Intel is working on palm-scanning technology to eliminate weak password-based user authentication
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Companies must adopt open source systems to stay competitive, according to a report from policy advisor Jim Norton
IBM specialist Portal and Microsoft partner m-hance are among a host of channel players named to the twelfth edition of the annual Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table.
Cloud computing, virtualisation, mobile computing and a growing number of business-critical applications and data is increasing datacentre complexity
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has hit back at calls to delay its flagship Universal Credit scheme because of IT concerns
Utility giant E.ON has outsourced application services to Capgemini as part of a five-year restructure of its IT services in a deal worth about €50m
The latest state of the nation report from Symantec has discovered that customers are struggling to cope with increasing data centre complexity
Networking and IT solutions integrator Redstone has opened its wallet to pick up the remaining assets of sunken rival Maxima in a deal that values the firm, at £13.8m, including net debt
More than 50% of devices running Google's Android OS have unpatched vulnerabilities, opening them up to malicious apps and other attacks
Data encryption solutions vendor DESlock has hired former ESET man Kevin Percy as its new channel manager, forming the nucleus of the recently-established firm’s UK channel
Adoption of cloud applications and services has speeded up over the last nine months as more customers start to embrace the technology
Data is a big challenge for all businesses that have to consider backup issues such as what data they retain and how long they retain it for
Government policy flags up suppliers that perform poorly but, with so few, how far can government practically address failed outsourcing contracts?
Data privacy issues are new territory for infosec pros, who face managing new data analysis methods vs. customers' concern with unintended data usage.
BSIMM4 found some firms actively scanning for malicious code from rogue developers. Crisis simulation scenarios improve product security response.
Security and development teams can share a common defect management tool with ThreadFix, Denim Group's new open source security tool.
The UN agency claims it will be down to member states to decide how the organisation’s proposals are implemented after it meets at the WCIT conference in December
News briefs: Western Digital’s Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) intends to ship its first 3.5-inch, helium-based hard disk drive in 2013.
The popularity of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for consumers paved the way for a business version
Researchers say attackers have exploited the flaw and recommend switching browsers until there's a fix.
Some companies are convinced virtualization suffices, or that clouds aren’t secure. That may not be true -- and it may cost them in the long run.
Microsoft says it is investigating reports of a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9
Big data and intelligence-driven security are to be the focus of the RSA Conference Europe 2012 in London next month
Government may appoint 200 digital managers to work across Whitehall departments as part of its transition to transactional digital services
Apple Premium Reseller Square Group has moved into its new South London home, a stone's throw from the Shard
The Cabinet Office has named former Micro Focus CEO Stephen Kelly as chief operating officer and head of the Efficiency and Reform Group
A comprehensive annual survey of £14bn worth of UK IT services contacts has revealed a continued appetite to outsource, new reasons for doing so and different ways of doing it
Security vendor Check Point is aiming to double its gold partner numbers looking for those resellers that have passion and interest in its product portfolio
Managed communications services provider Azzurri has named channel veteran David Du Toit as its new operations director to soup up the firm’s internal processes and boost service quality and value to end-users
Cloud platform and service provider Alvea has unveiled a partner programme aimed at increasing the profile of its infrastructure service
K3 Group has officially taken itself off the market after ending a sale process that started back in March after the board felt no good offers had been made for the firm
Security firm CertiVox has launched PrivateSky for Outlook that enables users to encrypt messages and large files up to 5GB
Cloud service providers can serve their customers better by coaching them through gray areas of security and compliance.
IT pros itching to manage Windows Server 2012 with System Center 2012 can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but will still have to wait a bit.
IT pros running Oracle on Itanium are happy Oracle will now support software on Itanium, but a crucial decision still awaits them down the road.
Microsoft offers 25GB storage and support for multiple devices to tempt users to its cloud-based Office 365 suite
Panasas adds SSDs for metadata and small files to its ActiveStor 14 HPC storage system, and relies on hard drives for big data applications.
Colt Technology Services Northern Europe marketing director Andrew Gray is crossing the fence to take up the vacant post of EMEA marketing director at unified communications vendor ShoreTel
Energy supplier EDF has released an app that enables customers to submit meter readings by using the camera on a smartphone
Cyber security could be the biggest challenge for the government’s universal credit roll-out, says welfare reform minister David Freud
Alaskan-based Afognak Native Corp.'s DR plan includes an alternative data center, failover sites in other states to protect against natural threats.
The government should audit Somerset Council's Southwest One outsourcing venture with IBM over financial irregularities, the local MP told Parliament
The New York Stock Exchange has agreed to a $5 million compliance settlement in response to SEC charges of improper distribution of market data.
Cisco's new data center security solutions offer partners the opportunity to help customers maintain a secure data center and prevent threats.
Salesforce.com made a push for connected apps while addressing its AppExchange partners today at the Dreamforce conference.
Software giant says it will release the fix soon even though it has seen few attempts to exploit the flaw.
The deputy CTO of the White House, Chris Vein, is working with the NHS to pass on experiences of making data more open in the public sector
Online storage specialist Mozy has expanded on its relationship with Arrow ECS getting the distributor to grow its share in the SME market
Recent figures showing strong growth in adoption of hosted applications and services in recent months should spur reseller activity in this area
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust has signed a contract with Accenture giving doctors in the region access to over a million patient records
GCHQ's national Cyber Security Challenge competition tests the ability of amateur cyber defenders to protect a simulated government IT system
Government has spent £638m on universal credit IT, with £441m going on design and development, employment minister Mark Hoban reveals
Thomas Cook online has signed a seven-figure deal with SME cloud provider CatN to host its e-commerce site
Channel-focused services and support provider Comms-care is recruiting to make sure it can meet runaway growth in demand for support services
SAM specialist License Dashboard has launched tools to help resellers give a clear and accurate picture of their Microsoft licensing needs
Emerging health care social media practices need to stand the test of a potential HIPAA audit. Here's some best practice advice.
For Web content management deployments to be effective, they require careful planning and implementation for greater ROI and targeted user experience.
Dell has launched a Windows 8 tablet it claims will tackle IT consumerisation in business
Google says older browsers don't have the chops to support Google Apps anymore. IE8 and Windows XP shops may want to choose a new browser or OS.
The government has saved £41m in website costs since July 2011, with the total number of sites down by 61 to 383
Two U.S. government agencies will adopt cloud file sharing and collaboration services. Security concerns? What security concerns?
Science students had different grade boundaries in January to those in June an exam board reveals, a day after Gove announces GCSEs will be abolished
IBM updates IBM Connections with internal social analytics capabilities, allowing enterprises to monitor trends in staff communication, collaboration.
Westcon will now be able to offer its partners the full range of HP's security offering after extending its relationship with the vendor to include HP Fortify and HP TippingPoint in its security portfolio
Company uses virtualization technology to isolate malware from the rest of the system.
With competition from storage and flash device vendors, VeloBit offers a trial version of its HyperCache SSD caching software and a loaner Micron SSD.
Agile BI and data warehousing begins with an assumption so big, it could derail the process. But a TDWI keynote speaker may have a solution.
Using the cloud can streamline secure software development, but comes with challenges and risks.
Vulnerabilities in HTML 5 make it an emerging threat; however, SQL injection and XSS remain among the top attacks.
Security is failing to gain a priority in the rush to build and test mobile applications, according to a study by Capgemini.
Former Wyse CEO John Kish sees vendors in the desktop virtualization market pulling customers away from Terminal Services -- because they can make more money on VDI.
Recent Go Daddy outage highlights need for network monitoring and segmentation to cut down risk of large-scale network outages.
Security researchers have discovered a new cyber espionage campaign targeting several large companies, including two in the energy sector
Customers are having the wool pulled over their eyes by organisations that fail to report data breaches, says document management firm Simplexo
Public cloud provider Salesforce launches its Marketing Cloud business intelligence (BI) tool to promote cloud in companies' campaign strategies
Ten cities in the UK are to receive £114m government funding for broadband infrastructure of 80-100Mbps and wireless internet access
Mindjet has put its products into a single solution with a subscription price to tap into the different way users are collaborating in the workplace
Business software reseller m-hance has unveiled its own SME enterprise social networking (ESN) tool in a bid to capitalise on a market that looks set to be worth £2.8bn by 2016, according to IDC
Dell SecureWorks researchers have discovered a cyber espionage campaign targeting several companies, including two in the energy sector
Cyber criminals from eastern Europe pose just as big a threat as their more high-profile Asian rivals, says security firm Trend Micro
Open source cloud platforms have been touted as alternatives to the proprietary AWS, but users want interoperability between open clouds and Amazon.
PHD Virtual has rebranded its VAR program and introduced a new reseller portal, with centralized access to all sales and training materials.
A temporary automated fix plugging the dangerous flaw is available until an official patch is released.
Databarracks has gained the Cloud Industry Forum provider certification as a result of proving it will be transparent and open over what it can deliver
Small business security firm GFI Software has forked out an undisclosed sum to buy smartphone device management specialist VizualMobile
The Olympics kept shoppers away last month and also prevented them from clicking through their web orders according to the latest Office of National Statistics figures
MozyPro backup has been added to Arrow ECS' cloud aggregation lineup; plus, Ovum report shows big revenue bump in the IT services industry in Q2.
Early adopters of big data analytics Software as a Service like how it aggregates data to help them troubleshoot complex systems management problems.
With the Nexus 3548 and the Arista 7150, Cisco and Arista each offer an ultra-low-latency switch with deep features and functionality.
Head of global CRM at Barclays admits compliance is a big issue when using social networking but claims it has hugely benefited the business
Cisco has officially killed its ACE line, but says it may not be out of the load balancer business. What will it take to make a competitive Cisco load balancer?
The Alzheimer's Society claims government won’t sign off a plan to use Salesforce because it still has not built a European Union (EU) datacentre
Investment bank Investec sees social media as part of the insider threat to information security, but has policies and technologies to make it work
In an email to an Australian iPhone 5 user, Apple conceded the data for its iOS Maps app – intended to replace Google Maps – need improving
Microsoft has won a third victory in Germany over Google's Motorola unit in the ongoing patent wars between the two companies
UK businesses are failing to protect themselves against the risks posed by staff using their own devices for work, shows a study from Equanet
HP and Microsoft have been used as examples of tax avoidance by a US Senate committee which is determined to highlight the extent to which the tech sector is exploiting legal loopholes to reduce their payouts
Suffolk County Council is to roll out an app development tool that will enable students across the region to design their own smartphone apps
After an exhaustive search for a British partner, Swiss security distie Infinigate has thrown in its lot with Vigil Software, snapping up just over 50% of the firm for an undisclosed sum
With cloud sales on the rise the potential for confusion over delivery has also increased leading to Phoenix to call for greater understanding and clarity around SLAs
People in the UK, Middle East and Europe are again facing disruption to the BlackBerry email messaging service
Oracle has once again seen its quarterly hardware sales tumbling, and the decline only looks set to continue as the vendor struggles to turn around its Sun business
Zetta.net has revamped its partner program with a much lower minimum capacity requirement, multi-tenant partner portal and deal registration.
A White House executive order on cyber security is “close to completion,” according to Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security
Telefonica Digital has partnered with augmented reality (AR) technology company, Aurasma, to broaden its range of AR media services
TestAmerica consolidated its IT environment with a Kaminario K2 solid-state flash array that handles the increased IOPS at its corporate data center.
Heroku took a firm step into the enterprise this week by announcing support for Java.
UTM specialist Cyberoam has taken the wraps off its latest channel programme enhancements with a reward scheme at the heart of its plans to incentivise partners
The first major upgrade to Oracle's flagship database product in three years will include features around the cloud, tuning and automation.
A Facebook engineer has built a server-monitoring tool using heatmaps to assess the status of cache systems and fix datacentre problems
Microsoft issued an out-of-band security bulletin, addressing a zero-day vulnerability and four other flaws in Internet Explorer.
On-premises and cloud data integration can carry unexpected costs, but some IT pros have found tools to help work through this and other problems.
ESET reports on how the Flashback Trojan changed the relationship between Apple and Java.