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September 7, 2015

CBR round-up: 3 things that surprised us last week

Big buy-outs, corporate privacy scandals and SME laxity on technology.

By CBR Staff Writer

What are the biggest surprises this week in technology? CBR rounds up some of the most surprising stories of the last five days.

1. BlackBerry is buying out Good for $425 million

Look out AirWatch – the second and third biggest players in the enterprise mobility management software market are set to combine. Good will provide complementary capabilities to BlackBerry including secure applications and containerisation, as well as expertise in multi-platform management.

2. WHSmith ‘bug’ spreads sensitive personal data

Through a bizarre bug, WHSmith has sent out a load of customers’ personal information that has been submitted via the ‘contact us’ portal on its website. Despite only 40 customers having their details forwarded, they could have been sent to thousands of other customers.

3. SMEs care about security…but not enough to invest in it

According to research from Trend Micro, only 50 percent of the UK’s SMBs use internet security to protect their organisations from cyber-attack. Bizarrely, this is countered by 99 percent stating they understand how important it is to spend money on internet security software.

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