When IT Meets Politics:

Cyber security


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

June 8, 2015  12:42 PM

Are the gloves about to come off in the war against on-line crime?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cyber security

I read Warwick Ashford's article on the Drivers and Inhibitors of Cyber Security Evolution after attending a number of thought provoking meetings during the week of


June 23, 2014  4:58 PM

Best practice in “try before you buy” work experience and internship programmes

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cyber security, e-skills, IAAC, Information security, Internship

The feedback to my blog last week , on the review of the new cyberskills frameworks, revealed some interesting divisions of opinion with regard to training programmes in general....


April 22, 2014  10:44 AM

Surviving the post Heartbleed Cyber Security Skills Crunch

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, Cisco, City, CompTIA, Contracts, Cyber security, e-skills, Guilds, Heartbleed, IISP, Information security, Linux, Oracle, SFIA, VMware

IT users and suppliers, particularly those in financial services and its suppliers are about to be hit by an IT Skills shortfall akin to that during the run up to Y2K: for similar reasons. A surge in demand for skills in short supply is hitting an industry which has not recruited sufficient...


January 20, 2014  12:17 PM

European Commission welcomes US Presidential Remarks and Directive

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
bigdata, Cyber security, Data protection, Edward Snowden, European Commission, European Union, NSA, obama, Surveillance

Do read the statement by a European Commission spokeswoman on President Obama's remarks on the review of of US Intelligence programmes. 


December 12, 2013  11:13 AM

Norwegian noir meets cybercrime: a Snowden age “faction” stocking filler for your CEO

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, CEO, Cyber security, Edward Snowden, eNikita, FBI, GCHQ, guardian, HMRC, McMafia, NSA, Oslo

Last night I had dinner with Carlos Solari, sometime White House CIO and V-P Security for Alcatel-Lucent and CSC, now co-author of


November 29, 2013  9:27 AM

UK backs standards and accreditation, not EU regulation, for cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
APT, BIS, Cyber security, GovNet, IASMDE, Information security, Security, Spamhaus, standards

I had been apprehensive that the BIS attempt to identify a "standard" for information security would lead to another tick box distraction. Instead a much more nuanced approach was described at the Lancaster House event to announce


November 25, 2013  12:38 PM

Half main boards now have cybersecurity on their agenda: but most have no strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CREST, Cyber security, e-skills, ICAEW, Inca, Information security, information technology

During the past fortnight I have attended the launch of the ICAEW


June 17, 2013  5:43 PM

Is the EU Network and Information Security Directive a bigger threat than Al Qaeda?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, CERT, Cyber security, EU, Facebook, Google, Information security, NIS, Prism

The objectives of the Network and Information Security Directive are laudable but the approach does not fit with the


May 24, 2013  8:44 AM

Tell UKIP that it holds the key to the future of EU Network, Information and Cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Conservative, Cyber security, European Commission, European Union, Information security, UKIP

Let me explain why UKIP MEPs (and their allies in other member states) may well determine the future of EU Internet regulation and what is at...


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