FutureFive NZ - The Techday Weekender - Sep 10th 2011

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The Techday Weekender - Sep 10th 2011

Techday spent the first two days of this week in Sydney, attending the Check Point Experience 2011 conference. This is the first time the event has been held in the South Pacific, with the conference usually only taking place in Europe, the United States and Asia, so we thought it would be a real shame to miss it.

On Monday, speakers discussed the current online security environment, and the steps Check Point is taking to stay one step ahead of cyber-criminals. On the following day the conference was split into two tracks, a technical track looking at how to implement Check Point’s solutions, and a track discussing 3D Security, Check Point’s take on best practices in online security.

Two special presentations were also delivered by Check Point’s ‘security evangelist’, Tomer Teller, who looked at social engineering in computer hacking, and analysed the Stuxnet attack on the Bushehr nuclear facility in Iran.

Media in attendance were fortunate enough on Tuesday to have lunch with Check Point founder, CEO and chairman, Gil Shwed, who explained how Check Point’s strategy of promoting best practices rather than using ‘scare tactics’ has seen the company become the largest pure security provider in the world.

Back home, Apple resellers Renaissance backed up the gala opening of their new Yoobee store in Auckland’s Britomart with a further drop in share price (to 12c) and a grim state-of-the-union letter from chairman Colin Giffney. Giffney says the company’s troubles stem from the entry of a second Apple distributor, Ingram Micro, to the market last September, as well as the Christchurch earthquake, which knocked out the company’s distribution and direct sales offices, its best-performing retail stores, and its Natcoll education campus. The chairman remains hopeful for the future, though, with the earthquake recovery and cuts to operating expenditure to boost business in 2012.

Overseas, Yahoo has been under the gun this week, with the company’s board of directors finally ousting CEO Carol Bartz after a two and a half year tenure. The move didn’t stop a boss at one of Yahoo’s largest investors, Third Point, from slamming the board for not making the change sooner, and demanding further action in order for the company to lift its depleted share price.

Finally, Techday’s consumer publication, NetGuide, has been nominated for an award in the inaugural Maggies, awards which recognise striking and engaging magazine cover design. NetGuide’s September 2010 issue is nominated in the specialist category, and the awards are based on public polling, so please click here and vote for us!

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