When IT Meets Politics:

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January 10, 2016  1:35 PM

Investigatory Powers and Civil Liberties in practice: “Think of Cicero as Al Capone’s Pocket Lawyer”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, IOCA, privacy, RIPA, Surveillance

My blog yesterday on the Scrambling for Safety event has been criticised for focusing on governance and safeguards rather than the powers themselves. Perhaps I should explain why....

April 7, 2015  10:55 AM

Delivering the digital infrastructure for Dot Everyone – The F Plan

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, BDUK, Big Data, Broadband, BT, DCMS, fixed, FSA, Ghostery, Groundhog, ICANN, inter-operability, ISOC, itc, LINX, Mobile, NPL, Ofcom, Olympic, standards

I was not able to watch this year's Dimbleby Lecture when it happened but over the Easter week-end I made time to watch the challenge that Martha Lane-Fox made to the Dimbleby's (and the other media...


February 17, 2015  10:04 AM

Will Government Verify survive the impending cybersecurity skills crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, Compliance, Crapband, crisis, cybersecurity, digichampz, e-skills, IAM, ICAEW, Skills, Verify

Few outside the community of those obsessed with digital identity will keep up to date with postings and comments on  the Gov.UK Identity Assurance Blog  but a regular reader recently drew my attention to a recent posting, on "


February 10, 2015  10:30 AM

Who do you trust to retrain existing staff to handle that which you cannot risk to contractors?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
AIM, Alex, Apprenticeship, Big Data, Compliance, crisis, cybersecurity, e-skills, GREXIT, NED, risk, SIGINT, Skills, Turnover

January usually sees a sharp rise in recruitment effort across the financial services industry, to replace those leaving at year end or who hand in their notice after the Christmas break. This year recruitment effort is down because of the uncertainties caused by the crash in oil prices and the...


June 9, 2014  10:50 AM

Using the 1st Cyber Security Challenge “Regional Fun-Fair” to trawl the talent pool

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Compliance, extortion, HR, Information security, Linux, Microsoft, Oracle, risk, sabotage, VMware

I am in the process of revising the interim report of my review of the new Cybersecurity apprenticeship and continuous professional development frameworks from the perspective of...

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December 19, 2013  8:21 PM

Whose governance do you trust most (or least): The Guardian, Google or GCHQ?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Google, Governance, governanceSecurity, guardian, Hackers, Huawei, Internet, LEO, obama, privacy, Snowden, social inclusion, Surveillance

Recently I have been privileged to sit in on a number of discussions:

- on security and surveillance in the post Snowden world and the effectiveness or otherwise of the various initiatives being touted by those with no more understanding of what is happening today than those who...


December 12, 2013  6:58 PM

Is there a bigger threat than awareness and compliance which assume attacks are random?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
advanced persistent threat, APT, Brazil, China, Compliance, Consequences, Cybercrime, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, ISSA, SASIG, SCADA, Tempest

In my recent blog on the need for genuine board level education, not just awareness, I promised a guest blog from Lincoln...

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November 29, 2013  9:27 AM

UK backs standards and accreditation, not EU regulation, for cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
APT, BIS, Cyber security, GovNet, IASMDE, Information security, Security, Spamhaus, standards

I had been apprehensive that the BIS attempt to identify a "standard" for information security would lead to another tick box distraction. Instead a much more nuanced approach was described at the Lancaster House event to announce


August 26, 2013  12:01 PM

Which should concern us more: lack of privacy or lack of resilience?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Apple, awareness, Big Data, Cloud Computing, competition, Compliance, confidence, cyberbullying, Google, IET, Information security, Microsoft, On-line, scareware, trust, UK, WCIT

The rash of stories about state surveillance and


August 16, 2011  7:45 PM

Will Councils have to choose between PSN Compliance and BDUK Funding?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Compliance, OJEU, PQQ, PSN

The announcement today of the £360 million of funding towards rural broadband is welcome news. Whether that funding really will acheive the supposed objectives depends, however, on the small print. The covering letter from the...


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