Wednesday, 30 June 2010

DASCOM GB Continues Its Success With The T5040 Passbook Printer

Former TallyGenicom printer gets a new lease of life

DASCOM GB, developer, manufacturer and provider of enterprise printing solutions, continues to manufacture and distribute the former TallyGenicom T5040 passbook printer, specifically aimed at high street banks and building societies. In addition to its ability to print traditional account passbooks, the T5040 can also print smaller documents such as private cheques and receipts.

“The T5040 is already used by some of the world’s biggest financial institutions and the majority of building societies in the UK,” explained DASCOM GB’s Managing Director, Robin Edwardes. It is a durable, robust, dependable printer that supports a wide variety of printing applications. We believe we have the best printer and support on the market, and judging by our continuing success in this market place with customers migrating to DASCOM, our customers agree.”

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

dhc On Trend With Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Following the recent Forrester Wave™ CRM suite review for midsized organisations, dhc, provider of integrated software solutions, is advising businesses of the benefits of investing in the correct Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools to maintain and improve their competitive position. After evaluating 19 leading CRM suite solutions, the review highlighted that 47% of surveyed organisations in North America and Europe have already implemented a CRM system with an additional 23% planning to invest in the next 12 to 24 months.

Whilst many CRM technology projects were deferred or cancelled in 2009 as a result of the economic downturn, organisations of all sizes are again investing to improve the customer management capabilities, which may have been neglected. With this in mind, Surrey-based dhc is emphasising the need for companies to drive business growth whilst managing costs, and encouraging managers to deploy CRM solutions that allow seamless and secure delivery of business profitability.

As a leading Microsoft partner selling Microsoft Dynamics CRM to SMEs, dhc believes the software is an ideal investment based on its versatility and delivery through Microsoft Outlook, a familiar and user-friendly interface. Buyers are often attracted to Microsoft Dynamics CRM if they have made a commitment to a Microsoft infrastructure in order to lower their total cost of ownership (TCO) in buying and managing business technologies. The software’s usability, lower price and customisation capabilities are also appealing when compared with other traditional CRM applications.

dhc Director, Matt Garman comments, “As a Microsoft partner, it’s pleasing to see that Microsoft Dynamics CRM is recognised as a clear leader in the mid-market and enterprise space, based on the strength of its offering and strategy. It is also encouraging to see that a number of vendors have recognised the value in extending CRM to other areas of the business outside of the typical CRM cornerstones of sales, marketing and service. This is something that Microsoft particularly understands, hence its expansion into xRM, an extended CRM service.”

Monday, 28 June 2010

NanoKTN Secures Partnership between UK Nanotechnology SMEs

Applied Nanodetectors Ltd and Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd to work on next generation healthcare applications

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of a successful partnership between two UK nanotechnology SMEs, introduced by the NanoKTN at one of its events late last year. The partnership between Kelvin Nanotechnology Ltd and Applied Nanodetectors Ltd will focus on the design and production of next generation, point of care diagnostics for healthcare.

If you would like further information or to speak with someone from the NanoKTN, please contact

Friday, 25 June 2010

Kasperky Lab Spam Report: May 2010

According to Kaspersky Lab’s spam report for May 2010, the USA maintained its positions as the prime distributor of spam, despite a decrease of 2.4% compared to March’s figure: the quantity of spam originating from this country increased by 8.5%, having returned to its usual level of 20.7%. Second and third places respectively went to India with 7.5% and Russia with 5.4%.

May saw major shifts involving China (3.6%) and Brazil (3.7%) – these countries have started to slowly win back their positions. They are not in the Top 5 yet, but could be soon. The 4th and the 5th places in the Top 5 are occupied by Vietnam and the Republic of Korea with 4.8% and 4.1% respectively. Noticeable changes happened to spam flows coming from Germany and Italy, they dropped out of the Top 10 having distributed 2% less spam each compared with the previous month. Interestingly, there is a “newcomer” in May’s Top 20 – Argentina distributed 2.1% of the total volume of spam.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Kaspersky Lab’s Antivirus Products Receive a VB100 Award for Protection of the Windows 2008 R2 Server Platform

Kaspersky Lab announces that Kaspersky Anti-Virus 6.0 and 8.0 for Windows Servers has received a VB100 award after successful testing on the Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2 platform.

The test was carried out by the respected British publication Virus Bulletin. In all, thirty three antivirus solutions were tested, including solutions from many of the leading vendors. The solutions ran on computers under the management of a 64-bit server running Microsoft Windows 2008 Server R2.

During the tests, the security products had to detect and neutralise both known and unknown malware from a number of different collections, including: - viruses and worms from, and worms, bots, Trojans and other polymorphous software from similar sources. The updated collections included some of the latest malware, e.g. had new versions of the Koobface worm.

Kaspersky Lab and M86 Security Extend Their Global Partnership

M86 Security, the global expert in real-time web and email threat protection, today announced the expansion of their partnership with Kaspersky Lab. The extension of this relationship allows M86 to offer Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus scanning capabilities to users of M86 MailMarshal SMTP, M86 MailMarshal Exchange and M86 WebMarshal products.

“Our continued collaboration with M86 is extremely valuable as we extend Kaspersky Lab’s cutting-edge antivirus scanning technology already available for the M86 Secure Web Gateway appliance to the company’s entire range of security solutions”, said Peter Merkulov, Vice-President of the Technology Alliances Business Division for Kaspersky Lab. “This effort now provides M86 users with another advanced and reliable tool for quickly eliminating viruses, worms, rootkits, spyware and other malicious software.”

Kaspersky Lab has provided its antivirus scanning capabilities for the M86 Secure Web Gateway since 2006. “This initiative with Kaspersky Lab is part of our ongoing commitment to develop partnerships or seek ways to deliver more complete solutions to our customers,” said Werner Thalmeier, Vice-President of Product Management at M86 Security. “The addition of this module to M86’s arsenal of antivirus scanning products allows us to provide a wider range of choices to M86 customers interested in our email and Web security solutions.”

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Data Protection is common sense

By Robert May, Managing Director at leading IT solutions consultancy ramsac

With the holiday season finally here and numerous events and activities going on, the summer is a time of multiple distractions and this is particularly evident with this year’s World Cup. It is very easy to give less consideration to more the mundane but crucial business matters. Without giving too many football puns, it would be very easy to take your eye off the ball with regards to essential, but less visible concerns, such as the perennial consideration of data protection. However the penalties, be they legal, reputational or relational can be far reaching and potentially ruinous, particularly with the UK and worldwide economy looking to get back on its feet against significant odds.

The Data Protection Act 1998 sets out robust legislation with regards to the security of private sensitive data and gives a wide scope for penalties when organisations fail to meet the criteria. Whilst data protection is especially relevant for professional organisations and businesses, such as law firms or medical establishments, the onus is on all businesses to take appropriate steps and continually monitor the levels of security to maintain Quality Assurance integrity.

NanoKTN to Discuss Needs and Opportunities for Nanotechnology in Healthcare

First NanoMed Focus Group Event to Examine Role of Nanotechnology in Clinical Practice 8th July 2010, Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce the first event from its NanoMed focus group. The event will examine areas where nanotechnology is already improving clinical practice and also where the technology will be impacting healthcare in the near and distant future.

For further information or to speak to someone from the NanoKTN, please contact

Monday, 21 June 2010

Children and the Internet, Safety Rules: Kaspersky Lab focuses on safe surfing for families

Today’s Internet provides huge opportunities for children to learn more about the world in which they live, to communicate more widely and to study and have fun, but the Internet can also have a dark side. Children are often far too trusting of their virtual friends and this may lead to them unwittingly revealing personal information, or meeting someone in real life whose motives are less than pure. Some criminals will even take advantage of children’s naivety to extort money or download malware to the family computer.

However, children are not just victims on the Internet – some take part in illegal activities such as hacking.

Parents have to share some of the blame when this happens. “When their children start to get the hang of what they are doing, many parents consider that their mission is fulfilled,” Maria Namestnikova, Senior Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, explains in her article ‘Children and the Internet’. “But that is when the parents’ work actually begins.”

The author suggests that one of the most effective method for parents to keep their children safe when online is to surf the Internet together, explaining what is safe and what is potentially dangerous as they go along. This approach, in combination with software solutions that include parental control functionality, offers the most all-round protection for any child. Surfing together may resolve a number of other problems of a family nature, as well as addressing issues of IT security. Anyone who cares about their child’s online safety ought to help them get to grips with this exciting new environment.

The full version of the article ‘Children and the Internet’ can be found at

dhc and Trovus Use Web Intelligence to Deliver a Higher Return on Sales and Marketing Activity For Users of Microsoft DynamicsTM CRM

Significant advancement in sales and marketing automation promotes a single view of the customer

dhc, provider of integrated software solutions and its partner Trovus, supplier of website intelligence, today announce that they have written a seamless integration between Microsoft DynamicsTM Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and the Trovus Dashboard. The integration links information gathered by Trovus, such as profiles of organisations visiting a website, to the relevant records in the Microsoft DynamicsTM CRM database and vice versa, enabling users to take marketing activity to the next level and support advanced targeting and customer profiling.

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Friday, 18 June 2010

Internetization as a New Mobile Malware Trend

As part of Kaspersky Lab’s recent Security Analyst Summit, its Mobile Research Group Manager, Denis Maslennikov, gave a presentation titled ‘Mobile malware and the Internet: a myth or reality?’ In the presentation, Denis talked about the latest mobile malware trends, focusing on how the Internet is being used to spread malware, infect users’ phones and as a means for the cybercriminals to issue commands to their botnets.

The first piece of mobile malware to make use of the Internet was written by a Ukrainian hacker back in 2004. Cybercriminals then lost interest in these types of programs until quite recently, when from June 2009 to June 2010, 35% of all detected smartphone malware operated via the Internet.

Monday, 14 June 2010

Secure-mobile-championship-2010: team up with Kaspersky Mobile Security for winning smartphone protection

Throughout the entire 2010 World Cup period, Kaspersky Lab is offering football fans free protection for their smartphones – and that could be invaluable if the worst happens and your phone goes missing.

The World Cup is the No.1 sporting event on the planet. Thousands of people will be heading off to South Africa to support their national teams and millions more will be following the matches in bars or on big screens in town centres around the world.

It’d be only too easy to lose your smartphone to pickpockets who will be out to target big crowds of fervent football fans as they cheer their teams on. This is where Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 can save the day.

With Kaspersky Mobile Security 9 installed on a supporter’s smartphone, it can be remotely blocked if it is lost or stolen. The contact details of the owner will be displayed on the screen of a blocked smartphone, allowing anyone who finds it to return the lost device. The location of a lost smartphone can also be pinpointed using its built-in GPS module, and if the SIM is replaced, the owner will receive immediate notification of the phone’s new number.

Friday, 11 June 2010

Kaspersky Lab Will Feature at the World Famous Le Mans 24 Hour Race with the AF Corse Ferrari Racing Team

Kaspersky Lab continues to build on its racing success, which started several championships ago at the Barcelona Grand Prix in Spain. For their next big challenge Kaspersky Lab and the AF Corse team are aiming for a place on the podium at the world famous Le Mans Series Championships. This year, the 24 hours of non-stop GT action is scheduled to begin on 12 June.

The Le Mans Series Championship is a European sports car racing endurance series based around the famous Le Mans 24 Hours race. As an official sponsor of the AF Corse Ferrari racing team, Kaspersky Lab will be letting them know that we are rooting for them all the way, with Eugene Kaspersky heading off to Le Mans in person to wish the team well.

Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 Receives Top Marks from AV-Comparatives

Kaspersky Lab announces that the AV-Comparatives laboratory has awarded Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 the highest mark possible in tests designed to analyse the product’s proactive defense capabilities.

Experts from the authoritative Austrian test lab analysed the performance of twenty of the most popular computer security products from leading vendors. The test focused on the quality of proactive defense provided by each product during on-demand scans.

All of the solutions were tested using out-of-date signature databases and made active use of static heuristics and extended signatures relating to malware families. The security products were pitted against a set of over 27,000 brand new malware samples that had been detected after the antivirus databases were last updated. This test was designed to assess each solution’s ability to defend a user’s PC from new threats for which individual signatures have not yet been released.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 is Named ‘Product of the Year’ by the Respected German IT publication PC Magazin

Kaspersky Lab announces that Kaspersky Internet Security 2010 was named ‘Product of the Year 2009/2010’ by readers of the German computer journal PC Magazin.

More than 40,000 readers took part in an online poll to select their favourite IT solutions in 23 hardware and software categories, the nominated products having been pre-selected by a panel of experts. This is the twenty-third such event to be held by PC Magazin and the fourth time in a row that the readers of PC Magazin have voted Kaspersky Internet Security the best security software available.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Ipswitch Expands Global Partner Programme

Company adds Elite Partner Level and deal registration programme to offering

Ipswitch, Inc., an innovator of secure, managed file transfer solutions, today added a new Elite Partner Level and introduced a deal registration program to its global partner programme. The expanded Ipswitch FT Partner Program brings a more lucrative programme to partners featuring flexible requirements and valuable benefits.

“Ipswitch takes pride in building strong relationships with our partners and providing them with unmatched support and resources. Our goal is to make it easy to conduct business, increase sales, drive growth and enhance profitability,” said Loic Triger, Vice President of Global Channels and International Sales. “Our partners are integral to Ipswitch’s growth as well as our customers’ success. With this expanded programme, our partners now have an even more effective way to offer their customers an innovative solution set featuring the highest levels of security, governance and flexibility.”

Southwark College Upgrades IT Infrastructure With Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks today announces that it has completed an upgrade of Southwark College’s network, improving the security, stability and speed of its IT infrastructure and preparing the college for the introduction of new applications and virtual services. The project has been completed in conjunction with Extreme Networks’ partner Express Commerce.

The new network spans three campuses situated in the London Borough of Southwark and uses a selection of Extreme Network’s Summit® family of X350 and X450 switches. It supports more than 1000 desktop computers and 250 laptops distributed throughout the Learning Resources Centres, classrooms, staff rooms, and student areas.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Dassault Systèmes Acquires Exalead for €135m

New Possibilities with Search Based Applications for Enterprise and People

Dassault Systèmes (DS) (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, and Exalead, a leading provider of Search Platforms and Search-Based Applications (SBA) for consumer and business users, today announced that Dassault Systèmes acquired the French company Exalead for about €135 million.

Every month, over 100 million people rely on Exalead for information search, access and reporting, including people in companies like Sanofi-Aventis and World Bank for business use, and Friendster, Lagardère Active and ViaMichelin for contextual consumer search. Exalead provides the industry’s only platform designed from the ground up to apply advanced semantic processing to Web-scale data volumes and usage. Exalead brings unique scalability, agility and usability to industries such as Banking, Retail, Publishing, Business Services, Life Sciences and Consumer Services where an easy access to information is essential.

"To accelerate the deployment of Search-Based Applications in all market sectors, we needed a strong international partner,” comments Alain Cotte, CEO, Exalead. “This alliance represents a tremendous opportunity for our partners and customers who will benefit from Dassault Systèmes’ global presence.” Exalead Co-Founder François Bourdoncle adds, “With our real-time search, natural language capabilities, Exalead provides a unique Web user experience. The combination with 3D represents the next generation of information technology for lifelike experiences. With Dassault Systèmes there will be a considerable increase in the number of people benefiting from our technology.”

IT Decisions 2010: New Court Ruling Can Cut Costs And Implications For End User Organisations

23rd and 24th June, Pavilion, NEC Birmingham

At IT Decisions 2010, a new major event designed to help businesses and government make important IT investment decisions, delegates will learn how a recent court ruling helps make major IT and outsourcing projects successful and reduces their end-to-end costs whilst avoiding risky implications. Managing Director of Best Practice Group, Allan Watton, will present a hard-hitting session, ‘ Project Accountability: Reducing the cost of your IT and outsourcing contracts’ focusing on how to realise fast cost savings and significant operating improvements simply by changing how to work with and manage technology vendors.

For further information please contact

NanoKTN announces IPO of member Ilika plc on AIM

Raises £5.2 million with market capitalisation of £18.7 million

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce the AIM IPO of one of its members, Ilika.

Ilika plc (“Ilika”) (AIM: IKA) is an advanced cleantech materials discovery company. It accelerates the discovery of new and patentable materials using a unique high throughput technologies (HTT) process for identified end uses in the energy, electronics and biomedical sectors. This process enables hundreds of scalable materials to be made in a single, automated operation and subsequently tested for key properties.

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Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 Keeps Digital Life Safe

The new version of Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 protects consumers’ digital identity and money online. Kaspersky Lab’s flagship product offers consumers unsurpassed protection against all kinds of threats. The new generation takes full advantage of the most innovative security technologies to keep PCs and laptops clean and families safe.

Digital pollution has become a serious threat for anyone entering the online world. This includes viruses, worms, Trojans, spam, phishing and more. Kaspersky Lab processes an average of 30,000 malicious and potentially unwanted programs each day – way too many to prevent using conventional technologies alone. The new Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 is packed with new and unique features to make digital life safe. It employs proactive technologies to keep malware off computers in the first place, rather than trying to tackle problems after the fact. Users need no longer worry about Cyber threats – instead, they can rest assured that their digital environment is clean, safe and free from Cyber threats and unwanted intruders. The solution operates in background mode while users are working on their PCs or laptops or surfing the Internet. It requires little in the way of user intervention in order to do its job efficiently − enabling everyone to enjoy life online. Features such as the Windows Gadget allow one-click administration.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 Offer Unsurpassed Internet Protection

The new versions of Kaspersky Lab’s flagship consumer products, Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011, offer unsurpassed protection against all kinds of Internet threats. They take full advantage of the most advanced technologies to keep PCs clean and families safe and to protect consumers’ digital identity and money when banking and shopping online.

Both Kaspersky Internet Security 2011 and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2011 provide real-time proactive protection against all Internet threats – constantly monitoring the system to detect any type of potential threat and prevent any destructive activity. They provide reliable isolation of suspicious Internet resources, giving users full reassurance that their digital environment is clean, safe and free from digital threats. The system operates in background mode and does not make constant demands on the user in order to do its job efficiently − so consumers can enjoy their digital life.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

US Retailer 'The Limited' Fashions Fast & Responsive Network With Extreme Networks

Extreme Networks today announced that leading national US retailer, The Limited, supporting 222 stores across more than 40 states, has selected its high performance data centre network, converged edge and wireless LAN solutions featuring 802.11n technology to boost the performance and efficiency of its business.

The Limited is an iconic name in retail, providing an exceptional shopping experience--both in its stores and online--for successful women who select from private-label apparel appealing to both style and sophistication. The Limited recently singled out Extreme Networks’ leading-edge network core and data centre performance and its broad converged wired and wireless network portfolio for the edge. The network fuels The Limited’s sales, marketing, and customer service while supporting the needs of mobile employees.