Alacritech and EqualLogic, are offering juiced-up new iSCSI configurations, while 3PAR, CipherMax and NeoScale boost data security products.

40,000 Wi-Fi UK hotspots open to hackers

In a disturbing echo of Google's mapping of home Wi-Fi networks as part of its Streetview project, an ethical hacker has found nearly half of home Wi-Fi networks can be hacked in less than five seconds, according to a study.

Mobile sector takes up arms against iPhone, Android

Apple's iPhone and Google's Android are facing increasing pressure from mobile communications companies determined to defend their market power through the development of an alternative open platform for mobile applications.

Cyber threats top national security concerns

Computer-initiated threats have rocketed up the government's list of threats to national security, according to reports ahead of the publication of a review of national security strategy on Monday

Redstone offloads assets of legacy telco business

Redstone has sold parts of its legacy PBX business to Maintel Europe for £1.75m in cash. Under ther terms of the deal, certain assets of Marcom Communications and other telephone systems maintenance contracts, which comprised a small part of Redstone Converged Solutions (RCS) business have be

Tech bosses voice support for Osborne cuts

Prominent figures in the UK's ICT market are among thoseto voicetheir support for chancellor George Osborne's round of spending cuts to be announced this week. In a letter to the Daily Telegraphtoday, thirty-five of Britain's business leaders said that calls for the cuts to be spread out and watered

European firms fending off data fraudsters

European firms seem to have grasped the importance of data protection better than other territories with a healthy number fending off losses to fraud in the lasy year. According to the annual Kroll Fraud Report Europe had the lowest cases of physical or information theft with 47% of businesses in t

Adobe to release security-enhanced Acrobat X family in November

Adobe Systems has announced that the next generation of security-enhanced products will be available in November. Adobe Reader X, which is part of the new Acrobat X family of products, will feature a protected mode to ensure safer viewing of PDF files.

Ofcom to swallow postal regulator

Postal services regulator Postcomm is to be merged into Ofcom.

Postcomm's regulatory responsibility and its staff will be moved to the communications...

Spending review will lead to more IT offshoring, says Ovum

The government's spending review will boost IT offshoring, according to analyst firm Ovum, writes Kathleen Hall. Government departments and suppliers will be left with little choice but to go for the cheapest options for service delivery, which will lead to more offshoring, said Sarah Burnett, anal

Cyber threat at top of fears for UK government

The government has warned that cyber terrorism is on the rise and poses a problem for the country as more terrorism heads onto the web.

UK broadband quality improving steadily

The quality of broadband connections across the UK has shown steady improvement during the past 12 months as BT and the government continue to press home the advantages of fibre technology, according to Cisco's annual Broadband Quality Study. 2010 marks the third year Cisco has conducted its su

PC prices hold firm in face of component cost declines

PC prices are holding firm in distribution despite the third consecutive monthly drop in component costs but analysts have forecast significant dowmward movement from the first quarter. Back in May, the major players raised UK list prices on desktops and notebooks due to the weakening pound/ dollar

IDC analyst sizes up the content management applications market

IDC analyst Melissa Webster discusses the content management applications market and how a new industry standard can help users avoid content management interoperability problems.

Interop New York 2010: Special news coverage

At Interop New York 2010 this week, industry experts will focus on data center networking and convergence, cloud computing networks, server and network virtualization, application delivery, WAN performance, new wireless LAN technologies, enterprise mobility and more. Read news stories, interviews and blogs updated daily from Interop New York 2010.

IBM shares slide nearly 4% despite solid results

IBM has reported third-quarter revenues of $24.3bn, up 3% compared with a year ago, but shares dropped 3.7% on news of fewer services deals and outsourcing...

Apple reports highest-ever quarterly earnings

Apple has reported is highest-ever quarterly earnings for the 2010 fiscal fourth quarter, boosted by sales of iPhones and iPads.

Google terminates contracts in China

Google's contracts with large Chinese advertising resellers will end on 27 October, the company has announced.

In September Google said it would end...

RIM partners with UAE to launch Dubai services

Blackberry maker Research In Motion (RIM) has announced a series of partnerships with the United Arab Emirates' telecoms regulator just weeks after the state...

Investigation launched into Sellafield's lost USB stick

Nuclear processing company Sellafield has launched an investigation into the loss of a USB stick containing information about the company's business operations.

The...

Ofcom stalls on complaints about Project Canvas’ YouView

Ofcom has stalled complaints that Project Canvas, the internet-based digital terrestrial TV project owned by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five, BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva, is anti-competitive.

Epson wins long running cartridge patent dispute

Epson has finally won its long running patent legal dispute with Medea International after it was agreed various products didinfringe on the vendor's intellectual property. The printer specialist has been fighting a battle since 2007 to get cartridges that are manufactured in China but sold by Mede

Government IT cuts hit £1.2bn, £1bn more to come

The government's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) has already cut £1.2bn from public sector spending on IT, and is eyeing another £1bn in savings, says Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude.

Nebulas Solutions secures private investment to fund growth

Security and virtualisation specialist Nebulas Solutions has secured private investment to fund future growth. Kenneth Green, a private investor will take a 50% stake in the business.

Cloud the foundation for enterprise technology developments

Cloud is set to become standard and enterprise customers will start looking to the channel to provide greater business intelligence and mobility technology in the next couple of years. According to a report from Forrester looking into the top technologies that enterprises need to watch out for betw

Doctor left 56 patients' data on train

A doctor left documents containing personal and diagnostic information about 56 patients on a train after taking it home to work on after hours.

Fortunately,...

iPads and iPhones help Apple deliver strong Q4

Strong sales of the iPad and iPhones filtered through to Apple's Q4 results giving the vendor a strong set of numbers. Revenues of $20.34bn and net quarterly profit of $4.31bn for the three months ended 25 September were up from $12.21bn and $2.53bn in the same period last year. The vendor managed

Avaya flexes financing muscles

Avaya's financing arm, Avaya Financial Services (AFS), has launched a new flexible financing scheme, Lifecycle 0%, designed to allow customers to spread payments over a period of three, four, or five years depending on the lifecycle of the products they buy. At the end of the contract, customers are

Mobile still a test-and-learn channel

Forrester Research has estimated that only a third of companies have had a mobile strategy in place for more than a year, despite the popularity of the iPhone...

Spending Review: IT figures make their predictions

While some are hopeful that tomorrow's Spending Review will bring opportunities for smaller suppliers, others in the IT industry are warning some of the measures expected tomorrow could throw up hurdles for IT professionals.

Dark clouds loom for VMware as server market slows

Concerns surrounding slowing growth in server shipments during the coming 12 to 15 monthshave put a dampener on otherwise positive third quarter numbers for VMware. Speaking on a conference call, CEO Paul Maritz said VMware was currently planning for a sequential revenue decline heading into Q1 2011

Avnet to close Chessington office, staff on redundancy notice

Avnet Technology Solutions has initiated a redundancy programme at its offices in Chessington, formerly the European headquarters of Bell Microproducts, after internally announcing plans to exit the building. In a staff memo leaked to MicroScope, Avnet TS UK boss John Toal confirmed he was overseei

Redstone Group to sell Technology division to reseller PFH

Redstone is in advanced talks with reseller and managed service provider PFH Technology Group to sell its Technology division in Ireland. The turnaround of the troubled integrator has already begun with recently installed chairman Ian Smith and chief executive Tony Weaver closing the BSF division a

Government CIO Suffolk tells Indian suppliers: ‘bid, bid, bid’

UK government chief information officer John Suffolk has encouraged Indian suppliers to compete for IT work in the public sector ahead of the massive spending cuts to be announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review.

Hardware shines for IBM in third quarter

Hardware sales overshadowed software and services last night as IBM unveiled a decent set of financials for the third quarter. Turover grew 4% on a constant currency basis to $24.3bn as profits went up 12% to $3.6bn for the three months ended 30 September. "This quarter, we continued the tren

PM spends on cyber security, makes cuts elsewhere in defence

The government has announced plans to increase the spending on fending off cyber attacks despite reducing traditional defence spending elsewhere. The Prime Minister David Cameron talked of the need to reduce spending as part of its ongoing campaign to reduce the deficit and outlined measures in the

Westcon Convergence takes over Comstor HP contract

Cisco distributor Comstor has handed off its eighteen-month long relationship with HP Networking to its parent, Westcon Convergence. Speaking to MicroScope,Comstor general manager Tony Nevillsaid the distributor felt that the HP Networking portfolio was "better aligned with the Westcon and Avay

SCC first to bag Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance UK badge

SCC has jumped through the requisite hoops to bag Microsoft and Citrix's V-Alliance accreditation, becoming the first reseller in the UK to complete the exhaustive process The software duo first set up the V-Alliance programme in Germany late last year, providing training, sales and marketing suppo

Intel to invest up to $8bn in new US chip plants

Intel has announced it will invest between $6bn (£3.8bn) and $8bn (£5bn) in new manufacturing plants in the US for the next generation of miniaturised silicon chips

European data protection tsar slams state passenger profiling

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has slammed the use of passenger name records (PNRs) to profile international travellers to assess their risk to the destination country.

Internet users to hit two billion worldwide

Global internet users will total more than two billion by the end of 2010, according to a report from the UN, which also said user numbers had doubled between 2005 and 2010.

BT to offer FTTP for £21.50 a month from March

BT has confirmed that its regulated infrastructure arm, Openreach is to offer fibre to the premises broadband access at 110mbps by next March, for around £21.50 a month.

How Siemens put 400,000 users into the cloud

There are still sceptics who insist that cloud computing is not a viable IT delivery model for the enterprise; such unbelievers have clearly not paid heed to what's been happening at Siemens over the past year and a half.

Companies say they are benefiting from virtualisation

Remote access to corporate servers, video conferencing, cloud computing applications and social media platforms are tools that are helping companies to grow,...

BNP Paribas rolls out enterprise architecture framework

Financial services company, BNP Paribas, is rolling out company-wide framework for enterprise architecture, in a move that will ensure that IT projects match the needs of the business more closely.

Malicious spam on the rise, Google figures show

Google reports that spam is down on last year, but contains more viruses than it did a year ago.

Third-quarter spam levels are down 24% from last...

Spending Review: the impact on IT

ComputerWeekly.com investigates the IT impact of the spending review.

Spending Review: HMRC forced to generate 15% in savings

Chancellor George Osbourne has announced that HM Revenue & Customs will need to find 15% in savings, and technology will play a significant part in the process....

Video chat use grows 72% in UK businesses

Virtual meetings, video chat and video conferencing are outpacing traditional methods of communication as businesses find virtual ways to conduct face-to-face meetings.

Network security sales fuel Check Point Q3 numbers

Strong demand for network security and a return to spending in the Americas and Asia Pacific have buoyed the third quarter revenues for Check Point. The security vendor announced the numbers for its Q3 ended 30 September with a 17% increase in revenues to $273.2m compared to a year earlier and a 28%

Microsoft puts Office into the cloud

The death knell for on-premise versions of Office has been sounded a little bit louder after Microsoft announced the software suite would be made available in the cloud from next year. Office365 is a package including SharePoint, Lync, Exchange and Office 2010 which will be based in the cloud and sh

UK cyber defences get £650m, but is it enough?

David Cameron confirmed that £650m will be provided for UK cyber defences in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, but the IT security industry has expressed concerns about how this will be allocated

RIM boss hits back at Steve Jobs 7 inch tablet jibe

The technology market loves a spat between vendors and Apple and RIM have provided one that is more public than most. Speaking about the future of the tablet on the announcement of its Q4 results the CEO of Apple Steve Jobs said that a 7 inch product would not be a success snuffing out some speculat

Spending Review: Britain no longer in danger zone

The Chancellor George Osborne has set out the details of the Spending Review with health, education and areas identified as drivers of economic growth protected. Osborne said that it had to stop wasting money to reduce the deficit, which the country is paying back at the rate of £120m a day, a

Spending Review: No stone left unturned to find waste

The chancellor George Osborne has echoed the views of many resellers promising not only to cut waste but to reform the public sector where possible to improve performance. Speaking in the House of Commons, Osborne provided some details of the Spending Reviewand promised that it would leave "no

Pilots of rural superfast broadband to kick off

The government has outlined plans to start rolling out fast broadband to rural communities as part of its pledge to get more people connected. Pilots of super fast broadband will go ahead in the Highlands and Islands, North Yorkshire and Cumbriaas the government looks to roll out web access to rural

Barclays hit by insider computer fraud, says IT security chief

Barclays Bank apparently fell victim to an internal computer fraudster who helped an international gang trick young job seekers into opening bank accounts subsequently used to launder money to Canada, said a security expert at the bank.

Apple expected to unveil new Mac OS X and MacBook Air

Apple's "Back to the Mac" press conference taking place this evening has sparked rumours of the launch of a new version of its MacBook Air laptop and operating...

Juniper breaks billion dollar sales barrier

Juniper Networks has broken the billion dollar revenue barrier after posting a 23% year-on-year and 3% sequential spike in revenues to $1.012bn (£638.4m) in its fiscal third quarter, which closed on 30 September. The networking vendor booked GAAP net profit of $134.5m, up 60% on the year-a

EMC and Dell seek reparatory talks post 3Par bids

EMC's nose was put out of joint by Dell's efforts to acquire 3Par and both firms are again exploring new ways to revive their flagging partnership, according to senior management. Following a protracted battle during the summer, HP last month emerged victorious in the auction to buy utility storage

Insolvency trade body warns corporate failures to peak in 2011

Nearly half of all insolvency practitioners are expecting corporate failures to peak in the UK next year as the public sector spending cuts run deep into the economy. This is according to a survey by R3, the trade body representing insolvency professionals which claims that 148,000 small businesses

USF Health overcomes big data warehousing challenges

An onslaught of complex data warehousing challenges taught the University of South Florida’s IT team some valuable lessons about working with business users.

Code2Cloud: Bridging The Gap Between the Developer's Workbench and the Deployment Destination

So what is Code2Cloud? As the name implies, it's a project designed to bridge the gap between the 'developers workbench' and the 'cloud based deployment destination." And the developer's workbench and the deployment destination is bridged by SpringSource's all new, cloud based, project hosting service. And really, it's this cloud based hosting service that is at the heart of the Code2Cloud announcement.

The datacentre designs powering Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com, one of the largest cloud-based software providers in the world, has a unique take on datacentre infrastructure for cloud services.

PayPal revenue boosts EBay’s third quarter profits

EBay has reported its third-quarter profit climbed 23% to $432m (£275m) compared with the same period a year ago, mainly due to its growing PayPal division.

Apple previews OSX 10.7 Lion and Macbook Air

Apple has given a sneak peek at the next major release of its Mac operating system, due to be released in mid-2011, and unveiled the latest version of the Macbook Air.

US congressmen demand privacy assurances from Facebook

US congressmen have demanded more details about the way applications on Facebook handle user information.

US representatives Edward Markey and Joe...

Supply chain link to recession survival

Improved supply chain efficiency was the key to manufacturers' ability to get through the recession, according to a...

Seven things CIOs should do to calm the CEO

As the steam evaporates from the economy, market analyst Gartner has identified seven things CIOs should know about panicky CEOs.

They are not as bullish...

Smart meters need single network, say BT partners

The government should go for a single, long-range radio-based network, separate it from existing networks, and classify it as critical national infrastructure,...

Colt to restructure as voice sales slow

Business comms and managed services provider Colt Group is to embark on a restructuring programme to simplify its business and increase its operating efficiency. From early 2011 the firm will reorganise into three customer-facing units, Enterprise Services, Communication Services and Data Centre Ser

Microsoft Azure boss working on attracting more ISVs

The head of Microsoft's Azure platform has welcomed the number of developers that have got behind the vendor's cloud efforts but indicated it has more work to do. The vendor launched its cloud platform last year and has signed up 11,000 ISVs to produce applications that run on the system but Zane Ad

Public sector opportunities remain in face of cuts

It might take a couple more weeks for the details of where the cuts announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review will fall but the consensus is already emerging it presents mixed opportunities for the channel. On the one hand several vendors have been quick to point out that only by using technolo

Elop wields axe at troubled Nokia

Nokia's new CEO Stephen Elop has announced plans to cut 1,800 jobs, approximately 3% of its total staff,in an attempt to streamline the troubled vendor's smartphone operation. Elop, who joined Nokia from Microsoft last month, has been tasked with turning around Nokia's fortunes after the market lead

ShoreTel buys Agito to beef up mobile support

Unified comms vendor ShoreTel is buying platform-agnostic enterprise mobility specialist Agito for $11.4m to bulk up its mobile support capabilities. ShoreTel has long been a cheerleader for remote and mobile working, and said today that the acquisition would "put the full power of the deskphon

HP simplifies dealer training schemes

Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a converged infrastructure training and certification offering to cover its entire ICT offering, including networks, storage, servers, software, printing and personal computing. Unveiled atthe Interop event in the US, the programme, dubbed ExpertONE, will train both tech

FAST IiS back SAM certification

The industry has edged closer to a benchmark certification for Software Asset Management (SAM) with the launch of a new Tiered Scheme backed by the Federation Against Software Theft and Investors in Software (FAST IiS). The 19770 Tiered SAM Scheme (TSS), aligned with ISO/IEC standard, allows firms t

Apple has done Java a favor, or would have

Oracle, on the other hand, is a great dictator under very few conditions at all. While they have some impressive products, Oracle’s primary goal is to make money, with loyalty being an aftereffect of the “nobody got fired for buying Oracle” principle.

Spending review: the CIO outlook

As organisations digest government plans to drastically reduce the structural budget, IT chiefs share their reactions to the announcements

HP launches tablet to rival iPad

Hewlett-Packard has become the latest company to launch a business tablet set to rival Apple's iPad.

Joint work needed to boost UK IT skills capability

British Airways chief information officer Paul Coby has called for action from public and private sector organisations to boost the UK technology skills...

European Parliament 'twiddling its thumbs' over e-waste

International development charity Computer Aid has criticised the European Parliament for its failure to reduce global e-waste by delaying proposed changes...

Top 10 IT strategies for smaller businesses

Small businesses can use IT to cut costs, stay one step ahead of the competition and avoid breaking the bank. Read our ten top tips on the best IT strategies for SMEs.

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 22 October 2010

The most visited channel stories on MicroScope.co.uk from the last seven days: Avnet to close Chessington office, staff on notice Avnet Technology Solutions initiated a redundancy programme at its offices in Chessington

Trojan masquerades as Microsoft Security Essentials

A Trojan is masquerading as Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) in an attempt to trick people into downloading fake security products, warns security firm F-Secure.

In-Depth: Is this the year of the tablet?

With Blackberry the latest manufacturer to produce a tablet device adding to an expanding list of household names with products available this is shaping up to be a turning point in the market.

Microsoft boasts of strong sales on Windows 7 first birthday

Windows 7 is celebrating its first anniversary boasting of large numbers of licenses sold at a quicker pace than any of its other operating systems. Microsoft has provided an update on the progress of Windows 7 highlighting the sale of 240m licenses and a large number of firms indicating they are pl

Riverbed acquires as Q3 sales hit new record

Networkoptimisation vendor Riverbed has stormed to another record quarter and splashed out on wireless packet capture and analysis expert CACE Technologies to boostthe traffic recording, analysis and inspection capabilities of its Cascade solution. In a statement, CEO Jerry Kennelly said the dealmea

Insecure applications threaten move to the cloud

Companies are continuing to leave themselves exposed to security vulnerabilities lurking in applications that they fail to check or mistakenly believe are safe. With applications often receiving some customisation in house the possibility of flaws creeping into the code exist and have been highligh

Video demand benefits Polycom

The ongoing spike in demand for video solutions in the business world has seen Polycom book record revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2010, which closed at the end of September. The firm made sales of $308m (£196.2m) up 27% year-on-year, while GAAP net income jumped 21% to $17m. Video so

HP appoints Azlan, terminates Arrow in services re-jig

HP has stripped Arrow Enterprise Computing of its deal to distribute support contracts and handed Azlan the franchise in a bid more than triple the number of partners that resell its branded services. However, before some Gold partners help boostthe vendor'sservices channel, they want HP to price it

Graydon UK seeking new managing director

Graydon UK is interviewing for a new managing director with current boss Martin Williams set to stand down early next year. After 23 year at the credit reference agency he is semi-retiring but plans to continue building brand awareness at the Uxbridge-based firm through blogs and press work. "I