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OggaDoon shares success from work with MOD and Logiq Consulting on the Secure by Design launch

OggaDoon, the leading Bristol-based PR agency, has shared highlights from their time working with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Logiq Consulting where they provided marketing and PR services to launch Secure by Design, UK Defence’s new approach to cyber security risk management. The collaboration saw OggaDoon research and produce a complex marketing and

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Data of over 10,000 customers put at risk by HMRC breaches declared to ICO

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

More than 2,000 devices reported lost or stolen across seven government departments in 2023

Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives, has today announced findings from annual Freedom of Information (FoI) responses into data breaches and device loss within government departments. The results highlight an alarming number

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Are IT Skills Bootcamps Worth the Effort or Simply a Route to a ‘Comfy Pay Packet’?

By Sascha Giese, Tech Evangelist, SolarWinds

Last year, I wrote in GPSJ that the UK must close the IT skills gap if it hopes to become an artificial intelligence (AI) superpower.

Perhaps someone in government took notice. Fast forward to February 2024, and Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan announced a new drive to get young

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New CIO report shows that six in 10 businesses struggle to manage cyber risk

One in 10 businesses doesn’t have an incident response plan

Highlights:

New Barracuda report explores why just 43% of organizations surveyed have confidence in their ability to address cyber risk, vulnerabilities, and attacks Around half find it hard to implement consistent, company-wide security policies A third worry about securing the supply chain The report

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Why the public sector must spring clean their databases

By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

With little attempt to increase public sector budgets in the Spring Budget, apart from for the NHS, most public bodies are continuing to face significant cuts to their spending power in real terms over the coming years. This is backed up by figures from the

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Self-Driving Ops: A Reality for UK Government Agencies?

By Krishna Sai, Senior Vice President of Engineering, SolarWinds

In the ever-evolving landscape of public sector IT, complexity has emerged as a formidable challenge.

Well-intentioned technology investments like cloud services, meant to modernize government operations, are inadvertently creating labyrinthine IT ecosystems that are difficult to manage and secure. This complicated environment isn’t just an

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Circular Computing calls for global plan of action on sustainable IT  

Industry leaders including Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo to meet at Circular Computing’s ‘Re: Sustainable IT Summit’ to advance the circular economy within the IT sector

IT industry responsible for 54m tonnes of e-waste and 760m tonnes of CO2 every year

Remanufacturing 1,000 laptops takes the equivalent

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Embracing the hybrid landscape

We now know that the shift to hybrid is a fixed part of the world of work today. It’s a fundamental shift in the working landscape. But, for IT professionals, some critical aspects of navigating the cloud shift exist.

Gerry Flanagan

With remote and hybrid working, there can be some significant challenges to overcome,

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Government Technology Made Easy: How to Better Connect With the Community

By Nadav Avni, CMO of Radix Technologies

We’ve come a long way in improving public communications via government technology. Citizens once relied on newspapers, radio, or TV to hear from their leaders. And while these means live on, digital communications have opened a new way for governments to connect with their citizens.

Nadav Avni

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How the Met Office Streamlined their Staffing Management issues with Matrix Workforce Management Solutions

Introduction: In 2021, the Met Office faced significant challenges in efficiently managing their agency staff utilisation and controlling their annual spend of approximately £12.5 million. With critical staffing requirements to meet and a lack of structured approach, they turned to Matrix workforce management company for solutions. This case study explores the initial challenges and

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NHS Scotland’s Right Decision Service built on Tactuum technology

Once-for-Scotland project uses Tactuum’s Quris platform to make clinical guidance and policy tools available to clinicians when and where they need them

Clinicians in Scotland have easy access to clinical guidelines and validated decision support tools using the Right Decision Service (RDS), built on technology developed by Tactuum.

The RDS is a once-for-Scotland national

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Enterprises’ Lack of Strong Data Foundation Hinders Wide-Scale GenAI Adoption

Syniti and HFS Research report shares insights on how to increase data quality and reliability to help unleash full potential of GenAI

Syniti, a global leader in enterprise data management, today announced the results of a study developed with HFS Research to help organisations understand the value they can derive from their generative AI

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Government learning lessons about AI from GOV.UK Chat experiment

By Sascha Giese, Tech Evangelist, SolarWinds

The Government Digital Service (GDS) – part of the Cabinet Office responsible for digital transformation in the UK – is exploring how generative artificial intelligence (AI) could improve the user experience of the government’s website.

Public sector IT experts are using generative large language models (LLMs) – the

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ICO orders Serco Leisure to stop using facial recognition technology to monitor attendance of leisure centre employees

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has ordered public service provider Serco Leisure, Serco Jersey and seven associated community leisure trusts to stop using facial recognition technology (FRT) and fingerprint scanning to monitor employee attendance.  

The ICO’s investigation found that Serco Leisure and the trusts have been unlawfully processing the biometric data of more than

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WAN Trends 2024: The Need for AI and WAN Acceleration Remains in the Public Sector

By David Trossell, CEO and CTO of Bridgeworks

In 2023, generative AI became steadfastly part of the lexicon. The applications for the technology are potentially vast, but this was also overshadowed by concerns about the impact that artificial intelligence may have on society. Elon Musk, an investor in AI, was among the people calling

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Bridgeworks shortlisted for Computing DevOps Excellence Awards

WAN Acceleration company Bridgeworks, has been shortlisted in this year’s Computing DevOps Excellence Awards, which will be hosted on Thursday 14 March 2024 at The Montcalm, Marble Arch in London. IT industry magazine Computing writes that year-on-year, DevOps Excellence Awards showcase achievements from organisations, personalities and solutions that have successfully applied DevOps methodologies. The

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Tackling digital infrastructure deficits in South and East London

Over 150,000* premises in south and east London do not have access to high speed – Gigabit capable – internet connections.

Contrary to perception, hundreds of thousands of addresses in London are affected by slow digital connectivity, causing digital inequalities that impede the lives of people and businesses.

The ‘Sub-regional Digital Infrastructure Strategy’ launched

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Calls for greater data-led efficiency in the public sector

The Information Commissioner’s Office has just gone out to public consultation on its new data strategy.The ICO teamed up with Oakland, an independent data consultancy, to develop its data strategy using the Government’s new Data Maturity Assessment for Government framework.The data strategy sets out a clear vision for responsible innovation in the use of

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UK PUBLIC SECTOR HARBOURS HIDDEN DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION ‘DEFICIT’

Almost all UK central and local government organisations are skipping key steps necessary to deliver successful major transformation programmes, according to new research from ArvatoConnect. ArvatoConnect provides customer experience and business optimisation services to public and private organisations.  The findings show that the majority of organisations don’t set key performance benchmarks, secure citizen and

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Reinventing Local Authorities To Leverage Transformative Ability Of Software

Local authorities across the country are struggling to fully embrace the use of software to improve efficiency, streamline operations and optimise decision-making. Historically, new software has been introduced to a process or system that has been used for decades. Bolt on approaches can work but in recent years, across the public sector, there have

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