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Edward Snowden


December 20, 2013  1:00 PM

Is Edward snowden the Soviet Unions greatest intelligence asset since Richard Sorge?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Edward Snowden, EdwardSnowden, Snowden

This morning I read Walter Pincus in the Washington Post on the material copied by Edward Snowden that has...

December 12, 2013  6:58 PM

Is there a bigger threat than awareness and compliance which assume attacks are random?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
advanced persistent threat, APT, Brazil, China, Compliance, Consequences, Cybercrime, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, ISSA, SASIG, SCADA, Tempest

In my recent blog on the need for genuine board level education, not just awareness, I promised a guest blog from Lincoln...

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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


December 9, 2013  9:31 AM

MPs nominal pay to rise 11% but net (of tax) remuneration to FALL after 2015

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, dwp, Edward Snowden, IPSA, Kevin Cahill, NHIS, Transparency

It is interesting how, in the Internet Age, with supposed transparency, reality can be obscured. I would be be intersted in the comments of readers more expert than I, but my reading of the IPSA recommendations on MPs pay and conditions is the...


October 28, 2013  5:15 PM

The changing face of the UK On-line World: content and security as well as infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bali, BBC, BBC iPlayer, BT, btgroup, DCMS, DPA, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, IGF, ITV, NSA, phone hacking, Sky, Virgin

My previous blog has been criticised for not distinguishing between the narrow thinking of BDUK when it comes to rural broadband and the broader perspective of DCMS at large. The...


October 27, 2013  11:50 AM

The evolving on-line world leaves BDUK trailing in its wake

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, aEURIM, approval, Arqiva, BDUK, BT, btgroup, competition, consultation, DECC, deutschetelekom, Edward Snowden, EE, European Union, local government, multi-media, O2, PSN, REIP, Sky, Socitm, Telefónica, Virgin Media, Vodafone

Today is the deadline for responses to the BDUK consultation on which I blogged at the beginning of October . It may helpful to take the opportunity to summarise why BDUK should...


October 18, 2013  7:30 PM

The bidding campaign in hypocrisy over surveillance threatens on-line confidence

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, Edward Snowden, Google, guardian, NSA, Surveillance, twitter

Some of the Guardian articles linked to their exercise to put material on the surveillance operations of the US and UK into the public domain are bizarre. One such covers the...

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October 14, 2013  6:39 PM

Has the Guardian handed the Internet to the United Nations/ITU? Did it mean to?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
9/11, BBC, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, RIPA, Treason

I have been asked what I meant when I asked whether the Guardian had committed treason. Did I mean treason against the UK, or the US? Let me clarify. I meant treason against the...


October 14, 2013  4:58 PM

Who made the most difference to the cyber security world in 2013?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, data breach notification, Edward Snowden, Information security, Outsourcing, Snowden, USIS

Last week I was among those asked for nominations for candidates who had made the most difference to the world of information security in 2103. There can be only one candidate.

He reminded us of three core security messages:
•    People are the key:...


September 20, 2013  9:18 AM

The day the internet stopped – revisited

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apple, Blackout, Edward Snowden, InternationalTelecommunicationUnion, Internet, ITU, Resilience, Security, Surveillance

Yesterday's comments on the problems some faced when downloading the new Apple Operating system provoked interesting comment in the Washington Post -


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