Littlewoods finds new IT chief; Dell launches 64-bit four-processor servers and more news briefs

Short takes from this week's news

Short takes from this week's news

Energis IT chief moves to Littlewoods

The IT director of telecoms company Energis has left to become chief information officer at Littlewoods Home Shopping and Shop Direct. Martin Wyke will focus on IT strategy at the Liverpool-based retailer. Previously Wyke held senior management positions with retailers Marks and Spencer and Debenhams.

Dell launches 64-bit four-processor servers

Dell has launched a range of four-processor servers to improve performance in enterprise datacentres. The Dell Poweredge 6800 and Poweredge 6850 use the new 64-bit Intel Xeon MP platform and are designed for database environments, server consolidation and virtualisation needs, and migration from costlier Risc-based systems.

Second Firefox patch fixes buffer vulnerability

Firefox browser users are again being asked to update their software after another security hole was discovered. Users were asked last month to update to version 1.0.1, after a patch was issued to counter a security hole that exposed users to phishing. They have now been urged to upgrade to 1.0.2 to fix an exposure to a buffer overflow attack if they open Gif images containing rogue code. The flaw was discovered by security company Internet Security Systems.

Microsoft Update goes to public beta trial

Microsoft has started a public beta trial of its Update system, a service for distributing security patches. Microsoft Update is a substitute for Windows Update, and not only protects the Windows operating system, but also Microsoft Office, Exchange, SQL Server and other products. The new service is being trialled by about 25,000 users and the commercial service is expected by the middle of the year.

Government project to aid secure transactions

A project has been launched by the government to provide technical help and practical security advice about online transactions between public bodies. Dubbed Government Connect, it will allow customers to complete transactions online without having to post or show in person a proof of identity. The E-Government Unit hopes is that all local authorities will become members of Government Connect by the end of 2007.

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