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May 21, 2016  12:37 PM

Envisioning the (collapse of confidence in) Global Information Society

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
confidence, Digital skills, Information security

It is 15 years since my submission for the Conference to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Leo, the first business computer was published. The task was to predict the world of business computing fifty year ahead. My entry was titled "Envisioning the Global Information Society". One development that...

July 23, 2015  12:13 PM

Is Big Data leakage the new Asbestosis: uninsurable? If so ….

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Asbestosis, Big Data, cloud, Cyber, Cyber-catastgrophe, DPA, Google, IBM, Information security, oil, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, reinsurance

There is a growing gulf between those who think insurers should give discounts to those who  follow "best information security practice" (whatever that is) and underwriters who have been burned by breaches at US retailers (for example) with supposedly "mature" approaches to security. "Cyber" is...


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,...


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....


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


June 9, 2014  10:50 AM

Using the 1st Cyber Security Challenge “Regional Fun-Fair” to trawl the talent pool

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Compliance, extortion, HR, Information security, Linux, Microsoft, Oracle, risk, sabotage, VMware

I am in the process of revising the interim report of my review of the new Cybersecurity apprenticeship and continuous professional development frameworks from the perspective of...

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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...


March 27, 2014  6:41 PM

Correction: The Bletchley Crypto and Sigint operations were only 73% female

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bletchley, Bombe, Careers, Collossus, CRYPTO, GCHQ, Information security, NSA, SIGINT, Women

My blog describing Bletchley as where "Women won the War" has, not surprisingly, come in for some flack, including the numbers. The "


November 29, 2013  9:27 AM

UK backs standards and accreditation, not EU regulation, for cyber security

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
APT, BIS, Cyber security, GovNet, IASMDE, Information security, Security, Spamhaus, standards

I had been apprehensive that the BIS attempt to identify a "standard" for information security would lead to another tick box distraction. Instead a much more nuanced approach was described at the Lancaster House event to announce


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


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