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December 4, 2010  10:59 AM

Freedom of Information (and Wikileaks) v. Censorship (and Established Power)

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Data protection, Eurim, God, Google, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security, Internet, Net Neutrality, WikiLeaks

The reaction to the Wikileaks story exposes the heady mixture of self-delusion that passes for debate on freedom of information, transparency of government, re-use of public information, secure data sharing, data protection, information assurance, information security,...

November 12, 2009  12:00 PM

From Toxic Liability to Strategic Asset: Unlocking the Value of Information

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asset-centric, Data protection, information assurance, Information governance, Information security, SAS, Security-Centric

There has been much debate on "The Value of Information" and on responsibilities for protecting personal data. Last week the Audit Commission released a report on the need to address the problems of quality in public sector information: "


July 25, 2009  1:07 PM

Long live the database state

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Eurim, information assurance, Information governance

The FIPR Alerts service has just drawn my attention to an excellent article in Prospect headlined; "Long linve the database state: smarter use of public service statistics can save...


June 25, 2008  8:04 AM

“Public, she speak with forked tongue” : Interpreting the Economist fieldwork on “Civil Liberties”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CCTV, Ecnomist, ID cards, information assurance, Information governance, Information security

This week the Economist publishes an excellent article describing the ambivalent attitude of the British Public towards Civil Liberties and the Surveillance Society. It could be, but is not, summarised as: "We want to be looked after but do not trust the systems".

 

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April 24, 2008  8:24 AM

What is good practice? Directors’ Guides published

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Governance, information assurance, legislation, regulation

There in no excuse for permanent secretaries and senior responsible owners to ignore "The Directors' Guides to Managing Information Risk" published yesterday. Each of the eight guides follows the format a Churchillian "prayer": "pray let me know on one sheet of paper ..."


December 18, 2007  7:11 PM

Help HMG review its Information Risk Management

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CALEA, cybersecurity, information assurance

The announcements this week of further data losses result from a flurry of overdue reviews across Whitehall. But attention is still focussed on "data protection" rather than "information risk management". It therefore risks doing more harm than good.


December 12, 2007  7:29 PM

Stop whinging and help the Data Sharing Review

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, information assurance, Information risk management, Information security

I have just received the letter asking for inputs to the independent review requested by the Prime Minister. Inputs to this review will be discussed at most of my meetings tomorrow. What will you be doing to help?


December 5, 2007  12:00 PM

Start rebuilding trust by treating their data as your own

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
information assurance, Information risk management, Information security

Recent revelations and those yet to come, including from the private sector, threaten untold damage to trust in the on-line world. The time has come to transform attitudes towards information risk management.


December 4, 2007  1:42 PM

E-Crime Petition approaching critical mass

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
e-crime, information assurance, NHTCU, Soca

The petition on the No 10 calling for urgent action on an NHTCU replacement has been signed by two of the House of Lords Committee on Personal Internet Safety, many leading lights of the ICT world and not a few journalists


November 28, 2007  10:06 PM

From top secret to toilet paper

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Colossus, Enigma, HMRC, information assurance, Information security

Until last week, HMG information assurance policy assumed that hundred of thousands of public servants would follow security procedures better than the Wermacht, Luftwaffe and Gestapo whose codes were broken by Bletchley Park.


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