Book of the month
In our feature ?Surviving Cyberscams? on page 68, author Neil Barrett outlines the key pointers for those who want to protect themselves against the hackers. His new book gives you the full story. Barrett describes the Internet as a hotbed of criminals who want to disrupt, corrupt and swindle. He surfs the perilous waves of virus spreaders, pornography, electronic money laundering and bootleg software. The author has always been successful at combining the anecdotal and the practical ? so it is possible to get a grasp on the size of the problem and the possible solutions. Despite the rather sober and business-like tone of the book, Barrett cannot resist the odd flighty metaphor ? if writing about the future of of digital crime really is like ?trying to fly a jumbo jet on two engines while blindfolded?, then he must have had a hefty sick bag at his side while scribbling this one.
Book: Digital Crime, by Neil Barrett
Contact: Published by Kogan Page, ISBN: 0-7494-2097 9
Out-of-hours Web site of the month Did you watch the glamorous Oscar ceremony with a sense of triumph? Did you successfully predict the winners? If so, then you may want to put your astute skills to a further test. The Hollywood Stock Exchange is an elaborate online game that allows you to gamble on the market value of Hollywood stars and films. You are given an amount of cash when you register on the site and you can then place your bets. The site?s organisers set the stock price each day, based on a number of factors, including box-office takings and the Hollywood rumour rags. The value of your portfolio changes on a daily basis. If Sly Stallone starts to lose you money because of a string of flops, you can sell him. It?s an addictive site and real prizes are on offer to the month?s most successful moguls. So stuff a cigar in your mouth and become a player.
Out-of-hours Web site: The Hollywood Stock Exchange
CD-ROM of the month
The Chambers Biographies on CD-ROM details the lives of more than 24,000 famous people. The biographical information has been gathered from eight reference works, including the Dictionary of Writers, Dictionary of Scientists, Political Biographies and Dictionary of World History. With Folio VIEWS you can search and browse in a variety of ways ? via the floating toolbox, pull-down menus or keyboard. You can search by name, birth date, nationality, gender and occupation. You can also carry out multiple searches on, for example, political leaders of the 20th century. The Lookup feature is a cross-referencing tool. For example, Elizabeth Taylor?s biography includes mention of, among others, Richard Burton. Double-clicking on his name sends you straight to his entry. This CD-ROM has a wide variety of uses in business, home and educational markets and is reasonably priced at just less than #50. There is a direct link to Microsoft Word 6 and 7, allowing selected text to be imported into a document, and it also supports multi-user network access.
CD-ROM: Chambers Biographies
Contact: Liris Interactive on 0171 631 0878
Event of the month
Further to last month?s cover feature on disaster recovery, April?s essential event is the Survive Spring 97 Conference. One of the organisations featured in that article is Survive, the business continuity group. Its event will be held at the Olympia Conference Centre in London from 29 April to 1 May. It?s a must for all managers and executives involved in business continuity planning, disaster recovery, contingency planning, risk management, insurance and sales and marketing. It features presentations from industry experts to help you gain from their experience. All conference delegates can also attend Infosecurity 97 at Olympia 2 on the same dates.
Event: Survive 1997 Spring Conference
Contact: Survive on 0181 874 6266 or www.survive.com
Business Web site of the month
Trade UK is a comprehensive directory of UK businesses, aimed at encouraging more foreign companies to do business with the UK. The Web site includes links to Government departments for information on exporting from the UK, news organisations, details of trade shows, commercial contacts and travel companies. Any UK company or organisation can register and be listed free of charge. With the search facility, Autonomy, it is easy to access the database of companies. There is also a team of researchers on hand who guarantee to find the company, product or service you are looking for. This Internet business park is sponsored by the DTI under its Information Society Initiative Programme for Business, to help the development of electronic commerce. It is also supported by the Institute of Export and leading trade associations.
Business Web Site: Trade UK
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