This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 23rd August 2013

Planning for a disaster
Disaster Recovery is blue language to many IT Directors, but prevention and preparation are necessary activities in this technological age. Checks include: could DR infrastructure and your primary datacentre be affected by the same event? Are Recovery Point Objectives and Recovery Time Objectives built into your DR solution? Do key staff have access to the DR documents and processes, should they need to be followed? Can users connect to applications post Event as the networks and primary datacentre are no longer there? So, no matter the size of organisation, companies ignore regular DR policy reviews at their peril.

The importance of software compliance
Software Asset Management (SAM) is an all-important but often forgotten factor in Enterprise. A recent report from Forrester shows that interest in SAM has increased, mainly driven by potential IT cost savings. Many organisations were found to be still paying for software or maintenance agreements for additional licences that were no longer needed. On the other side of the coin, failure to be software compliant can lead to hefty fines, damage to reputation and even imprisonment of Directors. BYOD also introduces new challenges, with employees using personal devices at work these must have corporate compliant software and not just software licenced for personal use. If they are on your network, the software will be picked up and you must be prepared to be audited.

Hacked off about risk? No, not really it would seem
Cyber attacks and mass outages are viewed as a bigger threat to the UK banking sector than the impact of the recession according to a global study by KPMG. 71% of companies may be using outdated versions of Microsoft and Adobe the study found. Hackers are now targeting cloud based servers with multi-faceted automation, and malware targeting the Google mobile Android OS is appearing to try and get around two factor authentication. With a 12% increase in online fraud and 6 of the major US banks suffering website outages in 2012 (plus the historic RBS/Natwest UK bank meltdown in Summer 2012), financial losses and interruption from computer bugs should make security a top priority for banks and all enterprise businesses.

Breaking the smart phone mould
We recently asked who will be next in shaking things up from the now standard smart phone design. Samsung is the first to answer our cry and is bringing something new to the table. The Samsung Galaxy Golden when closed, looks like the modern all-screen smart phone, however it can be flipped open to reveal a classic T9 numeric pad with another screen behind the first. It seems Samsung is trying to use the Galaxy Golden as a bridge device, attracting users who are still holding onto their flip phones, but could later be swayed into buying an all-touch device, after using the touchscreen on the Galaxy Golden in its closed position. Important or not in terms of market penetration, it does not drive forward design for the tech enthusiasts. It seems we still have some time to wait until we see the next step in smart phone evolution.