When IT Meets Politics:

June, 2008

June 28, 2008  9:46 AM

How do we rebuild trust in the on-line world – not just Government?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, HMRC, IET, Information governance, Information security

The messages in the Cabinet Office, HMRC, IPCC and MoD reports and recommendations released on 25th June will keep security experts occupied years. But the responses to the recommendations of recent Parliamentary reports and its own Independent...

June 27, 2008  10:30 AM

Lets have an end to bicker, bitch and divide and move from rhetoric to action

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

I have just received my paper copy of Computer Weekly and see that the "My Take" column which I contributed has been juxtaposed with an "expert comment" from Mike Gillespie. He appears to call for a holistic...

June 26, 2008  9:10 AM

Data Handling Procedures in Government: Report Published

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

The  Cabinet Office Final report on Data Handling Procedures across government, the Written Ministerial Statement, the Independent Review of Government Information Assurance and the  "Cross Government Actions: Mandatory Minumum Measures" are all now available...

June 25, 2008  9:36 AM

Another day, another laptop lost

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

Recent repots of laptops lost by doctors stolen from hospitals appear to indicate that medical records on personal computers are less secure today than when the NCC Microsystems Centre tested six systems under contract from the DTI over 20 year years ago....

June 25, 2008  8:04 AM

“Public, she speak with forked tongue” : Interpreting the Economist fieldwork on “Civil Liberties”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, Ecnomist, ID cards, information assurance, Information governance, Information security

This week the Economist publishes an excellent article describing the ambivalent attitude of the British Public towards Civil Liberties and the Surveillance Society. It could be, but is not, summarised as: "We want to be looked after but do not trust the systems".



June 23, 2008  8:51 AM

Industry “leaders” speak with forked tongue on ICT Skills

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
A-levels, CBI, e-skills, ICT skills

The supposed attack by the CBI on the new vocational diplomas is at variance to feedback from employers on the new ICT Vocational Diploma, said to be much more rigorous, relevant and, perhaps more important, intellectually interesting and challenging, than the current A levels it could...

June 18, 2008  8:28 PM

Making public on-line services fit for society: the Bled Report

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bled, European Commission, social inclusion

On May 15th I promised to blog again on the conclusions from the session I chaired at the European Commission workshop in Bled on social inclusion, ethics, the "forced" use of e-government...

June 16, 2008  10:21 AM

Another day, another data loss: its the wetware stupid.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
HMRC, MOD, Nannigan

This time its yet another paper file left on a train. Do read the report of the Home Affairs Select Committee in full. Then re-read it, remembering that the largest single death toll from...

June 14, 2008  5:43 PM

Are you or your bank liable for on-line fraud?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

"Banks slip through virus loophole" was the headline for an article by Danny Bradbury in the Guardian last week. This began: "Is my money safe? A quiet rule change allows British banks to refuse to compensate the victims of online fraud if they do not have "up-to-date antivirus and spyware...

June 10, 2008  7:38 AM

Deskilling Britain – the accelerating UK ICT Skills Crisis

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CPHC, e-skills

Lloyds TSB recently announced that the move of two thirds of their ICT staff to India was not to save money. The UK throughput of ICT graduates has halved over past five years, is now below that in 1996 and is about to fall further. IR 35 led to the exodus of many...

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