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  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Special skills for special security problems

    I was pleased to read in the Sunday Telegraph that GCHQ values the security skills of dyslexic young people, employing over 100 dyslexic and dyspraxic neuro-diverse analysts. I fully support this idea. Unfortunately most professional development schemes fail to recognize these abilities, generally promotin...

  • The Full Spectrum

    Why I won't be complaining about bad mobile signal again

    The western United States is a land of splendid and awe-inspiring isolation. Towering redwood groves, rugged coastal cliffs, soaring eagles, sleeping volcanoes hiding glittering blue lakes within their craters. You can drive for 20, 50, 80 miles or more before seeing a town of any size.So you'd better have...

  • ITWorks

    Bridging the skills gap: Security process automation

    This is a guest blog by Jody Brazil, CEO of FireMonOne of the most pressing issues in IT security management today remains the critical shortage of skilled professionals available to address current demands.For example, an April 2014 study conducted by Frost & Sullivan found demand for 4.25 million sec...

  • Downtime

    India's Mars expedition searches the red planet for cheap IT staff

    The search for non-linear business models amongst the India IT services community has proved too much and forced the nation's huge IT services industry to remain in its comfort zone and look for low cost staff. Well I say comfort zone but that is probably unfair as it involves travelling over 225 million ...

  • Quocirca Insights

    IBM - A new behemoth, or a wounded beast?

    IBM recently held its first major event for industry analysts since its announcement of the divestment of its x86 server and product line to Lenovo.  At the event, Tom Rosamilia (SVP IBM Systems and Technology Group) and Steve Mills (SVP, Software and Systems) and their teams provided an up-beat view ...

  • CWDN

    What to expect from Spiceworks' SpiceWorld 2014

    This September sees the seventh annual SpiceWorld user conference staged by Spiceworks. Nothing whatsoever do so with 90s girl bands, Spiceworks describes itself as a vertical network for IT that connects more than 2.5 million IT professionals with over 2,300 technology brands -- it's mission is to simplif...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    REVIEW: How to turn a Raspberry Pi in to an NSA-proof computer

    This is a guest post by Fiona O'CleirighOne of the Pi's key attributes is its price of around £30. It is the nearest thing we have to a disposable computer and several can be used cost-effectively in a single project. A recently publicised use is the creation of a string of Raspberry Pi honeypots...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Dell is making all the right noises and the right bets. Will its magic work?

    I had a chance to see Michael Dell - in flesh - for the first time yesterday in Brussels at the Dell Solutions Summit. He delivered a great keynote on Dell's datacentre strategy, its investment plans and also spoke about all the hot IT topics - software-defined infrastructures, internet of things, security...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Greater devolution offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to accelerate digital government

    So Scotland is not going it alone - and in all probability the whole of the UK will be better for that decision. The independence drive engaged voters in Scotland like never before, and also revealed the deep dissatisfaction across the rest of the UK with the status quo of Westminster politics. It now look...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Political uncertainty is the biggest barrier to creating a UK broadband infrastructure fit for a society that dies when the on-line connection goes down

    Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE How many times a day, week, month or year would you be dead if your Internet connection was your life support system. I have been aware of only two hiccups on my BT Infinity Service since it went live a couple of years ago (one was fixed with a simple router ...

  • Downtime

    My phone has run out, any plans for the weekend?

    Talking to yourself out loud could soon become the chosen method of keeping laptops and smartphones running during long periods on the road.With batteries often the weak link in computer hardware, businesses could turn to engineers in Canada.  Engineers at the École de Technologie Supérieure in Montre...

  • Data Matters

    Preparation needs to start now for imminent European data protection changes

    This s a guest blog Mike Davis, author of a report published by AIIM.   The forthcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes signal a major opportunity for cloud providers to deliver EU-wide services under a single operations model. 'Making sense of European Data Protection Regul...

  • StorageBuzz

    Look out Symantec! Virtual server backup specialist Veeam is behind you

    One of the big surprises of the recent TechTarget European Purchasing Intentions survey was the appearance of Veeam as number two customer choice of backup software product. In the survey Symantec was recorded as the most popular backup product among the 511 storage professionals questioned, with 20% sayin...

  • CWDN

    HP's Mårten Mickos on Eucalyptus & cloud: in unambiguously Finnish terms

    Okay so we called out (now ex-) Eucalyptus CEO Mårten Mickos for changing his stance on OpenStack and his move to join HP as senior vice president and general manager of its cloud business reporting to Meg Whitman -- but what did Mickos have to say for himself? Many media channels (including this one) jump...

  • CWDN

    Is software monetisation 2.0 a developer wake up call?

    As a committed reporting resource dedicated to examining the manifold machinations and manoeuvrings across the software application developer landscape, the Computer Weekly Developer Network recently sat down with the communications team for information security company SafeNet. Discussions centred around ...

  • Public Sector IT

    Microsoft gets flack over "rubbish" UK data

    Data experts and government officials have fingered Microsoft's popular Excel spreadsheet as a source of gremlins troubling the UK government's reform programme.Four years after the coalition government began its attempt to create the most open and transparent democracy in the world, technical problems per...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    You get what you pay for when it comes to service. Why I would not risk switching from BT even though it costs more.

    This afternoon my BT Infinity line went down. Luckily I was able to browse the net over an old netbook using Vodafone and find a phone number (after the BT website I Googled told me my number was invalid and would not let me use online reporting: I suspect I was looking at a consumer website for a business...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Android One - smartphones for consumers in emerging markets

    For many, information and education are unobtainable. However, the internet has provided 'knowledge' to those who need it since its birth. It does not matter who you are - of you have an internet connection you can find out anything you want. Android's new Android One initiative aims to help people in unde...

  • CWDN

    IBM Watson Analytics versus Sarah Palin's modern anti-intellectualism

    There are IBM Watson lovers and haters. Watson haters (aka "cognophobes") deride IBM for showboating its Watson analytics natural language-based cognitive service as a contrived route to making traditional old Big Blue look sexy again. As the Economist wrote back in 2011... "Watson, as the computer is call...

  • Downtime

    Jail term for palace guardsman for dancing? Where's your sense of humour MoD?

    A video of a Buckingham Palace guardsman who was marching comically and showing his dance moves has become a YouTube sensation. The video has gone viral with nearly two million views. But what's more bizarre than the guardsman's moves is the MoD's reaction to it.The three and a half minute video shows the ...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Cloud wars just got spicier, thanks to Google

    Ambitious startups and developers around the world got a big treat from Google ahead of the weekend - $100,000 worth of Google cloud credits along with 24/7 support from the tech experts at Google. Urs Hölzle, Google Fellow launched the "Google Cloud Platform for Startups" initiative on Friday to help star...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    More insights not more data

    It is hardly surprising that businesses are obsessed with data. The online activity of consumers is constantly tracked whether at home or on the move. Businesses want to know what people want and when they want it so they can make them an offer they can't refuse. Businesses are also collecting masses of da...

  • CWDN

    What is the correct time for a keynote?

    It is technical conference season, let's face it -- the time has come. BoxWorks and Intel Developer Forum are already out of the way. London has even been getting in on the act with Gartner events and others -- Westminster's Park Plaza hotel and Grange Hotels group are becoming more and more familiar to ma...

  • Public Sector IT

    Computerized job cuts hitch up hokey austerity figures

    Tens of thousands of job cuts allowed the UK coalition government to firm up £14bn of otherwise flaky claims for austerity savings it said proved its frugal, "hard-headed" government was succeeding.But while it used the numbers to call the last government soft and wasteful, the cost-cutting Cabinet Office ...

  • Open Source Insider

    Does HP have the stomach to digest Eucalyptus?

    HP is acquiring Eucalyptus. Eucalyptus is known for its Amazon Web Services compatible open source private cloud software. The company's cloud software is intended to coalesce compute, network and storage resources within to create on-demand (self-service) private cloud resources. Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mic...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Could IT hinder Scotland's desire for change?

    Whichever way Scotland votes on its independence, one outcome that is assured will be the need for one of the fastest and most ambitious IT projects the public sector has ever seen.If Scotland leaves the UK, it will need to set up IT systems to replace every one of the functions it currently shares with Wh...

  • WITsend

    Inspiring the next generation of women to blaze trails & embrace STEM careers

    This is a guest blog by Jill King, vice president of marketing at Adaptive Computing   I recently returned from vacation in Orlando, Fla. where I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center for the first time. It was exciting to see our customers and partners' logos lining the walls as ...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    iPhone 6 - features and functionality

    Consumers and businesses alike have been waiting with bated breath for the announcement of the iPhone 6 and the constantly-discussed Apple Watch. We wrote our predictions about what we thought the new devices would offer, now it's time to fill you in on what the new iPhone is really capable of. The iP...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Scotland's independence will open new market to outsourcing

    Imagine all the new IT contracts up for grabs when an independent Scotland starts putting together its public bodies.Scotland shares over 200 institutions as part of the UK, which might have to be split if more than 50% of votes say 'yes' to independence. In April I interviewed Steria's UK head John Torrie...

  • Quocirca Insights

    It's all about the platform

    Content sync and share systems are available from many players - Dropbox, Box, Microsoft OneDrive are just a few of the many for those who want to be able to access their files from anywhere via the cloud.  However, the ubiquity of systems and the lack of adequate monetisation at the consumer level is...