Fred Donovan

Biography for Fred Donovan

Fred Donovan is the senior editor of FierceMobileIT and FierceITSecurity. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, he was a freelance writer working for Infosecurity Magazine, Report on Patient Privacy newsletter, and other security- and IT-related publications. Prior to that, he worked as a Booz Allen Hamilton analyst for the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity office and the U.S. Air Force. He gets excited about the latest mobile and IT security developments and is also an avid lover of the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and Cape Cod, where he lives with his lovely wife Christy and beautiful daughter Katie. Email Fred at and follow @FierceFred1 on Twitter.

Articles by Fred Donovan

Spotlight: Big advisory firm backs Michael Dell's $24.4B proposed buyout of Dell

Institutional Shareholder Services, the largest proxy advisory firm, on Monday backed Michael Dell's $24.4 billion proposed buyout of the firm he founded, the New York Times is reporting.

Enterprises being tricked by vendors using 'cloud washing,' warns Ovum

Vendors are using marketing gimmicks such as "cloud washing" to lure enterprises into deploying cloud solutions that might not fit their needs, warns Saurabh Sharma, senior analyst in Ovum's IT solutions team.

Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya top UC&C market, says IDC

Cisco, Microsoft and Avaya are the top vendors in the unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) market, according to an IDC MarketScape report released last week.

Chinese enterprise application software market to post 12.5% CAGR through 2018

The Chinese enterprise application software market is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5 percent over the next five years, according to the latest stats from IDC.

Spotlight: FCC takes over National Broadband Map from NTIA

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking over responsibility for compiling and maintaining the National Broadband Map from the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the FCC announced on Thursday.

Worldwide PC shipments to decline 7.8% this year, says IDC

Worldwide PC shipments are forecast by IDC to decline by 7.8 percent in 2013, following a 4 percent decline in 2012.

Polycom RealPresence platform clears security evaluation after plugging DoS hole

Polycom's RealPresence Access Director (RPAD) session border controller recently passed a 35-point security evaluation conducted by ICSA Labs, a third-party testing lab owned by Verizon.

IBM, HP, Dell battle for second spot behind Cisco in network equipment market, says Infonetics

IBM, HP and Dell are battling to take second place in the enterprise network equipment market behind leader Cisco, according to a survey of 210 enterprises in North America conducted by Infonetics Research.

Microsoft, Google invoke First Amendment while ignoring the Fourth

Microsoft has joined Google in seeking permission from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to publish stats on the national security requests it has received from the National Security Agency (NSA) for users' information.

Microsoft releases update to Lync app for touchscreen PCs

Microsoft unveiled this week an update to its Lync Windows Store app, which is optimized for touchscreen PCs running Windows 8 and Windows RT. The update includes bug fixes as well as performance improvements and new features.