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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...

September 25, 2013  8:39 AM

Why cyber security should be at the heart of your marketing strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Amazon, Apple, Barclays, cyberwarfare, Darknet, experian, Garlik, Google, Information security, Microsoft, RBS, Security

I recently spoke at a financial services event organised by Wave on the need to rethink data protection and information security strategies. My start point was that the common...

July 6, 2012  2:04 PM

Was the RBS system collapse a “Tay Bridge” moment?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Failures, Libor, RBS

I have been told that the immediate cause was the accidental deletion (instead of implementation) of the restoration schedule by an inexperienced operator. If that is correct, it raises the question of how and why the system was so vulnerable.

As with the Tay Bridge, the...

June 25, 2012  4:18 PM

Has RBS put the Information Society back 5 Years or saved us from worse?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
customer, Outsourcing, RBS

As detail emerges to confirm the scale, nature and source of...

June 24, 2012  9:25 AM

Does the Natwest service collapse indicate the true cost of Offshoring?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
India, IT skills, NatWest, Offshoring, RBS

I have just been reading allegations on Guido Fawkes (midway down the comment stream below a picture of Osborne greeting one of the EU's prettier finance moinsiters) that the...

March 26, 2010  9:35 AM

Who stole our broadband?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Broadband, RBS, RIEPs

With copper at $3,300 per tonne how much will be left in the networks by the time the 58.75p  (50p plus VAT) per month tax is implemented? One criminal family is said to got very angry, as well as badly burned, when the circuits they...

March 19, 2009  9:00 AM

Subject or Citizen: the G20 “clearance” of London

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
CESG, Equifax, Expeerian, Identity management, Identrust, Kitchener, RBS, Sumaria, Vodafone

Businesses are being advised to reschedule non-essential meetings during the G20 summit because of the expected clashes between over 5,000 police and a coalition of "anarchist" groups. About the same time we will supposedly see the introduction of requirements to...

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