When IT Meets Politics:

Big Data


March 31, 2017  6:35 PM

Teenage girl hacker “kills” 3,000 Italians – a tale for Brexit Day

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Computer security", Big Data security, Brexit, Security, Skills

mavis-wash Brexit Day, 29th March, was the 46th Anniversary of the conclusion of the

December 16, 2016  10:36 AM

Lost in the global cesspit of Big Data

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data governance, Eurim

IT events calenders are awash with events on the wonders of "Big Data" but an article by Craig Stedman headed "IT teams take steps to simplify Big Data analytics process" caused me to wonder how far the world has moved on since I spent a year as a financial modelling consultant in the "Management...


September 23, 2016  6:41 PM

The 50% e-Crime rise and Yahoo revelations show how right the CMS Select Committee was

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Analytics, Big Data, Brexit, cybersecurity, e-crime, Yahoo

In July we learned that 10% of the UK population have been the victims of e-Crime - albeit nearly always reimbursed, having "only" suffered the hassle of a refused card and a couple of days struggle...


June 20, 2016  10:44 AM

CMS Select Committee turns Cybersecurity reporting focus from breaches to performance

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.ico, BCS, Big Data, Cyber security, FCC, IASME, IET

The press release  for the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee


May 26, 2016  12:30 PM

Will our failure to unravel the politics of privacy, security and choice cost more than Brexit?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Big Data, Brexit, Encryption, FBI, Google, Internet, Microsoft, privacy, Security

Effective pan-EU co-operation to redress the balance and build confidence in safer, more secure on-line world could have a bigger impact on our wallets than the putative benefits or costs of Brexit because the dominant Internet companies of the US West coast appear


May 14, 2016  3:26 PM

Consumers trust neither Big Data nor Telcos/ISPs

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, Data protection, privacy, Surveillance, trust, Uncategorized, Vodafone

The Vodafone survey "Big Data: a European Survey on the opportunities and risks of data analytics" shows that Europeans do not like the idea of ceding control over personal...


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...


July 23, 2015  12:13 PM

Is Big Data leakage the new Asbestosis: uninsurable? If so ….

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asbestosis, Big Data, cloud, Cyber, Cyber-catastgrophe, DPA, Google, IBM, Information security, oil, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, reinsurance

There is a growing gulf between those who think insurers should give discounts to those who  follow "best information security practice" (whatever that is) and underwriters who have been burned by breaches at US retailers (for example) with supposedly "mature" approaches to security. "Cyber" is...


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 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...


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