Infrastructure Insights


Lasting legacy or temporary disruption: Either way the Olympic Games are coming

27th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
Whether you’re looking forward to the spectacle, or dreading the disruption, organisations need to make sure they are ready for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, which start today. Ensuring business continuity via secure remote working during over the next few months will not be easy but there are things that companies can do... read more

Security threats: prepare to respond at the speed of a tweet

12th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Steve Durbin, Vice President, Information Security Forum (ISF) trade body The range and complexity of cyber security threats is growing daily. Given the high potential rewards from cybercrime, especially when it comes to banking and finance, this trend is likely to continue into the foreseeable future. Threats are increasingly being... read more

RBS IT crash: Age will soon get the better of the banks

6th July 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Daniel Mayo, Ovum There was plenty of speculation about the cause of the recent RBS IT failure that downed the retail bank operation for a week and prevented payments in and out from being processed, causing wages, mortgages and businesses to go unpaid and seriously damaging the reputation of the bank. Many observers were initially... read more

Show Report: SIFMA Tech 2012

26th June 2012

Company: bobsguide
Tom Groenfeldt, reporting for bobsguide The annual SIFMA Technology Leaders Forum & Expo on 19-21 June at the Hilton in New York City gathered speakers from BATS, NYSE Euronext, CME Group, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Goldmans, BofA Merrill and various politicians and, crucially, regulators to discuss the changing nature of the... read more

Lies, damned lies, and fraud statistics

14th June 2012

Company: bobsguide
Card and banking fraud is a topic that sadly won’t go away, says Pat Carroll, chief executive of ValidSoft, but measuring it can be contentious. Some of the latest figures and reports this year, from CIFAS and PwC for instance, show that the problem is growing, while still others, such as the Financial Fraud Action UK figures, show it is... read more

What security lesson can be learnt from the Global Payments data breach?

16th May 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Pat Carroll, chief executive,ValidSoft As often happens at the turn of the year, as I was thinking about the different types of security breaches that had taken place in 2011 and about the fraud vectors that I thought might be important to keep an eye on in 2012. Along with a focus on the security of the mobile channel as m-banking and... read more

Show Report: NACHA Payments 2012 - Day 1

1st May 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Andrew Deichler, reporting for the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) and bobsguide Thousands of payments professionals gathered in Baltimore, US, on Monday 30 April for the start of the NACHA Payments 2012 three-day conference. The three main themes of this year's gathering, which attracted in excess of 2,500 attendees,... read more

Live trailling enables big IT changes to be made safely

24th April 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Maeña Twomey, integration programme manager, Lloyds Banking Group Maeña Twomey, programme manager for the Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) Live project, which integrated the bank’s operations and its disaster recovery capabilities into Lloyds Banking Group’s over-arching IT infrastructure, looks at the issue of... read more

It’s time to take mobile security seriously

23rd April 2012

Company: IBM
By Vijay Dheap, product manager at IBM Mobile Security Solutions Mobile handsets once functioned quite simply as portable phones, but they have quickly evolved into primary computing devices, with all the attendant potential security problems that this transformation implies. Providing security for the mobile channel – whether... read more

Best practice guidelines for data centre optimisation

11th April 2012

Company: bobsguide
By Wil Cunningham, head of WilPower IT Consulting. An ex-RBS senior IT manager and now a contractor with Lloyds Banking Group and other banks. Wil Cunningham, an independent technology consultant who oversaw RBS’s Data Centre Optimisation (EDCO) programme in Scotland and has spent the last two years as a senior contractor working on... read more