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August 16, 2016  7:17 PM

Government consults on Apprentice Grant and Levy Scheme: your chance to help get it right

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, Consultations, FSB

It is vital that digital employers, large and small, not only respond to the consultation survey on the new grant and levy proposals, but also e-mail their wider views to the consultation e-mail address, apprenticeships.levy@bis.gsi.gov.uk , copied to the trade association and professional body of...

December 7, 2015  12:47 PM

Ofcom consults on plans to tackle the UK Communications Confusopoly

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, CMA, confusopoly, copper, DCMS, fibre, FSB, Huawei, INTUG, IoD, monopoly, Ofcom, Zayo

Ofcom has just published its Proposed Annual Plan for 2016/17  with a deadline of 26th February 2016 for responses. It has three clear objectives:

  1. Promote...


February 16, 2015  12:32 PM

Is VATMOSS a serious VATmess or a storm in a teacup?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
.gov.uk, E-commerce, FSB, VAT, VATMOSS

I have received a number of e-mails asking me to blog on the issues or "do something", but none from those actually engaged in running the businesses supposedly affected. More-over, all the lobbying appears to be behind closed doors. The


September 18, 2014  4:22 PM

Political uncertainty is the biggest barrier to creating a UK broadband infrastructure

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, C&G, CLA, DCIS, DCMS, DPA, FCS, FISP, FSB, Inca, INTUG, ISOC-UK, LEP, NEN, Network, PSNGB, techUK

How many times a day, week, month or year would you be dead if your Internet connection was your life support system. I...


August 19, 2014  11:22 AM

How does the UK move to a high resilience, secure and ubiquitous, post-internet, any-to-any “mesh”?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
21CN, Amazon, Apple, B4RN, BDUK, Broadband, btgroup, Cisco, Coventry, Crapband, cumbria, DCMS, e-Bay, easynet, Ercisson, Facebook, FSB, gigabit, Gigaclear, Gowex, Huawei, Hyperoptic, Inca, Internet, IPv6, ITS, Kirklees, LINX, Metroland, Netflix, Ofcom, Openreach, Peterborough, PSN, Skype, superfast, twitter, Utility, Virgin, Virgin Media, Worldcom, York

A couple of days ago I said that the importance of the


July 21, 2014  11:52 AM

Is the BT Business Broadband monopoly about to crumble? How will it respond?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BT, Coventry, FCS, FSB, GEO, Gigaclear, Hyperoptic, Inca, London, Peterbourgh, Shoreditch, Sky, Smithfield, United Kingdom, Virgin, York

I recently blogged on the demand aggregation exercise being organised by the City of London  A couple of days later I received a note on the current state of


June 16, 2014  12:59 PM

There is no shortage of the skills to tackle e-crime, only of employers who train

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
(ISC)2, Access control, AML, Big Data, bribery, co-sourcing, COBIT, Compliace, corruption, CPD, CPNI, CREST, cyberwarfare, dwp, e_Skills, FLSP, Forensics, Fraud, FSB, HMRC, HOMER, IASME, IBM, Identity management, IISP, Information security, IPv4, IPv6, ISACA, ISSA, kyc, NCA, PCI DSS, Qradar, regulation, risk, S4C, SCADA, Security, Skill, Trend

I recently agreed to help e-Skills engage financial services employers in reviewing their


July 15, 2013  12:10 PM

Is Angry Birds a bigger surveillance threat than PRISM?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
App store, Facebook, FSB, GCHQ, Google, iPhone, MOSAIC, NSA, Prism, Rovio, Star Wars

This morning I listed to the first episode of "Privacy Under Pressure" - it was Radio 4 at its best - with some of my favourite pundits. However, as is my wont, I looked through the other end of the telescope. Who really runs


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....


May 20, 2013  4:51 PM

Main obstacle to SMEs going on-line IS security – OU Survey

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cloudcomputing, FSB, Intellect, scotland, SME, Wales

Last week I received the report of the latest Open University Business School Quarterly Small Business Survey . This has been running since 1984 using the same methodology and therefore has a unique provenance.The...


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