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Spam in July – banking Trojans dominate malware in email traffic

By admin, 31 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

The results of spam monitoring in July point to a lack of variety among malware targets — nearly every malicious programme was after personal user data. Most cases involved malicious programmes from banking Trojan families that use personal data to access online banking services. The notorious Zbot/ZeuS spyware programme alone accounted for 23% of all malicious attachments and targeted online banking service users logging in on a Windows system or using an Android mobile device.

More often than not, malicious users use fake emails seeded with the Zbot Trojan that are designed to look like an official notification from banks, online stores, social networks, or popular delivery services. Fake messages using the Bank of America name were particularly popular with scammers in July.

The malware intercepts browser requests to the bank’s website, and instead suggests that the user fill out various and sundry “additional information” in order to “ensure security”. However, instead of successfully logging in, the banking Trojan obtains unauthorised access to the user’s money. The variations of this Trojan targeting the Android operating system now allow malicious users to intercept transaction confirmation codes that banks typically send to users (by text message, for example), and then reroute these codes to themselves.

July also saw a new entry in the Top 20 email threats. SMS-Flooder.AndroidOS.Didat.a, which targets the mobile Android operating system, ranked 15th and set a new record for this class of programme. Its functions allow it to orchestrate and send mass text messages.

Commenting on spam developments in July 2013, Darya Gudkova, Head of Kaspersky Lab’s Content Analysis Department, said; “Malicious users targeting Android devices are showing no signs of taking a break. The appearance of this new threat in the Top 20 spam ratings confirms our expectations – the steady growth of Android users will inevitably lead to an increase in the number and variety of these types of threats. These programmes capable of sending out text messages will no doubt soon be joined by Trojans that steal confidential data.”

Naturally, major world events also figured in July’s spam mailings. The birth of the heir to the British throne, the trials and tribulations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, the removal of Egypt’s President Morsi — all of these events were exploited to attract attention to spam advertisements for various goods or so-called Nigerian scam emails that attempt to extract money from gullible recipients.

The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone launches in South Africa

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

Super Social BlackBerry Smartphone Lets You Spark The Conversation

BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today introduced the new super social BlackBerry® 9720 smartphone in South Africa. Designed for a premium look, the new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone takes everything you would get from a feature phone, a starter smartphone or existing BlackBerry® Curve™ smartphone to the next level, and comes packed with all of your favorite social apps to let you spark the conversation.

The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone is now available from Vodacom, and is expected to be available from other authorized carriers and retailers in South Africa in the first week of September. The new smartphone is supported on the popular BlackBerry® Internet Service (BIS).

The BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a spacious BlackBerry® Keyboard with distinct keys for optimal typing, a 2.8” touchscreen and trackpad for easy navigation. It also offers generous battery life, and numerous enhancements including:

  • BlackBerry 7 OS – The new BlackBerry 9720 comes with BlackBerry® 7 OS version 7.1, which features an updated interface that lets you swipe to unlock the phone or access the camera from the lock screen, as well as additional enhancements.
  • BBM – The new BlackBerry 9720 smartphone features a dedicated BBM™ key that makes it quick and convenient to access the globally popular mobile social network, and with its BlackBerry Keyboard, messaging your BBM friends is easy and accurate. It includes BBM Voice, which lets you chat over Wi-Fi®.* The latest version of BBM, which features BBM Channels, will also soon be available for download on the BlackBerry® World™ storefront, letting you tune in and connect with the businesses, brands, celebrities and groups you are passionate about.
  • Built-in FM Radio – With the BlackBerry 9720 you can listen to local FM stations, and automatically let your BBM friends know what station you’re currently listening to.
  • Multicast to Make Yourself Heard in an Instant – The refreshed BlackBerry 7 OS lets you quickly type your message once and post it simultaneously and instantly to your friends on BBM, Twitter® and Facebook®. You can even snap a picture and post it to multiple social networks all at the same time, right from the camera app.
  • Discover New Possibilities – With access to BlackBerry 7 apps and games on BlackBerry World, the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone can make you more productive and better informed, and keep you well connected and thoroughly entertained, while on the move.
  • Smart for Business Too – With BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express, the BlackBerry 9720 offers superior business productivity features with market-leading mobile device management, application management and security, and is a very cost-effective solution for any organization.

For more information about the BlackBerry 9720 smartphone, visit http://uk.blackberry.com/smartphones/blackberry-9720.html. To watch a YouTube video about the new smartphone visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9eTpojlWF8.

For information on pricing and availability please check with your carrier or retailer.

 

Alvarion rescue plan

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

The recent bankruptcy filing by Alvarion Ltd, the Israeli developer of wireless access solutions, will have an impact on the South African market, according to local Alvarion products distributor, Duxbury Networking.

Despite news that private-equity firm Sigma Wave may acquire Alvarion, Duxbury is pressing ahead with the formulation of contingency plans in a bid to offer its SA resellers and dealers alternative solutions.

“Duxbury Networking is committed to our customers and will continue to offer carrier-grade point-to-point and point-to-multipoint devices,” says Andy Robb, chief technology officer at Duxbury Networking.

According to Robb, negotiations are well underway with suppliers who are expected to present migration plans to the Alvarion user base. “In conjunction with our sales and technical teams, we will work closely with current Alvarion partners to ensure that transitions to alternative vendor solutions are easily and cost-effectively achieved,” he says.

Against this backdrop, Alvarion shares have soared on press reports of a takeover. Elana Holzman, vice president of Investor Relations at the Tel Aviv-based vendor, is reportedly upbeat about “a positive end to the process” in the near future.

Bytes Document Solutions launches new press, announces customer deals at Africa Print Expo

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

Bytes Document Solutions, the authorised Xerox distributor in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, showcased the new wide format Xerox IJP 2000 at the Africa Print Expo, held from 21 to 23 August, 2013 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, and also announced three major new customer deals.

In addition, Bytes Document Solutions won first prize for best stand at Africa Print. “The award was presented for the most flair and innovation in exhibiting and demonstrating products and services, and for showing a strong, stylish and confident visual presence that highlights an accomplished and distinguished brand,” said Johan Basson, CEO of Bytes Document Solutions. “It was a great honour to win this award. We also took the opportunity to announce several customer wins and new product launches. Overall, the Expo was a great success for BDS.”

Speaking at the launch of the IJP 2000 Franz Sommer, wide format manager for Xerox Middle East and Africa, said the press had already made a big impression on the market after being showcased at print shows FESPA in London, Gulf Print in Dubai and at TechnoPrint in Cairo “Business is getting faster and so are its demands,” he said. “Worldwide the retail value of wide format printing is increasing at a rapid rate, particularly in the corporate, retail, transport and events sectors. The IJP 2000 was developed to meet the growing demand for items such as large indoor posters, signs, point-of-purchase graphics and banners.”

According to InfoTrends research, 60% of customers want a turnaround time of two days or less.
In addition, the needs of the market include increased customisation, the ability to order moderate quantities, and to place recurring orders.

“The IJP 2000 gives printers the extra speed needed to produce more jobs faster,” Sommer added. “The incredible speed of the IJP 2000 allows print shops to produce more wide format jobs in a very short space of time. It can print an A0 page in full colour with a resolution of 1600x1600dpi in just seven seconds. It can also print nine-metre banners in one minute, plus runs of 200 prints in around 20 minutes. It’s currently the most productive indoor printer on the market and offers a low total cost of ownership compared to competitive inkjet printers.”

BDS’s authorised Zambian distributor, Digiprint’s purchase of the IJP 2000 was announced at the Expo. . “Every aspect of the machine’s design is geared toward keeping printers productive and profitable,” says Paul Haglich, marketing manager for production systems at Bytes Document Solutions. “By taking advantage of the capabilities of this machine, Digiprint will be able to realize greater opportunity in wide format runs and easily fit them into its production schedule, enabling greater profitability.”

The first South African firm commitment for an order came from a KZN-based printing company who plans to expand and enhance their wide format printing services through the acquisition of the advanced IJP2000.

Also announced at the Expo was the purchase of a Xerox Colour 1000 digital press and a Xerox D95 high-speed copier/printer by marketing consultancy Nyalu Communications. “We offer a complete print production service for our clients and the acquisition of the new press will enhance our ability to create professional, high-quality printed material such as brochures, sales support materials and annual reports quickly. With the Xerox 1000, colour-critical jobs can be completed faster, while maintaining consistent, accurate image quality. It also comes with a set of colour management tools that automate time-consuming tasks. Both the Xerox 1000 and the D95 will enable us to fulfil our ambitious business growth strategy.”

Digital print company Ren-Form, which produces magazines, catalogues, continuous forms, web printing, scratch cards, digital print on demand and variable data security printing, bought the first Xerox iGen 150 in Africa and the Middle East. “Ren-Form has pioneered digital printing in South Africa, so it makes business sense for us to buy the iGen 150 because of the remarkable quality, speed and capabilities it will bring to our business,” said Tommy du Sart, CEO of Ren-Form.

 

 

execMobile launches uncapped roaming data

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

execMobile has launched Unlimited, a solution which gives business travellers an uncapped data solution when travelling overseas in 110 countries.

Craig Lowe, execMobile founder, says Unlimited is a subscription product which gives business uncapped Internet for R349 per day of usage.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in an uncapped product from our corporate clients who are looking for a fixed cost product that removes the cost uncertainty for executives using large amounts of data when travelling abroad,” he says.

Unlimited has a subscription of R99 per month per PocketWifi device, with a daily data cost of R349 for uncapped Internet.

The great thing about the PocketWifi device is that it supports 5 Wi-Fi enabled device connections simultaneously, which means that a single user can connect multiple devices or a team of employees can get connected when travelling without having to worry about the amount of data they use, Lowe says.

Given that the average international data cost of around R100 per MB, Unlimited is extremely well priced to reduce the cost of employees’ data when travelling. The daily cost equates to only 3MB of data at current roaming rates.

Coverage for Unlimited has been expanded to 110 countries; worth noting is that 14 African and 7 Middle East destinations are supported including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, DRC, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and many others.

“Our Global alternative is also a post-paid option; travellers pay R7.99/ MB, with no subscription rate. This is 90 percent cheaper than the standard international data rate and employees are only billed for the data used, offering them the flexibility to use corporate infrastructure or other alternatives abroad,” he says.

Both solutions offer corporates total cost control; Global allow companies to set daily or monthly data usage limits, whilst Unlimited offers companies who prefer the bundle scenario a fixed daily cost.

“On Unlimited, travellers will pass the Global (pay per MB) threshold at 38MB. As with uncapped on local data, it changes the usage pattern of the users when they don’t have to worry about how much data they are using,” he says.

The alternative for users needing to use larger amounts of data is Wi-Fi. However, Wi-Fi networks can become congested, slowing download rates, and are potentially unsecure and simply not feasible for many corporates.

“It’s interesting to note that many South African corporates now have policy in place to prevent their employees from using public Wi-Fi networks,” Lowe says.

And while local data costs will always be cheaper, they often require buying a SIM card in that country, a RICA-equivalent and require the user to forfeit their mobile number and modify their device settings.

The convenience of the Unlimited solutions is that it automatically activates when employees start using data while roaming, giving a predictable cost structure.

Samsung opens registration for first Annual Global Developers Conference

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

Event takes place in San Francisco from October 27-29 and includes over 40 working sessions, insight to new Samsung tools and SDKs and guest talks from industry luminaries

Samsung Electronics Co. has announced that registration for its first annual Samsung Developers Conference has officially opened. The event, to be held at San Francisco’s St. Francis Hotel, from October 27-29, will feature insight into new tools to help developers create exciting, innovative applications and services across Samsung devices and best practice demonstrations.

Samsung’s event will feature over 40 technical sessions and industry sessions from leading influencers in the mobile, consumer electronics and digital content industries. Samsung will also unveil a number of new SDKs and tools that will help developers maximise the latest innovations, features and capabilities found in Samsung devices.

“Samsung is excited to offer developers a single place to learn how to develop, market, and monetise applications and services that may span smartphones, tablets, and televisions,” said Paulo Ferreira, Head of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung SA. “As convergence of user experiences and as consumers utilise more devices, even at the same time, the opportunity for developers to be innovative has never been better.”

Technical sessions and presentations from industry thought-leaders will cover key topics, including:

  • First-look at new Samsung SDKs and tools including S Pen and new features
  • Deep dive into Samsung Service Platform and services APIs including ChatON, Group Play, Samsung AdHub, Context Aware and much more
  • Best practices for developing Smart TV application in multi-screen environments spanning, mobile, tablet and TV
  • Cross-platform development case including HTML5, Web app and more
  • Special sessions for B2B developers which cover the Samsung mobile partnership program, building certified applications, KNOX, Enterprise SDK, and more
  • Development opportunities in emerging categories such as gaming and much more

“While hosted internationally, the event aligns to our local Samsung Enterprise Alliance Programme (SEAP), aimed at meeting the needs of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in developing innovative solutions for enterprises. We are passionate about creating extended opportunities for business productivity and efficiency through the development of enterprise applications – which provide value-adds for our customers and of course enhance their mobile workforce – and it is great to see that this local passion is syndicated with our global colleagues through an event of this nature,” concludes Ferreira.

Tickets to the Samsung Developer Conference cost $299 and include access to keynotes, working sessions and an exclusive developer event on the evening of Monday, October 28. Additional information about the conference, including details on how to register, can be found at www.samsungdevcon.com

Developers can join the conversation using the hashtag #SDC13, tweet directly to @SamsungDevUS, and get in touch on Facebook and Google+.

  • Twitter: @SamsungDevUS
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SamsungDevUS
  • Google+: Samsung Developers US

 

 

HP powers Oriental DreamWorks

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

Company provides best-in-class technology vital to success of China’s growing animation industry

HP today announced it has been selected as the official technology partner to Oriental DreamWorks, the joint venture between the China consortium led by China Media Capital (CMC) and Hollywood’s DreamWorks Animation.

Oriental DreamWorks will provide unique and creative content by becoming a China-based family brand that regularly creates entertainment in China—for China, and for export to the rest of the world. The company will be based in Shanghai.

This announcement builds on a decade-long collaboration between HP and DreamWorks Animation SKG. Together, the companies have pushed the boundaries of technology to help DreamWorks Animation transition from a traditional animation company to a fully digital entertainment company.

HP solutions have been the technology backbone for the development of blockbuster films such as the “Kung Fu Panda” franchise, “Puss in Boots,” the “Shrek” series and “How to Train Your Dragon.” Oriental DreamWorks will partner with DreamWorks Animation for the upcoming “Kung Fu Panda 3” film, which will be a coproduction between the two companies.

“DreamWorks is one of the world’s greatest storytellers who has used technology to deliver a customer experience second to none,” said Frank van Rees, Managing Director, HP South Africa. “Now we are accompanying Oriental DreamWorks on this new journey to create a world-class animation facility in China.”

The power of the HP ecosystem
As China’s largest and most advanced animation production base, Oriental DreamWorks will help meet the demands of China’s rapidly expanding film industry. This market has experienced a growth rate of 30 percent per year.(1)

As a part of this relationship, Oriental DreamWorks will leverage the broad portfolio of integrated solutions only HP can deliver, such as HP Converged Infrastructure comprising HP Moonshot servers, HP StoreAll 9700 and HP StoreServ 7000, HP’s public and private cloud, and HP networking solutions. These products will work seamlessly together to power Oriental DreamWorks behind the scenes—from the data center to the studio—enabling the team to provide their artists with best-in-class technologies, resulting in more artistic iterations and notably less downtime.

Oriental DreamWorks also will utilize the latest personal systems innovations from HP such as the HP ElitePad 900, HP Z1 and Z820 workstations, flow printers, and digitization and print services.

These technology solutions will be instrumental in pushing the limits of creativity and delivering a new level of richness in an animated film.

“HP continues to be a trusted partner that helps us produce an innovative product with compelling content that engages the world,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive officer, DreamWorks Animation. “Having HP be the Preferred Technology Provider to Oriental DreamWorks is critical to success as we develop the tremendous and ever-growing opportunities in this region.”

Katoen Natie selects Ruckus ZoneFlex as its Wi-Fi standard across worldwide warehousing operations

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World Leading Warehouser and Logistics Service Provider Sees Smart Wi-Fi as Ideal for Improving Customer Responsiveness and Integrity of Electronic Communications within Harsh RF Environments

August 28, 2013 – Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) has announced that its ZoneFlex Smart Wi-Fi products and technologies have been selected by Katoen Natie, one of the most popular global, value-added logistics providers, to support its vast warehousing operations worldwide.

Founded over 150 years ago and headquartered in Antwerp, Belgium, Katoen Natie is an international logistics service provider and port operator for a wide range of clients ranging from consumer goods and industrial manufacturers to chemical companies. With operations in over 154 locations across 34 countries in five continents and employing more than 10,000 people worldwide, Katoen Natie offers integrated logistics, including warehousing and storage, packing and repackaging, transport and distribution, value-added services, cleaning and repair, projects and process engineering, and port operations.

“Given today’s warehousing environments where time is money, a reliable wireless system is no longer negotiable,” said Ian De Winter, Telecom Director for Katoen Natie. “Moreover, we found that conventional Wi-Fi technology was simply unable to adapt to our constantly changing RF environments. For us, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi has been the ideal solution to addressing all of these problems.”

“Warehousing and logistics represents a major, new vertical opportunity for Ruckus, because these environments play perfectly to our core strengths of wireless reliability and adaptiveness,” said Rob Mustarde, VP of Worldwide Marketing for Ruckus Wireless. “Over the last year, we’ve seen strong penetration into this market, having added dozens of new warehousing customers around the world, and striking strategic relationships with major players in this segment such as Intermec. Validation from world-class organisations such as Katoen Natie clearly demonstrates our leadership in this emerging vertical.”

Needed: Wi-Fi that Can’t Fail for Warehouse Management

Katoen Natie is using a wide range of Ruckus indoor and outdoor Smart Wi-Fi products to support its in-house warehouse management system. Ruckus ZoneFlex dual-band 802.11n access points support workers, armed with Wi-Fi hand scanners from Intermecor Unitech, who are roaming Katoen Natie warehouses to unload, pick, pack and ship products and manage customer inventories. Reliable Ruckus SmartMesh Networking technology allows Katoen Natie to reduce cabling costs and provide on-demand Wi-Fi services in areas where cabling is non-existent or cost prohibitive.

“Our warehouse management system cannot work without Wi-Fi and in the high season we have thousands of workers roaming the floors, so it simply cannot fail,” said De Winter. “Having thousands of people do nothing for 10 minutes costs us a lot of money. The Ruckus gear has allowed us to keep our costs down while improving the reliability of the infrastructure and the services we can provide customers.”

The Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi system is also used by Katoen Natie to support its outdoor port operations, tracking container shipments from all over the world. In addition, Ruckus point-to-point/multipoint Wi-Fi devices are used to extend broadband connectivity between buildings to reduce recurring broadband costs.

Management of the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi infrastructure is provided onsite through dedicated wireless LAN (WLAN) Ruckus ZoneDirector controllers, or remotely using a single ZoneDirector supporting multiple sites. According to Katoen Natie, simplified and intuitive management was an essential requirement for its new Wi-Fi system.

Katoen Natie also stated its legacy Wi-Fi system suffered a number of problems, including spotty coverage, erratic performance, dropped connections and the inability to adapt to obstacles and interference.

With the Ruckus system in place, De Winter estimates a 2X improvement in client performance and Wi-Fi signal range, with fewer access points being required. “One of the important lessons that we’ve learned is that within our environments, the fewer access points the better, not just from a capital expense perspective but relative to delivering better performance,” said De Winter. “Our previous system required more APs to provide greater coverage. This caused co-channel interference and performance problems.”

Looking forward, with a reliable Wi-Fi infrastructure in place, Katoen Natie is able to consider new Wi-Fi based applications such as push-to-talk, IP-based voice services, video surveillance and new mobile applications that can add value to its customers and worker base.

Warehouse Wireless Requires Smarter Wi-Fi

Warehouses can be incredibly hostile environments for operating Wi-Fi networks because they are filled with metal structures, unfriendly RF obstacles, competing handheld Wi-Fi devices, and sparse amounts of Ethernet cabling.

More importantly, warehouses are in a constant state of flux with inventory continually moving in and out of vast spaces. This changes RF conditions, often having a dramatic effect on Wi-Fi performance as obstacles and interference cause connectivity and performance problems.

Wi-Fi is a cost-effective way for distributors to make their warehouse processes more efficient by allowing universal access to real-time inventory information and eliminating counting and picking errors. However, the inability to maintain consistent and high-speed Wi-Fi connections to weak handheld scanner and bar code readers has hampered its effectiveness.

Warehousers around the world, like Katoen Natie, are now standardising on advanced Wi-Fi systems that overcome these problems by automatically adapting Wi-Fi transmissions as RF conditions change using sophisticated directional signaling technology.

Unlike conventional Wi-Fi systems, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi is uniquely designed to support challenging and harsh RF environments. Patented Ruckus BeamFlex adaptive antenna technology constantly forms and directs Wi-Fi signals over the best signal paths to yield the highest possible performance to any given client.

In addition, through the use of dual-polarised directional antennas, Ruckus Wi-Fi access points are capable of transmitting and receiving Wi-Fi signals at different angles. This is important for delivering high-performance connectivity to users with low-powered handheld devices, who are continuously changing the orientation of these devices.
 

Big Data set to break through the women in IT barrier

By admin, 29 sierpnia, 2013, No Comment

New technology trends are set to make IT a very appealing career prospect for women in future, says IBM. Global IT firms have tried valiantly for years to encourage girls and young women to enter the world of IT, but the gender balance in the IT sector is still heavily loaded in favour of males.

However, this is set to change suddenly and dramatically, thanks to new technologies and the surge in businesses’ need to find suitable skills to help them use these technologies to their full potential. IBM, aiming to be the premier global employer for women, is delighted by the potential for these new technologies to attract large numbers of women into the IT skills pool at last.

Ocea Garriock, Software Group Technical Leader of IBM South Africa notes that women remain under-represented science, technology, engineering, math jobs. In South Africa, the stats say that at the post graduate level, the number of women has increased but women still represent less than 10% of enrolled students. In the workforce, women make up 18% of the core IT workforce while they represent 75% of the IT end users in the country.

Recent research by the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Michigan revealed that women may be less likely to want careers in science, technology engineering and maths not because they lack maths ability, but because girls with high maths ability are also more likely to have a high verbal ability. This results in their having more career options, and they frequently elect to embark on careers leveraging their verbal ability. The researchers concluded that attracting more women to these careers was not so much a case of boosting girls’ aptitude, but about making careers in these areas more welcoming, accessible and financially attractive.

“We believe new technology trends – notably Big Data management and analysis – will do this,” says Garriock.

“Big Data – the massive volumes of data now available around the world – has the potential to profoundly change the way businesses are run and societies operate,” says Garriock. “But in order to tap in to the value that Big Data can deliver, businesses need skilled staff to ask the right questions, use next generation technology intuitively, and find insights that benefit business. These Big Data analysis skills are in desperately short supply, because Big Data technology is so new.”

Enterprises are expected to invest heavily in Big Data analysis skills in future, presenting lucrative career opportunities for those with a combination of skills and personal strengths – including the ability to multitask, understand business objectives, assess statistics and communicate findings at a high level.

In some fields, such as communications, product design, public sector service delivery, customer service and marketing, Big Data analysis experts and scientists will also need to possess some understanding of sociology or psychology in order to seek insights that are relevant within the vast data sources. This presents new and exciting opportunities for those who may have leaned towards studying social sciences.

Because the skills shortage in the Big Data arena will soon become critical, it is likely that businesses will go to great lengths to ensure that women see IT as an appealing career choice.

Garriock says: “At IBM, we have long had a culture and environment in which women feel welcomed and valued. Indeed, since 1995, our global women executive population has increased 523% and represents 24.9% of the global executive population, while 65% of our global executive women are working mothers. We endeavor to get girls excited about IT careers through initiatives such as our global EX.I.T.E. (+Ex+ploring +I+nterests in +T+echnology and +E+ngineering) camps and Women in Technology (WIT) Schools. As a Big Data technology pioneer, we now see opportunities opening up that we believe will interest scores of young women who may previously not have considered careers in IT.”

 

Avoiding the consequences of data loss

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By Gareth Tudor, CEO of Altonet

Protecting data has become of the utmost importance for organisations today, as information if the lifeblood of a business. There are many consequences should sensitive information fall into the wrong hands, however, as the workforce has become increasingly mobile, protecting all of an organisation’s data has become more complex and challenging. In order to avoid the pitfalls of losing confidential data, both regulatory and to the continuity of the business itself, it is critical to have an all-encompassing, secure backup, recovery and data protection solution in place. These solutions should incorporate protection of the mobile workforce as well as office-bound data contained on PCs and servers, and in data warehouses and data centres.

Compromising data is a very real possibility, for many reasons. Hard drives and other hardware components may fail, data may be corrupted, natural disaster such as flooding or fire may strike, and equipment containing information may be stolen, amongst other challenges.

Naturally, the mobile workforce is especially vulnerable to loss of devices containing company data. Today, many employees and executives use laptops, tablets and even Smartphones enabling them to work on the go. This means that these mobile devices contain significant amounts of business information, from emails and documents to client details and even sensitive company information such as financials. As mobile as they are, these devices are more prone to being lost and stolen, and this information could easily fall into the wrong hands. Aside from the inconvenience of losing these devices and their data, regulations and guidelines such as King III and the Consumer Protection Act impose harsh penalties on organisations that do not take every conceivable measure to safeguard sensitive and confidential data.

Added to this challenge, the loss of information can impact a person or organisation’s ability to work. Without backups, business continuity can be adversely affected, and several studies show that the majority of organisations that are unable to recover their information following a significant data loss event will fail within a short period. In the information age, data is absolutely critical to business, and must be protected, backed up, secure and available, and able to be recovered at short notice.

Offsite cloud-based backup is one of the most comprehensive options available today for protecting and enabling the recovery of data, removing the manual tasks associated with tape-based backup and enabling geographically independent, automated and continuous backup. Data can also be accessed from anywhere, and recovered quickly to any device, ensuring organisations and individuals are back up and running with all of their information in the shortest possible time. When considering cloud backup solutions, however, it is important to select a secure solution from a reputable service provider that meets the regulatory requirements and compliance objectives of any particular organisation. This ensures that data is always available remotely, and is always recoverable while meeting best practice and regulatory guidelines.

For mobile devices, as well as PCs and desktops, backup is also critical to ensure that should these devices be lost or stolen, the information they contain can be recovered. Cloud-based backup has the additional advantage of catering to a mobile workforce, as it is not geographically dependent. However, preventing information on Smartphones, tablets and PCs from falling into the wrong hands relies on more than just data backup, since if these devices are stolen their information can be compromised.

Data encryption is another innovative cloud-based service that can assist organisations to avoid the consequences of data loss. Using these tools, data on a variety of devices can be encrypted, with security policies attached to various portable media, including mobile devices as well as external hard drives, flash drives, CDs and DVDs. This means that even if a device itself goes missing, without the encryption key the data itself cannot be viewed. Encrypted data is password protected, and following access management rules can be forced into quarantine should the device containing the data go missing. Drives can even be remotely wiped if necessary to prevent data falling into the wrong hands. In conjunction with cloud-based backup and recovery, this data can then be recovered to another device and the person can carry on working with minimal disruption and risk to the business.

Data protection is something no organisation can afford to be without. When it comes to comprehensive protection and security, cloud-based technologies are often the ideal solution for backup, recovery and encryption, ensuring that information is backed up and easily recoverable, and preventing information from falling into the wrong hands.

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