St George banks on e-learning
E-learning solutions provider LearnNow has developed a pilot program for St George Bank that will see the financial institution invest millions of dollars over the next three years in online training for its 8000 staff. LearnNow supplied the Learning Management System, or technology platform, to administer the pilot, while the initial courseware was provided from the course library of SkillSoft. St George plans to use e-learning combined with face-to-face training to deliver various educational programs such as induction, orientation, product development and PC skills.
Sun exploits IIS doubts
Sun Microsystems has launched a campaign to persuade users of Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) software to switch to iPlanet Web Server, Enterprise Edition 6.0. Sun claims the iPlanet software has a better security record than IIS. Its developer, iPlanet, is a joint venture between Sun Microsystems and AOL Time Warner. IIS users can make the switch via iPlanet's site (www.iplanet.com/gosecure), receiving free ChiliSoft ASP software in the process, said Sun. The site also offers a 37 per cent discount on the iPlanet Web Server software, for a price of $US940 per CPU in the US. It is unclear whether this reduction applies in all countries.
IT key in air safety
The US Secretary of Transportation's Rapid Response Team on air travel security has released a set of recommendations that build on the call to make commercial airports and airliners more secure against terrorism. The team's recommendations call for significant new uses of information technology, including issuing "smart" credentials for passengers and provisions for integrating intelligence agencies' data with information in airport and airline databases. Some of the new security standards would include linking airline and airport computing systems with those run by law enforcement organisations and national security agencies.