Saturday, 17 October 2015

Study finds 85 per cent of Android devices are insecure

        Around 85 per cent of Android devices are, or have been, susceptible to 13 critical vulnerabilities, researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered.

          The research has shown that variability between version roll outs of Android among manufacturers is even worse than many had feared, with many devices remaining vulnerable to everyday exploits for months or even years as manufacturers or phone carriers fail to send out patches and fixes early enough - or even at all.
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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Upgrading a Company's IT system and Its Short Comings

         A new urgency altogether can be found in this decade of the 21st century. Companies are aggressively functioning to rapid market response times, inflate business and offer improved service. “It’s a race for customers, information and results” Vuyk (2013). The first step to automation is upgrading the software a company uses. Software are found in two major categories, custom (tailored, Bespoke) and packaged (off-the-shelf) software. Off-the-shelf software often includes unessential features that you do not probably require to run your business, because of the fact that it is made for general public. It’s a compromise. On the other hand, specific features that the organisation needs might not be included in the available packaged software. Because of that disability, the company may have to change the way they do business which can end up with increasing costs and inefficiencies. And if other businesses use the same software, it can be challenging to gain competitive advantage. So, Off-the-shelf software does not do exactly what a company wants in many scenarios, in that case there is a need for tailored software that is designed and developed specifically for a particular company and its needs. A tailored software is custom written for the specifications of a client which can be much more efficient for specific tasks. Doyle (2001)

          Upgrading the company’s IT systems is a decent step towards improving the firm and will prove to be effective in the overall working of the company. But, for the transition, these short comings should be kept in mind.