Cyber criminals are exploiting vulnerabilities in Java to distribute malware on a larger scale than before, a study has revealed.
Kevin Power has stepped down from his role of chief technology officer (CTO) at the utilities firm to join a consultancy outfit.
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Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Tradeis looking for enterprise antivirus software to secure computers used for, among other things, secure communications between Australia’s government and embassies around the world, and wants a solution that can cover Palm OS and Apple’s iOS.
Manufacturers and SRM experts say the biggest savings come from using e-procurement software as a platform for supplier innovation.
With Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, Microsoft aims to make client security one with systems management, and those running SCCM 2007 should see the biggest lift.
Seeking to provide better usability, Duet Enterprise will allow SAP users to expose the SAP back end through the Microsoft SharePoint front end. It is the first showcase of SAP’s Gateway technology.
Mobile applications have evolved beyond email and CRM has often been next in line. What can mobilizing CRM teach us about mobilizing other enterprise applications?
A recent study concludes that federal IT purchasing and management can be improved through stronger IT leadership, managing risk more effectively and agile development practices.
Microsoft and Danish financial institution Saxo Bank are to launch an online trading platform, known as MSN Trader, for individual traders in the UK this week.
The newly-opened US Cyber Command is seeking authority to carry out offensive operations around the world to protect US interests.
So you've heard that, despite doubts about the economy, CIO salaries can still reach £200,000 - or higher. You'd like a slice of that action. But first you need to build your IT career. What's the secret of the high-earners?
Steve Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, has sold $1.3bn (£800m) worth of shares in the firm.
International growth is driving the continuing increase in profits for online retailer Asos its half year results showed today.
The Cabinet Office has asked officials to refrain from talking about the government's new IT strategy.
Security must evolve to support the transition from virtualised datacentres to private cloud computing infrastructures, according to research firm Gartner....
Spanish telecommunications company Telefonica is using a Teradata-powered "brute force" system to optimise revenue from its global broadband offerings.
The global toy store Toys R Us will open 600 new stores, and shut as many again this season. Most will take just two weeks to open their doors from when the lease is signed.
IT decisions makers do not understand the true cost of providing a service from a datacentre because they lack accurate metrics, according to analysts.
Steve Ballmer has sold off millions of his Microsoft shares raising himself a tidy sum but has indicated that this move is not a precursor to establishing some sort of retirement fund. The Microsoft boss has offloaded £800m worth of shares, the first time he has done any selling for seven yea
More details of where the spending cuts will fall in government departments should emerge today with the Prime Minister publishing business plans from Whitehall. The promise of more detailed business plans from government departments was made in last months Comprehensive Spending Review and the mea
Dell is to focus its mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategy on buying IT services firms, according to a senior company executive.
Anite has revealed a couple of wireless deals transacted last month have helped it finish its half year with a flourish and trading has met the expectations the board laid down at the start of autumn. In a brief trading update the software player with a focus on the wireless industry stated that tr
Redstone has acquired Ethernet and data centre services provider Fujin Systems for £400,000 but the price tag could rise to £2.9m depending on future earnings. A restructure of Redstone has already seen management carve up the group - closing the BSF arm, selling the PBX maintenance uni
Government departments have published their business plans, with the aim of making their progress on implementing government policy transparent.
Dell is mulling over the introduction of a top tier reseller accreditation which pays out more to partners that invest in multiple or deeper certifications. The blueprint is under design with no details or potential launch dates yet confirmed but the plan reflects the PC maker's continued enterpris
Avaya has vowed to get more aggressive with grey marketing of its kit after a high-profile case that resulted in one UK trader being busted to the tune of $250,000.
Avaya has rolled out a series of enhancements to its one year-old Connect partner programme at its annual conference, which this year is being held in Barcelona. The networking, convergence and UC vendor, which bought Nortel's enterprise business this time last year, has added new business manag
Public sector organisations that fail to move from legacy servers are preventing efficient use of datacentre capacity, according to an industry expert.
The money made through mobile scams far outweighs the returns from traditional PC-based campaigns, says mobile security firm AdaptiveMobile.
IBM today announced new semiconductor technology that, combined with UK chip developer ARM's designs, could lead to mobile data networks that could transmit a year's text messages in less than 10 seconds, or download a full-length HD movie to a cellphone in under a minute.
A new social browser has been launched by the same people who created Netscape, the first commercial internet browser, 16 years ago.
Norwegian browser maker Opera Software has released a beta version of its free internet browser for smartphones running on Google's mobile operating system, Android.
UK-based mobile network operator Vodafone today reported...
Armed forces minister Nick Harvey is to expand on recent announcements on UK cyber defences in London today.
Microsoft detailed its new parallel data warehouse capabilities and a cloud-based support offering, and also provided a glimpse of what's to come in the next SQL Server release.
Bolstered by new Cisco UCS blades features Intel Xeon 5600 processors, the VCE Coalition is touting new Vblock configurations for SAP and VDI.
Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g now includes management tools for Sun products, but one analyst says Enterprise Manager is too Oracle-centric to be a big player in systems management.
Renowned financial portal moneycontrol.com was compromised with an iframe injection, claims Websense. We conduct a post mortem.
There is a need for speed when it comes to data retrieval, but a successful data management strategy begins with data classification, retention and storage policies.
International gathering of mobile health technology researchers, vendors and foundations showcases the next generation of mHealth apps.
The Cabinet Office is reviewing the government's digital engagement strategy as part of its business plan to meet the coalition government's policies.
Oracle has pegged the value of software downloaded illegally by now-defunct SAP subsidiary TomorrowNow at $4bn.
Browsers and files will be among the top hacker targets for next year
LTE, the next generation mobile technology, will earn mobile network operators $100bn a year by 2014, despite a lack of clarity over usage prices, according to a major study of the market released today.
E-commerce, cloud computing and social networking business imperatives are driving UK acquisitions in the tech sector.
Communications regulator Ofcom has published proposals to make available unused TV frequencies for free enhanced WiFi and rural broadband network access, among other applications.
Marks & Spencer wants to become the UK's leading multi-channel retailer, with an aggressive plan to grow sales to £1bn by 2013/14.
The European Commission (EC) is reviewing its open source strategy following continued pressure from MEPs to justify its ongoing expenditure on proprietary...
The government is considering a proposal for councils to publish their accounts and other official returns as open data after its transparency initiative...
An increasing number of employees are engaging in risky online behaviour using company-supplied computers, a survey has revealed.
The temperature in the court room battle between SAP and Oracle is being turned up with the claims by Larry Ellison that its rival downloaded software that was worth billions. The Oracle boss put a value of $4bn on the software downloaded by a subsidiary, TomorrowNow, of SAP and although the German
Businesses are failing to make use of information about their own datacentre operations to drive greater energy efficiency and make better decisions, according to an industry expert.
There are plenty of television adverts already running promoting Christmas sales and Sony's VAT back campaign is one of the most high profile. But the deal, which allows anyone who buys Sony products between now and Christmas Eve to get the VAT back, is also being offered to resellers. With VAT in
Anti virus specialist AVG has come up with its own version of a trade-in programme hoping it will result in making the tills ring for its reseller channel. The 'Make the Switch' campaign offers customers that upgrade to its 2011 Business Edition with a chance to trade-in their existing product lice
HP Americas is reviewing the Penetration Rate Index (PRI) used to calculate rebates in the Services Specialisation Programme following partner criticism, in a move that could have implications for resellers closer to home. The global PRI scheme introduced last November sets out the Care Pack service
The UK tech industry was a hot bed of mergers and acquisitions in the third quarter with activity up five fold on last year, according to an Ernst & Young report. Forty four deals were done during the summer up 76% on the same period in 2009 to continue the momentum that began in Q2, ensuring t
Reports of the netbook platforms' death have been greatly exaggerated according to IDC but the boom in sales that fuelled PC market growth has waned. The weight of expectation has now been placed firmly at the doorstep of Apple and other pretenders to the iPad's crown as media tablets continue to c
An IT project can succeed only if the business and the rest of the IT organisation is ready. Cliff Saran reports from the Gartner Symposium in Cannes on how one organisation has approached an IT transformational change.
Upgrades, product updates and future plans are the top concerns at the JD Edwards UK User Community conference taking place in Twickenham this week.
The government will have to rethink how to protect online copyright goods if the judicial review scheduled for next February rules that the controversial Digital Economy Act (DEA) fails any of four legal tests.
The internet has created a platform where customers no longer value brand loyalty, according to a survey by Forrester Research.
Mobile network operators will face increasing pressure to merge their networks as they roll out the next generation of mobile broadband, according to leading analyst firm Ovum.
Facebook has hit back in a spat with Google over the company's decision to block the export of contact information from Gmail.
BT's chief scientist, JP Rangaswami, has stepped down "in order to pursue other opportunities", after nearly five years with the company.
Will tablets like the iPad and HP Slate -- now tweener devices between a laptop and smartphone -- end up being more like one or the other? An mHealth Summit co-founder weighs in.
By taking a page from companies like Apple and Amazon, SAP looks to make its UI designs more intuitive to more users.
Former Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates spoke at the 2010 mHealth Summit about technology's role in improving global health. Find out what he said here.
A three-step approach can balance the risks and rewards of using ERP cloud computing technology to run mission-critical business processes.
Emerging database technologies such as column-based database software, NoSQL databases and Database as a Service (DaaS) platforms are starting to make a splash in the IT market.
Expect some delays in the meaningful use program's incentive payments, but don't expect EHR requirements to go anywhere after the five-year program is over, officials say.
WAN optimization vendors have begun to tackle public cloud performance -- a move that WAN managers welcome, although some question whether efforts go far enough.
Want to add a social element to your organisation’s online presence? These ten tips will help you to define, operate, grow and measure your online efforts.
System monitoring tools designed for virtual environments discover in minutes what might have taken people days; they even anticipate problems, freeing IT from reactive mode.
Armed forces minister Nick Harvey has called for governments across the world to establish laws governing cyberspace and how it is used.
Google has introduced eight new apps designed to extend its appeal to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and has promised to make Tuesdays "App Tuesday".
Apple and Android were the big winners as worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 417 million units in the third quarter of 2010, 35% up from the same period in 2009, according to market analyst Gartner.
Oracle's claim for damages in its software theft case against SAP has been cut by $500m after the judge ruled to exclude evidence on potential loss of profits.
Cyber criminals are mounting an all-out attack on businesses, which is likely to continue, according to the Websense 2010 Threat Report.
Europeans' desire to keep the internet free of manipulation by network operators will be debated at the European legislators' net neutrality summit on 11 November.
Europe's internet service providers may soon have to do much more to control the content on their networks.
Women aged 25 to 34 are most likely to fall victim to online scams, according to research published today.
Supermarket giant Sainsbury has reported growth in the web-based areas of its business over the first half of 2010 and announced plans for continued investment in technology.
The role of the CIO must change to ensure all the information contained in business assets is available, irrespective of who manages those assets, says Gartner.
Darko Hrelic, senior vice-president and chief information officer at Gartner, either has the best or worst CIO job in the world.
Just as it promised its shareholders last month, acquisitive business communications provider Daisy Group has bought uprival SpiriTel for £27.5m, the largest acquisition it has made since embarking on a buy-and-build frenzy in 2009. Hosted VoIP specialist and Mitelreseller SpiriTel has also es
The first ever pan-European cyber-attack simulation exercise, held on 4 November, has been hailed as a successful cyber stress test for public bodies in the region.
In this podcast, recorded at the Gartner Symposium in Cannes, Gartner analysts quiz Dell CEO Michael Dell about the issues facing the PC industry, the challenge from Apple and why he thinks Android is the future.
Google has updated its search capability with Instant Previews, which enables users to see what a web page looks like before opening it.
Systemax profits have tumbled by nearly a third off the back of pricing pressures in the ultra competitive US consumer space. The stateside owners of multiple channel brands including Misco and WStore grew its top line by 14% to $862.7m in Q3 but profits dropped almost 32% to $8.6m. The B2B technol
The Digital Economy Act, which passed into law in controversial circumstances, will undergo judicial review to establish its legal status.
Buy and build vehicle Accumuli has bid £4m for AIM listed Tuscany Networks in a reverse takeover and plans to raise cash through a share placement to fund two further acquisitions early next year. The deal, which is subject to shareholder approval, represents the first step in Accumuli's strat
Security threats in 2011 will be targeted, sophisticated and have the feel of something more like cyber-terrorism as the criminals get slicker in their attacks. The warning comes from Websense, which has published its threat report for next year, pointing out that already the trend for blended web
The worldwide market for mobile phone sales has enjoyed another record quarter on the back of continuing adoption of smartphones sales of which soared 96%, and the growth of a new white box mobile sector in the developing world. The latest mobility market figures from Gartner have revealed that 417
People who use the internet may have greater protection from electronic eavesdroppers following a consultation on changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA).
Avaya has acknowledged the complaints of some of the Nortel enterprise partners absorbed into its channel during the course of 2010, and pledged to begin to monetise the Nortel lines in the coming months. In a tubthumping speech to partners of both vendors, whoassembled atAvaya's annual conference i
Citrix is stepping up its educational resources it makes available to resellers looking to develop sales in the virtual desktop and cloud arena. Plans for next year include a greater level of support for those that risk missing out on a emerging market opportunity as well as helping partners get th
Lenovo is planning to dip into its $2.5bn (£1.55bn) cash reserves to fuel an acquisition strategy in the PC market. The CFO Wong Mai confirmed the move in an hour long conference call with analysts as it outlined fiscal second quarter numbers, with sales up 41% to $5.8bn (£3.6bn) and pro
Microsoft LAR Civica Services is on the hunt for a successor to managing director Steve Reynolds who is set to leave the industry after more than two decades. Reynolds was part of the management team - backed by Alchemy Partners - that led a buyout in 1999 of several public sector focused software b
IT leaders are calling for an industry group to be established to represent the role of IT and communications during G20 discussions.
Building materials firm Saint-Gobain Building Distribution (SGBD) has signed a deal with outsourcer Cognizant to overhaul its business processes.
US company Zerowait will open an Australian office to formalise its cut-price NetApp support offering, to meet demands from current local customers and to explore other opportunities.
IBM and Oracle offer high-quality MDM software platforms, but they still have plenty of MDM-related improvements to make, according to new Magic Quadrant reports from Gartner Inc.
RHEL users cite new virtualization toolset, EXT4 file system as biggest draws.
Microsoft gave PASS Summit 2010 attendees a walk-through of its Denali SQL Server release, demoing its AlwaysOn, FileTable and expanded SQL Server Integration Services features.
Oracle RAC on VMware will now be supported by Oracle, a change in support policy that could lead to more customers exploring the RAC-on-VMware platform.
Emerging database technologies such as column-based database software, NoSQL databases and Database as a Service (DaaS) platforms are starting to make a splash in the IT market.
Has virtualized infrastructure derailed data center careers? IT managers say they now spend too much time troubleshooting environments and not enough time on strategic projects.
Sweating its assets has enabled BT, the UK's biggest network operator, to declare a 48% increase in profits to £406m on sales that dipped slightly to £4.98bn for FY2Q11.
Hewlett-Packard is to pay $16.25m (£10m) for alleged fraud, following an extensive investigation by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice (DoJ).
The £650m government has allocated to cyber defences over four years is not an arbitrary amount, says the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA).
Computer networking company Cisco Systems has surprised the market by forecasting sales that fell short of analysts' estimates.
The UK cannot afford to fail to address the economic threat cyber crime poses to the country, says the head of the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA)
With a portfolio including the tallest skyscraper in Europe, London's 'Shard of Glass', as well as building work around the 2012 Olympic Games in London, global consultancy and construction giant Mace is seeking to position technology as a key element of its unique selling proposition.
The stock markets have punished Cisco after the networking market leader missed forecast earningstargets by a country mile in the first quarter of its fiscal 2011. Although sales of $10.75bn (£6.67bn)were up 19% year-on-year, Wall Street had called for earnings of $0.40 per share and only got
Employers have been urged to communicate their IT security policies more effectively after a survey revealed that ignorance and lack of understanding were major factors behind security breaches suffered by organisations, writes Daniel Thomas for personneltoday.com.
Safety on the internet is one of the most complex challenges society has ever faced, says Alun Michael, chair of the Parliamentary IT Committee (PITCOM).
New laws that impact on privacy should undergo post-legislative scrutiny, says Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham.
Recruiting and retaining people with cyber skills is one of the top challenges to law enforcement, says the head of the Metro Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU).
A cyber attack on the infrastructure of the UK is a serious prospect in the next few years with the government calling for increased security measures and greater awareness of the threats. In a speech delivered at Chatham House the armed forces minister Nick Harvey spelt out the risks posed by cyber
BT has posted a slight decline in sales for its second quarter to the end of September, although both EBITDA and pre-tax profit showed improvement, up 3% and 13% respectively after a strong performance from problem child, BT Global Services. The communications giant posted total adjusted revenues of
Cisco is still feeling the effects of bottlenecksin the networkingcomponent supply chain, despite CFO Frank Calderoni noting a "substantial improvement in our supply" in Q1. On a year-on-year basis for the quarter just ended, Cisco saw its non-GAAP gross product marging drop by 2.3%, which
Northamber has once again sounded a note of caution about the impact of government austerity measures but says efforts to cut overheads and move into new areas helped it push up sales while returning to operating profit. In a Q1 interim statement that was markedly more upbeat than any quarterly upd
Fujitsu Technology Solutions has replaced outgoing UK channel boss Darren Neath with Simon Worsfold, who takes on a newly created role that encompasses partner and enterprise sales development. Worsfold - who joined Fujitsu Siemens in 2005 as UK sales director for enterprise accounts - becomes chan
Stirling University has invested in a little SAP system optimisation and a few lines of code to complete its annual salary budgets 100 times faster than before, with near-100% accuracy.
UK software firm Sage recognises the need to change if it is to continue enjoying the success that made it part of the furniture among UK businesses.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has agreed to take action after MPs' personal details were placed at risk, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has announced.
Marketing agency AKQA is using a cloud-based communications platform to collaborate with its clients, including Gap and Nike.
Blackberry smartphones will maintain top position for business customers despite rival operating system (OS) platforms clawing back market share from Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) over the next five years, according to a report.
Over a million mobile phones in China have been hit by a virus that steals contact information to commit click fraud and propagate the virus.
"Panic now and avoid the rush when the internet runs out of IP addresses in June next year', was the (slightly hyped) message from 6UK, the non-profit organisation launched on Thursday to raise awareness about the need to adopt the IPv6 internet addressing scheme.
US authorities are investigating whether Google violated federal laws by harvesting private Wi-Fi data as it collected images for its Street View service.
An MBA being hosted on Facebook has already had 30,000 people show an interest, with those in Egypt showing the highest initial interest.
UK and Australia-based SME iWebGate and Ghanaian start-up mPedigree have won the fifth Global Security Challenge.
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Nearly 400 organisations moved critical business loads to IBM servers and storage systems in the third quarter of 2010, the company claims.
The amount of mergers and acquisitions in the tech market has unexpectedly dropped last month but optimism that things remain on an upward curve remains among market watchers. There has been a steady recovery in M&A activity this year but a bumper July rather skewed the pitch with the months fo
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has attacked the High Court's decision this week to grant a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act after successful petitions from ISPs BT and TalkTalk. BT's director of group industry policy, Simon Milnersaid that the law, introduced in June after be
IBM has told partners that the mid market is one of the most important sectors and it will support resellers as they meet the demand from the majority of customers in that space who want to buy indirect. Lubomir Cheytanov, director of midmarket sales UK and Ireland at IBM, outlined the current land
Intel has provided a clear signal that it believes the recovery is not faltering after increasing its dividend payments to shareholders. The firm's board approved a 15% increase in its quarterly dividend with the CEO Paul Otellini upbeat about the prospects for the company going forward. In a stat
Fujitsu Technology Solutions' (TS)new channel and enterprise sales director Simon Worsfold has pledged to rebuild the firm's standing in the market and focus on driving more business toits channel partners, saying: "I believe the ground we have lost can be made up without question." Fujits