Microsoft releases public beta of its Data Protection Server -- and more news briefs

Short takes from this week's news

Short takes from this week's news

Microsoft launches Data Protection Manager beta

Microsoft has released a public beta of its Data Protection Server and has changed the product's name to Systems Centre Data Protection Manager, or DPM. DPM is a server software application that provides optimised disc-based back-up and recovery. The software is designed to simplify and strengthen an organisation's back-up strategy and provide rapid and reliable data recovery, said Microsoft.

Swansea Council approves staff transfer

Swansea Council has approved plans to transfer IT staff to outsourcing supplier Capgemini as part of its troubled £150m service@swansea project. Last year, about 100 IT staff went on strike in response to what they saw as a lack of consultation on the project. Mary Jones, council member for performance, said the council had now agreed with Capgemini a range of measures to ensure protection of IT staff terms and conditions during the 10-year contract.

Ralph Lauren shoppers under threat of ID theft

A faulty point of sale system at retailer Polo Ralph Lauren in the US last week resulted in 180,000 credit card customers being warned of the potential for ID theft. The system retained and stored credit card information rather than purging the data after processing each transaction. The problem affected all credit card transactions at the US retailer between June 2002 and December 2004.

Home working security costs firms £8.5bn

The security risk of home working is costing UK business £8.5bn a year, according to a study by Novell. The study found 80% of UK teleworkers admit to not taking computer security precautions when working from home. The research revealed home workers are "ambivalent" to security issues, making them easy targets for hackers. 

Oracle collaborates with open source on EJB 3.0

Oracle is collaborating with the open source Eclipse development community to support its Enterprise Java Beans 3.0 specification and aid the development of Java-based products. The specification supports the J2EE 5.0 standard. The collaboration will ease application development and improve developer productivity for, said Oracle.

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