Monday 29 February 2016

Security Think Tank: Human factor key to access control

In the modern business environment, what are the most common access control mistakes and how best are these corrected?

What are containers and microservices?

Independently deployable bits of code can be used to build agile applications. We look at some of the main players

Security Think Tank: Ransomware defence requires focus on three key areas

What is the best strategy for business to protect against ransomware?

Bulk data collection unnecessary for surveillance, says cyber expert

Opting for bulk data collection and other intrusive surveillance overlooks other means available that do not involve collateral damage to businesses and innocent people, says cyber expert

IT companies need technical workers with soft skills

IT firms are in need of candidates with interpersonal skills, as well as specific technical focuses

Assa Abloy outsources IT transformation to Wipro

Swedish lock maker has outsourced its IT infrastructure to Indian IT services firm

SaaS provider rejects “costly” VMware for Nutanix Acropolis hypervisor

Data services provider Pi rejects VMware as too costly and complex, opting for Nutanix’s computing and storage Acropolis hypervisor

EC awards first cloud contracts to Accenture, Atos, BT and IBM

The European Commission has revealed details of the suppliers that have secured a place on the three Lots making up its Cloud I framework

Sunday 28 February 2016

Payments regulator wants banks to sell stakes in Vocalink

The UK payments regulator wants banks to loosen their grip on the payments infrastructure by selling off some of their stake in it

Artfinder deploys Neo4j graph database to personalise recommendations

Can a machine understand art? Not yet and maybe never, so the Artfinder art website took a different approach, using a Neo4j graph database instead

Majority of Britons support government surveillance for national security

A survey reveals that a majority of UK citizens support government surveillance for national security as Apple attempts to rally public support in its row with the FBI over encryption

52 contactless payments made every second in UK last December

Contactless card payments continue to rise at a rapid rate, with nearly £8bn spent in the UK last year using the technology

Digital minister Matt Hancock calls for big data mining complex in south Wales

Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock has highlighted the potential of public sector data science expertise in Cardiff and Newport

CEO training critical to cyber resilience, says APMG

CEOs staying informed on current cyber security risks has a positive impact in the boardroom and beyond, according to certification and accreditation organisation APMG

Google calls for datacentre storage disk design overhaul

Search giant Google says an overhaul of traditional 3.5in disks could lower the total cost of ownership and improve infrastructure performance

Londoners lead mobile banking switch

People in London are the most likely to manage their finances using a smartphone, according to a survey of consumers in England and Wales

After BT's Openreach reprieve, what now for the UK broadband roll-out?

After Ofcom's decision to leave Openreach in BT, what happens next – and how will the UK reap the benefits of superfast broadband?

CIO interview: Johan Kestens, ING Belgium

ING Belgium’s CIO talks to Computer Weekly in depth about the technology-driven changes in the banking sector

CIOs urged to act on datacentre power outage threats

Colocation provider Verne Global calls on CIOs to pay attention to Institution of mechanical engineers' concerns over sustainability of UK energy supply

Post Office faces group litigation over Horizon IT as subpostmasters fund class action

Subpostmasters who claim to have been wrongly convicted of fraud take the Post Office to court after getting the funds for a group action

Nato enhances internal collaboration with Polycom technology

International defence organisation enhances internal collaboration across its secure network with a new Polycom unified communications system

Saturday 27 February 2016

HP Inc sales plummet 12%, with tough times ahead

HP Inc reports a big drop in revenues, and the CEO predicts some difficult quarters to come

ABN Amro reacts to demand for Snapchat customer support

Dutch bank is widening its social media-based channels by communicating with customers using Snapchat

CIO interview: Kevin O’Connor, group CIO, William Hill

Former Paddy Power CIO aims to bring IT development work back in-house and use technology to improve customers’ betting experience

Friday 26 February 2016

We Are Colony: Tackling the death of traditional film and abundance of content

Founder of content streaming platform We Are Colony explains why the film industry should be making the most of digital content to provide the best experience for modern consumers

Tech Nordic Advocates partners with Nordic Startup Conference

Tech Nordic Advocates, sister organisation of startup group Tech London Advocates, is partnering with the Nordic Startup Conference show in Copenhagen in March

Israeli high-tech startups seek UK funding

Israeli high-tech startup companies visit London in search of venture capital and angel investors

Everywoman forum: the importance of authenticity, confidence and being memorable

At the 2016 Everywoman in Technology forum, speakers taught women in IT how to stand out from the crowd, when authenticity matters and how to have confidence

Nissan acts on Leaf car app security flaw after researcher goes public

Nissan suspends its electric car app after a researcher went public about a security flaw that could enable attackers to take control of heating systems

Cyber crime is fastest growing economic crime, says PwC report

More than half of UK organisations say they expect to be the victim of cyber crime in the next two years, suggesting it will become the UK’s largest economic crime, says a PwC report

Nissan breaks basic security rules with Leaf electric car app

Security researcher shows how hackers can hijack a vehicle’s heating and air-conditioning systems, identify owners and spy on journeys

Thursday 25 February 2016

Openreach reformed, but remains part of BT as Ofcom aims to open up fibre broadband market

Telecoms regulator Ofcom wants to stimulate building of fibre broadband direct to homes and premises, but will not split up BT - yet

UK businesses and police growing cyber capabilities, summit told

UK businesses and police are getting better at building cyber capabilities, but there is still work to be done, according to the deputy head of the Met Police's Falcon unit

London overtakes Amsterdam as most in-demand location for datacentre space

Research from real estate advisory organisation CBRE shows demand for colocation space in London continues to grow, outstripping Amsterdam

Internet of things providers set to battle over platform dominance

The need for interoperability will lead to rival internet of things (IoT) standards and ecosystems – which could put the brake on adoption

MasterCard selfie payment system to be launched in US after Dutch success

MasterCard rolls out fingerprint and facial recognition identification technology for online payments following a successful Dutch pilot

Tech leaders back David Cameron's pro-EU campaign

The CEOs of BT Group, Cisco, IBM and Vodafone put their names to the prime minister’s campaign to stay in Europe

Samsung Pay processes $500m in first six months

Samsung Pay is being used by around five million people in the US and South Korea, with China being the next step in its global launch

MWC16: Vertical approach to 5G is vital, says European Commission

The European Commission’s 5G Public-Private Partnership has set out its vision of how 5G will empower vertical industries in Europe

Case study: National Rail Enquiries tackles website uptime issues with AWS and Soasta

The National Rail Enquiries website took a battering in the wake of the 2013 St. Jude’s storm, prompting the organisation to rethink its hosting and load-testing procedures

MWC 2016: Faulty mobiles usually users’ fault, report claims

Consumer behaviour seems to be the primary cause of faulty mobile devices, reports Blancco Technology

MWC16: Smartphone suppliers show off virtual reality at Mobile World Congress

At Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, key device suppliers have been quick to roll out their flagship devices, with an emphasis on virtual reality

MWC16: 4G connections pass one billion worldwide, says GSMA

The number of 4G mobile connections worldwide has passed the one billion mark, according to the GSMA

Wednesday 24 February 2016

Risk management key to cyber security, says Bank of England CISO

An essential part of information security is identifying and managing the risks, experts tell the European Information Security Summit 2016

Rebooting desktop IT

Following years of decline, the PC industry is being reset. Windows 10 and an evolving range of PC devices are refining the user computing landscape

Nimble enters all-flash market with AF series arrays

Nimble Storage – until now solely a provider of hybrid flash arrays – has added the AF series of all-flash arrays to its portfolio

IT could help avert Norwegian healthcare crisis

With a per capita healthcare spend already the highest in the world, Norway is facing a healthcare crisis as its population is increasingly dominated by elderly people

Everywoman launches Modern Muse career app for young women

Member organisation Everywoman has launched the Modern Muse not-for-profit app to offer young girls access to female role models in Stem fields

Spotify to move datacentre workloads to Google’s cloud

Spotify says building and buying datacentres to keep up with demand for its services is no longer viable, as it prepares to shift its infrastructure into the Google cloud

Mapping technology turning Depok in Indonesia into smart city

Depok in Indonesia is using mapping technology to support its smart city ambitions

Safeguarding firm uKnowKids comes under fire for handling of child data breach

Child social media monitoring service uKnowKids has run into criticism for its response to a report of a vulnerability in one of its databases

Hertz division chooses Cognizant to support IoT plans

The equipment hire division of Hertz has contracted IT services firm Cognizant to support the implementation of its internet of things strategy

Citi’s corporate clients do $1tn in mobile banking

Citi bank's mobile service for corporate finance departments has notched up $1tn in transactions since its launch in 2011

Ministry of Defence collaboration contract goes to G-Cloud SME Inovem

SME Inovem follows up G-Cloud contract wins with Ministry of Justice and Department of Health by clinching deal with the Ministry of Defence

CIOs admit they are blind to cyber threats despite security spend

Many of the security defences that companies invest in are blind to encrypted traffic and untrustworthy digital certificates, a study reveals

MWC16: GSMA and operators renew commitment to connected women

At Mobile World Congress, the GSMA has partnered with a number of operators to connect millions more women in emerging economies

CGI to provider insurance sector with weather information service

CGI develops a proof of concept for a system that would use huge volumes of data from weather forecasting supercomputers to help insurance companies plan ahead

Tuesday 23 February 2016

MWC16: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg voices support for Apple over FBI probe

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told Mobile World Congress he sympathised with Apple's battle with the FBI over unlocking a terrorist’s iPhone

Social engineering confirmed as top information security threat

Cyber attackers shifted away from automated exploits in 2015 and instead tricked people into doing the dirty work, Proofpoint researchers found

Internet of things helps track endangered dugongs in the Philippines

Fishermen in the Philippines are using smartphones and apps to help conservationists protect an endangered species

UK CIOs over-confident about cyber security, study shows

UK firms are operating from a reactive security posture and tending to symptoms, rather than causes, and yet still believe they can detect threats faster than the industry average

IBM open sources Blockchain to help developers build ledgers

IBM has released over 40 thousand lines of Blockchain code to help developers build ledgers for the distributed technology that underpins Bitcoin

MWC16: Ford expands connected vehicle ecosystem

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, auto supplier Ford expands its Smart Mobility programme and launches a connected vehicle

Northern local councils miss SME targets

Local government organisations in the north of England are failing to support local IT SME companies with supply contracts

Encrypted traffic security analysis a top priority for 2016, says Dell Security

Decryption and inspection strategies are necessities, with nearly 65% of all internet traffic encrypted, says the latest threat report from Dell Security

Dutch water wants to move beyond dipping its toes into big data pool

Dutch water company Brabant Water wants to use data to improve the service it provides to customers, as well as identify problems on its distribution network

Girls compete in Network Rail Stem careers event

Almost 90 teenage girls visited the Network Rail offices to take part in the second round of the Stem careers event to win work experience

Consumers want to collect loyalty points on mobile phones

Eight out of ten customers would like to start collecting loyalty points from retailers through their mobile devices

Monday 22 February 2016

Asia-Pacific’s most advanced datacentre coming to Asean

Asean country Thailand will get one of the world’s most advanced datacentres, which is set to stir up competition in the region

UAE-based eHosting DataFort to roll out Cisco ACI

Infrastructure services provider is betting on Cisco’s SDN play in one of its Tier 3 datacentres

Three steps towards a hierarchy of needs for smart cities

Smart cities face challenges around network connectivity, standardisation and data governance, say IoT experts, and these needs must be met for them to flourish

Nokia expands professional services portfolio to help mobile operators embrace cloud

Services designed to prepare operators’ datacentres for running business processes in the cloud, and allow them to scale up their network capacity

US hospital pays £12,000 to ransomware attackers

A US hospital reveals that, after a week of being offline, it caved into ransomware demands to restore access to its computer systems

Alternative finance sector accounts for £3.2bn investments in UK

Alternative online finance provided 3% of lending to SMEs and 13% of lending to small businesses last year, but overall growth rate slowed

Sunday 21 February 2016

Marks & Spencer appoints new chief digital officer

Marcus East leaves role as head of e-commerce at Apple to become CDO at retail chain

Insurance giant RSA announces another outsourcing deal

Insurance company RSA has penned its second major outsourcing contract in a week as it extends a BPO contract with Accenture

US takes a step closer to self-driving cars

US authorities have shown a willingness to adapt and waive road-safety rules that have been slowing progress in developing autonomous vehicles

Paym usage doubles every six months

Mobile payments provider says use of its mobile payments service is increasing by about four times each year Verify identity system targets 50 government services for April go-live

Government identity assurance system is set to move from beta to live in April, three years after its original target date

Public sector outsourcing grew more than 50% in second half of 2015

IT outsourcing in the UK public sector accelerated in the second half of 2015, according to research

Smart cities pointless without universal superfast broadband

Smart city deployments will not get very far, or realise effective socioeconomic benefits, if more attention is not paid to the underlying infrastructure

The OpenStack Foundation: Building enterprise trust in open-source clouds

With HMRC and the European Commission emerging as OpenStack adopters, the OpenStack Foundation's CEO explains how it has set about winning over the enterprise with its open-source cloud platform

Saturday 20 February 2016

HSBC launches biometric security for mobile banking in the UK

Bank claims UK’s largest planned roll-out of voice biometric security technology, with more than 15 million customers in line for voice and fingerprint authentication services

CIO interview: Robert Sjöström, Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA)

CIO of Swedish hygiene and forest products company tells Computer Weekly how digital technology is changing the firm from inside out and how he manages this transformation

Australian C-suite executives fail to take security seriously

Australia’s executives need to get their heads out of the sand when it comes to cyber security and realise they are part of the solution

Vision Direct rewrites enterprise applications using Mendix cloud-based platform

Eyecare company has used the Mendix application platform as a service to create new apps to support the business

Tech firms rally around Apple over encryption row with FBI

Apple CEO Tim Cook is getting support from technology and information security firms in his refusal to help the FBI to hack into an iPhone used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook

Amazon seeks permission to build datacentre on site of former Irish biscuit factory

Cloud services giant is continuing on with its plans to build out its European datacentre region with another facility in Ireland

Surrey University 5GIC project explores rural not-spots

A whitepaper published by the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre reveals how 5G could work in tandem with existing technology to meet the needs of rural users

Media and marketing industries on the lookout for digital skills

Creative industries such as media, marketing, advertising and sales place more value on digital skills than IT and telecoms sector does

Two-thirds of UK firms plan to take their IT estate all-in on cloud, research claims

According to the Cloud Industry Forum's latest cloud adoption research, UK firms are steadily coming round to the charms of running their IT off-premise

Friday 19 February 2016

X-IO upgrades to Iglu Blaze FX to boost capacity and performance

X-IO Technologies upgrades enterprise storage-featured Iglu Blaze controllers with boosted CPUs to create FX controllers with increased flash and hard drive capacities

Case study: SEO startup uses Elastichosts’ containers to solve cloud app scalability issues

Search engine optimisation startup talks about the challenges of running unpredictable, resource-hungry applications in the cloud

Patch now to eliminate glibc remote access security risk

Google engineers who discovered the glibc vulnerability say exploiting it is difficult, but they have also proved it can be done, and security experts say it is best not to take the risk

IT to the rescue: How technology helps the UK deal with flooding

Mobile technology, digital mapping and geographical information systems all played a part in ensuring public safety during this winter’s floods in the UK

Mobile innovation shifts to smartphone services

As smartphone sales continue to stagnate, suppliers are looking to innovate in more novel ways

Average tech salaries rose by 2% over the past year

The average salary for a technology professional rose by 2% in 2015, according to a study by IT jobs website Dice

C-suite executives confused about cyber attacks, survey shows

Key executives need to be more engaged with CISOs beyond planning for security, and take a more active role, according to an IBM study

NCA dials up UK business engagement on cyber crime

Rapidly ramping up law enforcement engagement with business on cyber crime is a top priority for National Cyber Crime Unit deputy director Sarah Goodall

Thursday 18 February 2016

Estonian telco deploys 100Gbps core on national network

Telia Eesti selects Adva Optical Networking technology to sit at the core of its national backbone network

TechUK calls on government to take reports on spy laws seriously

Government must address the fundamental concerns raised by expert witnesses, MPs and Lords about the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, says TechUK

Case study: How ITIL has helped Essex keep IT aligned with council goals

Essex County Council has undergone an IT transformation to improve the credibility of its IT and achieve ISO 27001 accreditation

Life on the edge: The benefits of using micro datacentres

Enterprises are demanding faster access to applications and ever more processing power. Could edge datacentres fill the gap?

Mobile apps could put an end to ‘hated’ staff appraisals

Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte, reveals the top HR technology trends for 2016

Interview: Digital Marketplace director Tony Singleton on why he is leaving G-Cloud

With the government’s Digital Marketplace now a bona fide source of £1bn of public sector IT spend, Computer Weekly asks its programme director why he is moving on to pastures new

Renault Sport Formula 1 considers deploying VCE VxRail for trackside data analytics

The Renault Sport Formula 1 team explains why it is considering a refresh of its trackside converged infrastructure setup

Apple announces Indian technology development operation

Apple announces it will open a development centre in one of India's fastest growing technology hubs, in the city of Hyderabad

Middle East telecoms operators face up to IoT smart city challenges

As smart city initiatives spring up in the Middle East, telecoms operators contend with the strain of the internet of things (IoT) on networks

University of Greenwich data breach highlights the dangers of insider threats

A personal data breach at the University of Greenwich highlights the repercussions for organisations that fail to review what they publish online

Gender and age are still defining factors of tech specialists

The type of person working as a technology specialist stills skews towards older males, according to research

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Peer-to-peer lender wants to acquire traditional mortgage firm

LendInvest suggests acquisition could help it become “the biggest mortgage lender in the country”

Headphones manufacturer B&O Play tracks retail sales with Zyme

Smart headphones manufacturer uses Zyme's channel management tool to gain insights with sales and distribution data

'We stumbled on e-commerce,' says Ecco marketing head

Head of e-commerce at retailer Ecco Dana Schwartz explains how the firm’s transformational journey happened as a result of e-commerce adoption

UK government invites comment on porn site age check plans

Public consultation launched on how best to enforce age restrictions on pornographic web content

Cyber criminals hit US hospital in ransomware attack

Hollywood hospital forced to shut down all its computer systems while the FBI and others investigate

Vodafone and Liberty Global to merge in Netherlands

Vodafone and Liberty Global confirm that they are to merge their Dutch businesses

The rise of the robots in financial services

Robo-advisers are crossing the Atlantic to find a space in UK financial services in the form of IT–dominated startups

Interview: How John Deere uses connectivity to make farms more efficient

After pioneering the use of automated vehicle technology 15 years ago, farm equipment supplier John Deere is now going further, with its sights set on efficiency and sustainability, says sales VP Christoph Wigger

EU managers need to up cyber security collaboration, study finds

There is still much work to be done in the area of collaboration and sharing responsibility when it comes to preventing data breaches, a study has found

UK police report good progress on fighting cyber crime globally

International law enforcement collaboration and capacity building around cyber crime is making good progress, according to National Cyber Crime Unit deputy director Sarah Goodall

Tuesday 16 February 2016

US IT professionals overconfident in cyber attack detection, study finds

Most US IT professionals are confident in key security controls to detect cyber attacks – but unsure how long it would take automated tools to discover a breach

Telstra outage fires warning to corporate Australia

Mobile network interruption shows how dependent Australian organisations are on national supplier

Amnesty International joins calls for UK spy law changes

Amnesty International urges the UK government to re-draft its Investigatory Powers Bill to restore public confidence through proper judicial oversight

Datacentre operators must prepare for power use and emissions regulations

Colocation provider Digital Realty says datacentre operators must prepare for tighter regulations around emission levels and power use

Asean poised to gain in the global offshoring battle

According to AT Kearney’s 2016 Global Services Location Index, robotics process automation and business process as a service could change the outsourcing industry, benefiting Asean countries

Netflix is now 100% all-in on the AWS cloud

Streaming firm details the challenges it faced during seven-year push to wind down its datacentres and move everything into the AWS public cloud

Monday 15 February 2016

Sweden’s NFT Ventures looks to Finland for fintech startups

Swedish startup fund that targets financial technology developers has expanded its reach into Finland

Spy bill review fails to address all issues, says cyber expert

UK parliament’s Joint Committee review fails to address issues of collateral damage and business protection by spy agencies, says cyber security expert

Singapore restructures infocomm and media agencies

Singapore government merges its ICT and media agencies in recognition of their overlapping responsibilities

Microservices: Small parts with big advantages

Microservices go hand in hand with containers and the idea of software portability – but how do they work and why should you care?

Accenture and Stemettes tackle lack of female role models with multi-city event

Charity partners with tech firm to run five simultaneous events to inspire girls to pursue science technology, engineering and maths (Stem) careers

Three home broadband service targets students and renters

Mobile network operator Three offers customers in Northern Ireland the chance to trial a mobile home broadband service as an alternative to fixed operators

Telstra is transforming Australian IT infrastructure

Telco is transforming its IT operation to make better use of the cloud, data and application programming interfaces

Interxion to build third Irish datacentre as demand for colocation grows

Colocation provider is set to begin the construction of its third Irish datacentre during the fourth quarter of 2016

How insight-driven enterprises use data to strategic advantage

Accenture managing directors Nick Millman and Ray Eitel-Porter distil steps for enterprises to turn data into business insight from the firm’s consultancy

Tech Nation 2016 report reveals demand for digital skills in all sectors

The digital industries contributed £87bn to the economy in 2014 – but there remains a lack of skills and broadband is still unevenly distributed

Five local authorities around the country agree shared services contract

Five councils in different parts of England have agreed to jointly sign outsourcing agreements, including IT services provision

CIO interview: Ismo Platan, SSAB

Retiring CIO of Swedish steel company tells Computer Weekly about the progress made in merging two Nordic steel firms and looks at the biggest hurdles that lie ahead

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee calls for Data Ethics Council

House of Commons select committee on Science and Technology publishes its report into the promise and pitfalls of big data, advocating a data ethics council and more urgency on data privacy

Ukraine cyber attacks extend beyond power companies, says Trend Micro

As half the homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region plunge into darkness, Trend Micro finds evidence of cyber attack on a mining and a railway company

Thursday 11 February 2016

UK businesses expect cyber attack recovery to cost at least £1.2m

Most UK firms are implementing a cyber security policy and disaster recovery plan as they realise poor information security is the greatest risk to business

Combining edge datacentres with commercial property builds could boost sustainability

Professor Ian Bitterlin makes the case for combining edge datacentres with commercial property builds for heat re-use purposes

MK:Smart enlists IoT supplier ThingWorx for speedy development

Milton Keynes smart city project selects ThingWorx to provide a rapid application deployment environment

Cisco sees slowdown in large network deals as stock markets wobble

Erstwhile customers are putting large networking deals on hold in an uncertain financial climate, claims Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins

Surveillance bill needs more work, says joint parliamentary committee

Important clarity is lacking in a number of areas in the draft UK surveillance bill, says the joint parliamentary committee appointed to examine it

CIO interview: Jassim Haji, director of IT, Gulf Air

IT boss at Bahraini national carrier views mobility as a way to keep costs down and improve customer experience

CDOs lack organisational design experience, says Gartner

Research firm identifies immaturity in the organisational design of the set-ups led by the new breed of chief data officer and offers a menu of four design options

Misgivings rise as EU-US agreement unravels under scrutiny

Privacy Shield, the proposed replacement for Safe Harbour, looks increasingly like a PR exercise, rather than a genuine solution

Tony Singleton leaves G-Cloud for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

After several years leading the charge at G-Cloud, Tony Singleton will join the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

Financial institutions on high alert for major cyber attack

The financial sector is facing the highest number of organised cyber attacks and multi-channel threats, a ThreatMetrix report reveals

CIOs must start planning for 5G today, says 451 Research

A report from analysts at 451 Research urges businesses to start preparing their technology for 5G mobile networks ahead of deployment

Digital internships in India with TCS now open to UK graduates

India’s biggest IT supplier, Tata Consultancy Services, plans to recruit 1,000 UK graduates for paid internships over the next four years

Met Office extends application program interfaces with CA Technologies

The Met Office uses application program interface (API) management from CA Technologies to support new ways of accessing weather data

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Executive interview: Oracle’s cloud chief on why suites win

As Oracle ramps up its new cloud offering, we speak to Shawn Price, senior vice-president for cloud, about the company’s plans

Banks should allow open data sharing to help customers compare services

The Open Banking Working Group has suggested information about products and customer transaction data should be open to improve service comparison and drive competition

Asean PC sales drop 5.5% in 2015 fourth quarter

Weak consumer demand and high inventories blamed for falling PC sales in Asean, which mirror Asia-Pacific trend

Chiltern Railways tests enhanced trackside Wi-Fi

Chiltern Railways, part of the Arriva network, tests out an enhanced trackside Wi-Fi network to improve connectivity for passengers on its trains

Corporate Australia explores new ways to nurture data-based innovation

Australian enterprises are investing in creating the right environment for innovation around data

US downplays claims of government database hacker

US official have downplayed a claim that a government database has been hacked, saying none of the data exposed so far is sensitive

Flexible working good for profit, productivity and reputation, says Vodafone

A report conducted for mobile operator Vodafone indicates the scale of acceptance of flexible and mobile working practices

Survey confirms cyber criminal activity by UK teens

UK survey highlights the importance of understanding the online behaviour of young people to prevent them being drawn into cyber crime

BT uses to deliver mobile backhaul over copper

One of BT’s ongoing trials successfully delivers a cloud radio access network cell service over copper lines

ISC calls for more clarity in planned surveillance bill

Parliamentary committee overseeing the UK intelligence community wants greater clarity on intrusive powers granted by the draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Apps for Good launch 2016 – the apps from the minds of young entrepreneurs

The 2015-2016 cohort of mobile applications built by young people to tackle real-world problems has now been released for download

Cisco recalls Ethernet switches over fault risk

A potential fault on a number of IE-5000 switches could give users a nasty shock, says supplier

Invest in people or risk ‘digital culture shock’, says Accenture

Marc Carrel-Billiard, Accenture’s global director of technology R&D, tells Computer Weekly that companies must invest in people if they want to benefit from innovative technology

A quarter of SME IT managers are women

Managed services provider Altodigital studied SMEs and found high esteem for IT; and a quarter of their IT managers are women

Agreement struck to put superfast broadband in new-build homes

The government has struck a deal with Openreach and the Home Builders Federation to supply superfast broadband connectivity to new homes

Visa opens up its technology to developers

Software developers at fintech companies and banks are to be given access to Visa’s technology

Security Think Tank: Three-pronged approach to defend against ransomware

Ransomware is becoming increasingly prevalent in the world of cyber crime. What is the best strategy for businesses to protect against it?

Threat intelligence vital to cyber defence, claims CrowdStrike

Companies that ignore the global events that are the drivers behind cyber threats will pay for it in the loss of revenue, jobs, intellectual property, and shareholder value, says CrowdStrike

Tuesday 9 February 2016

Vaizey launches cyber security learning tool for HR professionals

The government and the CIPD have launched a free e-learning module to help HR professionals protect sensitive HR data and educate the wider workforce about cyber security