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Corporations must review IT security, according to Sir Iain Vallance, president of the Confederation of British Industry. He told the CBI’s recent annual dinner in London that new technology is becoming central to most companies’ business plans, and that both dangers as well as advantages must be appreciated. Speaking of cybercrime, he said: ‘The “I love you” virus is estimated to have cost the world economy about $10bn (#7bn), reminding us the defences we build in cyberspace must be the equal of any we have at our main reception or on our perimeter fence.’

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Officials at the e-envoy’s office have denied the government’s online gateway is biased towards Microsoft. The government said the website was launched without ensuring all browsers and computers could use it, because it would have led to delays. The spokeswoman said: ‘We wanted to reach as many people as quickly as possible.’ Critics have blasted the government for appearing to be over-reliant on Microsoft for its new services. Sun boss Scott McNealey compared the government’s relationship with Microsoft with that of a junkie and their dealer.

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Accounting software giant Sage is contacting all its customers and resellers confirming its intention to drop two of its products. The company is to stop supporting Sage Prestige from 30 September 2002 and Sage Premier from 20 September 2003. The decision follows last August’s announcement to discontinue or update eight products. Products were cut following an independent review which selected a core range of audit, taxation and management software. As a result of the review, all five products Sage gained in the acquisition of CSM were axed. A spokeswoman said the latest decision had been made in a bid to offer customers increased features such as Windows and internet capability, and to bring applications up to date.

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