Category: Public Sector

Freedom loses freedom to GCI

GCI has announced the acquisition of Freedom Communications. It is adding the unified communications specialist to a list of five acquisitions over the last twelve months. That list includes the cloud company Outsourcery who it bought only 6 months ago. Acquiring in order to grow the business in the managed services space is not unique. Both Daisy and…

SOCOM healthcare workers data leaked

In a brief blog post Chris Vickery at MacKeeper Security Watch has identified an 11 gigabyte data breach affecting US Special Ops. According to Vickery the data: “contained the names, locations, Social Security Numbers, salaries, and assigned units for scores of psychologists, and other healthcare professionals, deployed within the US Military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM).”…

KillDisk ransomware wants $210,000

The threat intelligence team at CyberX has revealed a new version of the KillDisk malware. The malware was responsible for taking out the Ukraine power grid earlier this year. Now it has added ransomware to its arsenal and wants 222 Bitcoins or around $210,000 for the unlock key. The details were unveiled by Phil Neray…

FinancialForce cracks GCloud with FCA and NAO

FinancialForce has announced its first successes on GCloud. Two wins this year have involved the National Audit Office (NAO) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Together, as of October 2016, they had spent more than £620,000 on the ERP solution based on the Salesforce platform. The NAO started its engagement in February and has spent…

Infor brings education alliance program to Thailand

Infor announced the expansion of the Infor Education Alliance Program (EAP) into Thailand. The announcement detailed a partnership between Triforce, an ASEAN gold partner of Infor, and Thailand’s Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU). Previous initiatives in the ASEAN region have seen collaborations with universities in China, India and Korea. Launched in 2014 the program sets up…

Getting tighter control of MP Expenses

IPSA (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority) will deploy the Unit4 Business World On suite of applications. The regulatory body is deploying the finance, expenses , HR and Payroll ERP on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This is a major change from their existing systems. IPSA currently run separate dedicated systems to manage finance, payroll and expenses…

OpenStack Mitaka for UK public sector

UKCloud has announced that it is the first UK public sector cloud provider to support OpenStack Mitaka. The company calls this a major upgrade to its existing Cloud Native Infrastructure platform. The key issue here, from a cloud perspective, is UK government policy around open standards. All government ICT projects are required to prioritise open…

Equinix buys another 24 data centres

Data centre operator Equinix appetite for growth shows no sign of abating. It has just announced the acquisition of 24 data centres sites from US Carrier, Verizon. There are 29 data centres across the sites and there have been rumours that Verizon wanted to sell for some time. The fact that Equinix has managed to…

Patients willing to accept self diagnosing

At the World of Healthcare IT conference in Barcelona, delegates have been told patients are happy with self diagnosing. This claim has come from Dr Kaveh Safavi of Accenture and it is part of a move to personalise healthcare. It is also about moving away from the idea of a doctor as a quasi God…