Government on track to save £8 billion this year through Efficiency and Reform Group controls

The Coalition government has announced that it has managed to eradicate even more wasteful spending across Whitehall than it originally envisaged. It has managed to achieve this by fundamentally shifting the way government operates, and enforcing a strict approach to public sector spending across all departments and driving a business-like approach throughout Whitehall. The latest interim results suggest that overall the government has managed to save an additional £3.1 billion so far this year on IT contracts, property, marketing, temporary contracts and consultancy, putting the government on track to save £20 billion a year by 2015, according to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.

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Sponsor Article – Quest takes the lead in Innovation Leadership according to KuppingerCole

This month, KuppingerCole released their Leadership Compass for Identity Provisioning and we are pleased to see that they named Quest Software (now part of Dell) an overall leader. For this report, the firm evaluated our Quest One Identity Manager solution, which is not only about provisioning but also provides an integrated layer of access governance for the line of business to be involved in the process. Aside from standard criteria such as product functionality and capabilities, KuppingerCole also looked beyond the solution itself, but to the vendor with respect to innovativeness, market position, financial strength and ecosystem. Continue reading…

Sponsor article – Verisec – New Licensing Model Facilitates Citizen and Employee Authentication on a Massive Scale

The emergence of mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have created new business opportunities and improved user experience. But the mobility has also increased the need for strong logon security that can provide secure access to business-sensitive information and mission critical systems. The problem, however, is that many authentication solutions on the market today are based on proprietary technology and regulated by irrational user-based licensing models, which has resulted in high prices and low flexibility. Swedish IT security company Verisec has developed an innovative solution to remedy this problem.

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Strategic big data ranks amongst Gartner’s top 10 IT trends for 2013

Gartner Inc, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, produces a report identifying what it regards as the biggest technology trends that will impact on business and enterprise. Gartner has previously identified trends like cloud computing, media tablets and big data. Gartner has now produced its list for 2013. According to Gartner fellow, David Cearley, this year’s list will be different, in that it will not highlight remarkable new technologies, but will simply be an evolution of the issues that have previously been flagged up. The reason for this is that things have moved more slowly than predicted. Cearley highlights big data as an example. Many companies, he argues, have looked at big data, but the problem is they haven’t really embraced the concept.

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KuppingerCole names Courion a ‘leader’ in identity and access management

Prominent analyst firm cites company’s ‘very strong product offering…covering major areas of IAM today’

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., October 16, 2012 — Courion Corporation, the leader in risk-driven identity and access management (IAM), was named a leader in product, innovation and overall strength in the “KuppingerCole Leadership Compass” on identity provisioning released today.

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User identity management and tighter access controls are vital in today’s threat landscape claims the head of security at IBM

User identity management, tighter access controls and security analytics are essential in today’s threat landscape according to Brendan Hannigan, general manager of security systems at IBM. Speaking at the IBM Interconnect Conference in Singapore recently, Mr Hannigan claimed that although mobility, cloud and social networking are driving the most significant changes in business, they are also posing the greatest security risks.

He claimed that the problem is now serious because IT departments have little control over innovations, and find that they are constantly striving to play catch-up with new technologies that are foisted on them by consumer demand. He claimed that IT departments could try and control it, but it would be impossible to stop at the end of the day.

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SPONSOR PRESS RELEASE 2 – protected-networks unveiled 8MAN for vSphere at VMworld 2012 Barcelona

protected-networks along with its technology partner abtis unveiled the new version of 8MAN to help clients identify security issues within VMware vSphere by displaying and analysing the access rights structure. 8MAN for vSphere is being showcased at the on-going VMworld 2012 in Barcelona from 9th to 11th October. VMware’s vSphere is an industry-leading virtualization platform for building cloud infrastructures to run business critical applications with efficiency and speed.

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Telefonica looks for commercial opportunity by using the insights of Big Data

Telefonica, the Spanish mobile phone operator and owner of O2, is launching a new in-house operation to sell information about its customers. The new division, called Telefonica Digital Insights will offer companies and public sector bodies “analytical insights” based on users’ anonymised location data. Telefonica has been struggling in recent times to cope with the economic realities of a global recession and the downgrading of its creditworthiness by Standard and Poors earlier this year. Yet the company is optimistic that by exploiting the power of such ‘Big Data’ it can help to revive its flagging fortunes after falling sales. However there is some concern within the industry that the ‘insights’ that the company wants to commercialise will not prove to be as useful as claimed.

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Whitehall Media announces its third Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Conference: ECCV, 2013

Whitehall Media, the UK’s market-leading business-to-business multi-platform media group is delighted to announce the launch of its third annual Enterprise Cloud Computing and Virtualization Conference and Exhibition: ECCV, 2013. The event follows on from the hugely successful and compelling Cloud Computing Conference held at the Lancaster Hotel, London, in March this year. The next Enterprise and Cloud Computing Conference will be held at the Hotel Russell, London, on 7 March, 2013, and promises to be the year’s most prestigious and topical event surrounding the deployment of Enterprise-Wide Cloud and Virtualization Infrastructures across enterprise-level companies across the UK.

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William Hague warns of the growing threat of global cybercrime and the potential threat on the UK’s critical national infrastructure

It has never been easier to become a cybercriminal. That is the stark warning that Foreign Secretary, William Hague, will issue when he addresses the Budapest Cyberspace Conference today. He will tell international delegates that cybercrime is “one of the greatest global and strategic challenges of our time”, and has the potential to have devastating consequences not just on the UK’s critical national infrastructure but on the CNI of every country.

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