Global Dispatches

U.K. to Strengthen Breach Penalties

LONDON The U.K. House of Commons Justice Committee is calling for tougher penalties for data security breaches.

In a report issued last week, the committee also recommended that the U.K. Information Commissioners office gain new enforcement powers.

The committees report comes after several recent data breaches. In November, two CDs holding data on 25 million people were lost in transit between the HM Revenue & Customs facility and the National Audit Office.

The committee also called for new reporting requirements that would force companies to report losses of data, and for new laws that would make reckless or repeated security breaches a criminal offense.

There is evidence of a widespread problem within government relating to establishing systems for data protection and operating them adequately, the report said.

-- Tash Shifrin, Computerworld U.K.

Nokia Siemens Purchasing Apertio

ESPOO, Finland Nokia Siemens Networks last week agreed to buy Apertio Ltd., a maker of network management applications for telecommunications operators, for ¬140million ($206 million U.S.).

The deal is expected to close in May.

Nokia Siemens Networks said that Apertio will become part of its Converged Core business unit and will be led by Apertio CEO Paul Magelli.

Bristol, England-based Apertio develops software that allows mobile phone operators to authenticate and deliver applications to users, shut off lost handsets and collect real-time data on subscribers.

-- Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service

Briefly Noted

IBM last week acquired XIV, a Tel Aviv-based maker of storage-area network equipment. IBM said it expects to use XIVs flagship product, Nextra, to address growing needs for high-performance storage for digital archives, digital media and Web 2.0 applications.

Copyright © 2008 IDG Communications, Inc.

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