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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

Barclays is ramping up its fight against online fraud with the roll-out of a biometric scanner that uses Hitachi’s Finger Vein Authentication Technology (VeinID). Unlike fingerprints, vein patterns are extremely difficult to spoof or replicate. Barclays Biometric Reader will allow customers secure access to their online banking …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2014

All rivers flow into the sea: Apple holds TEN PER CENT of corporate America's dosh

Apple holds just over one in ten of all corporate America's dollars, according to an analysis by ratings firm Moody's. In a report first cited by the Wall Street Journal, Moody's said the fruity firm holds a $147bn cash reserve. Microsoft struggled into second place, with its war chest amounting to about $77bn - just under half …
Jasper Hamill, 02 Oct 2013

Goodbye HANA daddy, assorted cloud bods: SAP gets corporate

The cloud “talent” is leaving SAP and the suits are taking over. Is it time to panic for SAP? The mastermind of SAP’s Hana in-memory architecture has gone and so has yet another cloud hire. Vishal Sikka, executive board member of products and innovation, has left the giant immediately for "personal reasons". Sikka’s legacy is …
Gavin Clarke, 09 May 2014
Network Security

The Death of the Corporate Network Perimeter

In a recent survey over 400 Reg Readers you gave us the inside track on the current state of corporate networks and their ability to handle changing work patterns. In particular, you make the case that your networks are ill prepared to tackle the increasing diversity and sophistication of security threats. As you see it, the …
Tony Lock, 06 Jun 2014

Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

Apple's "very limited success" in penetrating the corporate enterprise market with the iPad reflects the lack of control IT managers feel they have over the device, as well as the dominance of Windows. That is, according to HP exec Jos Brenkel, global senior veep of sales for Printers and Personal Systems, who said no single …
Paul Kunert, 04 Nov 2013
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Symantec slams Web Gateway back door on would-be corporate spies

Symantec has plugged a series of critical flaws in its Web Gateway appliances which included a backdoor permitting remote code execution on targeted systems. The flaws, discovered during a short crash test by security researchers at Austrian firm SEC Consult, created a means to execute code with root privileges - or the ability …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2013
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Malware-flingers target gullible corporate bods with office printer spam

Sneaky cybercrooks are disguising links to malicious sites in spam emails posing as messages from Hewlett-Packard ScanJet printers. The attack takes advantage of the fact corporate users often receive emailed messages from scanners and multi-function printers located in their own offices, which contain attachments of the scan …
John Leyden, 09 Apr 2013

Solidfire unfurls MAP to corporate WALLETS, large-scale VDI rollouts

SolidFire claims to have cracked a problem that so many have tried and failed to solve before. It has produced a reference architecture that it hopes will make large-scale corporate VDI rollouts practicable. SolidFire produces a highly scalable, multi-tenant, clusterable all-flash storage array with compression and in-line …
Chris Mellor, 08 Nov 2013
Smartphones

3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

It is hard to make phones sexy, never mind SIP phones and software. Yet increasingly my job requires me to be on the phone for hours every day to people all over the world. The local telco wants roughly the GDP of Brunei to let me do this, making SIP providers look attractive. As a result, I have investigated a company called …
Trevor Pott, 31 Mar 2014

Salesforce invents a telephone book for corporate data

Salesforce has previewed a technology that makes Benioff's customer-loving cloud the central point for file discovery within an organization. The Salesforce Files technology was announced on Thursday at a briefing in the company's Bladerunner-lite "executive briefing" center in San Francisco, where Salesforce Chatter manager …
Jack Clark, 05 Sep 2013
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Australia joins hunt for corporate tax dodgers

Australia's government has signalled it will try to publish details of how much tax multinationals pay in the island nation. Australia's Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury last year explained, and bemoaned, the “Double Irish Dutch Sandwich” used by the likes of Google to minimise the amount of tax they pay. Microsoft and other …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Feb 2013
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Bill Gates: Corporate tax is not a moral issue

Microsoft founder Bill Gates says he gladly paid a whopping $6bn in personal tax, but added that he reckons corporate tax is a legal issue and not a matter of morality. Gates spent 14 hours in Australia on Tuesday suggesting to Australian politicians that they devote more of the nation's budget to foreign aid. He gave several …
Simon Sharwood, 28 May 2013

VMware, Google, team up to target corporate Chrome OS adopters

VMware and Google have announced an “expanded relationship” targeting organisations using or considering Chrome OS. The deal boils down to the fact that VMware offers an HTML5 client, dubbed Blast, for its Horizon View desktop virtualisation (VDI) product. Horizon View can deliver virtualised apps and whole desktops to devices …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Feb 2014
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Google U-turn DID preempt ICANN's block on corporate gTLD-snatchers

It's official - Google did indeed correctly judge that ICANN would halt corporate attempts to exclusively snatch generic top level domain names for commercial use. The internet overlord, which is charging companies to take control of new suffixes to supplement the established TLDs such as .com, .org and .uk, said (PDF) at a …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Apr 2013

Fat-walleted execs? Nope, it's a corporate tax swerve that REALLY ticks Brits off

Tax avoidance rather than executive pay is at the top of the UK public's concerns about business behaviour for the first time. Concerns about potential tax avoidance have topped those about executive pay for the first time in six years, according to the 10th annual survey of the British public's attitudes about business ethics …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Dec 2013
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Corporate IT bod? Show 'em what it costs and management WILL pay

Getting IT departments to start thinking like service providers is an uphill struggle; getting beyond cost-to-value seems to be a leap too far for many. I wonder if it is driven by fear of change or simply a fear of assessing value. How do you assess the value of a service? Well, arguably, it is quite simple ... it is worth …
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2013
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The irresistible rise of the corporate app

The rise of the corporate app is due to both fashion and user demand. Once upon a time there were programs. Today they are called apps. The big difference is that apps are fashionable, and fashion drives a lot of what even sane IT types do. So much so that even the Windows Phone has settings in the control panel for “company …
Simon Rockman, 08 Jul 2013
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Facebook tries to grow up by undergoing corporate rejig

Facebook has reportedly overhauled its corporate structure in (probably) a sly nod to Google and (more likely) as a strategic move ahead of the company's expected IPO. According to All Things Digital, citing unnamed sources, the dominant social network has slotted its design, product and engineering teams into working more …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Dec 2011
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Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!

Microsoft is kicking off a corporate overhaul with the introduction of new policies shrinking the number of corporate conventions and contracted workers. The company said in an email to partner firms that it would place an 18-month limit on the tenure of all contracted employees. Those who hit the limit will be asked to take six …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Jul 2014
Rendering of Apple's planned headquarters in Cupertino, California

Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

An amateur drone video is shedding new light on Apple's future headquarters. Shot in August with a GoPro Hero 3 camera mounted onto a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter drone, the video shows construction on the iStuff maker's new Cupertino headquarters. The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Sep 2014
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SLAPPING an iPhone out of a corporate drone's hand: You're not the only one who longs to do it

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has received a lot of criticism. The few early enterprise adopters of the Windows Phone 7 platform back in late 2010 gave it a shot with a glimmer of hope that it could replace the iPhone. But Windows Phone 7 left a lot to be desired, with consumers disappointed by the lack of apps in the …
Adam Fowler, 03 Dec 2013

The forkers saving open source from a corporate bear hug

Open source has long had a strong corporate element to it, perhaps starting in earnest when IBM pledged to spend $1bn on Linux back in 2000. Despite the benefits of corporate funding of open-source software - more money, more source code written - some question whether open source has become too corporate. For those who worry …
Matt Asay, 16 Jan 2013

Facebook Australia's 'small company' status makes it a small target

There's an old joke about failed CEOs, which runs “how do you create a small company? Give a big one to CEO X”. Facebook has found a new wrinkle: you build a small company merely by getting regulators to agree that it's a small company. Apparently in order to manage its corporate reporting requirements in Australia, that's just …
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Eurozone still the damp patch on Ingram's corporate pants

Distie juggernaut Ingram Micro rolled out a bumper set of sales growth numbers last night largely aided by acquisition. Yet poor trade in the Eurozone let the side down, remaining the blot on the profit and loss sheets. Revenues for Q2 ended 29 June were up 17 per cent year-on-year to $10.3bn, with the Brightpoint and Aptec …
Paul Kunert, 25 Jul 2013
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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

Cybercrooks commonly run botnet command-and-control networks using servers or (less frequently) a peer-to-peer network, but one gang of scammers has broken the mould by managing a Trojan using Yahoo webmail. The recently discovered IcoScript Trojan is a classic remote administration tool (RAT), but what makes it highly unusual …
John Leyden, 05 Aug 2014
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Enormo reseller Insight seeks experienced sales hands for City pad

Headhunters will be on red alert after Insight confirmed plans to establish a sales outpost in the City in a bid to snuggle up to existing and potential corporate customers. The firm has rented some space from an unspecified service delivery partner in Aldgate to rub shoulders with Kelway, Misco, Softcat, Computacenter and many …
Paul Kunert, 20 Mar 2014
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Acer unleashes account managers on corporate customers

Acer will capitalise on its Olympics prominence this year by ratcheting up its SMB channel and setting an end-user sales team on the UK's biggest companies. The vendor will launch a revamped partner portal in the next few months as it looks to strengthen its contacts: about 2,000 dealers will target the SMB space and up the …
Joe Fay, 25 Jan 2012

Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

What is being described as the "biggest round of job cuts" to hit Microsoft for five years is on its way, or so we've been told. The software mammoth “could” unveil staff cuts that were alluded to by chief executive Satya Nadella in his flabby PR-authored communication last week. The cuts are reported to be the biggest in five …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2014
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Fujitsu restructure shunts Brit boss Tait into top EMEIA role

Fujitsu has thrust UK veep Duncan Tait into the top role in EMEIA amid a global re-org that has led to nine high level resignations. The International Business (IB) organisation will be dissolved from 1 April and existing sales and service delivery functions will be folded into the new regional structure. The group will be …
Paul Kunert, 13 Mar 2014
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Intel forced to shoot down viral 'Israeli boycott' whopper

A mischief-making political activist kicked up a stir Thursday with a phony press release claiming Intel was halting operations in Israel – over the bloody war between the nation and the Gaza Palestinian region. The site, constructed to look like Intel's official newsroom page, claims the chip giant was suspending funding of its …
Shaun Nichols, 08 Aug 2014
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NBN price tag rises in new NBNCo new corporate plan

NBNCo has released its Corporate Plan (PDF)for 2012-2015, updating the projected costs and build speed for the project. Costs have risen: the organisation now says it will require an extra $1.4 billion of capital expenditure to construct the NBN. Total capital expenditure is now projected to be AUD$37.4 billion, up from AUD$35.9 …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2012

Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu

A study of the public-facing web servers run by some of the world's largest firms has suggested only three per cent of the machines have been fully protected against the OpenSSL vulnerability known as Heartbleed. The research, carried out by security specialists at Venafi Labs, examined 550,000 servers belonging to 1,639 …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jul 2014
Infosec

Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

Hundreds of thousands of hashed corporate passwords have been cracked within minutes by penetration testers using graphics processing units. The 626,718 passwords were harvested during penetration tests over the last two years conducted across corporate America by Trustwave infosec geeks. The firm's threat intelligence manager …
Darren Pauli, 15 Aug 2014
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Mozilla deploys Firefox safety net for corporate mindreaders

Mozilla has pledged to update old versions of Firefox with security fixes, granting enterprises extra time to test and deploy major upgrades of the browser safe in the knowledge that vulnerabilities in existing installations will be patched. It's not clear which builds will fall onto Mozilla's safety net, however, so IT …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jan 2012
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Man Utd sues supporter over corporate client 'data theft'

Manchester United is suing a supporter who published a list of its corporate supporters on its website last year, a move the football club alleges led to incidents of harassment. Thomas McKenna, 44, allegedly published the list of the club's corporate clients on United Supporters for Change, a group that campaigns against the …
John Leyden, 25 Mar 2011
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From corporate bod to startup star: The 10-month gig that changed everything

For pretty much my entire career as a techie (variously a developer, manager, and consultant) I’ve worked for very large, usually global, companies, most of them in the financial industry. A couple of years ago I decided I needed a break from that world. After taking some time off to de-stress and pursue a few personal projects …
Dave Mandl, 25 Mar 2014
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Security chap writes recipe for Raspberry Pi honeypot network

Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now one security bod has devised a means to build a battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. University of Arizona student Nathan Yee (@nathanmyee) has published instructions for building cheap hardware …
Darren Pauli, 01 Aug 2014

Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

A Californian judge has barred Apple from describing a litigant as a “patent troll”, a “bandit” or a “privateer”. Apple is facing off with GPNE Corp, a Hawaii-based outfit that says “Our goal is to position our core patented technologies as some of the world’s most predominant MAC layer protocols.” The two have locked horns for …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Jul 2014
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Movirt-who? BlackBerry gobbles maker of multi-line smartphone tech

In a bid to firm up its pitch to enterprise customers, troubled mobile biz BlackBerry has bought Movirtu, a maker of tech that allows a smartphone to have multiple phone numbers active at the same time using a single SIM. Movirtu says its Virtual SIM Platform is based on "standard network technology," rather than VoIP, and it …
Neil McAllister, 11 Sep 2014

Microsoft and EMC: 'We need UK channel execs'

Microsoft and EMC are on the hunt for a local channel exec after saying their respective farewells to Amanda Sleight and Terry Beale, with both bound for EMEA-wide positions. Sleight is one of longest serving partner sales directors in Blighty after notching up 14 and a half years on the job. "Amanda is moving to a role within …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2014

Cash-laden backers chuck $35 MEELLLION into the clouds

Venture capitalists have been tossing money into the burgeoning cloud space with a $10m funding boost to cloud storage gateway upstart Nasuni and the chucking of $25m into cloudy backup firm Druva's burlap sack. Nasuni's fresh $10m funding round takes its total funding to $53m. Here's the funding history from Crunchbase: …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2014
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Multifunction printer p0wnage just getting worse, researcher finds

It is now easier than ever to hack corporate networks through multifunction printers, which can even offer up access to Active Directory accounts according to security consultant Deral Heiland. The moustachioed Rapid 7 tech veteran said his team now gains access to corporate active directory credentials through credentials …
Darren Pauli, 05 Aug 2014
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Securobods claim Middle East govts' fingerprints all over malware flung at journos

Researchers at Toronto-based Citizen Lab have shot down denials by Syria, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates regarding attacks against activists, journalists and dissidents, labelling some of the assaults as incompetent. The team gathered tens of thousands of documents and files detailing the malware and social engineering …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jul 2014
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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

A Chinese hacking team previously accused of being behind raids against US defence contractors has been accused of a new data heist: plundering the tech behind Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system. Beijing's infamous Comment Crew hacking group is thought to have executed the intrusions into the corporate networks of top …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jul 2014

'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

A founder of the volunteer technology education group Code Club has resigned, claiming she was warned not to criticise the group’s sponsors – which include Google. User interface designer Linda Sandvik claims she was told to shut up or quit. “On Monday the 25th of August the Code Club board gave me an ultimatum: either I have …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Aug 2014

Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

Chinese hardware manufacturer Huawei says allegations it provides backdoors for espionage in its kit remain unproven and would be “commercial suicide”. “The hypothetical - that our equipment could be used for espionage by the Chinese government - has never been proven,” spokesman Scott Sykes told press at the company’s annual …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Apr 2014
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Privacy warriors slam MEPs over 'corporate-friendly' data law rewrite

Privacy campaigners are up in arms about a European Parliament committee's decision to adopt a drafted opinion on data protection that some have argued further waters down Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding's proposed rewrite of DP law. Lobbyists from the European Digital Rights (EDRi) group warned that the move could cripple …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Feb 2013

Missed it? Here's the latest on Microsoft's mobile strategy

Youtube Video For those of you who missed Microsoft UK's summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy in London on June 4, here’s your chance to view the proceedings at your leisure. In the vid you can watch Microsoft discuss mobile devices and the role they will play in the company’s “mobile first, cloud first” …
David Gordon, 12 Jun 2014

Trend Micro buys Taiwanese deep packet sniffing firm

Global security firm Trend Micro, which has announced a deal to buy smaller network security firm Broadweb. Financial terms of the deal, announced Thursday, were not disclosed. Broadweb's deep packet inspection technology will be dovetailed into Trend's existing lines of network security kit to improve the blocking of malicious …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2013
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CONFIRMED: NBN Co has NO blackspot fix plan

One of Australian communications minister Malcolm Turnbull's main selling points for his faster-and-cheaper-to-build national broadband network (NBN) plan was that it would ensure the billions of dollars being spent are first directed at those parts of the nation that don't have access to broadband. Addressing blackspots, he's …
Simon Sharwood, 12 May 2014