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European Commission


June 13, 2016  3:49 PM

Is there really a Digital Skills Crisis?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Apprenticeship, apprenticeships, BIS, Digital skills, European Commission, Pitcom, Trailblazer

This morning the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee released its report on the “Digital Skills Crisis”  This afternoon the House of Lords debated

December 21, 2014  10:38 AM

2015: The Year of the Compliance-Created Cyber Confidence Collapse?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Big Data, CIPD, cloud, CPHC, cyberbabble, cybersecurity, European Commission, Fraud, FUD, IAAC, IAM, iBYOD, Information security, precognition, SASIG, Skills, Verify

We are bombarded with messages to promote new security technologies when most organisations the lack skills to make effective use of existing products and services to protect themselves and their customers against fraud and abuse. Too many compete for supposedly competant and experienced experts,...


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. 


November 16, 2013  7:42 AM

Who won the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BIS, BSI, business case, Cabinet office, cabinetoffice, dwp, Eurim, European Commission, experian, Fogging, identity, nist, oix, OJEU, RTI, STORK, tScheme, Universal Credit, Verizon

We know who lost in the battle between DWP and Cabinet Office over ID Policy - the taxpayer and the private sector bidders. Who won, apart from the fraudsters?

The fraudsters appear to be looting more from DWP and HMRC than the annual spend of GCHQ (even including that paid for by 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...


April 2, 2013  9:26 AM

Why we should add Ofcom and OfGEM to David Davis’s list of watchdogs in need of a good kicking.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Buckinghamshire, DCMS, DECC, European Commission, Ofcom, Ofgem, Oxfordshire, prices

David Davis has said, in the Sunday Times, that "


February 25, 2013  1:45 PM

Will the EU Cybersecurity Directive do more good than harm?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybersecurity, Davos, directive, EIF, ENISA, European Commission, European Union, Europol, IGF, ITU, PICTFOR

Cybersecurity is fashionable. Everyone must have an initiative: from the dozens of fragmented and competing schemes across the tribes of Whitehall, Washington or the Berlaymont , through the IGF and ITU, to the


July 31, 2012  9:30 AM

Lords support Commission Against BDUK Framework

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BBC, BDUK, DCMS, DECC, European Commission

Chapter 3 Paragraph 59 of the House of Lords Communications Committee report looks like the coup de grace for the BDUK framework. "We endorse the Commission's suggestion that open access to dark fibre at...


July 16, 2012  1:16 PM

Is BDUK a triumph or a disaster – and for whom?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Birmingham, Broadband, btgroup, cumbria, DCMS, Eurim, European Commission, Fujitsu, government, KPMG, Objections


July 10, 2012  5:26 PM

Commission to regulate website authentication

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Authentication, European Commission

I have blogged before on the Commission proposal to regulate electronic identities and trust services but it was not until a EURIM workshop...


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