The UK is taking seriously potential cyber threats to critical national infrastructure, according to GCHQ head Iain Lobban
Our regular look back at the most important ICT channel news stories from the past seven days, as selected by MicroScope readers
Intel-owned McAfee has completed its acquisition of Finnish firewall firm Stonesoft in a $389m deal announced in May
Warsaw, Poland-based CRM consultancy and Oracle reseller Outbox expands its reach with new City of London digs
McAfee has completed the acquisition of next generation firewall player Stonesoft to bolster its network security credentials
Sharp Business Systems has acquired print dealer Copifax as it continues to build its portfolio
The European Commission has introduced an upgrade to its pan-European passport system
The daily rates charged for IT services are rising, according to a benchmark from consulting firm Pierre Audoin Consultants
Commercial director Phil Brown handed B2B director role in bid to get partners “fighting fit” for the future
Microsoft has shared with partners some IDC research it has commissioned that indicates those selling cloud are more successful
Education secretary Michael Gove announces new national curriculum framework for 2014
Latest report from the Efficiency and Reform Group claims central government saved £500m by moving services onto digital platforms
In 2012, data breaches in California put 2.5 million residents at risk of identity theft.
Investigation into the allegedly faulty accounting system used by sub-postmasters has revealed serious concerns
India's IT services giants have their sights on an increased share of the domestic IT market as economic growth makes them look beyond US and Europe.
Small Indian businesses will benefit from Google Apps price cuts.
Lobby group Privacy International has filed a legal challenge to internet surveillance programmes by US and UK intelligence agencies
Networking firm Brocade blames SAN sales not meeting expectations for a revenue slide of 8% in its second quarter
Latest report from the Efficiency and Reform Group claims central government saved £500m by moving services onto digital platforms
The Science and Technology Committee (STC) questions Francis Maude over how much the 'digital by default' strategy can save the tax payer
Tech City Apprenticeship (TCA) programme which will provide young people the chance to work with digital companies in London
Colt is adding an additional 1,000 m2 and 1.65MW of datacentre capacity to its network-neutral facility in the Netherlands
As first half sales drop again, RM management pledges “immediate attention” to struggling Education Technology business, but there is good news from the profitability standpoint
One of the largest shareholder advisory groups has recommended that Michael Dell's bid to take the vendor he founded private get the backing of shareholders
Microsoft is set to make a major push to attract businesses to use Azure through a “cloud first” strategy.
In a nod to geospatial data's growing importance, SAP announced a new partnership intended to give users new decision-making tools.
EMC has picked up identity management specialist Aveksa to improve the cloud access options its RSA security division can provide to users
South Staffs Water is running a trial of long-range radio communications connected to 1,000 smart water meters
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston, Texas, Microsoft announces a major push to attract businesses to use Azure through a “cloud first” strategy
Startup Exoprise, which recently launched its CloudReady product for Office 365 monitoring, has developed a partner program.
CERN is using Oracle enterprise IT management software to monitor and manage its Oracle applications, middleware, databases and hardware
A software systems failure has caused the national air traffic control service (NATS) to restrict flights across south England
Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, Andrew Miller, says he is unconvinced of the IT savings touted by the Efficiency and Reform group
The Government Procurement Service (GPS) is putting a cross government framework for agile software development services
Could the arrival of tablet devices manufactured in India create a genuine alternative to PCs?
Businesses are shying away from putting their data into cloud over fears that they may become locked-in to one supplier, it was claimed today.
On Day 1 of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference, the company laid out a product strategy that focuses on big data, social, cloud and mobility.
Some 91% of IT pros admit their current IT requires substantial upgrades to meet the requirements of virtualisation and cloud
Seattle-based application security company IOActive has uncovered significant vulnerabilities in Digital Alert Systems' DASDEC.
After years without its own public cloud service, VMware has introduced vCloud Hybrid Service, which could woo enterprises that trust the VMware name.
Damballa executives say partnerships among security point product vendors are increasingly important, and will ultimately benefit enterprises.
Private cloud adoption numbers seemed robust, but the data hides that many enterprises aren't implementing true private clouds.
Open source software is an appealing alternative to proprietary offerings for building a private cloud, but it's not a bulletproof solution.
As employees amass devices -- PCs, personal laptops, smartphones and tablets -- endpoint management becomes increasingly difficult for IT.
You can use VDI to give workers desktop access and make some parts of endpoint management easier, but VDI is costly and won't solve all endpoint woes.
Instead of focusing on physical devices, try a new mobile endpoint management method: Look at ways to deliver data, identity and access to services.
July's Patch Tuesday found Microsoft rolling out seven patches, six of which are rated as critical.
Aveksa acquisition should help RSA compete in burgeoning identity management market.
On Patch Tuesday, Microsoft addressed a number of critical flaws in font parsing and vulnerabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2.
On WPC Day 2, Microsoft announced a number of cloud-related changes to the Microsoft Partner Network and the Microsoft Action Pack Subscription.
In its battle against piracy, Microsoft says it has settled 3,265 copyright cases in the past year and warns of links to malware distribution
Researchers warn that the US broadcast system that enables the president to talk to the country within 10 minutes of a disaster can be hacked
RES Software is planning to expand its sales effort in the UK and has brought in a fresh face to head its channel efforts
Microsoft has revealed it has settled in excess of 3,000 copyright infringement cases in its last fiscal year
Microsoft says hackers have attacked computers by exploiting a flaw in Internet Explorer 8 disclosed in May 2013 by a Google researcher
The telecoms regulator Ofcom allows UK mobile operators to use their existing 2G and 3G spectrum for to provide 4G services
Growing unified communications, network and collaboration integrator picks up former Intrinsic business development head
At its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Houston Texas, Microsoft has shared details of how it will change training and competencies to help partners make the most of the cloud
EMC Data Domain data deduplication boxes get faster CPUs and bigger disks; Avamar gets NAS and virtual machine enhancements; NetWorker gets point upgrade; Mozy gets AD integration
Despite the increased profile of cyber security threats, counter-terrorism remains the primary focus of the UK’s intelligence agencies
IBM is buying virtualisation management provider CSL International with a view to expanding its cloud offerings and management capabilities
Stone Group has been building up the capabilities of its professional services business initially aiming at its existing customer base but with plans to go for fresh business
Hughes Network Services rolls out branch gateway device that envelops WAN optimization and Fortinet security software.
SME networking specialist uses government backed scheme to help partners come up with growth strategies
Silver Peak offers cloud optimization by the hour between AWS environments and enterprise data centers.
Indian businesses are already using cloud security, but what does the future hold?
Howard Shiplee tells the work and pensions select committee all is well, denying reports of the failing IT system behind Universal Credit
EMC looks forward to backup as an embedded process, with apps and hypervisors copying versioned replicas in native format
California Telehealth Network and Telemed2U have adopted a Vidyo/Arkadin video conferencing service to enable Telehealth services across California.
Emerson College moved off its Fibre Channel SAN and simplified its virtual server environment with Coraid's EtherDrive SRX Ethernet storage array.
EMC backup targets Data Domain, and data protection software Avamar and NetWorker now support databases, VMs and primary storage platforms.
Hitachi Data Systems lets customers load up its midrange HUS VM unified storage array with only solid-state drives as an all-flash option.
Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with five publishers to raise the prices of e-books to challenge Amazon's dominance of the market
Billionaire US investor Carl Icahn says he will go to court to get a better price for his stake in the computer manufacturer Dell
Dell is making changes to its Global Channel Marketing and Programmes teams following the departure of long-serving channel boss Kathy Schneider
Yahoo is the latest company implicated in the Prism internet surveillance programme to call for more transparency around its involvement
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has called on shareholders to take advantage of the law to review Michael Dell's bid for the firm
Manchester is one of the first cities on Microsoft’s CityNext initiative to digitise public services using the cloud
Lenovo has overtaken HP as the global leader in the PC market and has talked up the chances for profitable growth despite the overall market continuing to decline
All manufacturers except Lenovo showed a massive decline in PC sales, with buyers continuing to purchase tablets over laptop devices
Another quarter of declines in the PC market has led some to declare that the desktop era has come to an end
The telecoms regulator wants to reduce the wholesale price BT charges to smaller ISPs, which it hopes will lead to price drops for broadband and landline packages
HP has teamed up with Microsoft to provide hardware and software tools to simplify users’ transition from Windows XP which loses support from April 2014
IT professionals struggle to communicate effectively about security to senior executives, a study on risk-based security management reveals
Network security vendor promises increased support for managed services providers and announces a major expansion of its VAR programme.
Cisco supports BYOD for 60,000 employees. Here's how the company handles BYOD and balance security with employee productivity.
IBM acquired virtualization management vendor CSL International, giving IT admins a simple way to manage z/VM and Linux on System z virtualization.
The consortium is testing the use of open cloud infrastructure to respond to emergency and national disaster situations such as the Haiti earthquake
Steve Ballmer plans to reinvent Microsoft with a big push to develop hardware from phones to set top boxes, as it attempts to remain relevant
Microsoft continued beating the cloud computing drum on WPC Day 3, saying cloud-oriented partners outperform peers by a number of financial measures.
Online IT training centers are adding Windows 8 online courses to educate IT pros on how to deploy and administer the new OS.
Asigra develops 'novel concept' for licensing cloud backup software -- it charges customers according to how much data they restore.
Security fears are cited as major obstacles to cloud adoption worldwide, and India is no exception with major hurdles to clear before mass adoption.
The NSA scandal has sparked worldwide talks on cybersecurity regulation as countries hammer out cyberprotection policies to guard digital information.
Providers may not be ready for SDN, but network functions virtualization offers another approach to deploying a programmable network.
Microsoft's reorganization may not impact IT in the short term, but questions surround how it will affect the quality of its products and services over time.
Microsoft has denied that the company helped US intelligence services spy on users’ web chats, emails and data in cloud storage facilities
Mobile operator O2 will use Virgin Media Business’s superfast fibre network to bring capacity for its 4G roll-out later in 2013
US investor Carl Icahn is to raise his offer for PC maker Dell to try to stop a $24.4bn buyout by company founder Michael Dell
BlackBerry is ready to provide Indian law enforcement authorities with a way to track emails, email attachments and chats sent over its services
Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has sent staff a memo where he outlines a strategy of developing a more unified company
Avnet Technology Services and Arrow have been appointed by IBM to be global providers of training to resellers and customers
The Information Commissioner’s Office penalises NHS Surrey with a £200,000 fine for leaving patient data on discarded PCs
Following its purchase of identity management firm Aveksa, Flash software firm ScaleIO becomes the latest addition to EMC’s portfolio
Advanced persistent threats are on the rise, according to a report by FortiGuard Labs.
The new Greater Boston Software Testing Interest Group serves software quality professionals from around the Boston metro area.
Carl Icahn has made yet another attempt to get Dell shareholders to back his bid for the firm rather than founder Michael Dell
The European Commission releases statistics about the progress of the Digital Agenda, calling for more people to improve their digital skills
Datacentre infrastructure business formalises worldwide channel engagement to take advantage of continuing cloud and virtualisation growth
Experts expect the Microsoft reorganization and its efforts to be a devices, cloud services company to affect Windows desktop and device deployments.
EMC acquires ScaleIO and Western Digital picks up VeloBit in examples of hardware vendors adding flash software as the solid-state market heats up.
Mark Hall, the acting CIO at HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has not been given the job full-time and may quit government
What does mobile disruption mean for SMBs? Learn what Google Ventures' Rich Miner had to say at this year's MassTLC Mobile Summit.
In this week's SDN blog roundup, bloggers discuss how to build FlowVisor on CentOS6, and how to use OpenFlow for overlay design.
Despite DefCon founder's blog telling Feds to stay home, Black Hat says they're 'welcome' at the show.
PLUMgrid offers virtual network provisioning with a network virtualization platform that uses distributed fabric instead of a centralized controller.
Amazon Web Services cuts its dedicated instance pricing to better market itself to enterprises and against stiff competition
The increasing penetration of broadband and growth in smartphone usage in India are driving the development of IT-based services for bank consumers.
HP is hoping to drive customers off XP and to Windows 7 or Windows 8 with new partner tools, resources and PartnerOne benefits.