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The IT contracting space has recorded a "significant shift in opportunities" since the financial crisis, according to research from professional employment provider giant group.(Read Full Article)
In a bid to contain costs and glean greater efficiencies from their IT operations, department and agency federal CIOs are looking to consolidate commodity services in a more centralized framework.
At a conference last week hosted by the American Council for Technology, senior officials from across the government described the early momentum behind the push for shared services, which they see as critical for CIOs to advance agency missions while keeping spending in check.(Read Full Article)
Can anyone access the data that you trust to the safekeeping of a cloud-computing vendor? It's a good question, made all the more relevant by the revelations regarding the National Security Agency's Prism program. So how can you best address these issues in your contract with your cloud vendor?(Read Full Article)
Tablets and smartphones, which employees are bringing into work in "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) style, are leading IT managers to ask security questions, starting with whether they should sort out corporate mobile apps and data from personal ones. It's all encouraged a spate of security start-ups to come up with their own answers, and highlighted here are a few that have recently hung out a shingle for mobile security. But it's not just mobile spurring the creation of young security firms out to change the world.(Read Full Article)
Today's security threats span a broad spectrum of social engineering schemes, international hackers, and insider threats like the recent NSA breach. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all of the potential threats and where money should be spent to keep up, let alone stay ahead of the curve.(Read Full Article)
Gartner has lowered its expectations for growth this year in global IT spending, saying it will rise 2 percent to US$3.7 trillion. Earlier this year, the analyst firm predicted 2013 growth of 4.1 percent.
The reduction "mainly reflects the impact of recent fluctuations in U.S. dollar exchange rates," Gartner said Tuesday.(Read Full Article)
Securing important corporate or personal information has never been more challenging. Every day, new vulnerabilities are discovered, more breaches are reported and we all become less secure. Just look at the headlines, whether it is Anonymous latest attack, state sponsored Cyber espionage or warfare, criminal activity or just someone being exploited by five year old malicious code that still finds victims, the picture metaphor is of a snowball rolling downhill and getting bigger and bigger as it rolls.(Read Full Article)
The bring your own device (BYOD) trend is gaining steam, thanks to the cost benefits and increased productivity that can come from allowing employees to provision their own technology. Mobile workers are more likely to put in more hours, so if your employees want to buy their own equipment and do more work on their own time, it's a win for the company.(Read Full Article)
New rules on how to implement the ePrivacy law come into force in August.
From around the end of August, European Union telecom providers and ISPs will have to comply with new rules to ensure that customers in all E.U. countries receive the same information if their personal data is lost, stolen or otherwise compromised.
The new "technical implementing measures," published by the European Commission on Monday, are detailed practical rules on implementing existing legislation -- the ePrivacy Directive.
Trusting the cloud to handle sensitive transactions and security services isn't for every enterprise, but organizations from banks to app developers are starting to give it a try.(Read Full Article)
As enterprises implement BYOD initiatives, IT managers have some key decisions to make: who purchases the devices, who pays for data plans and carrier contracts, and how does the company manage a mix of corporate and personal access to data on the devices.(Read Full Article)
According to the IT industry trade association CompTIA, "over 80% of companies now claim to use some form of cloud solution, whether that be virtual machines that can be spun up on demand or applications that can be easily procured and put into use."(Read Full Article)
HP rolled out new tools designed to work with Salesforce and Good Technology and help business users get more done.
HP developed a new app: HP Relate, a cloud-based tool that integrates with Salesforce and enables users to easily create documents, sales quotes, business proposals, marketing, and correspondence. HP believes that HP Relate will allow users to spend less time focusing on creating content, and more time engaging directly with the customer. HP Relate is available immediately from the Salesforce AppExchange marketplace.(Read Full Article)
PC giant unveils far-ranging government cloud offering that features both dedicated, private deployments as well as shared, multitenant systems with turnkey security and compliance features.(Read Full Article)
With the increasing use of Web applications from mobile devices and the variety of devices accessing applications through different types of networks, a new approach to application delivery optimization is required.(Read Full Article)
While businesses have been deploying cloud technology for some time, it's only recently that personal cloud services have emerged. The advent of the personal cloud means content, applications and computing power can move off the device. So, will we still need sophisticated tablets, PCs and smartphones if the power resides elsewhere?(Read Full Article)
Booths, the 160 year-old northwest supermarket chain, is doing away with till receipts and is instead allowing customers to store them in a "personal cloud".(Read Full Article)