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Farnborough – 21 November 2016Datum Datacentres today announced that a further global security-conscious client has joined the broad community of organisations who have selected the Farnborough facility to house their critical IT infrastructure.

From public safety and security to international insurance, financial services, global cyber security, online payments, defence and engineering, Datum’s client base evidences its secure credentials. When Datum launched in 2012 to provide a robust co-location service for business critical IT, the selection of a government–grade secure park site coupled with Datum’s rigorous management and client-centric approach gave the complete offering a particular appeal to organisations who value confidentiality and safety. Nearly four years on, the first two halls of the data centre are dominated by large dedicated client cages to which the addition of the new City-based client gives further credence to Datum’s claim to be the data centre of choice for sensitive business critical IT.

Datum Business Critical Data Centres

Dominic Phillips, Datum Managing Director, reinforces this point: “Datum clients are frequently characterised by a zero tolerance approach to security risks. We take their concerns with the seriousness that they demand, referring to them even internally by their code names.

The nature of their operations requires a data centre that is not only extremely secure and highly resilient but is also appropriately managed to avoid the risk of breaches and downtime.

Each new client that selects our service reinforces and reaffirms the strength of the Datum offering and we are delighted to welcome the latest global name to our facility.”

About Datum
Datum delivers service-enhanced co-location from its highly engineered secure FRN1 data centre within the ListX Cody Technology Park in Farnborough.

The connection-rich facility is carrier and cloud neutral with latency to the City of London of less than one millisecond.

Datum launched in 2012 to provide a robust co-location service for business critical IT, tailored to meet the requirements of security-conscious enterprises and service providers.

Datum is trusted by an impressive and growing client list of over 35 organisations from the private and public sectors, serving vertical markets from Finance and Insurance through IT Security Services, Defence and Engineering, and including companies from the FTSE 250 and Fortune 500. www.datum.co.uk

Press Contact:
Lexie Gower
T: 0845 5680123
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Press Release Farnborough – 1 November 2016 – Datum Datacentres today announced that two further communications and connectivity service providers have joined the ranks of connected carriers within its Farnborough facility. Datum launched in 2012 to provide a robust co-location service for business critical IT, tailored to meet the requirements of security-conscious enterprises and service providers.
Integral to the service is the ability to offer clients a broad choice of carriers in order that they can arrange appropriate levels of redundancy, flexibility and portability at the best price for their needs. Datum Connect Matt MacCluney, Datum’s Sales Director, comments: “We are delighted to welcome these new carriers into Datum’s Farnborough data centre, further broadening available connectivity options.
SSE Enterprise Telecoms in particular has ambitious expansion plans to bring their networking solutions to the most strategically placed facilities in the UK while Datum has an impressive client list from private and public sectors for whom security and resilience are imperative.

The addition of these two carriers provides even greater choice in selecting the right providers for their business model.”
Managing Director, Dominic Phillips, adds: “Carrier neutrality and breadth of choice are essential to Datum offering of secure resilient co-location.

Farnborough is particularly well catered for by comms carriers, and the breadth of choice on offer gives Datum clients access to resilience, service and latencies of less than a millisecond to the City – perfect for DR and business critical IT
.” About DatumDatum delivers service-enhanced co-location from its highly engineered secure FRN1 data centre within the ListX Cody Technology Park in Farnborough.

The connection-rich facility is carrier and cloud neutral with latency to the City of London of less than one millisecond. Datum launched in 2012 to provide a robust co-location service for business critical IT, tailored to meet the requirements of security-conscious enterprises and service providers.

Datum is trusted by an impressive and growing client list of over 35 organisations from the private and public sectors, serving vertical markets from Finance and Insurance through IT Security Services, Defence and Engineering, and including companies from the FTSE 250 and Fortune 500. www.datum.co.uk About SSE Enterprise TelecomsSSE Enterprise Telecoms provides class-leading connectivity and data centre services that deliver very high performance, cost efficiency and a competitive edge.

The company operates a 13,700km private telecoms network and an estate of 15 data centres that span the UK. With its extensive telecoms and data centre operational expertise it offers commercial security with unrivalled in-house engineering resource. With a passionate and conscientious team, as well as the backing of the SSE Group, it continues to invest in the future of its customers, staff, services, and infrastructure.  For further information, please visit: http://www.ssetelecoms.com/ or the SSE Enterprise Telecoms blog: http://www.ssetelecoms.com/blog/ Press Contact:Lexie GowerT: 0845 5680123E: lexie.gower@datum.co.uk
World-renowned technology specialists join eleventh annual IP EXPO Europe to discuss the impact AI will have on humanity, the next big Cyber Security issues and how to improve STEM skillsLONDON – 25 August 2016 – IP EXPO Europe, Europe's number one enterprise IT event, has today announced the addition of several influential industry speakers to this year’s keynote and seminar programme.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear how key IT issues are affecting businesses and humanity alike, from Author & Founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute: Nick Bostrom; the ‘Father of Java’: James Gosling; the creator of the ‘MySpace worm’ and now an Independent Security Researcher: Samy Kamkar; and Independent Cyber Security Consultant Dr Jessica Barker. These additions to the 2016 IP EXPO Europe program are the latest in a list which already includes some of the world’s most renowned technology innovators, from the likes of HPE, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services. With his work influencing the likes of Bill Gates, Professor Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk, keynote speaker Nick Bostrom, Author & Founding Director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Artificial Intelligence (AI). Opening Day One at this year’s IP EXPO Europe, Bostrom will be discussing the impact that AI and intelligent machines will have on business and society, and sets out to answer the question: ‘Will AI bring about the end of humanity?’ The ‘Father of Java’ and legendary computer programmer James Gosling will be opening Day Two of IP EXPO Europe.

Gosling will be taking to the stage to give attendees a look into the creation of Java and to discuss the intersection of cloud computing and the world of remote digital communications, IoT and robotics. Hacking attacks have been a threat since the dawn of the Internet, and whilst cyber security technologies continue to become more sophisticated, a new field of exciting research is taking place that uses side channels, physics, and low-cost tools to employ powerful defences and counter-attacks against modern cyber attacks.
Independent Security Researcher, Samy Kamkar, best known for creating the fastest spreading virus of all time – The MySpace Worm – is often cited by the NSA and is joining this year’s IP EXPO Europe keynote programme to showcase some of the secretive and fascinating, hacking methods. With a background in sociology and civic design, Dr Jessica Barker specialises in the human side of cyber security and works to encourage more young people into cyber security careers. Often called in to advise FTSE 100 companies and central Government on how they can keep their information safe, during her keynote at IP EXPO Europe Dr Barker will be addressing why humans are in fact the weakest link in the security chain.

Barker will discuss how hackers are increasingly using social engineering tactics, and how to transform user behaviour both in and out of the workplace to make the online world more secure. Bradley Maule-ffinch, Director of Strategy for IP EXPO Europe, commented: “This year’s IP EXPO Europe is set to be the biggest and best yet. With AI, Cyber Security, and STEM key areas of industry discussion, it’s fantastic to have experts in these areas joining us to help further these debates and come up with solutions. We hope that this year’s keynote and seminar programme enables attendees to take away ideas of things they can do in their own businesses, whether that be implementing a new cyber security policy, looking at future-proofing the technology industry, or getting a better understanding of how to use technology to transform their business. No doubt all of our speakers will be leaving people inspired to think differently about their technology implementations.” A collaboration between IP EXPO Europe and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) for this year’s show will also see a special series of seminars hosted across the two day show.

Featuring key industry visionaries, these seminars will focus on future technologies and how STEM skills can be better supported. To register for IP EXPO Europe 2016 for free please visit www.ipexpoeurope.com where you can also find additional information about this year’s keynote and seminar sessions, including speaking times.

Find us on Twitter and join the discussion using #IPEXPO. About IP EXPO EuropeIP EXPO Europe is Europe’s leading IT event, designed for those looking to find out how the latest IT innovations can drive business growth and competitiveness. Now in its 11th year, the event showcases brand new exclusive content and senior-level insights from across the industry, as well as unveiling the latest developments in IT.
It covers everything you need to run a successful enterprise or organisation. IP EXPO Europe 2016 now features a brand new theme, Open Source, joining the existing Cloud, Cyber Security, Networks and Infrastructure, Data Analytics and DevOps – incorporating six events under one roof making it the most comprehensive business-enhancing experience for those across IT, industry, finance and facilities roles. Media contacts:Gemma Smith / Vicky Muxlow020 3176 4700ipexpoeurope@kaizo.co.uk Speaker or exhibitor enquiries:Sophie Barry / Keiran Prior0203 841 8500
This partnership will support Interserve’s aim of being a world-class rehabilitation company focused on reducing reoffendingLondon, August 24 2016 – Sopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, has recently signed a major IT managed services contract with Interserve PLC to deliver the national infrastructure for its Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs).
Interserve leads a partnership called Purple Futures that provides probation services for medium and low risk offenders via five CRCs. Key Facts: The remote access and mobile working solution will enable CRC staff to work more effectively and, over time, focus more resources on reducing reoffending rates in their CRC territories The new infrastructure for Interserve will replace the existing national solution, and enable new ways of working.

The funding and implementation of innovative solutions to support this was at the heart of the contract There will be a strong focus on providing a simple, modern user experience for the five CRCs The contract duration is initially for 5 years and 10 months with the opportunity for a further 3 year extension.

A carefully crafted engagement model will ensure that technology can play a major part in supporting Interserve’s CRCs in achieving their objectives Sopra Steria will draw on over 20 years’ experience in the Justice sector, particularly within the Police, Courts, Prison and Probation sectors, to deliver a flexible, digital, cloud-based IT solution Managing Director for Interserve Justice, Yvonne Thomas, commented: “We needed a partner that understood the security constraints, demands and controls required in the justice domain. We also wanted a partner who could deliver a modern, mobile, flexible IT solution.
Sopra Steria’s expertise in justice made them the natural choice to help us transition towards a digital, cloud-based IT model for our probation services.” Commenting on the contract, Sopra Steria’s director for Justice, Barbara Parn said: “This is an important contract for Sopra Steria. We’ve been working within the broader justice sector for many years, as well as directly with the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation Programme, and understand that managing rehabilitation is not an easy job. We’re committed to supporting Interserve’s Purple Futures CRCs in achieving their aims of reducing reoffending rates by deploying the right technology for the end users, allowing them to focus more on delivering frontline services.

This managed service means we can go some of the way towards doing that.” -ENDS- About Sopra SteriaSopra Steria, a European leader in digital transformation, provides one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end-to-end service offerings on the market: consulting, systems integration, software development, infrastructure management and business process services.
Sopra Steria is trusted by leading private and public-sector organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges.

Combining high quality and performance services, added value and innovation, Sopra Steria enables its clients to make the best use of digital technology. With over 38,000 employees in more than 20 countries, Sopra Steria had revenue of €3.6 billion in 2015. For more information, visit us at www.soprasteria.com Info ComFI: Sopra Steria Group (SOP) is listed on Euronext Paris (Compartment A) - ISIN: FR0000050809 ContactsSopra Steria: Catriona McCallum, catriona.mccallum@soprasteria.comAgency: Maureen Conlon, maureen.conlon@bm.com; +44 (0) 20 7300 6206 About InterserveInterserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies.
Interserve’s vision is to redefine the future for people and places.

Everything it does is shaped by its core values.
Interserve is a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for its customers and a great place to work for its people.
Interserve offers advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Headquartered in the UK and FTSE listed, Interserve has gross revenues of £3.6 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide. Interserve leads a partnership called Purple Futures that runs five Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRCs) on behalf of the Ministry of Justice as part of the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme.
Interserve’s CRCs provide world class probation and rehabilitation services. Purple Futures is a new partnership of private sector, charities and social enterprises, that provides probation and rehabilitation services on behalf of the Ministry of Justice in five areas of the UK. Interserve website: www.interserve.com For Interserve news follow: @interservenews
~ Independent IT and business change professional services firm delivers six-month Infrastructure as a Service project to enable RFIB to scale up rapidly ~London, UK, 18th August 2016 – London-based Xceed Group, a leading independent IT management consultancy, has helped RFIB Group Limited to select an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) model to support significant future growth plans. RFIB is a Lloyd’s insurance broker with a global presence, which is poised for significant growth over the coming years through a combination of expansion within existing markets and acquisition.

To facilitate this, RFIB needed to improve its IT services by implementing a fully managed support solution that can handle growth without disruption to service whilst also reducing IT security risk. RFIB appointed Xceed Group to manage its transition to an IaaS model ensuring a smooth change management process, within a six-month period.Xceed Group assessed RFIB’s IT estate and ran the selection process for suitable IaaS providers.
In addition, Xceed Group was asked to stabilise RFIB’s existing IT operations and design a target operating model that would provide the necessary business focus and reduce the complexity of managing multiple suppliers. During the six-month project, Xceed Group transformed RFIB’s IT management to a service -focused model, where IT support could be migrated to a service provider. Xceed Group advised on the process of migrating IT services to the new supplier and introduced change management processes to mitigate potential risks ensuring the transition would run smoothly. “Xceed Group worked closely with us to analyse our business and technology platforms and make improvements to the stability of our environment,” said Paul Smith, RFIB CIO. “With a clear understanding of the landscape gained from its analysis, Xceed Group developed an RFI which was distributed to a number of potential suppliers.” The suppliers were assessed for technical competence, understanding of RFIB’s target operating models, the ability to provide a transparent and affordable cost structure, and for cultural fit.

Three final prospective suppliers were issued with comprehensive RFPs, and were scored before being interviewed by Xceed Group and RFIB.

Following commercial negotiations, RFIB chose IT Lab as its IaaS provider. “The project was completed within the six-month timeframe and on completion, RFIB was in an optimal position to run its migration and support its anticipated business growth”, says John Casserly, CEO of Xceed Group. “Xceed Group is now working with RFIB on a new project to upgrade a core business application.” Smith concluded: “Thanks to Xceed Group, we are in a great position to migrate to a secure, scalable and flexible IaaS model that will support our business as it grows. Most importantly, the initiative has improved overall employee satisfaction with the IT function, aligning current team roles with our future business direction.” ENDS About Xceed GroupXceed Group is a leading independent IT Management Consultancy specialising in helping customers to Migrate and Transform technology rapidly while controlling risk. Whether it’s a major Integration or Separation programme driven by M&A or a portfolio of smaller projects designed to drive digital business, Xceed Group helps customers to ‘Move fast without breaking things.’ With unique, patented IP developed to increase the success rates of complex IT change initiatives and practical experience of helping many FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies through major Migration, Integration and Separation programmes Xceed Group is an ideal technology change partner. mX – the Migration Acceleration platform is recognised as a ‘game changer’ for datacentre and cloud migrations and our Proceed Practice and tool-set has been relied on as the single source of truth for some of the largest and most complex banking integration programmes of the last decade. With offices in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and New York, Xceed Group is an independent, private and employee owned company. About RFIBRFIB Group is an established Lloyd’s broker providing insurance and reinsurance intermediation together with risk management advisory and related services. Headquartered in London with an international network of offices, we work with clients of all sizes across all geographies to deliver tailored risk solutions that meet their business objectives. We seek to develop long-term relationships anchored in knowhow and a high quality service. Additional ResourcesLearn more about Xceed on the websiteFollow Xceed on Twitter and LinkedIn PR Contact: Xceed GroupJennifer Reid, CommsCo: jreid@thecommsco.com, +44 (0)208 296 1875, +44 (0)7920012356. PR Contact: RFIBDavid Haggie / Brian Norris, Haggie Partners, 0207 562 4444
Research reckons Mossack Fonseca hack may have been thanks to CMS vulns Many of the UK's biggest firms are running outdated versions of their Drupal and Wordpress Content Management Systems (CMSes). Security consultancy RiskIQ conducted research across the top 30 organisations in the UK (FTSE-30), looking specifically at Wordpress and Drupal instances visible on the open web. At least three in 10 of the content management system installs were vulnerable on one way or another, according to RiskIQ: Across the publicly accessible web sites of the FTSE-30 we found 1069 web sites hosting either Wordpress or Drupal and were able to identify the CMS versions in 773 of them.

The other 296 have disabled public access to their CHANGELOG.txt so their version was unknown. Of the 773 sites with known versions, 307 have known vulnerabilities referenced in one or more CVEs.

That represents 40 per cent of the total number of sites where the version is known and 29% of the overall total.

The real percentage of vulnerable CMS instances lies somewhere in between. CMSes play an important role in everything from providing potential customers with product information to ongoing communications and support.

Despite the widespread use of the technology CMSes are frequently not given the attention they deserve, hence the widespread occurrence of problems even in the UK’s largest and presumably best-resourced enterprises. “In many cases they are not tier 1 applications set up and supported by central IT and this can all too often result in a set up and forget approach,” according to RiskIQ. RiskIQ was prompted to carry out the study by the Panama Papers controversy.

Evidence of tax avoidance and personal info about the rich and powerful was exposed by a leak of Panamanian lawyers Mossack Fonseca. Many in the infused community, at least, suspect a hack against Mossack Fonseca’s CMS played a key role in the breach. “Numerous security researchers commented on the poor security state of Mossack Fonseca’s IT systems which could have offered the attacker numerous ways into the organisation’s network, including outdated versions of their Drupal and Wordpress CMSes,” RiskIQ explains. “CMS vulnerabilities are a common theme in many of the successful attacks we read about. With the ubiquitous nature of Content Management Systems driving the web experience, there are potential risks for all organisations.” ® Sponsored: Rise of the machines
~ Independent IT and business change professional services firm named as a British top 100 Export SME due to rapid international sales growth ~London, UK, 16th May 2016 – Xceed Group, an independent IT and business change professional services firm, has today been recognised in The Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100.

The league table charting Britain's fastest growing exporting SMEs, has positioned Xceed Group in 56th place, thanks to its rapid international sales growth over the last two years. Xceed Group logoXceed Group provides IT professional services for a range of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients across financial services, telecommunications, media and energy markets. “It’s great to see that further investment in our IP has started to show a really clear return with our FIMS (Flexible Infrastructure Managed Services) practice, having been particularly key to driving our growth in the US,” John Casserly, CEO and Founder of Xceed Group explained. “The Sunday Times Heathrow SME Export Track 100 is based on 2014 financial results and with even greater US success in 2015 and 2016, Xceed Group is very optimistic for next year’s results and hopes to climb even further up the table”.Xceed Group has also had recent success in Switzerland this year, after being approached by a retail bank for programme recovery assistance.

Gary Stewart, Founder and Board Director at Xceed Group, commented: “We’re delighted to be recognised as one of Britain’s fastest growing SMEs for international sales.

Being included in The Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 for fastest growing international sales is a fantastic validation of the services we provide.” “British technology companies are some of the most innovative in the world, and play an important role in driving our economy,” added Stewart. “Receiving this recognition is not just testament to our team’s success, it also evidences our fantastic customer portfolio, and is a brilliant demonstration of the talent and success in this sector.” Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Lord Price, added: “It’s great to see so many small and medium sized businesses successfully trading around the world.

They are the lifeblood of our economy – providing jobs and growth – and they also play an important role in ensuring the UK remains a great trading nation. What these great British brands show is that the demand and opportunity is out there.
I want more companies to follow their lead and seize it.” Other companies that were recognised in the league table include Black Swan Data, Arrow Media and Wilkinson Eyre.

Fast Track was founded in 1997 by CEO Hamish Stevenson. Heathrow Airport is the headline sponsor of SME Export Track 100 for 2016.

ENDSAbout Xceed GroupXceed Group helps customers to migrate and transform technology rapidly, without increasing risk. We are a leading IT Management Consultancy with a track record of delivering high-stakes, complex change programmes. Our game changing migration acceleration platform, mX, accelerates Legacy to New Migration Programmes by over 30%, while increasing control and confidence. We believe big change brings more opportunity than risk, and our positive attitude, unique tools and flexible methodologies consistently deliver increased success rates for change initiatives while also providing lasting organisational agility improvements.In over 12 years of operating with a range of FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 clients, many with challenging IT Programmes and Architectures, we have enjoyed consistent growth driven by recommendation & referral. With offices in London, Edinburgh, Dublin and New York, Xceed Group is an independent, private and employee owned company.

Additional ResourcesLearn more about Xceed on the websiteFollow Xceed on Twitter and LinkedIn PR ContactHelen Frear, The CommsCo: hfrear@thecommsco.com, +44 (0)208 296 1875, +44 (0)7824158805.
Security is a custom ‘more honoured in the breach’ Two-thirds of large UK businesses were hit by a cyber breach or attack in the past year, according to a UK government-sponsored survey. Nearly seven out of 10 attacks on all firms involved viruses, spyware or malware according to a poll of UK enterprises carried out as part of the Cyber Security Breaches Survey. Following the government’s occasionally controversial Cyber Essentials scheme would have prevented the problems but a lack of adequate cyber security policies means organisations are still getting caught out. Only one in 10 firms had an incident management plan in place – even though one in four large firms experiencing a breach did so at least once a month, according to the survey. It’s a familiar story.
In an attempt to push change, the government is making a record £1.9bn investment in cyber security over the next five years, with a new National Cyber Security Centre due to launch in autumn this year.

The centre will offer industry a “one-stop-shop” for cyber security support. Results from the survey are being released alongside the government’s Cyber Governance Health Check scheme, which was launched following the TalkTalk cyber attack.
It found almost half of the top FTSE 350 businesses regarded cyber attacks as the biggest threat to their business when compared with other key risks – up from 29 per cent in 2014. Minister for the Digital Economy Ed Vaizey said: “The UK is a world-leading digital economy and this Government has made cyber security a top priority.

Too many firms are losing money, data and consumer confidence with the vast number of cyber attacks.
It’s absolutely crucial businesses are secure and can protect data.

As a minimum companies should take action by adopting the Cyber Essentials scheme which will help them protect themselves.” ® Sponsored: Rise of the machines