Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sirius and G-Cloud bring Open Source to Government

24/7 Support for Open Source now available through the CloudStore

Sirius, the UK's Flagship Open Source company, has confirmed that it has been awarded a place on the G-Cloud Framework and will be making the full range of Open Source products available through the CloudStore.

The UK Government has been working to make the purchasing of public sector ICT as simple and transparent as possible. All services listed on the CloudStore are part of the G-Cloud framework and so immediately available for the public sector to procure and use. For buyers this means:

* No need to go through the time and expense of issuing OJEUs
* Assurance that every product and service in the catalogue as been accredited to Government standards
* Suppliers approved by Government as agile, efficient and offering value for money
* Find low cost and high quality solutions simply

Sirius Chief Executive Mark Taylor said: "This really is a first! The myth 'you can't get support for Open Source' is dead and now it's time to lay to rest the ogre of procurement." He continued "{{Open Source is now available simply, safely and cheaply through the CloudStore and backed by world-class services from Sirius."

Estimates vary, but by most reckonings the UK Government spends between £17-20 billion each year on ICT. Uptake of Open Source and SME engagement are two central pillars of Government strategy to radically and permanently reduce this annual spend.

Sirius services available through the CloudStore include:

* Strategic Consultancy
* Deployment and Systems Integration
* Training
* Support
* Software as a Managed Service

Sirius support the entire range of Enterprise Open Source products with their main focus in the areas of

* Identity Management
* Database and Big Data
* Enterprise Search
* Online Presence
* Core Enterprise Infrastructure

All free from vendor lock-in, with lower acquisition and maintenance costs, performing to a higher standard and allowing full access to source code.

Sirius is the UK's flagship open source solutions provider with 15 years’ experience supporting mission critical enterprise applications and infrastructure. Our consultants, business analysts, IT architects and support engineers work with central and local government agencies, blue-chip multi-nationals, SMEs and start-ups to identify, deploy and manage feature-rich and stable open source solutions. For more information go to

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Can banks get security right for mobile banking?

A new insight report from Goode Intelligence examines how banks are currently securing the mobile channel and offers recommendations to ensure that mobile banking becomes a trusted service.

Goode Intelligence ( has reported that the mobile banking channel has the potential to be more secure than 'traditional' online banking.

“Mobile devices do create new risks but they can also help to make online banking considerably more secure”, said Ron Condon, report author and senior analyst at Goode Intelligence.

In its new report Mobile Banking Security, Goode Intelligence provides an insight into the current state of mobile banking security. This 50+ page report analyses the importance of security for mobile banking and investigates how banks, with the help of their technology partners, are deploying solutions to prevent fraud and identity theft.

The report shows that there is a great opportunity for banks to benefit from the immediacy that smart mobile devices (SMDs) offer. However, Goode Intelligence believes that there are still significant risks in adopting these exciting new communication channels and that they must be counteracted before consumers confidently accept them.

With the rise in mobile malware and cases of bank Trojans attacking mobile-based authentication solutions, banks must be vigilant and offer their customers a blend of security combined with excellent user experience.

Condon believes that the key to successful adoption for mobile banking services is a stellar user experience: “Heavy-handed security measures can often spoil the mobile user experience. Take authentication. If the bank customer has to use a hardware token to provide strong two-factor authentication (2FA) to access their banking service on a mobile device than this can completely destroy the user experience and lead to frustration. Security must blend in with the mobile banking experience.”

According to Goode Intelligence, banks should adopt a number of measures to ensure that adequate security controls are integrated into the heart of their mobile banking strategy; these include:
• Consider using the in-built features of a mobile device for stronger multi-factor authentication and verification (MFA/MFV), including biometrics, behavioural analysis and geolocation

• Monitor apps stores for any rogue apps that purport to represent your company – and kill them quickly

• Introduce a plan for updating mobile banking apps

• Ensure that mobile banking apps are security tested

• Integrate mobile apps with other banking channels, so that security lessons learned in one channel benefit the others

• Educate users about system hygiene when upgrading their handset, and disposing of an old one

Further information about the Mobile Banking Security Insight Report can be found at

Goode Intelligence is the leading research, analysis and consultancy organisation for the mobile security industry; providing services to global technology and telecommunications organisations. For more information about Goode Intelligence please visit

(EDITOR: There's something that users of smartphones can do to help themselves. Ensure they install antiviral software on their phone.)