Two UK men have been charged with breaking into servers at Sony Music and downloading Michael Jackson's 50,000-track back catalogue
A US Congressional subcommittee has called on Nasa to ensure its data protection is constantly updated after the agency admitted hackers gained control of computer systems in 2011
A rogue IT procurement manager has been jailed for two years after he colluded with two IT suppliers to defraud grocer Nisa Today out of £123,000
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has procured agile services through the government’s CloudStore in a move it hopes will cut IT costs
Infrastructure specialist D-Link has put the official stamp on an internal restructuring programme, previously revealed on MicroScope.co.uk, that it claims willgive it the ability to service its b2b resellers more effectively, andwin back partners that have fallen out of love with it. D-Link UK mark
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) spends £14m per year running its ERP systems, but hopes for major savings through shared services.
Criminal and state-sponsored hacking groups are threatening big business
Fewer small businesses are bothering to apply for loans and overdrafts but those that do are often successful revealing a mixed picture in the SME credit landscape. Getting access to funds has been a bugbear for SMEs for the last few years and as a result many have given up or assumed that based on
The Department of Health has proposed a deal with CSC to release trusts in the National Programme for IT from their contractual obligations to use software from the troubled supplier.
Legal pressure is mounting on former Acer boss Gianfranco Lanci, shortly to take up a post as head of Lenovo's EMEA operations, after his ex-employers lodged a fraud complaint against him in France. Acer had already initiated legal proceedings against Lanci, alleging he breached a non-compete cause
Just the prospect of changes in data protection laws coming out of the EU has caused customers to think differently about how they are protecting their data. The EU has already outlined its intention to clamp down on those failing to protect sensitive customer information with significant fines and
Nexsan releases the NST unified storage architecture supporting iSCSI and NAS, and using flash cache for a performance boost.
Joe McNally, the first employee at Compaq UK and its managing director for many years has died after losing a battle against cancer. McNally, who retired from Compaq in 2001 and recieved the Commander of the Victorian Order (CVO) in recognition of two decades' service helping youngsters develop thro
Submissions to a contest by the XBRL US consortium show how SEC financial statements can be tapped for financial metrics.
Storage roundup: Events firm chooses VirtualSharp for application-aware DR testing; Virtual Instruments CEO joins Microsoft board; Qsan launches SMB iSCSI SAN; and more news.
Health data interoperability is easier said in meaningful use than done out in the real world. Just ask the CIOs and health information exchanges trying to make it happen.
Yahoo is planning another round of redundancies as it continues to struggle with competition from rivals Google and Facebook
US authorities have made a formal request for the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand
Citigroup will be evaluating technology from IBM Watson to help it to improve customer service, using big data analytics
Rising property prices and childcare costs are pressing UK organisations to introduce flexible working policies more than in any other country
Too often, organizations jam all their compliance tasks into the quarter when the audit is due. Read advice for reducing compliance fatigue.
The potential launch tomorrow of the iPad 3 is a prospect that is not likely to be greeted with smiles from those IT managers already struggling to cope with the consumerisation wave battering their networks. The iPad has been a product, along with smart phones, that has fueled the demand for staff
OAuth, a standard that allows for communication between applications, has sped application development and contributed to the application explosion of the past few years.
SAP is rolling out a partner programme for its ByDesign cloud-based product, to simplify implementation in SMEs
Adobe Flash Player update addresses two vulnerabilities that can be targeted by attackers to execute malicious code and obtain sensitive information.
The proliferation of mobile devices in health care organizations can hinder, or help, complex health data interoperability initiatives. Medical devices add another wrinkle.
Arkeia and Acronis add virtual server backup – Arkeia through a new virtual appliance and Acronis with an upgrade to vmProtect.
Computer 2000 has bid farewell to its Basingstokehome of 18 years, moving a mile up the road to new facilities at Chineham Park. The removal men were in at the weekend to move the firm's operations lock, stock and barrel to its new premises, which promise extra space, an "improvedworking enviro
Storage specialist Iomega has made changes to its channel programmes around its network attached storage (NAS) products to encourage resellers to put more muscle behind the portfolio. The vendor, which is owned by EMC, has introduced higher rebate levels with up to 8% on offer for those that hit ce
Paragon Software Group’s Hard Disk Manager 12 disk management software comes in consumer-targeted Suite and SMB-oriented Professional versions. Both include functions for disk partitioning, backup and recovery, copy and migration, security and optimization and boot management.
Those fighting software piracy have been quick to welcome the collapse of the legal challenge by Talk Talk and BT over the ISP blocking aspects of the Digital Economy Act. The ISPs had challenged the concept of being forced to block those users that were sharing illegal content after giving them war
Brocade is setting out to push its reseller community into the increasingly competitive campus LAN market with the unveiling of a new channel programme to help VARs capitalise on the opportunity and get one over on Cisco-selling rivals. Dubbed the Effortless Network, Brocade claims the programme, wh
The company, which has made many acquisitions in the last five years, faces integration challenges as it moves more broadly into SaaS, managed security services, analyst says.
Rising dissatisfaction from users with their mobile network performance could lead to opportunities for resellers able to support customers as they make the move towards providing greater employee use of their own devices. The strain placed on networks has increased as laptops, tablets and smartpho
Intel shops now have support for more cores, more memory, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and speedier solid-state storage with the new Intel Xeon E5-2600.
Version 6.3 of Tivoli CDP will offer several new features, including automatic expiration of deleted files from remote storage.
Some organizations are tying agility to collaboration with their BI initiatives to stay competitive in the marketplace.
Alleged Anonymous, LulzSec hackers charged in connection with attacks on Sony, PBS, HBGary and others.
Authorities in the US, UK and Republic of Ireland have arrested seven suspected members of hacktivist group LulzSec, including Hector Xavier Monsegur, who helped investigators
Internet service providers BT and Talk Talk have lost an appeal against measures to tackle copyright infringement online in the Digital Economy Act
The government’s £1.4bn shared services centres have failed to achieve value for money, according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO)
The Cabinet Office’s new shared services strategy was driven by the prospect of a £47m upgrade for Oracle ERP systems, says the National Audit Office (NAO)
The recently released NIST SP 800-153 addresses security of WLANS. Join us, as we take a closer look at the document’s recommendations.
On 1 April, Microsoft releases SQL Server 2012, its relational database server updated to support big data and improved business intelligence
John Lewis made significant technology investments in 2011, pushing profits down 3.8% to £353.8m
Integrating CRM with revamped Web content management strategy is pushing WCM into a more prominent role as companies aim for highly personalized and targeted customer experiences.
When it came time to mobilize its CRM service application, Shred-it chose Sky Technologies, a niche mobility vendor that specializes in SAP applications.
Amazon Web Services’ latest round of cloud service price cuts offer large contract customers deep discounts for Amazon EC2.
SME technology contractors comprise an average of 15% of the suppliers to system integrators at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
As BYOD takes off, enterprises need mobile WAN optimization products for smartphones and tablets. Circadence offers MVO software for mobile device optimization.
Consolidation in the security industry continues to be a feature of the market with M86 Security, which itself has expanded through acquisition in the poast, being picked up by Trustwave. The terms of the deal were not disclosed but is expected to close in the next few weeks adding M86's anti-malwa
A European cloud industry body focusing on the legal issues of cloud computing; Dell’s new data centre in Germany; and Gartner’s hybrid IT report are in this week’s highlights.
Telefonica is creating 750 new graduate jobs as part of a project to grow entrepreneurial talent in Europe.
The issue of SME credit is already starting to dominate the political agenda even before the Budget sets out the details of plans to help ease the flow of funds to smaller businesses. Business Secretary Vince Cable has revealed that he believes not enough is being done to help smaller firms and in a
Your enterprise is awash in smartphones, tablets, iPads and other handheld devices. There's no denying it: Mobile BI is here. Learn how to embrace it.
Business comms provider Channel Telecom is introducing a new service to protect its resellers from being smacked with a hefty bill if their customers go to the wall. The premium-free insurance policy, which is being offered subject to terms and conditions, has been designed to keep comms VARs from b
Companies adopting Oracle Fusion Applications will naturally want to build it in-house. But the complexities of the application platform may make that infeasible – at least for now.
IBM rolled out a handful of offerings for SmartCloud Foundation designed to give IT shops more visibility and control of their cloud environments.
A systems integrator asked for more money from the government for an IT product proposal than an SME was able to deliver the actual service for.
You could compete on price, but why race to the bottom? Like many cloud providers, AT&T is trying to differentiate. The secret weapon in the AT&T cloud: the network.
Public cloud adoption is being driven both by users' mobile devices and by system administrators looking to cut cost and increase flexibility.
Microsoft has touted Windows To Go as a way to facilitate bring your own device programs, but the USB-based Windows 8 feature may not support commonly used devices.
Brocade is previewing HyperEdge, a management layer technology that allows network managers to administer an entire campus network like they would manage a switch stack.
Credit card fraud numbers have revealed a drop in that type of crime with resellers being praised for their vigilence in fighting criminals. Although the latest figures from the banking and card payments industry show that credit, debit card and online banking fraud has dropped there has been a ris
Headlines: Nexsan releases the NST unified storage architecture supporting iSCSI and NAS, and using flash cache for a performance boost.
Replacing ERP is like surgery, one analyst contends. The problem is too many companies hesitate before heading to the operating table.
Weak and default passwords are at the root of many data security breaches investigated by Verizon in 2011.
A recent report finds that while many companies claim to be customer focused, they lack the technology, processes and focus on data to deliver.
With the launch of Apple's iPad 3, Ovum analysts have said that although 2012 will see increasing competition in the tablet market, the new iteration of the iPad will cement Apple's market-leading position through to the end of the year at least. According to principal analyst Adam Leach, rivals wil
The day after Apple hailed the advent of the "post-PC era" in launching the new iPad, Gartner forecasts the PC market will grow 4.4% in 2012
Hackers have attacked the website of security firm Panda Labs in retaliation at the arrests of seven hacktivist suspects, including LulzSec leader Hector Xavier Monsegur
BBC Worldwide has started a master data management programme focused on products. The first step was to define product as anything licensed or sold. Communicating with the business was crucial.
All but two local authorities have met government deadlines to submit plans to roll out superfast broadband
Buckinghamshire County Council has implemented a self-service desk management system in a move it expects will cut ICT call support by 50%
Councils in Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire are to share real-time data through a fibre optic network in a move expected to save £675,000 a year
Hotel group Guoman and Thistle has upgraded a contract to transform its IT in time for the London 2012 Olympics
Government negotiators will take UK views to negotiations over the proposed EU data protection regulatory framework, says justice minister Lord McNally
IBM pushes data transfer rates to one trillion bits of information per second with a prototype terabit optical chip it calls “Holey Optochip”
Magirus has notched up another Cisco UCS certification, enabling the distie to build UCS B-Series solutions to order, building on its existing configuration badge. The award means Magirus will be able to build B-Seriesservers from the chassis upwards by assembling processors, HDDs, memories and virt
The government is working with industry to roll out smartcard ticketing similar to London’s Oyster card across England and Wales.
The NHS could save £1.2bn over five years by encouraging three million patients with long-term conditions to use telehealth technology.
Progress Software has promised to rejuvenate its channel relationships as it looks to re-engage with the developer community. The business intelligence specialist changed its UK management last summer and a few months on has revealed that it is looking to improve the way it works with partners. Da
There is a lot that is welcome in the proposed EU data protection framework, says deputy information commissioner David Smith.
Education specialist Turning Technologies has started a channel recruitment drive to encourage those selling whiteboards and projectors to extend the portfolio of products they offer schools and colleges. The firm, which has set up in the UK recently and is building a staff here to serve the channe
The computer industry can be a fairly profitable place -just ask Bill Gates and Larry Ellison - for those at the top of the software tree. Gates and Ellison both feature in the top ten of the latest Forbes rich list with the former boss at Microsoft worth $61bn (£38.6bn)and the current head ho
Without evidence, CIOs and CSOs struggle to prove to hospital leaders that cybersecurity is crucial against threats to PHI security. A multi-group report aims to give IT the ammo it needs.
The next two years will bring fundamental changes to the underlying dynamics of the PC industry as buyers look to get more out of their purchases, according to Gartner. The analyst firm today released statistics suggesting that worldwide PC shipments would grow by 4.4% to 368 million units in 2012.
Azlan is to launch a range of pre-defined Cisco bundles built around wireless access and routing technology to help partners get to grips with cusomters exploring BYOD policies in corporate and public sector environments. The distie said that with sales of smartphones and tablets set to overtake PCs
Microsoft’s March bundle of updates repairs seven vulnerabilities, including a critical Windows flaw.
As cloud computing trends continue to evolve, more enterprises are beginning to dabble in cloud-based development environments and cloud strategies are becoming more predominate with early adopters.
As cloud computing trends continue to evolve, more enterprises are beginning to dabble in cloud-based development environments and cloud strategies are becoming more predominate with early adopters.
IT professionals from Sallie Mae and Fannie Mae offered insight on data governance challenges and tips on how to overcome them in separate sessions at two recent conferences.
Google's Chrome browser – untouchable in the past two Pwn2Own challenges – was the first to be compromised at CanSecWest 2012
£1.8bn has been taken out of the Department of Health’s IT contracts following negotiations with CSC, says health secretary Andrew Lansley
Hollywood film companies are calling on US courts to shut down Panama-based file-sharing site Hotfile after their success in closing Megaupload
The Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has arrested a man in Wednesbury, West Midlands, on suspicion of hacking the website of the UK's largest abortion clinic
The BCS has selected 70 pupils to present their entries as finalists in its Challenge IT 2012 competition
Alongside its ‘new iPad’ release, Apple Inc. releases iOS 5.1, the latest version of its mobile computing platform with fixes for 81 security holes.
Google's latest cloud storage price cuts indicate infrastructure costs will likely continue to drop.
A survey of UK consumers found trust in mobile device security is declining as more users fall prey to mobile spam.
Law firm Stevens & Bolton has extended a Dell Compellent storage area network into the cloud, to take advantage of offsite business continuity.
Employee number one at Compaq UK, Joe McNally, dies
The government has taken further steps to ensure that it becomes easier for small firms to sell into the public sector. Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office Minister responsible for driving through changes about the way technology is sourced in government, has announced plans to cap the size of contrac
Technology SMEs could comprise more than 25% of government business, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said.
Microsoft illuminated Windows licensing rules for cloud-hosted virtual desktops, putting OnLive's free Windows app for iPad in the crosshairs.
Former Newham council CIO and Socitm president Richard Steel has returned from retirement to take over from Intellect president Julian David as general manager at the UK arm of a Hong Kong systems supplier.
Web and email security specialist GFI Software, the firm behind the VIPRE software suite, has sounded a new warning over fake antivirus applications after seeing a spike in new variations of rogueAVin the past few weeks. In its latest monthly report of the most widespread threats on the internet, GF
Canonical’s Ubuntu Cloud Jumpstart program promises a five-day production-quality, private cloud deployment with an opportunity for partners to resell.
Symantec continues to be targeted by hackers determined to release code from some of its key products into the wild. A group known as Anonymous has been waging a campaign against the security vendor for the past few months initially using a threat of releasing code as a way of blackmailing the firm
Manhattan Associates and RedPrairie continue to own the “leaders” quadrant for warehouse management systems, while SAP and Oracle improve the most.
Forrester’s Clay Richardson speaks on aligning process and data for “customer process transformation.” MDM and BPM pros need to come together to heal “splintered” world of corporate IT.