SAP certified anti virus scanner announced -- and other news briefs

Short takes from this week's news

Short takes from this week's news

Anti-virus scanner first to be SAP certified

H+BEDV Datentechnik has announced the world's first virus scanner to be certified by SAP. The Antivir Virus Scan Adapter integrates into SAP's Netweaver middleware platform and monitors the data exchange of SAP applications. H+BEDV Datentechnik said the software could prevent known and unknown viruses and malicious code from penetrating SAP systems.

EMC attempts to lure users away from Veritas

EMC is hoping to lure customers away from its back-up and recovery rival Veritas with a financial sweetener program called Safe Switch. The initiative is designed to woo customers deploying Veritas Software's back-up products that are engaged in software migrations or are concerned by Symantec's merger with Veritas. Introduced in January, the first phase of Safe Switch is targeted at Veritas Netbackup and Veritas Backup Exec users who plan to implement Oracle's 10g database.

One third of DVLA data contains errors

Almost a third of records held by the UK's Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are inaccurate, hampering police efforts to tackle car crime, according to a National Audit Office report published last week. The NAO said 32% of the DVLA's records contain an inaccuracy.

Procurement doubts against OGC dropped

Doubts over the legality of framework procurement contracts and e-auctions managed by the Office of Government Commerce have been removed by the European Commission, the OGC said last week. The OGC is charged with delivering the government's efficiency review and cutting public sector procurement costs.

Spanish police arrest suspect over Tasin worm

Spanish police investigating a virus outbreak which infected thousands of computers in Europe and South America have arrested a 20-year-old man. The man, the suspected author of the Tasin worm, reportedly launched the virus from computers at college and in his home. "The Spanish police's quick action should send a clear message to anyone thinking of writing and releasing a worm," said Graham Cluley, senior technologist at anti-virus firm Sophos.

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