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Managing Risk

Public sector bodies are notoriously risk averse but seem willing to accept huge amounts of ‘red’ risks in their risk registers, especially relating to technology. When I look at some of these registers, I am left thinking – if this was an airline, would I fly with it? Talking to a group of local authority finance directors about cyber risks, we discussed how they decide what to spend on information

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National Cyber Security Centre begins Operations

The new National Cyber Security Centre began its first day of operations on Monday 3rd October.  In a speech by Ciaran Martin, the new NCSC Chief Executive, at a Cyber Security Summit in Washington DC in September, he set out the UK’s new approach to cyber security. Security officials, Martin said were sometimes accused of seeking to thwart or slow the onset of the technology that underpins the digital revolution.

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Securing the Future

There was a capacity audience for the most recent DGSF Forum Event looking at ‘Securing the Future’.  It included updates on the new ‘National Cyber Security Centre’ and ‘Responding to the Next generation of Cyber Threats’, together with a case study from the Royal Navy on ‘Securing its ships and services in the digital age. Details of the presentation have been shared with DGSF members and attendees.

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Can we learn from the Rio and Tokyo Olympics?

Every four years the Olympics provides a focus for technological innovation with host cities, competitors and broadcasters all trying to harness the latest innovations to improve performance and get the best from the Games. Rio 2016 has been no exception despite some of the well-publicised difficulties. Google, for example, used use a backpack fitted with 15 sophisticated cameras to gather images for Google Street View in locations only accessible on

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Are you still relying on Legacy Systems?

The US Department of Defence recently admitted that the Strategic Automated Command and Control System that co-ordinates intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft still runs on a 1970s computer system and uses eight-inch floppy disks. This is not cutting edge technology;

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NCSC will be operational from October 2016

Matt Hancock, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, has confirmed that the new the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) announced by the Chancellor in November will open its doors in October 2016.  Ciaran Martin, currently Director General Cyber at GCHQ will lead it and Dr Ian Levy, currently Technical Director of Cyber Security at GCHQ, will be its Technical Director. The aim of the NCSC is bring

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Combatting Digital Exclusion

In our connected world it is easy to overlook the estimated 9.5 million people, nearly 20% of the population, who lack the basic online skills needed to send and receive email, use a search engine, browse the internet and complete online forms.  Over 5.1 million people over 65 in the UK have never been online. A typical older internet user saves over £740 a year on household bills thanks to

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Fighting Fraud and Corruption in local government

Fraud costs local authorities an estimated £2.1bn a year, which could be recouped in part by making better use of information and technology says a new strategy launched by Marcus Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and DCLG Minister for Local Government. Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally is the new counter fraud and corruption strategy for local government published the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the

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‘Future thinking’ – anticipating and preparing for technological change

Every sixty seconds there are 4.1 million Google searches, 347,000 tweets, 461,000 Facebook logins and 103 hours of YouTube content is uploaded; we are using, consuming and developing technologies at an exponential rate. There was a time when technology was really expensive and only governments could afford to purchase and use the latest gadgets, but those days have long gone.  The consumerisation of technology has made it relatively inexpensive and widely

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Dinner and Roundtable Discussion

The DGSF is hosting a Dinner and Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, 10th May 2016 to discuss Combatting Cyber Extortion. The Roundtable discussion will include input from Marcus Viertel, who is Intel Security’s European expert on ransomware and crypto-malware, together with other specialist contributions.

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