PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 31st October 2012

Oct 31, 2012, 11:08 ET from PR Newswire

LONDON, October 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

LiveBallot goes national, DAP launches new tablet and Ernst & Young issues security warning

LiveBallot, an innovative website providing US voters with detailed candidate information, has announced the rollout of its service nationwide, which will give the country's 200 million voters instant and personalised information on demand.

The rollout means that voters will now be able to see information on their local candidates for senate, congressional and state elections, helping them to make a more informed choice without spending anything.

A user friendly interface gives voters the option to input their address and view biographical information of the candidates, whilst also giving them access to campaign material and donation methods in a non-partisan way. According to the company's president, the site will help users to "educate themselves before they go to the polls."

DAP Technologies, an international manufacturer of hard-wearing tablets, has revealed its new MT1010 tablet, signalling its intention to widely incorporate Windows 8 into its future models.

The new tablet has been designed to combine a lightweight look and feel with a hard-wearing body, making it an ideal product for what the company describes as "challenging environments". Business requirements have been put at the heart of the tablet's design, with a 10.1in screen, USB 2.0 ports and ethernet inputs, making it one of the most versatile devices on the market. DAP has also made use of the latest mobile technologies, managing to include GPS services, a cutting edge accelerometer and several location based services. The product will launch in 2013.

Ernst & Young has released its annual "Global Information Security Survey 2012" this week, which has shed light on the need for companies across the world to step up their data security efforts in the wake of ever increasing cybercrime levels.

According to the survey, companies are slowly adapting to the threat of online attacks, although 63% of respondents admitted to not having a comprehensive security framework in place, despite agreeing that the real threat of cyber-attacks is on the rise from both internal and external sources.

Cloud computing was also identified as an area of great concern, with companies extolling the virtues of the technology whilst also admitting the serious security risks that come part and parcel with its use. This risk is compounded by the fact that employees increasingly insist on using their own mobile devices, with 44% of companies allowing the practice. Ernst & Young predicts cyber security spending to increase in the coming years, although it urges companies to spend money wisely on targeted security efforts.

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