Organised crime now joining threat to enterprise data
London 4 July 2003 - Organised criminals are muscling in on IT crime, posing a hugely increased risk to end user systems, said Detective Steve Santorelli of Scotland Yard’s Computer Crime Unit in his keynote address to the second Think Data Security and Storage Conference, held today in London.
Santorelli said the combination of organised crime syndicates moving into IT crime, combined with the changing profile of hackers threatened a seismic shift in the nature of computer crime.
“Since the drugs market has become saturated, organised criminals are recruiting hackers, who themselves are changing and are looking to make money from their illegal activities. Traditional hackers failed to get the cash, but now extortion and blackmail rates are rising because of a combination of organised gangs and traditional hackers.”
Think Data 2003, is the second annual conference organised by Ideal Enterprise Solutions, part of Bell Microproducts Inc.
The event attracted some of the biggest names in the storage and security industries including VERITAS, Network Associates, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, RSA, HP and Microsoft addressing an audience of hundreds of end users and IT resellers.
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Ideal is the UK division of Bell Microproducts Europe
Bell Microproducts Europe is a unique channel focused supplier of hardware
and software products and services ranging from components to high-level
Each Bell Microproducts Europe business operates in the following key
Enterprise Solutions - Focusing on high-end storage solutions. Branded Ideal Enterprise Solutions in UK and Bell Microproducts Solutions in all other European territories.
Systems - Focusing primarily on the Intel based server, desktop and mobile
Software - Focusing on the sales of software, primarily through its
on-online licensing tool LDi (Licence Desk internet)
Mass Storage - Focusing on disk drives and storage components
Professional Services -Storage consultancy engaging with end users to create
a market for resellers
Bell Microproducts Europe is headquartered in Chessington in the UK with
operations in France (Paris) Germany (Munich); Italy (Milan); Netherlands
(Amersfoort); Belgium (Brussels); and Sweden (Stockholm).
Bell Microproducts Solutions is headquartered in Almere, The Netherlands with operations in Belgium (Brussels), Germany (Frankfurt) and Austria (Vienna).
Bell Microproducts Europe is part of the $2 billion NASDAQ listed Bell
Microproducts Inc, one of the world's largest storage focused IT companies
operating from more than 40 locations, and employing over 1,100 people
across the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and Europe.
In the UK Bell Microproducts Europe owns and operates Ideal Hardware. Ideal
Hardware was voted Storage Distributor of the Year at the Computer Reseller
News Channel Awards 2002 for the fourth consecutive year.
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