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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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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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Details emerging on massive attack on electricity grid

225,000 people were left without power for several hours in what is believed to be the first successful cyber-attack on an electricity grid.

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Securing ‘smart’ Infrastructure

Securing ‘smart’ Infrastructure – The Internet of Things is revolutionising the world around us, connecting everything from heart rate monitors to nuclear power stations, but in many cases security is lagging behind the development and expansion of functionality. As the Chancellor said in his recent speech at GCHQ, ‘the stakes could hardly be higher – if our electricity supply, air traffic control, or hospitals were successfully attacked, the impact could be measured not just in terms of economic damage but of lives lost’. Does ‘smart’ mean ‘exploitable’? How can we protect our smart cities and connected infrastructure?

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Government confirms its commitment to cyber with hard cash

The Autumn Statement commits to investing in cyber defences and information security, confirming a near doubling of spending to £1.9 billion over five years. This includes recruiting a further 1,900 specialist staff, establishing a single National Cyber Centre and a series of measures to designed to ensure that the UK has at its disposal the skills, tools and capabilities to defend itself in cyber space.

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The ‘Future of Information Security’

The DGSF is hosting a small Dinner and Roundtable discussion on Tuesday, 12th January, 2016 to discuss our latest report on the Future of Information Security. We will be considering

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  • Details emerging on massive attack on electricity grid Read more...
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