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May 17, 2017  1:43 PM

Ransomware plague exposes irrelevance of GDPR

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"British Airways", Authentication, Brexit, Encryption, Fraud, GDPR, NHS, Ransomware, RBS, Resilience

The vulnerability of parts of the United Kingdom's National Health Service to a piece of not-very-sophisticated ransomware was, in no small part, a consequence of the current obsession with theĀ  priority given to the protection...

May 15, 2017  12:16 PM

Exploiting “Fake News” – GCHQ and the Cyber Cartel

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, FIPR, GCHQ, NCA, NHS, privacy, Surveillance, Windows 7, XP

It is now apparent, from sources like the FIPR alerts, that the damage inflicted on NHS systems by Wannacry was much more localised than at first...


May 13, 2017  1:01 PM

An incident waiting to happen – the cyber-crippling of the NHS

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
GCHQ, NHS, NHSIA, NPfIT, Passwords, Ransomware

The crippling of over 40 NHS trusts by a repackaged piece of elderly ransomware has been used by security consultants to peddle a variety of remedies, such as following better password or...


June 1, 2015  11:36 AM

The politics of Digital Skills: “Educating and training the workers of the world”

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
apprenticeships, immigration, Labour, MOOC, NHS

The election of a Government with a working majority, however modest, reduces the pressure for narrow nationalism when it comes to skills policy but we should take good note of the difference between promises and reality and the pressure from voters to bridge the gap. A recurrent theme during the...


February 24, 2014  7:54 AM

Entire NHS Hospital Episodes database already sold to insurance company

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
experian, Insurance, NHS, Sold

The


February 25, 2013  6:19 PM

Can Big Data help balance the Budget?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
dwp, Fraud, HMRC, Home Office, immigration, India, London, NHS, ONS, privacy, Service delivery, UKBA, Universal Credit

I have been quite scathing about the quality of government data and the need for


December 28, 2012  5:01 PM

What are the predictions for HMG ICT in 2013 – beginning with the good news from BDUK and DWP.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, Cabinet office, dwp, MoJ, NHS, PSN, UKBA, Universal Credit

The rush of material released just before Christmas contains some snippets of good news. And good news is all too often ignored (including, I must confess) by me.

1) It looks as though the PSN and


October 8, 2011  1:23 PM

A train crash waiting to happen – why it is not too late too save Unified Credits

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
dwp, NHS, Universal Credit

No wonder IT firms avoid the Party Conferences. The ill-informed criticism of technology suppliers is nearly as bad as the well-informed attacks on the consultant-driven relationships between them and their public sector customers. But we have to change reality before we...


June 14, 2011  9:49 AM

Garter Day with a Blackberry – a time for reflection

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BDUK, consultants, NHS

Yesterday I took that day off and attended the annual Garter Ceremony as a guest, albeit not in the Chapel. I switched my mobile off for a blessed six hours but forgot to switch off my Blackberry. I felt very guilty as the only addict in sight - we were on the back row of a grandstand so I...


August 10, 2010  9:14 AM

Use Experian et al to improve service not just cut fraud

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, DVLA, dwp, experian, Google, HMC, ISPs, NHS, You-Gov, YouGov

Today we see a headline story on long overdue plans to use the services of the credit reference agencies to reduce benefit fraud. What is still missing is a plan to routinely use their services to improve service. When you go into a major...


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