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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: "

June 28, 2008  9:46 AM

How do we rebuild trust in the on-line world – not just Government?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, HMRC, IET, Information governance, Information security

The messages in the Cabinet Office, HMRC, IPCC and MoD reports and recommendations released on 25th June will keep security experts occupied years. But the responses to the recommendations of recent Parliamentary reports and its own Independent...


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 23, 2008  10:21 AM

Death by Data Protection III: paralysis from the top.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information security

Yesterday at Infosec the Information Commisioner said that the Cabinet Secretary's Review was expected to be focussed on "issues of accountability and governance", indicating that the heads of departments would be personally responsible in the event of serious data breaches. But where is the...


January 22, 2008  9:00 AM

The fount of good Data Protection wisdom

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Data protection, Information security

In my rant against Data Protection and Information Assurance snake-oil yesterday I forgot what is by far the best, cheapest and most authoritative source of good advice: the Information Commisioner's website.


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.


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.


November 24, 2007  11:01 AM

Death by Data Protection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Consumer confidence, HMRC, Information risk management, Information security

Those who believe in the benefits of the on-line world must act rapidly and effectively to turn the current backlash against its perceived insecurity into well-informed votes of customer confidence in those who practice, not just preach, secure information sharing.


November 21, 2007  7:35 AM

There but for the grace of God goes your CIO/CFO

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

Much will be written about the loss of a couple of CDs of personal data by HMRC. But it is those organisations which track their data and report such losses that are publicly crucified. Those that keep quiet and cover up...


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