When IT Meets Politics:

e-skills


December 14, 2015  12:26 PM

There are no shortages of digital skills, only of employers who train their staff

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data analytics, BIS, Bosch, commando, DCMS, Digital skills, e-skills, Fintech, Internet of Things, Smart phones, VW

This time last year the House of Lords Select Committee on Digital Skills had collected over a thousand pages of evidence. Over Christmas the members ploughed through the evidence and in February they published

February 17, 2015  10:04 AM

Will Government Verify survive the impending cybersecurity skills crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, Compliance, Crapband, crisis, cybersecurity, digichampz, e-skills, IAM, ICAEW, Skills, Verify

Few outside the community of those obsessed with digital identity will keep up to date with postings and comments on  the Gov.UK Identity Assurance Blog  but a regular reader recently drew my attention to a recent posting, on "


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...


December 8, 2014  10:18 AM

Cost of apprentices cut by 20% + 50% towards update modules. Will this break the log jam?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, e-skills, IT skills, United Kingdom

For nearly forty years most  IT employers have declined to take on trainees or retrain older staff but  have queued up to employ those with two years of more of supposed experience. Only the skills in demand have changed. There is no shortage of talent, only of employers who will work...


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...


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


July 10, 2013  12:33 PM

We know why UK SMEs do not transact online. We need action on causes, not more awareness

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
btgroup, CIO, CISO, City, e-skills, Intellect, ISSA, ITEC, Ofcom

I have asked before why so few small firms transact on-line and why the proportion is not growing. The causes are becoming clearer. The growing 


June 28, 2013  5:03 PM

The winning theory: Snowden was employed by the NSA, FSB, GCHQ and Unit 61938 to protect budgets

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-skills, Edward Snowden, FSB, GCHQ, guardian, Ledaig, NSA, Prism

Now that the GCHQ and its allies have emerged successful from the spending review, I can reveal the front runner for the bottle of Ledaig for for the best conspiracy theory related to the PRISM story....


June 17, 2013  4:15 PM

What’s in a name … ? Why does DCMS wish to redefine the creative industries?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Architects, Creativity, DCMS, e-skills, ICT, Programmers, Skillset, statistics, Stem, UKCES

DCMS has contacted a number of organisations to "clarify" the reasons for its exercise to redefine the creative industries as follows: 
 


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