Company laptops being stolen

Employee uses security cable to protect company laptop at home

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Nice piece by Lucy Kellaway (Financial Times) syndicated by the Irish Times – on the subject of company laptops being stolen.  Perhaps she is being a little provocative – but much of Lucy’s angle on security of the company laptop is ‘on the money’.

You want to promote an understanding with company employees of the risks associated with downloading confidential data (including any details of how to access confidential systems) to laptops and/or other devices.  It is one of may risks.  I would tend to agree with Ms. Kellaway – the security cable around the leg of the piano is not much of a deterrent.

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Ireland serious about research

Universities to the fore in R&D

Dr Diarmuid O’Brien, executive director of the SFI-funded Crann CSET, makes the case in The Irish Times for the continued ongoing investment in R&D, coordinated between Irish Universities and Irish and multinational industry.

Dr O’Brien rightly distinguishes between the concrete benefits in terms of successful  projects and the benefit of encouraging the more generic culture of research and entrepreneurship.

Article includes several interesting examples of recent initiatives.

Irish firm delivering cloud based accounting solutions

Great report in the Irish Times today of Tony Connolly’s success in Australia in conjunction with Deloittes.  This is the type of entrepreneur activity which can get this country back on its feet.  Well done Tony!

Copyright developments

The Irish Times reports on 29th January agreement being reached between Eircom and four records companies re illegal downloads of music – implementation of the ‘three strikes and you’re out’ approach by Eircom (and, presumably, other ISPs at a future date). Writing in the GigaOM blog, 31 January 2009, Janko Roettgers, under the heading ,’BitTorrent Researcher: Copy will be dead by 2010′ references research conducted by Johan Pouwelse. Pouwelse would argue that we need to look at all of the social networking activity and how it is evolving – he references FaceBook and YouTube as two good examples. Pouwelse bundles these with some of the more traditional P2P platforms. He argues that this is a run away – in terms of popularity. He does not see any future for traditional thinking re copyright.

It will be interesting to see how things play out. Obviously the traditional music industry has been taking a hammering. And the recent agreement is seen as a way to respect people’s property and protect employment. But will the social networking sites have to be dealt with in the same way as the more obvious p2p?