TechTarget News - Week of Aug 18, 2013

MicroScope's top stories, week ending 16 August 2013

Microsoft names first Brit Surface partners, Azlan and Avaya reunite, and Cisco cuts 4,000 jobs as recovery remains sluggish. Catch up on the biggest channel news stories from the past seven days

PC people ignore mobile at their peril

With Lenovo now shipping more mobile devices than PCs, Billy MacInnes argues that its 'PC Plus' tag may be about to become obsolete

EU data breach disclosures to be enforced soon

The new European Union regulation requiring mandatory personal data breach disclosures by telcos and ISPs comes into force on 25 August 2013

Rapid7 opens United 2013 security summit

Rapid7’s president and CEO Corey Thomas talks about the security supplier's show and sessions attendees should check out

Atos powers sports information system

Atos is to develop what it claims is the world's first results and common data platform for sports

LinkedIn opens up to younger users

Professional networking service LinkedIn has announced it is to lower the 18 age limit for users to enable young people to plan their careers

Ofcom champions faster satellite connections

The telecoms regulator launches a consultation into using higher frequency bands for satellite broadband connections, enabling faster speed for trains, aeroplanes and ships

Daisy puts BlackBerry on pole position with F1 promo

Daisy Distribution has launched a mobility channel promotion in a bid to boost sales of BlackBerry BB10 devices, with a trip to the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix up for grabs

Cyber Security Challenge UK embraces Raspberry Pi

An innovative simulated cyber battle at the weekend saw six candidates move to the next round in the Cyber Security Challenge UK

(ISC)² expands UK exam centres to 33 locations

Information security certification body (ISC)² expands network of test centres for computerised exams through partnership with Pearson VUE

Banks push for open standards

Deutsche Bank, ING and ABN-Amro are among a dozen international banks leading an initiative to introduce open standards in banking IT

Dedupe added to Nutanix storage performance tiers

Nutanix adds dedupe to its hyper-converged storage platform, beginning with flash and memory performance tiers; hard drive dedupe to follow.

ERP software migration and HANA: Tackling the questions

HANA's on the rise, and that means questions remain for ERP. With many customers still relying upon older, on-premises ERP systems -- what does HANA mean for them?

The big idea behind the Internet of Things

Connecting all the world's devices and analyzing the data they produce is a lot for execs to wrap their heads around. But they'd better -- and soon.

Facebook leads mission to connect the world

Facebook is to join forces with several top tech companies to connect as many parts of the world to the internet as possible

CIF disputes Gartner Hype Cycle cloud claims

Cloud Industry Forum hits out after Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies places cloud computing in the “Trough of Disillusionment”

How to build a risk threat model

Experts at Rapid 7’s United security summit share advice on building a risk threat model to get the resources you need

Charlie McMurdie joins PwC’s cyber practice

Charlie McMurdie, former head of the Metro Police central e-crime unit, is joining business consultancy firm PwC as its senior crime adviser

HP will not grow in 2014

At the end of another bad quarter for HP, CEO Meg Whitman concedes that the prospect of any revenue growth next year is very slim indeed

Security Think Tank: 3 keys to effective cyber security

The rapid rise in cyber espionage highlights the need to rethink data security strategies to improve protection of intellectual property. But what is the best way of doing that?

US publishes revealing review on NSA surveillance

The US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court finds the NSA's email and data programme illegal, a declassified 2011 opinion ruling reveals

25% ICT GCSE spike first in eight years

The number of candidates sitting the ICT GCSE exam rose 25% in 2013, comprising the first such increase since 2005

Nasdaq shutdown raises security fears

A software glitch that caused the Nasdaq stock exchange to shut down raises fears over stock market stability and cyber attacks

London council gets £70,000 penalty for data breach

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) serves Islington Council with penalty of £70,000 for releasing over 2,000 residents’ details online forges new cloud security model

Service providers and consumers need to move to a security model better suited to the cloud computing, says

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire

Microsoft announces CEO Steve Ballmer is to retire within 12 months and that its board has begun looking for a successor


Microsoft’s eccentric CEO will step down from his role once his successor has been chosen

Top five dangers of using spreadsheets in finance

Robert Kugel lists five major issues that can arise when finance departments use Microsoft Excel for processes it wasn't designed to handle.

Computacenter, Biomni first in EMEA to use vCHS

Computacenter's service catalogue provider Biomni is to become the first EMEA firm to test-drive VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service

Latest layering tools a boon to VDI management

VDI management tools that use layering are considered a godsend by IT pros who have tried other methods. Unidesk updated its layering tool this week.