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New NSA leak reveals invasion of the management consultants

The Register can reveal that while the NSA has been infiltrating the highest echelons of the governments of US allies, a counter-infiltration has taken place. Crack teams of Microsoft marketing droids, sleeper cells of incognito TEDx speakers and the greatest sociologists ever to torture a syntax into confessing to crimes of …
Sundar Pichai

Google boss Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom

Ten years after joining Google and with running Android, Chrome, and Google Apps already on his plate, Sundar Pichai's star has now risen even higher, gaining a new tranche of responsibilities in the process. On Friday, Google CEO Larry Page sent out a memo, seen by Re/code, advising employees that in addition to his current …
Iain Thomson, 25 Oct 2014
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Biz coughs up even less for security, despite mega breach losses

Information security budgets are falling despite a continuing rise in the number of attacks, according to a new report by management consultants PwC. Detected security incidents have increased 66 per cent year-over-year since 2009, reaching the equivalent of 117,339 attacks per day, according to PwC's "The Global State of …
John Leyden, 01 Oct 2014

Routine WHAT NOW? Bank of England’s CHAPS payment system goes TITSUP

The CHAPS system used to handle most bank-to-bank transfers in the UK has collapsed, with all mortgage payments currently on pause. We were told that the problem was due to an update over the weekend, when the details of new CHAPS users were being added and old ones removed. This is meant to be a routine operation, but a glitch …
Jasper Hamill, 20 Oct 2014
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Siemens ditches consultants

Engineering behemoth Siemens is canning contracts with external management consultants in order to cut costs. Peter Löscher, chief exec of Siemens, told managers last month to cut contracts with external consultants as quickly as possible. Staff should use internal consultants or seek sign-off from the group's chief finance …
John Oates, 12 Feb 2009
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MPs get secret squirrel dossier of 'lawyers, megabiz hiring hackers'

Blue-chip firms who allegedly hired private investigators to unlawfully hack systems for personal and sensitive information have been named in a secret list submitted to Parliament. That's the same sort of alleged skullduggery that ended up bringing down Rupert Murdoch’s best-selling Sunday tabloid News of the World. Law firms …
John Leyden, 01 Aug 2013
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Government slashes consultancy spending

Public sector spending on consultants fell sharply last year, according to a report from the Management Consultancies Association (MCA). It says that in 2010 the public sector spent 15 per cent less on consultants than it had in the previous year – although the MCA declined to disclose the total, saying it was confidential to …

UK gov: Brit biz barons, get your privates in check before the spooks arrive

Spooks from GCHQ and MI5 will be given insider access to the UK's top 350 companies in a bid to reduce any damage caused by hackers wreaking havoc upon Blighty-based businesses. A letter to the FTSE 350 chairmen – signed by MI5 director general Andrew Parker, GCHQ director Iain Lobban and Universities Minister David Willetts – …
John Leyden, 26 Jul 2013
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GCHQ spooks give biz chiefs crash course in thwarting hackers

GCHQ, the UK's nerve-centre for eavesdropping spooks, will advise the nation's business leaders on how best to thwart attacks by hackers. The educational programme, dubbed Cyber Security for Business, was launched today at an event that brought together chief execs of FTSE 100 companies, government ministers and officials from …
John Leyden, 05 Sep 2012
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Prepare to greet the data centre of 2023

To some, the idea of enterprise data centres still being around in ten years’ time is anathema. By then, they assert, all enterprise IT will be running in public clouds. The only people who can’t see this are insecure box-huggers frightened for their jobs and IT dinosaurs with no imagination. We, however, are going to assume …
Dale Vile, 19 Dec 2012
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UK biz pays heavy price for skimping on security - PwC

Infosec 2012 Hacking attacks against Blighty's top firms hit a record high according to figures for 2011. On average, each large organisation suffered 54 significant digital assaults in that 12-month period, twice the level in 2010, while 15 per cent – one in seven – had their networks successfully penetrated by unauthorised parties. The …
John Leyden, 24 Apr 2012
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Cameron promises a 'right to data'

The Cabinet Office will demand proper transparency from all government departments and move to a "right to data" for the British public. The government, while ensuring national security, "information propriety" and "personal privacy" are protected, will work to release datasets the public wants access to. The Cabinet Office …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2010

Jimbo Wales: Wikipedia servers in UK? No way, not with YOUR libel law

Jimmy Wales has claimed that he couldn't have founded Wikipedia in the UK because the nation's libel law adds unpredictability and "friction" to hosting the world's largest unreliable collection of factoids. It's an echo of the notorious claim made by Prime Minister David Cameron that Google could not have started out in the UK …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Aug 2012
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Cambridge student wins 'Hack Idol'

Updated A 19-year-old computer science student has been named the UK's Cyber Security Champion following months of competition. _award_hack_idol_cyber_security_jonathan_millican Jonathan Millican emerged victorious from finals held over the weekend at the end of a six-month challenge designed to get talented people to consider a …
John Leyden, 12 Mar 2012
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Doctors call for NHS Direct review

The chair of the GP's council Dr Laurence Buckman has called for a proper review of the cost-effectiveness of parts of NHS Direct - we're guessing call centres - and changes to the Summary Care Record scheme. Earlier this week it emerged that NHS Direct is moving to hire call centre managers with no medical experience. Currently …
John Oates, 11 Jun 2010
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More than $60bn spunked on cyber-security in 2011

Global cyber-security spending is on track to exceed $60bn for 2011, according to a study by management consultants PwC. The growing tide of cyber threats, coupled with greater vulnerabilities due to the more pervasive use of technology – particularly mobile devices and cloud computing – are fueling a growth in cyber-security …
John Leyden, 01 Dec 2011
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The desktop lifecycle: How long is it anyway?

Desktop Strategy It's a recession so do you look to squeeze an extra year out of the desktop. How and is it wise to do this? How long is the lifecycle anyway? Once the desktop PC had successfully colonised the office, it became clear that they would need replacing regularly to keep up software and hardware developments. Hardware has become more …
Manek Dubash, 10 Mar 2011
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BCS civil war heats up ahead of crunch general meeting

A row over the future of the British Computer Society (BCS) is heating up ahead of a crunch emergency general meeting that will debate a no-confidence motion against the chief exec and current board of trustees. Disaffected members are angry about the governance and spending plans of the venerable society's current leadership, …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2010
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MPs under fire for £3bn IT consultancy bill

MPs and unions have lambasted the government for spending £3bn on external advice in areas such as IT. Parliament's all-party Public Accounts Committee has hit out at the government's "profligacy" for spending nearly £3bn on consultants, without a clear idea of the benefits. Spending on consultants has risen by a third to …
Kablenet, 19 Jun 2007
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Met Police new HR technology broken, bloated, absent

An attempted programme to modernise the Metropolitan Police's human resources systems is behind schedule and over-budget. The force was originally going to spend £38m to create a self-service HR system which it hoped would save it £15m a year in costs. The system was meant to go live in December 2009 - but it is now hoped it …
John Oates, 17 May 2010
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Confidential report reveals ContactPoint security fears

An independent study on the previous government's controversial child protection database highlighted significant security and privacy risks. Deloitte found significant shortcomings in the security of the ContactPoint database when it evaluated the system back in 2008. But only a summary of its report was ever published prior to …
John Leyden, 29 Jun 2010
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MPs slap ICO for bad language

A select committee report on poor official language has picked on a letter from the Information Commissioner's Office. The Public Administration Select Committee provided the ICO letter as an example of an official letter which "illustrates how formulaic letter construction can alienate and confuse the reader". The letter, …
Kable, 01 Dec 2009
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Cameron blames Labour naivety for NHS IT woes

Tory leader David Cameron used a speech in Trafford yesterday to make another attempt to gain credibility for his party's management of the NHS. He blamed the government for falling for the sales pitches of big IT providers and called for more local solutions to NHS IT problems. Cameron said: "It's one of the most shameful and …
John Oates, 04 Jan 2008
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Serco snaps up Cornwell

Public sector services giant Serco has tabled an offer to buy Cornwell Management Consultants Plc, an AIM-listed firm based in Surrey, for £7m. Serco said in a statement that Cornwell had a good profile with the Identity and Passport Service as an IT and management consulting firm. It was also known in the NHS, and as an expert …
Mark Ballard, 24 Apr 2007
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The Sun shines out of certified Java programmers

The recession gathers apace, jobs are falling like nine pins, we're all doomed. Or maybe we dig in, work hard, brush up on old skills, read up on new stuff, do a bit of studying, sit an exam or two. Here's a couple of papers about IT exams from the Reg library for your perusal. The Sun certification and team performance: The …
Team Register, 05 Mar 2009
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US crunch hits India

The US slowdown rolled into India this week with outsourcer Satyam forecasting that revenue growth in 2009 will be well down on the 40 per cent plus rates it has become accustomed to. The company today forecast full year 2009 revenues of $2.65bn to $2.69bn, a rise of 24 to 26 per cent on the previous year. After seeing annual …
Joe Fay, 21 Apr 2008
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US gooses economy with IT billions

The $787bn American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), signed Tuesday by US president Barack Obama, contains significant chunks of cash targeted towards IT spending. Some of the line items are relatively straightforward, such as over $1bn for IT upgrades at the Social Security Administration, State Department, …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Feb 2009
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German watchdog tells firms to do own US privacy checks

German privacy watchdogs have told companies to conduct their own checks of US companies' conduct before passing personal data to them, even if they are signed up to the EU-US 'Safe Harbor' data protection scheme. The Düsseldorfer Kreis is an informal group of Germany's private sector data protection watchdogs. It has said that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 25 May 2010
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MIT opens Junk Science Institute

In an expensive attempt to stake a claim in Private Eye's Psueds Corner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a "Center for Collective Intelligence". The center is headed by luminaries from the Wharton School at U Penn., and MIT's Sloan Management School and brings in guessperts from the cognitive science faculty …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Oct 2006
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North Africa will need more revolution before it attracts IT tourists

Comment Woo Hoo! Tens of millions of well-educated, young and above all, cheap workers for the capitalists among us to go and exploit! Quick, quick, get out the airline schedule and book that seat to Tunis, or Cairo or – coming soon no doubt – Algiers. Money money money, it's a capitalist world! pyramidinvestnorthafrica Hmm, what, …
Tim Worstall, 07 Feb 2011
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Becta embarks on software review

Further education colleges are being urged to take part in a review of education software licences. British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) said it has teamed up with management consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to find out if colleges and schools are getting the best "value" out of using the …
Kablenet, 04 Jul 2006
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Google's PowerPoint beater beta is go

Google's attempt at a net-based PowerPoint slayer has gone live just in time for the firm's web-worshipping warlocks to celebrate the autumn equinox. The cursed "& Spreadsheets" suffix has been dropped from the online office suite too. The PowerPoint, Word and Excel copies are now collectively known by the snappier title Google …
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HP to split in twain – WSJ

Hewlett-Packard is preparing to split itself into two separate companies, according to a good old-fashioned scoop in today's Wall Street Journal. The computer giant will make the announcement after the NYSE this evening, the paper reports. HP management recently hired posh management consultants McKinsey & Co to investigate " …
Drew Cullen, 02 Mar 1999
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AOL gets new Europe, international chiefs

AOL Europe has appointed its sixth boss in a year as it repositions itself as an advertising-supported portal business. A retiring Philip Rowley is replaced by Dana Dunne, who most recently presided over Belgian telco Belgacom [see correction below]. He was also a leader of management consultants McKinsey and Co's telecoms …

MYOB swoops on Solution 6

MYOB is scooping up Solution 6, a fellow Australian business software firm, in a share swap worth AUS$234m (US$175m). Solution 6 shareholders will end up with 33 per cent of the enlarged group. At the same time Solution 6 is selling off its US-based enterprise and consulting business to private equity firm Francisco Partners, …
Drew Cullen, 29 Mar 2004
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IT manager fired for lunchtime Web surfing

It was five years ago today... The moral of today's blast from the past is this: if you do have a couple of spare minutes at work between fielding phone and mobile calls, answering SMSes or responding to the 10,000 or so emails each and every one of us receives every day, then don't spend them surfing the Net: IT manager fired for lunchtime Web surfing By …
Team Register, 16 Jun 2004
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e-Government head's parting shot

Ian Watmore, Britain's head of e-government, vacated his post yesterday after 18 months in the job, but will continue to influence on the e-gov strategy from his new billet at the Cabinet Office. He was much liked by two limbs of government that are not normally so supportive of central policy makers: suppliers and local …
Mark Ballard, 10 Jan 2006
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Outsourcing mucks up IT supply chain

Guess what, outsourcing production to contract manufacturers causes more problems than it solves. Vendors today are unable to effectively adjust the supply of products from contract manufacturers to dramatic changes in demand, management consultancy Booz Allen claims. The result is "product shortfalls in times of high demand …
Drew Cullen, 25 Jul 2001
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Acer turns to Compaq for sales director

Acer UK has poached Scott Dodds from Compaq to be its sales director. Dodds was Compaq UK's general manager for channel sales and spent six years at the company. He reeled in over $2 billion of Compaq's direct and indirect business in the UK, according to Acer. The appointment of Dodds is part of a shake-up of Acer's sales and …
Linda Harrison, 07 Sep 1999
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New Criminal Information Quango sighted

As Parliament prepares to recess this week and MPs pack suntan lotion and head for the Tuscan hills, it's traditional for government departments to sneak out important reports and make major announcements of future initiatives on the sly. So it was no surprise last week to find the “Review of Criminal Information” (ROCI) making …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 21 Jul 2008
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Xtempus sacks staff, shifts to mobile marketing and gaming

Mobile software company Xtempus has sacked 17 staff at its UK headquarters in London as part of a shift towards gaming and advertising and away from the corporate market. The staff all come from the corporate arm, a spokesman told us, and will be replaced in number by staff from recent acquisition TalkCast - a marketing company …
Kieren McCarthy, 05 Jul 2001
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'Take your covenant and shove it', Samba tells Novell

"I am not going to hide behind collective, anonymous responsibility," a French sheep-farmer told a magistrate when he was hauled before the law a few years ago. José Bové was on trial for destroying a branch of McDonalds, and the world was watching. The American junk food chain had made a spectacularly bad judgement to build a …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 Nov 2006
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IT manager fired for lunchtime Web surfing

An IT manager has been sacked for surfing the Web during her lunch hour. Lois Franxhi lost her tribunal in Liverpool yesterday after her employer said she used the company's resources to scour the Net in search of cheap holidays. Franxhi maintained she was sacked by Focus Management Consultants in Cheshire because she told them …
Tim Richardson, 16 Jun 1999
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BT McKinseyed in bid for world leadership

BT's been McKinseyed. The telco has announced details of a monster restructuring initiative it claims will enable it to become the "world leader in the next wave of the communications revolution". The plans include separating the UK fixed network business into wholesale and retail divisions. And in common with other large …
Tim Richardson, 13 Apr 2000
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Pentagon's $20bn war internet will 'cure world hunger'

Talk about cultural differences. While the Finns dismiss computer addicts from their military, figuring them to be useless basketcases and sending them on their way with a firm smack round the chops, the United States has given them a job for life. These are happy days for people who style themselves as Pentagon contractors. …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Nov 2004
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Psst, want to be on Dr Who?

Geek TV Certified gadget obsessives Tech Digest and Shiny Shiny scour Gizmoville for the oddest digital goodies, TV Scoop features all that’s cool in British telly and Games Digest has all the latest gaming news. LG 100inch LCD It won't have escaped your notice that it's CeBIT time, and all manner of competitive pimping is going on …
Jane Hoskyn, 10 Mar 2006

House of the future to feature talking mirror

Researchers from management consultants Accenture are focussing their powerful brains on what technology the house of the future will contain. They believe that ageing populations in the western world will have an increasing need for houses that can keep an eye on their inhabitants. Technology could also monitor the health of …
John Oates, 19 May 2004
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The great Enterasys boardroom exodus

Enterasys yesterday announced the departure of three key staff, including its chief executive, as it warned that revenues for quarter would be lower than expected. Enrique Fiallo resigned as chairman, chief executive officer, and president of the enterprise networking supplier yesterday in order to "pursue other business …
John Leyden, 05 Apr 2002
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The e-biz skinny on leather tanning

The UK's leather tanning sector is reluctant to take part in the ecommerce revolution despite pressure from the Government to get businesses online. A Government-sponsored report found that fewer than one in five companies (17 per cent) has a formal ecommerce strategy. And while three quarters of leather tanners have a Web …
Tim Richardson, 29 Nov 2001
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Cisco's $1bn in KPMG forms love triangle with MS

Cisco intends to invest $1 billion in "global advisory firm" KPMG, which is what these bean-counters-cum-management consultants are calling themselves nowadays. That's a lot of Cisco shareholder cash. Cisco has relatively few people in consultancy, and so had to look outside for an entree into the systems integration scene. As …
Graham Lea, 09 Aug 1999