VAR500 Roundup: CDW Cyber Survey IDs Security Headaches, CSC's Earnings, And More

CRN's VAR500 roundup highlights happenings in and around the solution provider community. For the week ending May 28, CACI snaps up a cyber law enforcer, a CDW study finds that internal threats keep IT managers up at night, Atos Origin earns customer kudos and CSC's revenue grows despite a decline in earnings.

CACI Makes Cyber Solutions Appointment

Gregory Scovel, (left), former acting director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), has been appointed vice president of the Cyber Law Enforcement and Force Protection Division at CACI International's Cyber Solutions Group. At CACI (2010 VAR500 rank: 44) , Scovel will be responsible for developing business opportunities and providing strategic direction in areas such as cyber and force protection with the Armed Forces' law enforcement community, cyber forensics and combating terrorism. Scovel was with NCIS for more than 30 years.

CDW Survey: Internal Threats Top List of Security Issues

A recent survey of IT security managers by CDW (2010 VAR500 rank: 15) shows that internal threats top the list of potential security issues they are facing.

Among all current IT threats, 37 percent of business IT security managers believe that data loss from internal threats, negligence and/or accidents (e.g., loss of devices) will be their next major security issue. In second place, 24 percent of respondents view evolved forms of current threats (e.g., breaches, viruses or worms) as their biggest threat, followed by malicious attacks or targeted intrusions (18 percent), and autonomous or untargeted robotic networks (botnets) (14 percent).

CDW's IT Threat Prevention Straw Poll, based on a survey of 200 information technology security managers and decision makers at midsize and large businesses nationwide, investigated respondents' impressions of IT security threats and the measures businesses are taking to prevent or mitigate them.

"The survey confirms that IT management loses the most sleep over human error or malice," said Doug Eckrote, (left), CDW's senior vice president, strategic solutions and services."Yet, it is troubling to see so many organizations still struggling with preventable threats such as viruses and worms, when the stakes are so much higher from the risks that newer threats pose."

A copy of the complete IT Threat Prevention Straw Poll can be obtained at

Atos Origin Recognized For Top Customer Satisfaction

Atos Origin (2010 VAR500 rank: 19) was named Top Vendor in IT Telecom Outsourcing for the second consecutive year in customer experience following an in-depth survey by Black Book Of Outsourcing, part of Datamonitor Group. Atos Origin scored Top Vendor in IT Telecom Outsourcing on 11 out of 18 performance areas. The report was based on the responses of 629 individuals -- including C-level officers of the Fortune 200 and Inc. 500 -- who work for telecom operators worldwide. In addition, more than 186 technology and outsourcing contracts were investigated.

’The telecom market is crucial to Atos Origin’s growth and this ranking as a Top Vendor in IT Telecom Outsourcing is proof of our customers’ trust in our capabilities," said Bruno Fabre, executive vice president for Telecom and Media at Atos Origin, in a statement. "Atos Origin is helping operators worldwide with its technology to compete more effectively, generate larger revenues and profits and cut costs."

CSC Q4 Earnings Plummet As Sales Grow

CSC (2010 VAR500 rank: 6) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2010 revenue of $4.2 billion, which is up from $4.1 billion for the same quarter a year ago. For the full year, revenue dipped to $16.1 billion, compared to $16.7 billion for the previous year.

Earnings for the quarter dropped to $259 million, down from $382 million in the year-ago quarter. For the full year, CSC reported earnings of $834 million, down from $1.12 billion in fiscal 2009.

’We had a solid quarter and an outstanding year marked by robust cash generation, further increased profitability, and a significantly strengthened balance sheet," CSC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Laphen, (left), said. "I am especially pleased with our success in capturing new business with another $4.3 billion of new awards in the quarter bringing our total year result to $19.2 billion, a record for CSC and $3 billion above last year.’