Proactive defence: A new take on cyber security
The traditional reactive approach to cybersecurity, which involves responding to attacks after they have occurred, is no longer sufficient. Murielle Gonzalez reports on a webinar looking at what organisations can do to take a proactive approach
Digital transformation – a guide for local government
Digital transformation will play a key role in the future of local government. David Bemrose,...
‘A collective sigh of relief’ – former minister remembers millennium bug panic
Gisela Stuart, whose brief included civil contingencies, recalls the havoc that was expected –...
Scottish digital strategy set out plans for assurance, training and common platforms
The Scottish government will implement a “tough” assurance process for digital projects, mandate the use of common technologies and offer training to make sure civil servants “get digital”.
ICO: Councils need to sharpen up on data protection ahead of GDPR
Survey shows lack of preparedness as data protection watchdog slaps £60,000 fine on Norfolk County Council
Councils told to embrace ‘radical outcomes’ of smart technology
Councils should be in the “driving seat” of technological change, but need to rethink the role they play in their locality and invest in long-term planning, a report has said.
If you make bold decisions, you have to execute them well: Five lessons for getting transformation right
Aingaran Pillai, CEO and founder of open source software company Zaizi, says that governments need to make bold decisions on digital - but make sure they're executed properly. He offers his top five tips for digital staff here.
Data on tablet purchases reveals DWP as Whitehall’s biggest spender
Figures released to parliament confirm departments’ spending on paper is falling - but some still spend more than £2m a year
Government bodies still need to be PSN compliant, says GDS
Public sector organisations have been told they still have to meet the common Public Sector Network assurance standards while work is carried out to move away from the network.
HMRC is ‘rushing’ digital tax reforms and should push back launch to 2020, say peers
Lords Economics Affairs Committee says estimates of savings ‘little more than guesswork’
Procurement teams ‘need more digital know-how’
The government needs to distribute digital expertise to procurement teams across Whitehall if it is to succeed in efforts to increase innovation in public services, a conference has heard.
Interview: GDS leader Kevin Cunnington on 'self-help groups', spend controls and cold water swimming
After a tumultuous first six months as director general of the Government Digital Service, Kevin Cunnington has finally got the long-awaited Transformation Strategy off his desk and is looking forward to an office move. He tells Rebecca Hill about Whitehall “self-help groups”, reforms to spend controls and cold water swimming.
MoJ moves employee data onto government shared services programme
The Ministry of Justice has become the latest department to transfer its employee data onto the government’s shared back-office IT system.
Cabinet Office group to map government transformation projects
The government is developing a dynamic mapping tool to help civil servants access information on transformation programmes, in a bid to cut out wasted effort and make sure projects are properly resourced.
Rethink recruitment approach for digital talent, governments told
Governments need to use data analytics and social platforms to recruit digital talent, a report has said.
Digital tools could help Whitehall tackle its ‘poor institutional memory’, says think tank
Whitehall urgently needs to improve the way it uses existing evidence in policymaking and make better use of digital records to keep track of what is already known, so civil servants do not reinvent the wheel, a report has said.
EXCL: GDS boss reveals latest plans for spend controls
The Government Digital Service is planning to review around 30% of departments' digital projects based on "continuous interactions" with tech teams rather than set spending limits.
Hounslow signs £75m 10-year contract with Liberata
The London Borough of Hounslow is one of two London councils to sign new long-term deals with Liberata.
Waterfall approach 'contributed' to failure of £46m project to build Scottish police IT system
Accenture “underestimated the complexity” of the project to build a national IT system for Police Scotland, with the decision to use a waterfall approach being a major reason for its failure, a report has said.
‘Don’t be scared to let people use your tech’, government IT teams told
DfE IT leader Dave Rutt has called on digital teams to let users test their tech – and raised concerns that tax reforms are driving contractors out of the public sector.
Budget 2017’s focus on innovation and technology welcomed, but industry calls for ambition to be matched by action
Tech companies have welcomed the focus on innovation and IT skills in yesterday’s Spring Budget, but called for the government to follow up its ambition with targeted actions.
Government’s 5G strategy focuses on testing tech
The government is to invest £16m in a research hub as it announces the creation of a National 5G Innovation Network to act as a testbed for new technologies.
Police forces not keeping pace with technology, says constabulary inspectorate
Police forces across the UK are struggling to cope with technologically advanced crimes and are failing to exploit digital investigative techniques, a report has said.
In it for the long-run: Why Luton council signed a 10-year ICT deal
Luton Borough Council chose to renew its IT contract rather than go with a new provider. The council’s technology lead tells Gill Hitchcock how it shifted to an outcomes-based approach – and why a flexible 10-year contract can still be a good deal.