Gartner's survey of 1,300 IT directors reveals interesting findings-- and other news briefs

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

Poor IT performance could cost directors jobs

Two-thirds of IT directors feel their jobs are at risk because of the business' view of IT's performance, a survey of 1,300 IT directors by analyst firm Gartner has found. IT directors need to stabilise the quality of IT services and provide measures that demonstrate growth, it said. The survey found that half of those polled were concerned about the ageing workforce in IT.

FBI drops out of $170m anti-terror data system

The FBI is to abandon a $170m (£91m) computer system designed to share data about terrorist threats and criminal cases. The Virtual Case File was designed to index case information and intelligence, allowing investigators to establish links between cases. But it is already outdated, the bureau has concluded.

Code released as Sun seeks Java 6 developers

Sun Microsystems has posted the code of the next version of the Java desktop system on its website. Sun's move is designed to get more third parties involved in the development of Java 6 - codenamed "Mustang" - which is expected to appear next year. To facilitate this, Sun has released the Java 2 Standard Edition (J2SE) 6.0 code, as part of moves to convince developers that it is committed to the open source path with its own products.

Linux OS suppliers issue security patches

Linux software companies Red Hat, Novell SuSE, and Mandrakesoft have issued security patches against flaws in their Linux operating systems. Security company Secunia reported on its website that Red Hat has this week issued three patches, Mandrakesoft two, and Novell SuSE one, in response to discovered threats to their systems. These include openings for denial of service attacks, buffer overflow malicious code vulnerabilities, and the use of graphics and Adobe Acrobat documents to take over a user's machine.

T-Mobile hacker faces court appearance

A Californian man is facing charges for hacking into the US computers of mobile phone company T-Mobile. Nicholas Lee Jacobsen is accused of downloading the names and social security numbers of 400 T-Mobile customers. Jacobsen is also accused of reading e-mails and personal computer files.

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