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75% of UK firms are vulnerable to data theft

Short takes on this week's news

Three-quarters of UK enterprises are vulnerable to data theft, a survey from Loglogic has found. While half of the firms reported that their enterprise data is mission critical, most do not have systems in place to track and trace potential data theft according to the survey, carried out by Vanson Bourne.

Criminal Justice IT names Coker new CTO

Criminal Justice IT, part of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, has appointed Tunde Coker as its new CTO, with a remit to set the technology direction of a £2bn programme designed to join up police, courts, prison and probation services.

Number of women working in IT falls to 16%

The number of women working in IT has fallen dramatically over the past five years, to a low of 16%, a Department of Trade and Industry sponsored study shows. The research, published by Intellect, shows that many of the women that are employed in the IT sector are found in the lower skilled, lower paid areas of the industry, rather than more professional and technical positions.

Barclays extends deal with Siemens to 2008

Barclays has extended to 2008 its business process outsourcing contract with Siemens Business Services as part of a multi-million pound deal. Siemens is operating areas of Barclays' retail banking back office, including account closures, transfer of funds and administrative processing for direct debit and standing order instructions.

Worldwide server shipments on the rise

Worldwide server shipments for the third quarter of 2006 increased 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year, while worldwide server sales for the same period climbed 4.4%, said analyst firm Gartner. Global server revenues totalled £7bn for the quarter, as worldwide server shipments reached just over two million units. But in the EMEA region, server shipments only grew 2.7%, while server revenue increased 3.5%.

O2 and Motorola to provide police with PDAs

Airwave O2 has signed a contract with Motorola to provide personal digital assistants (PDAs) that can work on the UK police forces' national Tetra (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) network. The agreement is the world's first commercial contract for Tetra PDAs, with Motorola providing the first handsets to the police by the end of the year.

Nokia's bid to prevent network snarl-ups

Nokia has launched a program to help prevent network logjams caused by the growing amount of bandwidth-hungry data being passed over mobile networks. It lets operators control the use of network resources by applications such as file sharing and VoIP.

Yorkshire Building Society to use BI platform

Yorkshire Building Society is to install the BusinessObjects XI Release 2 business intelligence platform to support more than 500 managers and staff across its 131 offices. The software will provide the building society with an integrated business intelligence platform for budgeting, planning, performance management, analysis and enterprise information management.

IT workers count the cost as they rack up debts

A fifth of IT and telecoms workers are in serious debt, with unsecured loans of at least £10,000, according to research by debt consultancy Thomas Charles. Of those, 15% report regular debt repayment problems, and 14% report some likelihood of declaring themselves bankrupt or taking out an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). The research was conducted in October with 2,322 respondents.

UK to spend £1bn on implementing MiFID

The Financial Services Authority has estimated that investment banks and stock exchanges based in the UK will spend up to £1bn implementing the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive. The main costs are expected to come from order-routing and settlement systems that provide clients with the best prices.

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