When IT Meets Politics:

October, 2010

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October 28, 2010  2:45 PM

The cost of confused and conflicting guidance on Cybersecurity

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CLAS, CoCo, Eurim, Socitm

The launch of the Information Society Alliance (EURIM) report on Security by Design went very well and rather than blog on the event myself I will cross refer to

October 27, 2010  2:38 PM

Can society afford to rely on security by afterthought not design?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
(ISC)2, Afterthought, Alcatel-Lucent, BCS, CESG, CPNI, CSC, EADS, Fujitsu, IBM, Identrust, IET, IISP, ISACA, ISSA, Logica, OGC, OSC

On 18th October, when the Government launched its security strategy, the Home Secretary, Theresa May argued that attacks on computer networks are among the biggest threats to the UK.  On 20th October the...


October 26, 2010  2:11 PM

Joining up training and immigration policy in time for the 2011 Cybersecurity Skills crisis

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
crisis, cybersecurity, Skills, Sustainable

A crisis in the supply of cybersecurity skills looks set to peak next spring as players compete for staff to deliver what they have contracted for 2012. The financial services industry is increasingly recruiting from...


October 22, 2010  3:47 PM

Count down to Chaos – can we still meet the challenges of 2012

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
2012, cybersecurity, Eurim

Cybersecurity is one of the four Tier One threats identified in the new UK Security Policy. We have 18 months to get fit for purpose before the Olympics when the threats of overload and attack come together. Our broadband networks are too full of...


October 17, 2010  1:20 PM

Mixed messages: “Get Online Week” v. “National Identity Fraud Prevention Week”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BT, Comet, Eurim, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Sky

Monday 18th October sees the launch of two parallel campaigns. "Get Online Week 2010", (for which Martha Lane Fox has secured backing from the BBC, BT, Comet, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, the Post Office, Sky, Talk Talk etc.)  and "


October 13, 2010  3:18 PM

Towards a sustainable Skills (including Immigration and HE funding) policy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Education, immigration, middle-class, Training

The Browne report recommends a radical simplification of the HE funding system, so that fees reflect costs. This is the day before the deadline for submissions to the BIS...


October 11, 2010  7:59 PM

Cut public sector on-line information bloat until we all have 2 mbps

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bloatware, Broadband, Dorset, Horsham

At the Conservative Party Conference I heard complaints from those in rural constituencies about demands for on-line returns from those unable to get much more than 56 kbps over their supposed broadband services. These was coupled with complaints about those whose information is now...


October 9, 2010  5:48 PM

The sweet smell of success – or the stench of failure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

If IT works it is an app on a mobile phone - to be taken for granted.

If IT fails it is yet another damn computer system.  

Is that symptomatic of the success or failure of the IT industry and its acolytes and apoligists?

It took a comment from Richard...


October 8, 2010  10:52 AM

Mash up garbage data and the result can be more toxic than silage

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
open government

It has been pointed out to me that in my tweetminster interview, see yesterday's blog for the reference. I missed some of the most dangerous consequences of putting public sector...


October 7, 2010  8:12 AM

Big Society = Small State. On whose side is the ICT industry?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Tweetminster

I wrote the blog that appeared yesterday using "predictive software" - akin that to which has long infuriated me in "Word" and is now embedded in browsers. In other...


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