October 9, 2014
Integrating IT Security At The Board Level
Ultimately, however, human weakness will be nearly impossible to eradicate completely – “We are psychologically designed to be helpful, empathic, kind, communicative, merciful, all perfectly admirable qualities that can be used to model, predict and exploit behaviour” says Thomas Owen, Security Manager at Memset. “The spend required to audit and reconfigure a network is definable and can be related to the positive impact of the work, but it’s vastly more difficult to metricise an effort to ‘secure the human’.”
October 2, 2014
Organisations’ Security Hampered By Skills and Tech Shortage
New research launched by Cyber Security EXPO (Excel, London, 8-9 October 2014) and conducted by Redshift Research, claims that despite available budgets UK organisations are vulnerable due to a lack of skills and access to the latest security technology. This is despite the fact that many predict an increase in attacks driven by increased employee use of smartphones and tablets. The survey of 300 UK IT directors and managers identified the perceived challenges to an effective security programme, gauged reactions to recent high profile attacks and examined attitudes to improving identification and authentication within organisations.
September 24, 2014
V3 reveals shortlist for its Technology Awards 2014
V3 has announced its Technology Awards 2014 shortlist, and online voting is now open. The shortlist was hotly contested this year, so thanks to all those who entered, and well done to those firms and individuals who made it onto the 2014 shortlist – the team of experts faced an incredibly tough job this year, whittling down the entries. The full shortlist is published below. We're now asking readers to vote online to decide the winners. The shortlist features 29 awards, such as best business tablet, best SMB security product and technology innovator of the year, across six categories including business software, cloud computing, and movers and shakers. You can cast your votes here. You do not have to vote for every award, just those where your expertise and experience applies.
September 17, 2014
The looming datacentre problem
Data center fans will be delighted to know there’s a big Expo coming up in October, where exhibitors like Memset will discuss the G-Cloud framework while NetApp, HP and Microsoft will explore the latest data centre technologies.
September 8, 2014
Is the government delivering on its SME vision?
All governments pay lip service to the importance of SMEs. Three years ago the coalition promised to put its money where its mouth is and channel 25% of all central procurement spend through small businesses by 2015. As that deadline approaches, Kathleen Hall asks how much has really changed
August 12, 2014
Nominations open for the inaugural Women in IT Awards
Deciding the winners will be 12 top IT leaders who hold the cause of getting more women into IT close to their heart: Susan Cooklin, CIO, Network Rail; Kevin Griffin, CIO, GE Capital International; Michael Ibbitson, CIO, Gatwick Airport; Carrie Hartnell, associate director, TechUK; Gillian Arnold, chair, BCSWomen; Claire Vyvyan, GM and executive director, Dell UK; Emma McGuigan, MD, Accenture Technology UK/I; Kate Craig-Wood, MD, Memset Hosting; Mark Maddocks, CIO, Cambridge University Press; Paul Clarke, director of technology, Ocado; Richard Lloyd-Williams, former IT director, Net-A-Porter; and Karen Price OBE, CEO, e-Skills UK. - See more at: http://www.information-age.com/industry/uk-industry/123458350/nominations-open-inaugural-women-it-awards#sthash.3GRj8c73.dpuf
August 6, 2014
Memset says government wants to push data onto public cloud
G-Cloud SME supplier Memset has applauded the government on the recent changes to the security classifications which they believe demonstrates a desire to push more data and applications into the public cloud. The changes in the security requirements for the ‘Secret’ and ‘Top Secret’ tiers are minimal, however, the changes to the lower tier are more significant as the new policy consolidates national ‘Not Protectively Marked’, ‘Protect’, ‘Restricted’, and some ‘Confidential’ information under GPMS into the single ‘Official’ tier.
July 31, 2014
Memset jumps to G-Cloud's defence over security
SMB supplier Memset has defended the Cabinet Office's move to change the way it classifies IT projects' security levels, claiming the new system demonstrates its commitment to cloud. From today, suppliers seeking to join G-Cloud will not be able to apply for a Pan-Government Accredition (PGA) - a badge which certifies IT suppliers to handle data of certain levels of sensitivity under the old Impact Level (IL) scheme, which was scrapped in April. The old IL rules divided projects into "unclassified", "protect", "restricted", "confidential", "secret" and "top secret" tiers, but under the new scheme, the first four labels have been merged into one "official" level, with "secret" and "top secret" remaining in play. The government claims that getting rid of the IL way of labelling security levels makes it "clearer, simpler and faster to find a service... that meets a buyer's requirements" and added that having just three levels reduces time and cost for suppliers. Some suppliers claim the changes are confusing and may put off some local departments looking to use G-Cloud for the first time. But Memset disagreed and said the old scheme was far worse than the new measures which come fully into force today.
July 29, 2014
G-Cloud sales shoot past the £200m mark
G-Cloud sales have topped the £200m mark, the government has revealed, with SMEs still providing the majority of services. SMEs, such as Memset and Skyscape, now make up 53 percent of the £217m total spend on G-Cloud, supporting the government's claim that G-Cloud is a good way to entice smaller companies to sell their services to government.
July 28, 2014
Will Windows ever become free? It seems unlikely on the face of it. It may not be universally loved, but nearly everybody uses it, and many, many enterprises depend on it. And yet, with Microsoft these days nothing can be ruled out. So, Computing asked analyst firm Gartner about these persistent “Windows going free” rumours, which gained added weight after Microsoft announced that mobile devices with screens under nine inches would get the OS gratis at the Build developer conference earlier this year.