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Cloud security group planned; RIM launches apps store

Headlines: Cloud Security Alliance forms; RIM launches BlackBerry apps store; other IT channel news.

IT channel news headlines for April 2, 2009

Cloud Security Alliance forms

The nonprofit Cloud Security Alliance will formally launch April 21 at the RSA Conference 2009. The group will promote the use of best practices for securing cloud computing and will educate people on how cloud computing can secure other forms of computing, according to

Co-founder Jim Reavis, a security consultant, said the organization will also help cloud computing vendors address security in their software delivery model.

RIM launches BlackBerry apps store

Research in Motion Ltd. launched its BlackBerry applications store this week. BlackBerry App World is an "on device" application store and it was immediately available to BlackBerry smartphone users in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, the company said Monday. The downloadable app will make only applications relevant to the user's model available. The company expects about 1,000 partner applications to be posted this week. Apple's competitive iPhone store sports several times that number.

CompTIA offers free certifications training

Free training and certification preparation is available from CompTIA for qualified applicants. The CompTIA Educational Foundation's Creating Futures 2009 fundraising program will match donations up to $1 million. The program focuses on helping veterans, minorities, at-risk youth and disabled people.

All applicants will be screened before admittance to the program. Participants get free training for CompTIA certifications, mentoring, and coursework and practice exams. Less than 8% of the foundation's money goes to bills for overhead.

Microsoft Dynamics partner IBIS buys another partner

Microsoft partner IBIS Inc. brings in Dynamics AX and manufacturing vertical expertise with its acquisition this week of mcaConnect Southeast. IBIS, based in Alpharetta, Ga., sells and implements Dynamics GP and CRM. McaConnect is based in Matthews, N.C. Terms were not disclosed.

Check out yesterday's IT channel news briefs or read this advice on app store security.

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