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January 15, 2018  10:31 AM

Spectre of IT vulnerability looms large

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

It has not been the happiest start to 2018 for the IT industry. Security researchers from Google’s Project Zero published a detailed paper identifying a flaw in the design of every modern...

June 2, 2017  10:29 AM

Whoever wins election 2017, it’s time for a digital minister with real authority

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
#ukelection, Broadband, Digital government, Government IT, IT skills, Policy, Startups

You would expect, of course, that a publication such as Computer Weekly would call on whoever wins the 2017 general election to put the digital economy on its list of immediate priorities. While the

May 15, 2017  2:07 PM

UK government, NHS and Windows XP support – what really happened

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cyber security, GDS, Government IT, Information security, IT security, Microsoft, NHS, Ransomware, Windows XP

In all the debate about the NHS ransomware attack, much has been made of a...

February 21, 2017  12:26 PM Verify ID providers eye the prize of HMRC’s digital users – but what happens without them?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick, Cabinet office, GDS, HMRC, Identity assurance, Identity management, Verify

In all the recent talk about whether HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is truly committed to the Cabinet Office’s Verify service, there’s been less...

February 15, 2017  3:26 PM

HMRC ID vs Verify – what’s the difference, and why it matters

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cabinet office, Digital government, GDS, HMRC, Identity assurance, Identity management, Verify

The long-term row between HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and the Government Digital Service (GDS) over online identity assurance broke into the...

February 3, 2017  12:00 PM

GDPR – the essential compliance burden to keep the UK trading post-Brexit

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Compliance, Data privacy, Data protection, DPA, European Data Protection legislation, GDPR, regulation

If GDPR compliance is not near the top of IT leaders’ priorities for 2017, you have a problem.

December 1, 2016  3:07 PM

It’s no use complaining about IT-illiterate MPs – the tech community needs to step into politics

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
"Digital Economy Bill", Data privacy, Data sharing, Digital government, Investigatory, regulation, Surveillance

Twice in the past week, the UK government has passed legislation despite overwhelming concerns from the technology community. The Digital Economy Bill – a mostly sensible attempt...

September 23, 2016  10:18 AM

Breach, rinse, repeat – when will companies get the IT security basics right?

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Cyber security, Cybercrime, Data breach, data breach notification, Hacker, Information security, IT security, SQL injection, TalkTalk, Yahoo

The news that Yahoo suffered a security breach affecting half a billion users has heads shaking and critics justifiably slamming corporate security practices once more. We...

April 7, 2016  5:36 PM

In the digital revolution, the Luddites are the ones in charge

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Analytics, Data protection, Luddites, privacy, Security

Between 1811 and 1813, English textile workers and weavers conducted a campaign of protests, sabotage and occasional rioting against the spread of new technology that threatened their livelihoods during the Industrial Revolution. At times they also tried to prevent lower-paid immigrants from...

January 15, 2016  12:19 PM

The government’s patrician approach to privacy risks a spiral into ever greater surveillance

Bryan Glick Bryan Glick Profile: Bryan Glick
Edward Snowden, Encryption, GCHQ, privacy, Security, snooping

It must be 15 years since the first time I wrote the phrase, "Privacy will be one of the defining challenges of the internet age". In the intervening years, that challenge has grown enormously.

Allied with privacy is trust, and it's clear nobody trusts a word the government has to say...

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