When IT Meets Politics:

Cloud Computing


February 7, 2015  10:29 AM

Turning the Super Tanker: Francis Maude’s achievements to date – but its not over yet.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cabinet office, cloud, G-Cloud, Software as a Service

Francis Maude has announced that he is...

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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


May 8, 2013  1:30 PM

Why do SMEs who advertise online not transact online?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, Birmingham, Broadband, BT, Business, cfibre, Cloud Computing, Cyber, e-skills, FE, HE, Intellect, ISO27000, MacQuarie, oApprenticeships, Ofcom, ompetition, Openreach, PUICTFOR, Security, Sky, SMESs, Virgin

On the morning of the first day of Infosec I attended a PICTFOR briefing on the current state of UK Cyber Security. The lack of intelligible security guidance for small firms was identified as a major issue by several...


October 11, 2011  2:12 PM

A reply to Adrian Bridgewater – why is it called cloud computing?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Computing, hackgate

It is called "Cloud computing" because it is such a nebulous concept. It is the current state of on-line computer service bureaux offerings. But those offerings cover a wide range of services, including performance levels and guarantees, security, resilience, regulatory...


August 21, 2011  12:33 PM

Lessons for UK PLC from the loss of Autonomy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, ARM, Autonomy, Cloud Computing, Google, HP

The purchase of Autonomy by HP shows breathtaking vision but the impact of Government tax policies (both US and UK)...


August 10, 2011  9:15 AM

Do the recent riots make a new business case for Cloud computing

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
arson, Cloud Computing, Communications, Lightning, Resilience, riots

In his blog on the impact or otherwise of the recent Cloud outages caused by lightning strikes in...

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May 16, 2011  9:02 AM

Should Sony sue Amazon under the law of Tort?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Botners, Cloud Computing, Register, Sony

Would a test case between Sony and Amazon on whether the later is at fault for allowing its cloud services to be used to batter down the Sony security defences do more to sort out our rights and responsibilities in the on-line world than a decade of debate and discussion?

Or...


September 24, 2010  12:29 PM

Putting your life on the line: Dare you rely on the Internet?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Security

Among the e-mails I have recently received on "The Dark Net" and the  "Black Internet" was one from Professor John Walker. He has given me permission to reproduce it as a guest blog. My own thoughts are at the end:...


May 29, 2010  9:32 AM

The need to be serious about restoring the image (and professionalism) of ICT

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ApComms, Cloud Computing, Eurim, Pitcom, Professionalism

Last year the spend on big IT systems in the UK dropped by over 5%, more in the private sector, over 8 - 9 % in financial services, manufacturing, mining and construction. More ICT staff (30%) had to accept pay cuts than the national average (27%). Local Authorities had to cut 10% of...


May 9, 2010  9:04 PM

“Possibly the most corruptible in the whole world” – fixing the heart of UK ID

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cloud Services, DVLA, dwp, ID cards

The comments of the Commonwealth election observers on our electoral system should be juxtaposed with the Lib-Con agreement to scrap ID cards. The fiascos at undermanned polling stations led to a call from...


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