TechTarget News - Week of Mar 10, 2013

Reserve Bank of Australia admits targeted attack

Staff at the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) were targeted by emails linking to a malicious payload in November 2011, the bank has admitted

US firms dominating tech M&A activity

US firms are dominating the large mergers and acquisitions with European activity levels remaining unchanged since the start of the year.

Call centre security worries losing firms deals

Customer fears that their details might be used in fraud are stopping some from entering into relationships with suppliers they view as risky

Outsourcery CEO Linney joins BBC Dragons

Cloud computing provider Outsourcery has revealed its co-CEO Piers Linney is to join the line-up for the next series of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den as a replacement for outgoing Theo Paphitis

Microsoft releases four critical security updates

Microsoft is to release four “critical” patches in its monthly Patch Tuesday security update, according to the advance notice.

Synaxon and Integra sign partnership agreement

Technology reseller group Synaxon has signed a partnership agreement with office supplies dealer group Integra to provide members with access to a wider portfolio of products

Siemens launch kicks off SME UC migration

Siemens Enterprise Communications (SEC) has pointed to new opportunities for SME network resellers with the launch of a new unified comms platform

UK businesses still ignoring flexible working

Almost a quarter of UK companies lack a flexible working policy, while 36% fear reducing the number of desks would not be beneficial

Fortinet adds second channel manager

Network security vendor Fortinet has taken the unusual step of adding a second channel manager to its payroll, handing former Exclusive Networks UK sales boss Chris Walsh responsibility for its distribution strategy

Fewer IT job cuts expected in 2013

Only one in 10 IT directors expect to make job cuts in 2013, according to the latest figures.

EMC overhauls DPA backup monitoring software

EMC gives its Data Protection Advisor backup monitoring tool a new interface and analysis engine, and makes it easier to install.

Warwickshire Council adopts Gmail

Warwickshire County Council is to complete a full Gmail roll-out across its 4,500 users next month, in a move that will deliver £250,000 in savings

Weak retail market hits K3 numbers

Difficult conditions in the retail market hit profits at the K3 Technology Group which focuses its efforts on gaining sales in that vertical market

Computacenter reaps rewards of UK investment

Computacenter began to see the fruits of its investment in the UK market during 2012, with local sales up 8% to £1.2bn and adjusted operating profit up 40% to £52m

AMD sells off campus to raise funds

Chipmaker AMD has announced plans to sell its Texan campus and then lease it back for 12 years in a move that will raise the firm millions

Egnyte brings file collaboration to public clouds

The EgnytePlus enterprise file collaboration platform now works with data stored on Amazon S3, Google, Microsoft and NetApp StorageGRID clouds.

SMEs turn away from channel for ICT procurement

Although over 40% of SMEs use VARs as their main channel for procuring IT, a clear majority use the internet as a primary or secondary means of ad hoc procurement, effectively locking resellers out of millions of pounds worth of sales

Making agile software development fit for business

The idea of daily scrums is not for everyone, so how are organisations adapting agile software development to improve project management?

Time to back mobile workplace vendors

Ovum has predicted changes are coming in the workplace and its time for the channel to get behind those vendors driving the changes

UK start-ups lack government support, say MPs

The government is failing to secure financial funding for UK start-up companies, warns the Science and Technology Select Committee

Claranet highlights BYOD security fears

The annual Claranet survey looking at customer attitudes to cloud technology has found that security fears persist around allowing staff to use their own devices in the workplace

Infinigate to spruce up Corero distribution plans

Corero Network Security is making over its distribution channel once again, bidding farewell to Cohort Technology and signing up with Infinigate – formerly Vigil Software – in the UK

Spectrum auction and HS2 funding should go to broadband

The money from the 4G auction should go back into connectivity, while funding for HS2 should be redirected to digital infrastructure, say parliamentarians

Google removes ad-blockers from Google Play

Google has removed ad-blockers from its online app store – including AdBlock Plus, Adfree Android and Adaway – for violating terms of service

FAST keeps Westminster spotlight on IP protection

FAST is gathering Lords and lawyers together at a meeting in Westminster to debate what more can be done to protect the software industry

Micro Focus steps up academic skills programme

Micro Focus has expanded its academic skills programme as it looks to ensure there are enough trained COBOL programmers coming through higher education

Tablets deliver sales growth for Argos

Tablets have been a high-point of the last couple of months at retailer Argos as the firm enjoys growth in its electrical business

Secunia: More focus needed on third-party application security

Secunia highlights the growing need for better third-party application security, plus Microsoft's security improvements, and the growing cost of zero-days.

Last call for ACEs entries

The last call is going out for entries to the MicroScope Awards for Channel Excellence. Make sure you don't miss out and get your entry in by midnight

North Korea accuses US of cyber attacks

North Korea has accused the US of carrying out cyber attacks against its internet servers, blocking access to some websites

More credit and simpler taxes top Budget wishlists

With the Budget just days away business groups have made it clear they want the Chancellor George Osborne to do more to make life easier for small businesses

PEER1 Hosting seeks Olympian talent

Cloud specialist PEER1 Hosting wants to give a leg up to some of the many Team GB athletes looking for work after London 2012 and has embarked on a novel recruitment drive

Reuters journalist charged in Anonymous hacking

Reuters journalist charged with conspiring to help members of the Anonymous hacktivist collective to break into LA Times' website in 2010

Managed print services market growing

IDC has highlighted the growth in the managed print services market across EMEA as more customers look to trim their costs

US plans to push Chinese government over cybercrime

The issue of cybercrime is set to come up at a meeting between US government officials and their Chinese counterparts in a state visit next week

Enterprises still waiting for SSD prices to drop

Market research shows flash isn't denting hard drive sales yet, which is attributed mainly to still-high solid-state drive prices.

Avaya resellers urged to focus on midmarket UC

Avaya resellers got a clear message from the company at this week's partner event in Boston: Higher midmarket UC sales are a top priority for Avaya.