Saturday 28 May 2016

IoT increases cyber and legal risk, say experts

Organisations embracing the internet of things must be aware of the information security and legal liability risks, experts warn

HPE second quarter results reveal risks in CSC services deal

HPE’s CEO Meg Whitman admits the company’s flagship private cloud will need to run in CSC/ES datacentres

Microsoft confirms job cuts at Nokia smartphone business

Big job losses in Finland as Nadella has a rethink on Windows phones

MasterCard, TfL and British Airways join for travel tech hackathon

The payments provider is running the event alongside BA and the UK local government body responsible for London’s transport system to create new travel services

EC sets out proposals for online platform regulation

The European Commission has outlined a number of proposals to better regulate the operation of online platforms in the Digital Single Market

An overview of cloud customer relationship management

Businesses are confident about buying customer relationship management (CRM) software as a cloud-based service. Computer Weekly looks at the main players

Bet365 gets SwiftStack object storage as NAS pulls up short

Online gaming firm Bet365 is set to replace NAS for data with 0.5PB of more scalable and elastic object storage, built on SwiftStack and commodity SuperMicro hardware

Cortex helps football charity kick off translatable website

Homeless World Cup’s new website will help homeless people around the world improve their lives through football tournaments

UK government details plans for National Cyber Security Centre

The objectives of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre are to address systemic vulnerabilities, reduce risks, respond to serious incidents and nurture national cyber security capability

European cloud buyers unmoved by low prices, suggests 451 Research

451 Research’s latest Cloud Price Index investigates link between low-cost cloud services and provider market share

GDS begins publication of PSN performance data

The government makes public data gleaned from its monitoring of the performance of the Public Services Network to help customers understand their networks

Salesforce to run more of its services from the AWS public cloud

Cloud CRM giant Salesforce names Amazon Web Services as preferred public cloud provider, as it sets out plans to expand use of its infrastructure-as-a-service offerings

BSA warns of malware risk from unlicensed software

While piracy rates are declining, unauthorised software poses a big security risk, says the Business Software Alliance

Healthtech brand Qardio adopts NetSuite OneWorld

Qardio, a brand offering health technology devices, wanted an ERP system to deal with billing, accounting and taxes in different regions of the world

UK challenger bank OakNorth puts its core systems in AWS cloud

UK challenger bank OakNorth is putting core banking systems in the Amazon Web Services cloud

Friday 27 May 2016

Australian police raid opposition offices over leaked broadband documents

Australia’s federal police have raided the offices of a Labor opposition politician in an investigation into leaked National Broadband Network documents

Santander uses blockchain for international payments

Bank is using blockchain to underpin its latest app, which enables customers to make international payments 24 hours a day, which clear the next day

Developers welcome ruling in Google’s battle with Oracle over Java

A San Francisco court has confirmed that copyright laws allow fair use of Java APIs in Oracle’s six-year battle with Google over Android

Councils must bridge digital gap to remain relevant

The general public is not confident councils can make their digital strategies work

CIO interview: Stuart McSkimming, Shelter

Safe and secure handling of sensitive data remains a top priority for the homelessness charity

Bristol Water outsources IT as business model transforms

Bristol Water outsources IT to Wipro to support it through a period of transformation to its operating model

IT Priorities 2016: Server virtualisation is top datacentre infrastructure investment area for CIOs

The 2016 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities poll suggests server virtualisation remains the key datacentre investment area for CIOs

Government competition chiefs demand fairer use terms for cloud storage customers

LiveDrive, JustCloud and Dixons Carphone commit to fairer usage terms for cloud customers, but Microsoft and Google are conspicuous by their absence

IT Priorities 2016: Mobile support and SDN top the network agenda

Computer Weekly’s annual IT Priorities research reveals that UK buyers are responding well to network and mobile tech that supports remote working strategies

European Commission endorses UK broadband plans through 2020

The European Commission gives the thumbs up to the UK’s National Broadband Scheme, designed to extend next-generation broadband access as far as possible by 2020

Cyber attacks on at least three Asian banks share malware links

Cyber attacks on banks in Bangladesh, Vietnam and the Philippines used the same malware, which has links to other attacks on banks in the region, reports Symantec

Exploding IoT attack surface not an immediate threat to business

Companies should take care of the security vulnerablities in their IT infrastructure, cloud back-ends and mobile applications in preparation for the challenges of IoT, says Adrzej Kawalec

How to build your own IoT with Azure

Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform has gone well beyond mere virtual machines and orchestrated workflows. It can now also power internet of things applications

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Philippines expands tax payments with mobile system

The Philippines tax office is enabling people to access more services via their mobile phones

Network Collapse: Why the internet is flirting with disaster

It’s surprising the internet works at all, given the age of its core software. The question is, can we catch it before it falls over?

Unchecked social media use can damage career opportunities

Allegedly tech-savvy millennials are letting social media stand in the way of job prospects as potential employers turn to the internet for background information

Australia’s government commits to fintech innovation and blockchain

Australia’s latest government budget included commitment to the financial technology revolution, but what developments are already afoot?

How The Hague solved its bike parking problem with a mobile app

City authorities in The Hague are cleaning the streets of wrecked and abandoned bicycles with the help of Kony’s mobile app platform

French authorities raid Google’s Paris office in tax fraud probe

French investigators raid Google’s Paris office to follow up complaints by tax authorities of acts of aggravated financial fraud

CSC and HP’s services division merging, joint sales could hit $26bn a year

Both entities will take an equal stake in the new business

Huawei sues Samsung alleging patent violations

Huawei has filed lawsuits in China and the US, accusing Samsung of infringing a number of its patents relating to mobile technologies

Theresa May agrees to review proposed bulk data collection powers

Labour welcomes the government’s commitment to review bulk data collection powers in the draft Investigatory Powers Bill, but says more change is needed to win the party’s backing

Atos hits Rio 2016 Olympics IT milestone

The IT underpinning the 2016 Olympics in Rio enters a critical phase as one of its essential event management systems starts to work

Monday 23 May 2016

UK emergency services upgrade set to save lives

The UK government introduces an open standard for emergency services’ IT systems to improve the speed and efficiency of responses to incidents

Singapore retailer shifts IT infrastructure to the cloud

Challenger is moving its IT infrastructure to the cloud to enable it to respond better to business growth

PCIe SSD: Cache vs storage tier

Adding PCIe flash is a popular way of speeding up application response times, with more rapid I/O guaranteed, but should PCIe SSD be added as cache or as a tier of storage?

CW@50: How networking became the core of IT

Compared with the network, Computer Weekly is but a sprightly youngster. We take a look back not at just 50, but 200 years of British innovation in communications technology

Israel’s cyber security frontier

The Israeli city of Beer Sheva is quickly becoming a global centre of cyber security technology

Vue Entertainment uses Rackspace to manage online demand for blockbuster movie tickets

Cinema chain explains how its ‘lean and mean’ IT team relies on Rackspace to meet the growing online demands of moviegoers

DDoS attacks openly on offer for $5 an hour, researchers discover

DDoS attacks have become a commodity, and are available openly on professional services online marketplaces for as little as $5 an hour, say security researchers

IBM PCM leap opens way to new layer of enterprise storage

IBM shows off triple-level cell phase change memory and says PCM can be used as faster adjunct to flash storage and extension to DRAM memory

Friday 20 May 2016

Digital inclusion charity demands government enforcement of web accessibility laws

AbilityNet claims government is "falling down on the job" by failing to act against firms that do not make their websites and services accessible to disabled users

Virgin Media uses Salesforce to build omni-channel sales

Virgin Media is using Salesforce to offer a single customer view irrespective of the channel the customer uses to talk to the company

Google seeks to limit French right to be forgotten ruling

Google is to appeal to the top French court to quash a fine and ruling by French privacy watchdog CNIL that requires Google to apply the right to be forgotten to all its websites

Ed Vaizey speaks on why Europe is important to UK tech

Culture and digital economy minister Ed Vaizey says Europe offers a pool of skills and a digital market for UK technology

Allo, allo: Google I/O unveils Microsoft-like feature set

Google appears to be following Microsoft with new features to Android, including add-ons that look similar to rivals Skype, OneNote, HoloLens

CIO Interview: Esa Viitamäki, Posti Group

IT demands and a changing market prompted Finland’s state-owned postal provider to transform itself

HumanOps calls for improved working conditions for infrastructure operations staff

The pressure of delivering 24/7 support to IT infrastructure is taking its toll on the people tasked with caring for it, warns HumanOps advocates

Datacentre sector's energy consumption habits "overlooked" by campaigners

CTO of automation management firm ponders why the energy consumption habits of datacentres are not given the same level of scrutiny as other industries

Thursday 19 May 2016

Sapphire 16: SAP’s McDermott stresses customer empathy as Microsoft pact declared

Microsoft’s Nadella says companies have ‘an existential need to bring our best together’

Most organisations unprepared for cyber attacks, says report

Only 23% of organisations are capable of responding effectively to critical security incidents, according to NTT Com Security's latest threat report

Five suppliers get 51% of all UK government IT spending, says PAC

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report questions government progress on growing the volume of public-sector business it gives to SMEs

Nike and BMW pilot HP Inc's first 3D printer

HP Inc rolls out its first 3D printer, with hopes that it will revolutionise manufacturing

Cyber espionage campaign targets Ukraine separatists

Security researchers discover a surveillance operation against separatists in Eastern Ukraine using spear phishing attacks to spread previously unknown malware

The network is the application: Why APIs are agents of change

Sun Microsystems once described the network as the computer. Today, applications are beginning to offer the real network value

Cloud security concerns rise as investment grows, report shows

Cloud security concerns are evolving with the increasing adoption of cloud computing, but continue to top the list of barriers to adoption, a study reveals

ING Turkey uses digital technology to improve services and grow customer base

Turkish bank uses business process management technology to offer financial services through 1,500 grocery stores, technology outlets and post offices

Enterprise storage meets HPC with DDN SFA14KXi all flash array

High performance computing specialist aims at analytics- and transaction-heavy workloads in the enterprise with its upgraded Intel Broadwell-powered SFA array, the 14KXi

Wednesday 18 May 2016

SuiteWorld 2016: Media is moving from traditional to mobile, says Snapchat chief strategy officer

Snapchat’s model addresses the shift away from traditional media consumption, says Snapchat’s chief strategy officer

Government claims Electronic Communications Code reforms will boost UK network coverage

Government plans to cut costs associated with letting mobile operators build infrastructure on private land could lead to lower mobile costs for consumers, it is claimed

Report urges government tax breaks for cyber security investment

A report on improving cyber security in the financial industry makes several recommendations – including targeted tax breaks to stimulate investment

Interest in converged platforms grows in Southeast Asia

The adoption of converged and hyper-converged infrastructures in Southeast Asia is in its early stages, but growth is expected

Theft of customer data is top Asean retailer worry

Southeast Asian retailers say securing customer payments is a major challenge as new payment technology is forced on them by market and consumer pressure

Police set for better engagement with UK tech firms

The policing lead for digital investigation and intelligence says new structures will improve engagement and collaboration between the UK tech industry and police forces

Telefonica launches own bank using challenger’s technology

Spanish broadband and mobile operator ready to offer financial services via O2 Banking using the technology of startup Fidor

Tuesday 17 May 2016

Graph database technology starts to come of age beyond social media

Graph databases, based on mathematics known for three centuries, are starting to yield value for businesses beyond Facebook and Twitter

Shadbolt Review highlights ethnicity divide in graduate employment

Computer science graduates from ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be out of work six months after graduating, according to the Shadbolt Review

BBC Three builds second base in Birmingham

The BBC announces plans to develop a second Birmingham-based headquarters for BBC Three

Equinix sells eight European datacentres to rival Digital Realty for $874m

As Equinix sells off eight European datacentres to rival Digital Realty, analyst Steve Wallage predicts what the fallout from the deal might be

HPE report lays bare inner workings of cyber criminal economy

A Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) report shows business how cyber criminals operate and how to disrupt them at each step of their criminal value chain

Vodafone CEO hints at return to growth for mobile operator as full-year results drop

Mobile operator Vodafone shares details of its full-year financial results, while talking up the role cloud has to play in its ability to deliver low-cost services

Employers offering apprenticeships should spread the word

The Skills Funding Agency says firms training apprentices should share the experience with other businesses

Tintri upgrades all-flash arrays, adds scale-out functionality

T-series arrays acquire 3D flash drives, with the T5060, T5080 and T5040 all set to benefit

Monday 16 May 2016

Google faces record €3bn fine for anti-competitive practices, abusing dominance

After a six-year dispute, the European Commission is close to imposing a fine of around €3bn – half of what it could actually bring to bear

Foxy Leicester City FC won Premiership with data analytics

Leicester City Football Club was the surprise winner of this season’s English Premier League, thanks, in part, to data analytics

Playing it smart: How the UAE and Huawei are creating a city of the future

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) aims to become one of the most connected and smart countries in the world within five years

Broadband providers send Ofcom suggestions on changing Openreach

The Federation of Communication Services has sent an open letter to Ofcom CEO Sharon White with 10 points on revamping Openreach’s governance

HSBC cuts hundreds of UK IT jobs

HSBC is cutting its UK IT workforce and transferring jobs to lower-cost countries as part of its global delivery strategy

Two-thirds of IT and telco firms not ready for Brexit

Only 35% of the European IT firms and telcos have developed a clear plan for dealing with the impact of a Brexit vote, a study shows

Cifas calls on UK government to help tackle fraud

The UK fraud prevention service is calling on the government to use the Queen’s Speech to introduce policy and legislative changes to tackle cyber and other forms of fraud

Sunday 15 May 2016

Time to shift information security focus away from detection, says Swiss bank CISO

Organisations need a new approach which recognises security is “breakable”, according to Michael Meli

CW@50: How UK home brew gave computing to the masses

From batch processing to the graphical user interface, from desktop PCs to smartphones, from luggables to wearables, computing has come a long way since Computer Weekly was first published in 1966. We look at some of the personal computers that paved the way

Public cloud uptake rises, but Europe still lags behind the US

Okta research finds the most popular cloud applications in all regions are mail, sales and marketing, social media and document storage

UK goverment’s call for evidence on business broadband closes June 2016

The UK government’s call for evidence on broadband for small to medium-sized enterprises is due to close, with the review aiming to drive down the cost of high-quality broadband for smaller businesses

10 key facts businesses need to note about the GDPR

With less than two years to go before the GDPR comes into force, there are key areas businesses need to focus on to ensure they will be compliant in time, says analyst Karsten Kinast

Friday 13 May 2016

Are Asian CIOs ready for container technology?

Could risk aversion slow the growth of containerisation – touted as an enabler of innovation – in the region?

Hundreds more jobs to go at RBS as digital replaces branch services

RBS is cutting more jobs and closing branches as customers increasingly prefer digital services

Future Retail Contest: Using tech to tackle retail’s biggest problems

IC Tomorrow’s Future Retail Contest aims to help the retail industry tackle some of its business issues by leveraging retail-focused startups

Software-defined storage the power behind Monash University microscopes

Australian academic institute uses the technology to help it deal with huge – and still growing – storage demands

TalkTalk sees profits halved as security breach takes its toll

Loss of 100,000 customers, and thousands of personal details, weighs heavy on the broadband and comms provider

Idiot UK Drivers Exposed enlists Hyve managed hosting as website traffic grows

Dangerous driving site explains how its videos going viral on social media prompted an urgent rethink about using a multi-tenanted hosting platform to support its website

Swift reports another Bangladesh central bank-style cyber attack

Global financial messaging organisation Swift warns of a highly adaptive cyber crimininal campaign targeting banks with user credentials to submit transfer requests

European IT buyers prioritise BI and data management over ERP and CRM

Data warehousing and business intelligence top dogs in the UK, finds 2016 TechTarget IT spending priorities survey

The Bimodal IT backlash: Should IT departments subscribe to the notion of a two-tier workforce?

Gartner’s Bimodal IT vision has captured the imaginations of some CIOs, but industry watchers have queried how well cultivating a two-tier IT department works in reality

Security Serious launches cyber security Unsung Heroes awards

Gathering aims to recognise the people on the front line of cyber threats, saving companies from financial and reputational harm

Sainsbury’s launches software development apprenticeship in bid to up tech skills

Retailer Sainsbury’s is targeting those with and without previous technical skills to become software development apprentices

Virgin Media connections spike as Project Lightning takes hold

Virgin Media adds a record number of subscribers to its platform in the first quarter of 2016

Customer relationships still key to competitive advantage, says Martin Kuppinger

There are five essential areas to which businesses need to pay attention to build competitive advantage in the rapidly evolving digital world, according to analyst Martin Kuppinger

Nursery and baby store Kiddicare puts its hand up to data breach after attack on a test site

Nursery and baby store Kiddicare suffers a data breach following a cyber attack on a test website that held real customer data

Security Think Tank: Guidelines for improving the effectiveness of IT security recruitment

What strategies can organisations use to ensure that they are able to hire the information security professionals they need and that good candidates are not being missed or overlooked?

Thursday 12 May 2016

Ebay sellers demand better broadband and mobile

A study of SME sellers conducted by eBay in the UK finds that many feel held back by poor broadband and mobile coverage

Salesforce turns to AWS for internet of things cloud test support

Cloud CRM giant is reportedly using the AWS public cloud to give it the capacity it needs to cope with the internet of things data deluge

Security a serious market differentiator, says Publicis CISO

Everyone in an organisation should be made to realise what digital safety means to them, says Thom Langford

Australia wants more fintech opportunity despite surprisingly low budget commitment

Australia’s federal budget has a surprisingly low financial commitment to fintech, despite the country’s clear appetite for developing the sector

This show’s not over: What next for Three and O2?

The European Commission may have shut down Three’s attempt to buy out O2 in the UK, but nobody thinks the story’s going to end there

Be prepared for blockchain, says consultant

The blockchain endgame is unclear, but organisations should ensure they are aware of what is happening at the very least, says consultant Sebastien Meunier

IT security leaders set to maintain or increase IAM spending

Senior IT decision-makers understand the need for identity and access management (IAM) systems to meet the challenges and opportunities of the digital age

ICO probes Google DeepMind patient data-sharing deal with NHS Hospital Trust

Data protection watchdog the information commissioner's office (ICO) investigates the NHS data-sharing deal with Google DeepMind, after a complaint from the public

IAM central to Deutsche Bank’s digital transformation

Deutsche Bank is using a centralised identity and access management (IAM) system and an application program interface (API) architecture for digital transformation

Barclays develops contactless payments app for Android mobile OS

Barclays bank is developing its own contactless payments service for users of the Android mobile phone operating system (OS) – hoping to launch in June 2016

Engage with business to drive IAM, says Axel Springer CISO

Axel Springer CISO Henning Christiansen teams up with business stakeholders to get board approval for an identity and access management (IAM) initiative

Security Think Tank: Internal up-skilling key to tackling cyber security skills shortage

What strategies can organisations use to ensure that they are able to hire the information security professionals they need and that good candidates are not being missed or overlooked?

European Commission blocks Three’s takeover of O2

The European Commission has blocked the proposed takeover of UK mobile network O2 by competitor Three

CityFibre lights up Milton Keynes and Northampton

CityFibre opens up its metro fibre networks to b2b services in Milton Keynes and Northampton

Nato agency signs five-year datacentre construction deal with Luxembourg MoD

Nato Support and Procurement Agency embarks on five-year datacentre deal to boost its disaster recovery capabilities

Better design and lower prices will make wearables more attractive

Advances in design and pricing will push wearables into the mainstream in the UK over the next four years, say analysts at CCS Insight

Wednesday 11 May 2016

CIO interview: Stefan Stigendal, Samhall

The CIO of Swedish company Samhall has the task of digitising its business while ensuring its staff, many of whom are disabled, get used to using IT

SAP users lack clarity on cloud portfolio

The UK and Ireland SAP user group has found a majority of members to be using the supplier’s cloud portfolio, but many are unconvinced by its business value

Eurovision Song Contest launches contactless payments in Stockholm

Eurovision Song Contest sponsor Visa Europe equips visitors with contactless payment wristbands backed by Gemalto’s Allynis events platform

Nominet offers bacon sarnies to get UK tradespeople online

UK domain name registrar Nominet launches a campaign, and opens its own greasy spoon café, to try to get more of the UK’s tradespeople online

Nokia plunges to €513m loss after Alcatel-Lucent acquisition

Costs mount up at network equipment supplier Nokia following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent

Safer cycling project wins BT smart city contest

Northern Irish startup See.Sense scoops £15,000 prize in BT smart city contest after developing a connected bike light

UK e-commerce spend rose by 8.4% year-on-year in April 2016

Online spending increases in 2015/16 as face-to-face transactions remain stagnant, finds Visa

Nordea Bank launches crowdfunding platform in Finland

The Nordic financial services group offers a technology bringing together investors and startup businesses

BBC hones IT project management, but still room for improvement

National Audit Office report finds the BBC’s management of critical projects has improved since the failure of its Digital Media Initiative, but further action is needed

Can mobile technology bring Myanmar in line with other Asean nations

Recent regulations in Myanmar widen the financial services market to include non-banking institutions

Tuesday 10 May 2016

Gulf Air creates private cloud to support open-source big data engine

Airline is using a private cloud and open-source software to enable it to analyse social media and understand what consumers think about it

CIO interview: Henrik Iversen, Monjasa

The head of IT at Danish oil and shipping company Monjasa tells Computer Weekly about making IT part of the decision-making process and managing personal development

Microsoft unveils SharePoint integration – but is it enough?

SharePoint harks back to a pre-cloud era and Microsoft is desperate to modernise it with cloud integration – but can it compete with pure cloud rivals, Box and Dropbox?

Swedbank boosts customer service with a virtual assistant

Nuance Nina will offer basic frontline support for online customers

Technology entrepreneurs: Tech is part of everything

A panel of technology entrepreneurs gave advice to teenage girls about starting tech companies, and admitted there’s a reason people are “falling into tech”

OpenStack set for 100% adoption by Fortune 100 firms within three years

Managed cloud provider Rackspace claims the open source software platform’s acceptance is miles ahead of where Linux was at this part of its life cycle

IT outsourcing starts year with a bang

The IT outsourcing sector got off to a strong start in 2016, with sales volumes and values up

IBM all-flash family gets cloud and enterprise A9000 and A9000R

IBM announces two all-flash arrays – the modular A9000 and rack A9000R, aimed at service providers and enterprises – and the mainframe-connected DS8888

Microsoft’s Q3 hit by cloud investments, income falls to $3.8bn

Competing with AWS and expanding into new regions leaves a hole in the finances

British Library's 'digital wallpaper' brings Shakespeare to the smartphone

The British Library is enabling people to download digital facsimiles of first edition Shakespeare plays to their devices using ‘digital wallpaper’

Monday 9 May 2016

Consumers would buy banking and insurance from Google, Amazon or Facebook

Consumers in Europe increasingly consider companies such as Facebook and Google as potential financial services providers

Basel banking supervision edict stretches banks’ risk data governance

What do banks require to meet BCBS 239: Principles for effective risk data aggregation and risk reporting?

Difficult-to-use IT pushes stress and heart rates to dangerous levels

Studies indicate trying to fix or work with tricky technology isn’t particularly good for your health

Security Think Tank: Focus IT security recruitment on risk management

What strategies can organisations use to ensure that they are able to hire the information security professionals they need and that good candidates are not being missed or overlooked?

Visa chooses Singapore for its first innovation centre in Asia

Visa opens its first innovation centre outside of the US to work with partners and customers to develop payment technology for the Southeast Asian market

A legal perspective on Ofcom’s BT Openreach review

Frances Murphy, partner, and Joanna Christoforou, of counsel, from the London office of global law firm Morgan Lewis examine Ofcom’s review of BT’s Openreach

Fear, uncertainty and data doubt hold back public Wi-Fi

Venue owners’ uncertainty and befuddlement over what they can actually do with their Wi-Fi infrastructure and the data carried over it is hindering their ability to realise the full potential of public Wi-Fi

Romanian companies look to attract programmers

Romanian organisations are training software developers internally after having problems recruiting people with the right skills and experience through the labour market

CW500: Skills and sourcing trends for successful IT strategy

This month's CW500 videos looks at how supplier relationship management and sourcing has evolved

CW500: Brendan O'Rourke, CIO at Telefonica UK, discusses skills and sourcing

This month's CW500 videos looks at how supplier relationship management and sourcing has evolved

CW500: EBRD's Louise McCarthy discusses skills and sourcing trends

This month's CW500 videos looks at how supplier relationship management and sourcing has evolved

Ransomware emerges as a top cyber threat to business

Security researchers at Kasperky Lab and FireEye confirm that the upward trend of ransomware is continuing and has emerged as a top threat to business

Ford to invest $182m in PaaS firm Pivotal to support connected car push

Ford steps up involvement with Pivotal, and sets out plans to expand the use of Pivotal’s software development kit across its IT and product development teams

Security Think Tank: Identifying, attracting and keeping the right IT security talent

What strategies can organisations use to ensure that they are able to hire the information security professionals they need and that good candidates are not being missed or overlooked?

Network visibility remains the key to safe digital transformation, says Cisco

Accessing analytics to deal with incidents is the future of information security, according to Terry Greer-King

Thursday 5 May 2016

US court orders Gozi money-stealing virus co-creator to pay $6.9m

Nikita Kuzmin spared further jail time after co-operating with investigators for the past three years

Tech-savvy Asean populations shake up enterprise IT, says AIA CTO

A young, urban and tech-savvy population in the Asean region has forced enterprises to rethink their IT strategies

New 5G spectrum rules urgently needed for European innovators

Europe risks falling behind if it does not move to establish 5G spectrum standards soon

Amazon strong quarter beats analysts’ expectations

Amazon reports profits for the first quarter of $513m, compared with a net loss $57m in the same period the year before

Virtual desktop infrastructure set for Middle East enterprise growth

More and more IT leaders in the Middle East are considering adopting virtual desktop infrastructures, but user cases are needed to speed things up

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Security Think Tank: Strategies for meeting cyber security skills needs

What strategies can organisations use to ensure they are able to hire the information security professionals they need and that good candidates are not being missed or overlooked?

AWS Q1 Results: How the cloud giant plans to retain its hold on the market

In light of the continued growth of AWS, Computer Weekly looks at how the firm intends to retain its hold on the cloud market

Businesses must address digital transformation security risks, says analyst

The security elements of business IT, the internet of things and operational technology are now all deeply interconnected, claims Martin Kuppinger

How to tease out patterns in divergent data stacks

Graph databases – the technology that links relations between datasets – will revolutionise the insights of data analytics

Google company’s access to NHS records raises privacy concerns

A data-sharing agreement between a Google-owned firm and the Royal Free NHS trust raises privacy concerns, despite assurances that Google cannot use the data

Designer cyber threats increasing, warns Sophos

Cyber attackers are crafting spam to deliver malware that uses vernacular, brands and payment methods for better cultural compatibility, Sophos researchers find

Most Influential Women in UK IT 2016: Entrants to the Hall of Fame

Computer Weekly recognises more great women’s lifetime achievements in its Most Influential Women in UK IT Hall of Fame

Security Think Tank: HR and IT security collaboration key to skills crisis

What strategies can organisations use to ensure they are able to hire the information security professionals they need and that good candidates are not being missed or overlooked?

Shell the latest multinational to insource IT offshore

Oil giant Shell is the latest large business to announce plans to insource its IT operations at a delivery centre in Bangalore, India

Quarter of banks will use startups to replace legacy IT

A quarter of banks will go to financial technology suppliers for their online and mobile banking requirements by 2020

IBM develops quantum as a service

IBM starts the ball rolling on what it would mean to program a universal quantum computer

Tuesday 3 May 2016

EMC launches Unity flash and hybrid arrays at SME customers

EMC launches Unity, SME-targeted all-flash and hybrid flash arrays built on a Linux OS on commodity hardware with services run from containers

Singapore gets Samsung Pay and Apple Pay

Singapore is the first nation in the Asean region to get the Apple and Samsung mobile payment services

Wi-Fi aggregator iPass offers SDK to simplify network access

iPass launches a software development kit to let enterprises, operators and suppliers integrate its technology and services into devices and apps

EMC World 2016: Tucci and Dell vaunt datacentre modernisation

EMC World 2016 kicks off in Las Vegas, with the supplier vaunting datacentre modernisation, based on software-defined storage, cloud, flash and scale out architecture

ViaSat connects satellite development programme for European Space Agency

ESA initiative aims to kick-start the development process for high-capacity satellite products, apps and services

Monday 2 May 2016

Technology moving too fast for governments to keep up, says former Darpa chief

Former US defence technology chief supports encryption and privacy, despite intelligence services’ fears

Disrupting IT in the Nordics, from banks to taxis

IT is dramatically changing traditional industry sectors in the Nordic region. Computer Weekly examines the transformation

Government approves Elizabeth Denham as next information commissioner

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee approves Elizabeth Denham as the UK’s next information commissioner

Asean CIOs expect IT budget increase in 2016

IT leaders in the Asean region expect to spend more on IT this year, with big data, mobility and IoT all priorities

Inefficient IT hampering UK government plans to reduce re-offending, says NAO

National Audit Office highlights problems such as re-keying of data and a lack of integration

Vodafone Qatar launches Wi-Fi as a service for businesses

Vodafone is offering its business customers in Qatar Wi-Fi as a service, which is another sign of the coming together of the IT and telecoms sectors

Report names Hull as slowest city for broadband

A report by broadband comparison site claims that Hull has some of the slowest average broadband speeds in the UK

Payment card industry issues data security standard update

PCI DSS version 3.2 introduces six new requirements for compliance, some additional guidance and a raft of clarifications

Ransomware makes up a quarter (and rising) of UK cyber attacks, finds research

Eset’s data shows a spike in detections of these particularly nasty malware packages in the third week of April 2016

Case study: Athona recruits Mimecast to halt CEO fraud attacks

Brentwood-based recruitment firm wanted to solve its email archiving problems, but ended up with better security, including new anti-whaling protection in the wake of an attack

Young people unaware of IT roles in financial services

Careers firm Investment 2020 claims young people have little awareness of the IT roles available in the financial services sector, or what routes to take to get there

Saudi Arabia could warm to cloud computing, so long as regulation and connectivity keep pace

One of the world’s biggest oil producers has responded to tumbling crude prices by announcing a $2tn war chest to fund an economic diversification strategy, with IT set to be a beneficiary

International IT trade group urges firms to prepare for GDPR

Companies that fail to start planning to deal with the EU’s data protection requirements are in for a real shock, warns the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers

Canonical founder: "OpenStack no lifeline for legacy tech suppliers"

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth warns legacy tech suppliers may struggle to get the “magic returns” they may be expecting from aligning themselves with OpenStack

Cyber security in Belgium will gain prominence after terror attacks

Belgium’s physical security has been branded inadequate, so how does the country’s cyber security measure up?

IT challenges may force RBS to miss EU deadline to split businesses

Problems related to creating an IT platform for the Royal Bank of Scotland’s planned divestment look set to cause delays