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Are you serious about security?

Hurwitz & Associates has been running an IT security campaign: "AVID: Anti-Virus Is Dead" for some time. The argument is based on the principle that blacklists of signatures—small files that contain a unique string of bits, or the binary pattern, that identifies all or part of a virus—do not, and cannot, provide adequate …
Fran Howarth, 29 Aug 2007
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The growing pains of RFID

It is now three years since retailer Wal-Mart announced it would mandate the use of RFID by its suppliers, with the eventual intention of deploying RFID technology throughout its supply chain to improve efficiencies. And it is not the only firm to have taken such a decision, as retailers such as Metro of Germany and Target in …
Fran Howarth, 05 Jun 2007
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Salesforce.com's new application shop

These days, even Bill Gates is bandying around the term 'software as a service'. But what does it mean? The point of offering software as a service (SaaS) is that it allows companies to avoid deploying and managing those applications within their corporate networks. This means that they do not have to purchase and manage any …
Fran Howarth, 16 Sep 2005
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Biometrics: the legal challenge

One of the key drivers behind the push to take up biometric technologies is that governments are beginning to mandate that biometric identifiers such as facial images and fingerprints be used in official documents, including passports. And biometrics is also seen as essential for the provision of e-government services to …
Fran Howarth, 09 Feb 2005
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Ellison confounds sceptics over PeopleSoft

The long-running Oracle-PeopleSoft saga is drawing to an end with the integration of PeopleSoft into the Oracle organisation. With this, Oracle has achieved its ambition of becoming the number one enterprise applications vendor in the US at least and it now boasts that it has 23,000 applications customers worldwide. When this …
Fran Howarth, 27 Jan 2005
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Anti Sarbanes-Oxley mood rises in Europe

Over the past year, corporate governance has become a phrase that is bandied about by all and is sending shivers down the spines of corporate executives worldwide. Sarbanes-Oxley is the piece of legislation that most large companies are worried about – it was intended to improve the transparency with which public companies in …
Fran Howarth, 11 Jan 2005
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Oracle finally has its prize

For the past 18 months, Oracle has been locked in a battle to acquire rival PeopleSoft involving courtroom drama, poison pills, personal enmity and, recently, the departure of PeopleSoft's CEO Craig Conway. In a move that many saw as the confirmation that PeopleSoft would agree the sale to Oracle, chairman and founder of the …
Fran Howarth, 14 Dec 2004
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Social engineering - where the user is the weakest link

Anyone who has been hit by a computer virus will be doubly wary of unexpected emails in the future that may contain viruses. So why do people still keep clicking on attachments? However much security technology a company deploys, human nature will always be the weakest link in the chain. With the problem of spam growing daily, …
Fran Howarth, 26 Nov 2004
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Q: What does risk mean to you?

All businesses face risk of some sort. Traditionally, the risks facing organisations have tended to range from incidents such as a fire in a building or production line, or environmental factors, such as damage sustained by flooding or storms. In past years, such physical risks made up nearly 100 per cent of the major risks …
Fran Howarth, 12 Nov 2004
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Symantec drives security deep into enterprise

This week, Symantec has unveiled its new corporate positioning. Long regarded as one of the leaders in the security technology space, the vendor has been building out its portfolio of offerings to drive security deep into organisations, whilst maintaining the high levels of computer systems availability that companies need to …
Fran Howarth, 29 Oct 2004
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Consumers hit by net security jitters

A survey released this week by security technology vendor Entrust has highlighted consumer concerns about use of the internet. The results of the survey show that security concerns have not been eased by efforts that companies have taken to ensure the security of transactions made over their websites. However, where consumers …
Fran Howarth, 25 Oct 2004
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NetSuite's new offering joins up the dots

Over the past few years, CRM implementations have come in for much criticism, especially in the elusive area of ROI. This has caused many companies to re-evaluate their technology implementations and heralded the success of new services delivering CRM functionality over the web – rather than making expensive technology …
Fran Howarth, 15 Oct 2004
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Customer views from PeopleSoft Connect

At PeopleSoft’s European conference this week, the vendor’s senior executives were keen to point out the progress that the firm has made in the past year, including new services to make updates easier for customers. The main achievements of the past year being highlighted were improved customer satisfaction, an expanded presence …
Fran Howarth, 07 Oct 2004
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RIP the online exchange

In the heady days of the dotcom boom, online exchanges grew with surprising rapidity, touted as the ultimate platform for more efficiently communicating and trading with business partners. Not many survived. With public exchanges, the main problems with the model espoused centred around getting suppliers and customers connected …
Fran Howarth, 29 Sep 2004
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FBI publishes computer crime and security stats

Every year for the past nine years, the Computer Security Institute and the FBI undertake a computer crime and security survey among companies and institutions in the US. These surveys provide interesting insights into the level of computer crime being experienced by companies, as well as how they are responding to security …
Fran Howarth, 05 Aug 2004
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Shackling the email content beast

Email is such an essential tool that it is no longer sufficient to merely treat it as a means of communication. Instead, it is the lifeblood of an organisation - it is where our orders and complaints come in, and one of the main means by which we communicate our messages and business results to the outside world. Spammers know …
Fran Howarth, 03 Aug 2004

Emails that come back to haunt

When you delete an email, what happens? In most cases, the email in question is transferred to a part of the computer where it may be overwritten in case extra space is needed on the computer. Or it may not - especially given the large capacity with which most computers today are equipped. Either way, the majority of emails that …
Fran Howarth, 26 Apr 2004