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September 5, 2017  8:15 AM

Learning from success: the Plymouth Cybersecurity Skills Partnership

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
BCS, CREST, cybersecurity, Fraud, IAAC, iot, NCFTA, Piracy, telecare

On September 12th the Digital Policy Alliance will review progress (including lessons learned) with its pilot local Cybersecurity Skills Partnership. The meeting will also include contributions on the current state of the UK’s national security skills programmes and discussion on how to join...

June 26, 2017  6:15 PM

How many children are NOT being stalked on Snapchat

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Snapchat, Spyware

The parental paranoia caused by recent revelations as to the scale and nature of the use of Snapchat spyware  promises to overwhelm the debate to which I referred in my recent blog on


June 6, 2017  3:14 PM

Exiling hate preachers to the dark corners of the Internet is a win win strategy

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Theresa May", GDPR, Google, Internet, PKI, privacy, Surveillance, WannaCry

The supposed "controversy"  over the Prime Minister's


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 the  priority given to the protection...


March 31, 2017  6:35 PM

Teenage girl hacker “kills” 3,000 Italians – a tale for Brexit Day

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Computer security", Big Data security, Brexit, Security, Skills

mavis-wash Brexit Day, 29th March, was the 46th Anniversary of the conclusion of the


January 26, 2017  12:42 PM

Is on-line advertising about to implode?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Brexit, ICANN, identity, inter-operability, Internet, ISOC, Security, trust

Yesterday I mentioned that many on-line advertising campaigns generate less revenue (let alone profit) than they cost.  Today the Drum carries an article on


September 23, 2016  6:41 PM

The 50% e-Crime rise and Yahoo revelations show how right the CMS Select Committee was

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Analytics, Big Data, Brexit, cybersecurity, e-crime, Yahoo

In July we learned that 10% of the UK population have been the victims of e-Crime - albeit nearly always reimbursed, having "only" suffered the hassle of a refused card and a couple of days struggle...


September 12, 2016  1:28 PM

What pool of top cybersecurity talent? It does not exist.

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
cybersecurity, information, Security, talent

I was struck by a recent bleat that


August 23, 2016  7:48 PM

Whose bloatware is killing your on-line sales?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Bloatware, cloud, Data Analytics, Data breach, E-commerce, Uncategorized

Internet marketeers appear to have only just discovered that  half their audience "won't even wait three seconds" for a website to load. I was, however, more interested to learn that average response times are now...


June 25, 2016  3:57 PM

What effect will Brexit have on the ICT industries and professions?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Banks, Brexit, Broadband, Data centres, Data protection, fibre, Fintech, investment, Legacy systems, privacy, reform, Security, Skills, Smart phones, Switzerland

After the meeting of the European Council next week we will have a clearer idea of whether the Brexit vote will lead to a positive relationship with a reformed European Confederation. If


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