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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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‘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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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’ Report Launched Today at Intel Security’s 2015 UK Summit

Intel Security and the Digital Government Security Forum (DGSF) today announced the launch of the latest DGSF Report on the Future of Information Security in Government and Public Services. The report looks at the fast changing digital world, which promises to transform how our government and public services operate. It indicates that government and the wider public services will place increasing reliance on robust information security as public sector organisations

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The Dark Side of IOT – concerns over personal privacy and national risks

Are your smart gadgets eavesdropping on your conversations?

Google recently announced a new operating system, a tiny piece of software called Brillo, designed to connect everything to everything else. The idea is that if you own an Android smartphone, any product loaded with Brillo will immediately appear on your phone. No installations, no setup

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Maritime Cyber Security – future risks

A recent report by Lancaster University highlights the cyber risks in the maritime World.  It explains that in today’s inextricably connected world the maritime domain plays a central role. The seas constitute tremendous lanes of communication, vital for trade, which are even more important in a globalised world. This report sets out the key findings from a workshop attended by UK Government departments and private businesses who operate in the

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New D5 alliance of nations formed

Francis Maude hosts new D5 alliance of nations considering the impact of technology on economic growth

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Hannigan calls for a new debate on ‘privacy & security’

Robert Hannigan, the new director of GCHQ, has called for greater co-operation from technology companies in fighting terrorist threats and for the intelligence agencies to enter the public debate about privacy.

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