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June 2, 2017  9:14 PM

Manifesto Plans for Digital Britain

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, Broadband, Conservative, Crapband, GDPR, manifesto, Plymouth, Verify

I have now read many comparisons of the party manifestos but, as I have said previously, most  commented on what they wanted or did not want to see. The most succinct is

April 18, 2016  11:25 AM

Towards Gigabit/Full-Fibre Britain by 2025: Ed Vaizey and Sharon White change the game plan

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Arqiva, B4RN, Broadband, Callflow, Cityfibre, Clutton, Conerstone, Cornerstone, CTIL, G.fast, GDS, Hyperoptic, ITS, MBNL, Ofcom, Openreach, Verify, Wiredscore, Zayo

The announcement of the Government's Digital Strategy has been postponed until after the Referendum but some of the elements are emerging. One is the death of Verify,

March 10, 2016  11:38 AM

If Verify is the answer -what was the question? The politics of digital identities revisited

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CEDR, Defra, eIDAS, experian, FCO, Government Gateway, HMRC, Identrust, MasterCard, Notary, RELX, Swift, Trsuteer, Verify, visa, Vocalink, Yoti

The design of the Government "Verify" programme predates the European eIDAS regulation (covering the exchange of identities between public sector...

August 20, 2015  2:01 PM

Ashley Madison hack illustrates why third party cyber- liability is as uninsurable as IPR theft

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, asbestos, Big Data, celebgate, CEO, CIO, CISO, Cyber insurance, GDS, HMRC, IRS, Target, Verify

A couple of weeks ago I blogged on why insurers regard Big Data as the new asbestos: the source of massive claims triggered by the leakage and legacy of a useful but widely...

March 20, 2015  8:14 AM

The reason for the ambiguity of the budget statement on Verify has been explained

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, Asdpire, budget, Cabinet office, dwp, GDS, HMRC, Verify

Yesterday this blog was devoted to Jim Prideaux's take on the budget. Last night a reader pointed out the reason for the ambiguity,

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 "

December 21, 2014  10:38 AM

2015: The Year of the Compliance-Created Cyber Confidence Collapse?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, CIPD, cloud, CPHC, cyberbabble, cybersecurity, European Commission, Fraud, FUD, IAAC, IAM, iBYOD, Information security, precognition, SASIG, Skills, Verify

We are bombarded with messages to promote new security technologies when most organisations the lack skills to make effective use of existing products and services to protect themselves and their customers against fraud and abuse. Too many compete for supposedly competant and experienced experts,...

December 4, 2014  8:10 PM

RPA opens up routines for farmers with no digital or credit footprints to bypass Verify

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Verify

I have been very business over the last week but hope to make time over the week-end to blog my responses to the Autumn statement, particularly a welcome for:

November 23, 2014  4:30 PM

Where is the Cabinet Office Identity Programme going?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
GDS, government, idap, Verify

Over the past few weeks I have received a flow of e-mails regarding the status of the Cabinet Office IDAP programme.  

Is it making steady progress towards creating a market framework for inter-operable identity systems?

Or is it muddying the waters by trying to coerce...

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