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Scottish government suffered two ransomware attacks in the past 12 months

The Scottish government has been attacked with ransomware twice in the past year, in attempts to extort money. In its response to a Freedom of Information request, the government said that its ‘networks, systems and websites are constantly monitored and any identified attack is automatically assessed and prioritised based on its threat profile, and dealt with accordingly.’ The response shows ... Read More »

DWP offers up to £140k for a new CTO

The Department for Work and Pensions is offering up to £140,000-a-year for a new chief technology officer (CTO) to join the organisation – just over two years after it hired its last one, on a salary of £135,000.  According to the DWP, the role is a “critical hands-on leadership role, with responsibility for creating the next generation enterprise-wide architecture design ... Read More »

New IR35 changes driving IT contractors from public sector work

Data Insight in association with IBM The channel looks at how storage software is fuelling the future of IT, as we explore analytics, insight, virtualisation and other hot topics storage plays a vital role in defining. Security Spotlight in association with Malwarebytes The channel looks at all things security, including all the news, analyses, opinion and research into these new, yet ... Read More »

"Online fraud has been overlooked by the government," says National Audit Office

“Online fraud has been overlooked by the government,” the head of the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. Fraud is the most commonly-experienced crime in England and Wales, and most of it happens online: almost 2 million cases, 16 per cent of all estimated crime incidents, were reported in the year to September 2016. Despite this, the Home Office (Department) ... Read More »

Mayank Prakash CIO interview

Mayank Prakash, Director General for Digital, Data, Technology and Security of the Department for Work and Pensions, talks to Computing in this video about his priorities. Prakash explained that he has four items at the top of his agenda. “The first is raising our aspiration to be the best at what we do,” he began. “Next is building capability so that ... Read More »

Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer loses Ipswich seat in general election

Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, in charge of digital transformation in prime minister Theresa May’s government, has lost his marginal Ipswich seat following yesterday’s general election. Gummer had also been responsible for the Conservative Party’s election manifesto that almost overnight reduced the Conservative’s 20+ lead in the opinion polls to less than three per cent, as two-thirds of the 18-24 youth ... Read More »

GDS stalwart Tony Singleton to leave the public sector

One of the driving forces behind the Government Digital Service (GDS), G-Cloud and the Digital Marketplace, Tony Singleton, is to leave the public sector after more than 35 years. In a blog post, posted yesterday, Singleton said “goodbye to the civil service”, but said that while he had no firm plans, it was the right time for him to look ... Read More »

London to get its first chief digital officer

London will soon be getting its first chief digital officer (CDO) after Mayor of London Sadiq Khan announced plans to finally make good on one of his 2016 election promises, a move that had been expected last summer.  The announcement was made by the Mayor today. One of the roles of the new CDO will be to help make London “the ... Read More »

Lords drop 30Mbps minimum broadband speed demand as Tories rush Digital Economy Bill through parliament prior to general election

Big Data IoT Excellence Awards Computing’s Big Data IoT Excellence Awards, brand new for 2017, celebrate the achievements of the IT industry’s best big data and IoT companies, solutions, products and personalities. Date: 17 May 2017 London Read More »

Government to hire telecoms directors to oversee 5G tests and broadband delivery

The government islooking to hire a series of programme directors to cover a slew of telecoms projects expected to reach fruition over the next few years.  These will include a telecoms delivery director, as well as programme directors to lead on the 5G testbeds and trial programme, and the £200m new local full fibre network programme.  The Department for Culture, Media and Sport ... Read More »

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