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STUTTGART, GERMANY: Magirus International announced that it is the first distributor in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to offer assembly services for EMC VSPEX. The assembly services capability will help the company better support many of its reseller partners by delivering pre-built, multi-vendor solutions such as VSPEX that include EMC technology. Magirus International was acquired recently by Avnet Technology Solutions, a leader in global IT solutions distribution and an operating group of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT). Through Magirus International’s data centre expertise, Avnet will now be able to support business partners by assembling VSPEX as well as integrating this technology with other data centre components – tailoring solutions for business partners and their customers.

First service that protects mobile calls to and from any land line or mobile wherever you are

Anvil Mobile has launched the first hybrid service that encrypts mobile voice calls to any other mobile or land line number and can also protect all incoming calls from local interception. Following recent mobile phone hacking scandals, Anvil’s Secure Mobile service, powered by SiRRAN Communications, ensures complete call privacy and security across any mobile or wireless network.

Companies win Cloud Project of the Year category in the Tech Success Awards 2012

LONDON: Adapt, the independent IT managed services provider, has won the award for ‘Cloud Project of the Year’ alongside its customer Orbian, the world’s leading non-bank Supply Chain Finance company, in the Tech Success Awards 2012. Organised by TechWeek Europe, the Tech Success Awards recognise the achievements of IT Managers and CIOs in end-user companies involved in innovative technology projects, and the winners were announced via a webcast on December 6. This victory comes just a fortnight after Adapt and Orbian were named winners of the ‘Private Sector Cloud Project of the Year’ in this year’s SVC Awards.

 

Small businesses and financial institutions to benefit from combined payment security expertise

LONDON:  Specialist Payment Card Industry (PCI) security service providers Foregenix and ControlScan have formed a strategic alliance to deliver a market-leading suite of technology solutions to acquiring banks and merchant service providers working with small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Leading fraud consultancy UK Fraud (www.ukfraud.co.uk) has identified 10 key trends that will characterise the domestic fraud prevention market in 2013. These trends are:

1. With more high quality data becoming available to fraudsters than ever before, an economy forecast to contract and the UK’s benefits spend reducing, overall fraud levels will continue to increase dramatically across the UK and the rest of Europe. Fraud hotspots most likely to be affected in 2013 include: banks and card companies, insurers, online merchants, retailers and government be it HMRC, the universal credit scheme or local authorities.

Panasonic last week unveiled the world’s lightest* business rugged, convertible Ultrabook™ with a unique Flip-Over design making it ideal for mobile sales workforces and executives to use in notebook or tablet mode. Combining high usability, style, durability and long battery life with hot swappable, replaceable battery, the Toughbook CF-AX2 is one of the first ready-made Microsoft Windows 8 Pro certified devices. This means business users can have the best of both worlds, using the Toughbook CF-AX2 as both a desirable touch-screen tablet and state-of–the-art, stylish Ultrabook™

Bracknell, UK, and San Francisco, CA: Lamar Bailey, Director of Security Research and Development with nCircle, has released his top five security threats to watch out for in 2013.

The New Year – and beyond – he predicts, will be a time of highly adaptive security threats, with four main strands - cyber-criminals, cyber-terrorists, political hacktivists and rogue employees – conspiring to create severe headaches for IT security professionals in all classes of public and private sector industries.