TechTarget News - Week of Apr 21, 2013

US jails LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger

The US has jailed a member of hacktivist group LulzSec for a year for his role in breaching computer systems at Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2011

Business skills key to CISO’s survival

Business skills are key components of any CISO says Paul Swarbrick, CISO at aeronautical information service, NATS

London schools offered superfast Wi-Fi

Virgin Media Business and London Grid for Learning team up to offer affordable Wi-Fi to 2,000 of the capital’s schools

Syscap highlights HMRC danger over late VAT payments

More businesses last year faced having HMRC seize assets as a punishment for not paying their VAT bills on time as the tax man starts leaning on tougher measures more often

Government reveals ecommerce scheme for SMEs

The department for business, innovation and skills admits a programme to help SMEs take advantage of digital will launch later this year

Outsourcing market takes a tumble

The outsourcing market has seen contract values fall as the market for both IT and business processes outsourcing drops across EMEA

Five best practices for successful cloud backup

Even though the cloud can help speed disaster recovery, you still need to do proper backup of your cloud data and applications.

The buzz: What are NoSQL databases?

Much fuss is made about these newcomers, but questions still arise. Mainly, they don't run on SQL, but that's not the full story.

Amazon promises to lower AWS cloud pricing

The race to the bottom in pricing for cloud services will continue, as Amazon, Microsoft and other providers undercut one another.

Too much business information? It's not a new problem

The information "explosion" has brought the problem into sharper relief, but there has long been too much data. Sorting through it is the real issue.

EE signs up 318,000 4G customers

Despite having almost 28 million customers on its books, EE has only managed to sign up 318,000 to its 4G services in the first five months since launch

CA bolsters managed services support for resellers

CA Technologies has made enhancements to its partner programme in recognition of the growing demand from customers for managed services

Bad security practices making breaches more likely

Research from Kaspersky Lab and seperately from Varonis has revealed that bad security practices are leaving firms exposed to potential data breaches

HSBC UK jobs cull won’t hit IT hard

IT roles will not be significantly impacted as HSBC removes over 3000 jobs in the UK as part of its three year cost cutting plan and the transformation of its wealth management business.

Startups omit in-house IT with Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services is enticing small businesses that anticipate growth to become AWS customers, but enterprises aren't as open to the new technology.

Zycko to run Aptare EMEA distribution

Storage software specialist goes two tier in EMEA with self-styled “market maker” VAD

Nationwide systems down

Nationwide building society’s online banking, mobile banking and online payments systems are unavailable as a result of IT issues

Apple profits dip for first time in a decade

Apple has reported a dip in profits for the first time in many years as it keeps the market waiting for new products until later in the autumn

Global enforcement of law in cyberspace years away, says BCS

Governments and international law enforcement have much to do to catch up with the criminals who have adapted to the online world, claims a report by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

UK only bright spot for Computacenter in Q1

Brit biz is Computacenter’s top performer in first three months of the year, but problems in Germany and France mean 2013 is set to be another tough one

Virgin Media ‘positioned well’ for merger, says CEO

As Virgin Media's profits rise in Q1 2013, CEO Neil Berkett says the firm's balance sheet positions it well for the merger with Liberty Global

ICO turns fines on private sector data breaches

The Information Commissioner's Office has increased the volume of penalties given to the private sector as it continues to clamp down on data breaches

Tata goes trackside with Mercedes F1

Mercedes AMG Petronas signs a deal with Tata Communications to provide connectivity to the famous Formula One racing team

How to find the right data scientists

The changing landscape of the Indian IT industry, and the need to understand high volumes of data, makes data scientists' skills a valuable commodity for businesses.

Getronics helps Gatwick move IT in house

Gatwick Airport has signed a services deal with Getronics as part of a transformation, which includes moving significant IT in-house

Five steps to get started with HR analytics

At Impact 2013, HR leaders offered simple steps for beginners to wrangle data and start effective human resources analytics campaigns.

Twitter tests two-factor authentication

Twitter tests a two-factor authentication system internally, aimed at making it more difficult for hackers to take over users’ accounts

Fenton calls time on Insight role

The EMEA president of Insight Enterprises Stuart Fenton is to leave the firm at the end of the year as he seeks new opportunities elsewhere

Spam SMS messages drop following ICO penalty

The number of spam SMS messages has significantly reduced since government regulator ICO issued £440,000 fines last year

Infosec 2013: Cyber crime challenges law enforcement

Cyber crime is forcing police and law enforcement agencies to re-think basic skills needed, according to experts at Infosecurity Europe 2013

EMC posts record Q1 revenues; VMware and RSA star performers

EMC’s first quarter results include record Q1 revenues. VMware and RSA show stellar growth and storage hardware lags, but COO says, “We’re on course for $30bn in 2016”

Making a BYOD strategy work in a HITECH environment

Crafting a bring-your-own-device strategy for high-octane physicians in a HITECH environment requires strong controls and good bedside manner.

Exablox unveils OneBlox object-based NAS

Startup Exablox claims its object storage OneBlox can simplify scale-out NAS for small companies with a ring architecture, built-in dedupe and CDP.

Get ready mobile app developers, here comes Facebook

The Facebook Technology Partners Program was created to help mobile app developers build applications that integrate with Facebook.

Indian companies must increase phishing awareness

Businesses are being targeted for phishing attacks. These attacks are increasingly turning into a corporate concern, with much at stake -- such as reputation damage.

Yahoo chairman steps down

Yahoo has announced that chairman Fred Amoroso is resigning from the post and will not seek re-election to the board of directors in June

Computer 2000 focused on passing £3bn revenue

C2000 continues to set its sights on breaking past the £3bn revenue barrier as it looks to further integrate SDG and expand its vendor portfolio

Fusion-io buys NexGen to join hybrid flash array fray

PCIe server flash pioneer Fusion-io has bought itself an array maker; Nexgen and its PCIe flash/SAS hybrid. Is Fusion-io’s next move into all-flash arrays?

Capgemini creates 500 jobs in Scotland

Capgemini is creating up to 500 high-tech jobs in the Scottish Highlands in plans to make Inverness a global centre for IT

Azlan aims to swell reseller numbers

As it looks to complete integration with the SDG operations Azlan is also planning to widen the numbers of resellers it works with

Samsung wary of smartphone competition

Despite announcing significant profits for Q1, Samsung admits more competition in the smartphone market could affect its figures

Samsung cements smartphone leadership position

The latest quarterly mobile phone tracking figures from IDC will put smiles on the faces of Samsung employees but add to the frowns at Apple

Drop in voice revenues hits Colt Q1 numbers

A drop in voice revenues as a result of European regulatory rate cuts hurt Colt in the first three months of this year

Tablet and mobile mix hit Ingram margins

Strong sales of tablets and mobile devices hit Ingram Micro's gross margins taking a shine of an otherwise fairly strong first quarter

Hunt promises opt out for health records scheme

In a response to Caldicott Review on NHS information sharing, Jeremy Hunt has promised patients will be able to opt out of the system.

(ISC)2, CSA partner on new cloud security certification

The yet-unnamed certification will seek to validate skills of cloud security pros, but it's unclear how it may complement or overlap with existing certs.

Six ways to secure IP V6

Indian businesses must take charge of the inherit security threats that migrating to IP V6 brings.

Beyond Chef and Puppet: Ten essential DevOps tools

DevOps requires a hefty toolbox for managing code builds; IT pros identified 10 DevOps tools -- beyond Chef and Puppet -- that are hot right now.