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BIG DATA SHOW Capitalising on the data boom







IT SECURITY IS professionals gather for Infosecurity Europe in April EVENT PREVIEW

BIG DATA SHOW Capitalising on the data boom






A positive spin is being put on the news that we will no longer have or need a government CIO. It all started almost nine years ago, with the role introduced under Tony Blair. First in the chair was accountant and former Accenture bigwig Ian Watmore, whose various civil service roles came either side of a brief spell at the Football Association. Watmore was followed by John Suffolk, formerly director general of the government’s £2bn Criminal Justice IT programme. He left in February 2011 to work for Chinese IT giant Huawei and was followed, albeit briefly, by Joe Harley, who had seven years experience at the Department of Work and Pensions. Harley retired, and in came Andy Nelson, who then moved to the Department for Work and Pensions in February. The last two appointments were overseen by Watmore as Permanent Secretary of the Cabinet Office, who resigned from the civil service in May last year. It was believed that the CIO role had devolved into that of a procurement manager, rather than an IT specialist. Responsibility is being handed to Mike Bracken, head of the Government Digital Service and formerly head of digital for at the Guardian. Bracken also co-founded e-democracy site My Society. In his blog, Mike Bracken writes: “The CIO moniker to me was a natural development from the elevation of the technology function to a board role. While Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) deliver the technology, CIOs are expected to use the flows of information and data from that technology and across business systems to inform strategy. And this is why we need to address the CIO issue in government as, by definition, it is tough to be a CIO in government with so much of that information and data residing in outsourced services and proprietary software. “Unfortunately, this means that many of our CIOs are performing as quasi‑procurement and contract managers, rather than really driving business performance based on meeting user needs. The result? An uneven playing field, with the CIO role in government varying hugely by department and agency.” Bracken elaborated:“We need fewer meetings between large budget holders to discuss procurement, and more stand-up meetings and daily releases based on user need. Or in short, we can do much more, more quickly by using the web, and digital tools and services internally, to collaborate.” E continued over...

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 Bracken will also lead a review of IT governance structures, examining the role of the CIO delivery board and the CIO council in particular. Read more about the Digital Strategy update on page 7.


Digital Strategy update; Public Sector responsible for 80 per cent of ICO data breach fines in 2012; Select Committee urges LAs to accept free data audit offer


In the US, the government plans to reinforce its cybersecurity programme by expanding web monitoring, using a process which currently scans traffic going in and out of defence contractors and expanding it to private firms. President Obama signed a ‘cybersecurity executive order’ intended to boost the security of critical infrastructure, which means employees of large US organisations in which classified information could be disclosed, such as banks, utilities and transport providers, will have their internet use and emails scanned in the name of boosting America’s resistance to cyberattacks. Surely it couldn’t happen here? Visitors to the Infosecurity Europe show in April can hear Chloe Smith, Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform, discuss the UK’s cyber security strategy. Read more about Infosecurity Europe on page 21.


Smarter cities harness technology in order to deliver energy-efficient and spacially‑economical buildings, and are now the focus of governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and scientists across the world. GT reports on Glasgow, which was recently awarded a £24 million Technology Strategy Board grant to become one of the UK’s first smart cities


Ovum Analyst Nishant Shah explains how human centered ‘design thinking’ bypasses the Einstellung effect – the human tendency to try to solve problems by using solutions that worked in the past rather than looking at each problem on its own terms





Cyber-attacks have increasingly been viewed as one of the fastest growing threats to local and central governments. Does this mean organisations are beginning to take the threat more seriously? Find out at Infosecurity 2013, held at Earls Court in London from 23-25 April with over 350 exhibitors and many new products and services


April should see the third incarnation of the G-Cloud store. Government Technology 11.3 will examine the G-Cloud’s progress to date and its potential to realise IT procurement savings. Plus Kristin Warry of the AGI discusses how local authorities are currently taking advantage of the latest GIS software. We will also preview June’s Cloud World Forum, which will feature over 200 industry experts with experience in adopting organisation-wide cloud services.


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Strategy update: Government CIO role NEWS IN BRIEF HMRC shortcomings make the scrapped as Nelson moves to DWP budget statement

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In the 2013 budget, the chancellor promised action to tackle IT shortcomings at HMRC, which have recently been the subject of parliamentary criticism, mentioning “automated telephony” to allow tax debts to be paid and better data through the linking of further datasets in the Department’s systems. In the statement, the chancellor also promised to reprofile funding for local broadband programmes.

N3 broadband joins PSN The cross-government CIO role has been scrapped, as part of an update to the Government Digital Strategy. This is seen as part of a major shake-up aimed at shifting the focus of IT bosses from procurement to providing digital services. With former CIO Andy Nelson now appointed as the new CIO at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the vacant role of government CIO will not be filled “as the cross-government role is no longer central to delivery” according to the Cabinet Office. The Digital strategy update reported progress in six of the 14 areas outlined in the Digital Strategy document, launched in November last year. It also estimates that moving services from offline to digital channels will save between £1.7 and £1.8 billion a year. Looking closely at one area of IT spend, a recent NAO report highlighted that government is likely to meet its target of £440 million savings for 2012-13 from the ICT spend control and shared ICT infrastructure programme. By October 2012, £410 million had already been saved through these initiatives in 2012/13. Government Chief Operating Officer Stephen Kelly is to take on the additional role of Government Senior Information Risk Owner (GSIRO). The updates Departmental and transactional agency boards will include an active digital leader, working closely with Government Digital Service as part of a digital leader network. Services handling over 100,000 transactions each year will be re-designed, operated and improved by a skilled, experienced and empowered Service Manager. The Government Digital Strategy required major transactional departments to identify ‘exemplar’ services for transformation. Of the 23 identified, nine are at alpha/beta delivery stages. Five Service Managers have been formally appointed. Departments are working towards recruiting digital capability in-house - the Ministry of Justice have created a new Digital Services Division, a team of skilled experts working on cutting edge new ideas for the department. Within departments, CIOs will continue to play a crucial role where the role is adapted

to user needs. For example, a CIO in the Department for Work and Pensions has a very different role to one in Defra, and both are led by the end service. Departmental digital leaders and CIOs will work closely together to drive digital transformation. Senior technical advisors are being appointed to Government Chief Technology Officer Liam Maxwell’s team to support departments. Perhaps the most significant news in the Digital Strategy update is the publication of a ‘Digital by Default’ service standard. From April 2014, all new or redesigned transactional services will be required to meet the standard, a beta version of which is now online ahead of a full launch in mid-April. Andy Nelson now replaces Philip Langsdale at the DWP, who sadly passed away before Christmas, aged 56. “I am delighted to be taking on the role of DWP CIO and look forward to working with the Secretary of State, Robert Devereux and the team at DWP in delivering the transformation of the welfare system,” said Nelson. Stephen Kelly, Government Chief Operating Officer commented: “Andy Nelson has achieved remarkable feats in the Government CIO role, and the fact that he has moved to lead IT on a pivotal welfare reform project in such a high-profile department is evidence of his abilities. The legacy he has left means we are in a fantastic position to review our governance and set the direction for the future of our technology leadership. Governance is central to promoting a web-based, user focussed, and participative culture. Because it reflects what our users need from government digital services- but also because it helps us to deliver on our efficiency and reform priorities.” “The NAO report was supportive of what we were doing but it recognised the scale of the change required – and the skills we would need to deliver. Roughly £1.2 billion of savings could be made during this Parliament alone by bringing central government transactional services online.” READ THE DIGITAL STRATEGY UPDATE DIGITAL BY DEFAULT SERVICE MANUAL

The NHS’ broadband network N3 has been awarded Public Services Network (PSN) certification for its Direct Network Service Provider (DNSP) connectivity service. N3 can now provide secure access to the PSN core, a first step in enabling 1.3 million users of the N3 network to collaborate and share information with other organisations. N3’s service is provided by BT and has over 51,000 connections through the UK making it one of the largest virtual private networks in Europe.

Accept free data audit offer, says Select Committee Public sector organisations should accept the offer of a free audit of their data protection practices, a House of Commons Justice Committee of MPs has said in a new report into the Information Commissioner. The committee also calls for the government to introduce custodial sentences for offences relating to the unlawful obtaining of personal data. The case for compulsory audits of local authorities and NHS trusts “is clear”, the report says -

Roger Marshall inaugurated as new BCS president Former Socitm president Roger Marshall has been inaugurated as president of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, with Professor Liz Bacon named as the institute’s new deputy president. Marshall, who’s other professional activities have included the Information Society Alliance and on the Parliamentary IT Committee (Pitcom / Pictfor) says of his tenure: “This is a great honour and I am really looking forward to the year ahead and working with Liz, members, and staff.”



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NEWS IN BRIEF Digital First for Wales Economy Minister Edwina Hart has announced a new approach to delivering public services online in Wales. The Minister said the development of a Digital Online Services strategy is to be completed by summer 2013. She stated: “This will not be Digital-by-Default for Wales, but the direction of travel is clear; we must ensure our citizens and businesses are fully equipped to engage in the current and emerging digital world”. Her statements follow an independent report: Digital First – Delivering Welsh Public Services On Line –

Universities crack on with cyber crime Teams from six UK universities have joined forces to form the second government-backed Academic Research Institute, which aims to investigate new ways of automatically analysing software in order to increase cyber security standards. Imperial College London, University College London, Queen Mary University, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester and the University of Kent were all selected for the programme after completing a series of challenges.

Facial recognition tender

The Home Office has issued a tender for a ‘Facial Recognition Engine’ that can compare the photos on new passport applications to its database of 60 million existing photographs. The contract will be worth between £1 million and £4 million and will last up to seven years. The department said the system would reduce the number of fraudulent passports in circulation and help anti‑fraud staff cut down on daily incidents of identity theft.


Public sector picks up 80 per cent of ICO fines in 2012

The number of organisations fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for data security breaches dramatically increased in 2012, with 80 per cent of ICO imposed fines issued to the public sector, according to research from European Law firm Field Fisher Waterhouse. The firm’s research showed that 2012 was the most prolific year yet for enforcement action, with 25 fines, three enforcement notices, six criminal prosecutions and 31 undertakings (through which organisations undertake to improve their data protection practices). This is in comparison to 2011 with only seven fines, one enforcement notice, five criminal prosecutions and 69 undertakings. The report

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also found that 84 per cent of fines were for incidents that the organisations themselves had reported, demonstrating that self-reporters “are not given immunity from enforcement,” the firm noted. Technology partner Stewart Room said: “Looking at the year ahead, we can expect ICO’s enforcement activity to continue at this pace or even intensify. Although the public sector will remain firmly on ICO’s radar, we can expect more attention on the private sector. This is likely to mean more serious enforcement action but we also expect a greater appetite to challenge enforcement actions.” READ MORE:


Savile report finds police data sharing weaknesses

Capita report tries to help save the public library New technologies can help public libraries adapt and survive in the face of severe budget cuts, according to a new whitepaper from outsourced service provider Capita. Solutions discussed include shared services, offering increased purchasing power and efficiencies realised in sharing back office technology; allowing library users to manage their accounts online 24-hours a day; services delivered to mobile devices; and use of kiosks and self-service machines. The report also looks at how libraries could improve their back office technology. “Public libraries are undergoing a process of dramatic reinvention. Unrelenting budget cuts have forced public libraries to question which services they can continue to offer their customers and how they will deliver them. It’s no secret that technology has a role to play in any kind of transformation of this scale,” said Karen Reece, head of libraries READ THE CAPITA WHITEPAPER: at Capita.

Police forces are failing to share information about dangerous criminals on a national database, according to a HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report into Jimmy Savile’s 50‑year history of sex offending. The report highlighgted weaknesses in the Police National Database (PND). It warned that only a minority of forces had the ability to upload data automatically, with some “progressing towards automation” while others were uploading data manually on a monthly basis and some “have yet to load significant amounts of data.” As a result, a force trawling the database “could not be confident that the search results are comprehensive,” said the report. The HMIC concluded: “The IT transformation enabling access to a nationally comprehensive

and consistent record set across police forces has not yet been fulfilled. Although a few forces can load information onto PND automatically, the majority are not yet in a position to do so, and although progress has been made in the last two years, since forces starting loading data for inclusion on PND, the operation of a slick, accurate and comprehensive information system remains elusive. “As a result, a suspect against whom allegations are made in one police force area may have his or her details put on PND, whereas - if that person were alleged to have committed an identical offence in another police force area - his or her details would not be entered onto PND.” READ THE REPORT:



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Smarter cities harness technology in order to deliver energy-efficient and spatially-economical buildings, and are now the focus of governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and scientists across the world. Last year’s ARUP report estimated that replicating the energy-efficiency successes of places such as San Diego could save the public and private sector some 600 billion per year around the world, while reducing carbon emissions by up to 15 per cent by 2020 Glasgow has the lowest life expectancy of any According to Rachel Holdsworth of the UK city and also struggles with higher levels Londonist, we should get used to hearing of obesity, diabetes, and alcohol consumption about ‘smart cities’ as it’s overtaken than the rest of the country. It has a number ‘sustainable’ as the phrase du jour. of initiatives upon which they are building At the end of January, Glasgow, Scotland’s - in particular, the Commonwealth games largest city, was awarded a £24 million in 2014. The Scottish city beat 30 Technology Strategy Board grant other municipalities to win the to become one of the UK’s funding, including Bristol, first smart cities. Glasgow London and Peterborough. will aim to demonstrate The Technology Strategy how providing new Board assessors felt integrated services Glasgow produced the across health, most powerful proposal transport, energy – a strong, local and public safety authority led project can improve the proposal in partnership local economy and with their business and increase the quality academic communities. of life of Glasgow’s e h T , orth Holdsw Professor Jim citizens, and will allow Rachel Londonist McDonald, principal of UK businesses to test new the University of Strathclyde, solutions that can be exported said: “The University of Strathclyde’s around the globe. The council says it will Technology and Innovation Centre will achieve this through schemes such as host the revolutionary City Observatory. introduction of an app for reporting issues This will allow academic and business and like missing bin collections or potholes, industry researchers to analyse more than as well as apps providing real-time traffic 200 information feeds about Glasgow – its and public transport information.

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health, economy, transport, energy use – to map the relationships between them and to understand how a 21st century city operates. “Evaluating these relationships is a fast‑growing research area and one which Strathclyde is playing pivotal role. The understanding that the City Observatory gives us will form the basis the development of new ways of developing our cities to tackle the grand challenges of the 21st century. Through our city’s world-class research and innovation base, coupled with the great ambitions the city is showing, we can make a disproportionately positive impact on our citizens’ lives and opportunities, our economic growth and our international reputation.” Back in March 2011, Glasgow became the first city in the UK to win an IBM smarter cities grant, worth £250,000. This provided Glasgow with access to IBM’s experts to analyse and recommend ways to improve the city. Rick Robinson, executive architect for the Smarter Cities arm of IBM, told Jasmine Gardner of the Evening Standard: “The global population is growing towards nine billion by 2050. In the West we’ve become accustomed to building cities outwards around cars. If more people fall into that lifestyle E



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A new breed of intelligent PDU has arrived and is transforming the way data centres are managed With plans in place to consolidate central government data centres by 2015, scaling back the 8,000 data centres used by the public sector and in turn reduce their running costs by 35 per cent over the next five years, have data centre managers (DCMs) considered the vital role that the PDU (power distribution unit) can play in this mammoth project? With energy costs rising, DCMs working for the public sector should stop blindly accepting mounting energy bills and regain control by implementing this new generation of intelligent PDUs to monitor, measure and help understand where the energy is being utilised. The PDU is the lifeblood of a data centre, transferring energy that drives the infrastructure. It sits within the rack, providing straightforward power connectivity and routing for all the IT components. A new breed of intelligent PDU has entered the market which will help DCMs get to grips with the bigger issues of energy costs and downtime, providing the data required to meet the growing demands within the public sector. Imagine the intelligent



PDU as a brain within the server rack actively monitoring the environment, looking for threats from electrical circuit overloads or any physical and environmental conditions. In order to tackle the mounting pressure

on data centres to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, the industry craves a change in mind-set. The PDU is the lifeblood of a data centre – but is also considered the weakest link in the data chain and often ignored. Bringing intelligence to your energy management with the right PDU provides DCMs with the opportunity to achieve a power balance in the data centre, supporting operational, environmental and financial needs. Reducing running costs by as much as 35 per cent will prove to be a monumental task for DCMs and is not made any easier by the unpredictability and uncertainty of energy prices in the next five to ten years. Those who take a proactive approach towards intelligent energy monitoring and steps to reduce wasted energy in the data centre will be half way towards completing this tough government goal and ultimately creating the data centre of the future. FURTHER INFORMATION


, Songdo a $35bnouth in S project considered rea, is to be the o K  we’re going SONGDO – A y by man unner of to exhaust the PIONEERING CITY forer rt city world’s resources In the wider world, very, very quickly.” Songdo in South Korea e sma t h t For IBM, smarter cities is considered by many concep are ones that harness data. The to be the forerunner of the IT giant is already creating space on the cloud to share information such as water flow and distribution. “By managing pressure on a water distribution network, you can serve additional houses without needing to expand the system – allowing you to support a growing population without spending hundreds of millions of pounds on infrastructure,” explained Robinson. The Mayor has of London Boris Johnson has created a ‘Smart London’ board to put technology at the heart of the capital’s future. The group of academics, businesses and entrepreneurs will look at how technology and data can make the city an even better place to live and work. Johnson cites the Oyster card system, real-time bus arrivals and the London Datastore (a website intended as a ‘first step towards freeing London’s data) as evidence of how we can be smarter.

smart city concept. The $35bn project, located on reclaimed land near the Yellow Sea, was widely considered to be a model for smart cities around the globe when it was started in 2005. Wireless sensor networks is a specific technology that helps to create Smart Cities, and Songdo’s information systems are all linked to each other. Sensors are on everything in Songdo, such as escalators which only move when someone is on them. Every home has a ‘telepresence’ system built in - as well as allowing users to control the heating systems and locks, it offers video conferencing and is intended as a way to deliver education, health care and government services. Ovum’s chief analyst for the public sector Joe Dignan has said that smart cities are the “biggest market for IT in the world.” Talking at a roundtable discussion organised by

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business management software company SAP, Dignan discussed the importance of cities in the future economy: “Cities are the economic engines. The 19th and 20th centuries were about nation states – but cities have been around much longer.” Dignan also described the current buoyancy surrounding the smart cities market, estimating that, depending on the definition of smart city, the value of the market is anything from £60 billion through to trillions of pounds. Highly significant to the IT industry. Volker Buscher, director of Arup’s Consulting practice, sums up the task ahead: “This is a major, strategic issue for cities. And it is no idle philosophical discussion either. The Smart City is already on the rise – still patchwork, but silently evolving and becoming more sophisticated, generating ever more efficiency gains for society applied to everything from contactless mobile phone payments to crowd-sourced data generation.” Buscher continued: “This is far too valuable an opportunity to risk, which is why everyone who supports Smart Cities needs to think about the political oversight, governance and technical controls that will be required to help people in society make important choices about how we use the now ubiquitous data emerging across our cities.” L FURTHER INFORMATION Londonist: Smart Cities – The London of the Future?

Volker Buscher – The Silent Rise of the Smart City How to reinvent a city: Mayors’ lessons from the Smarter Cities Challenge European Initiative on Smart Cities

Start the journey to sustainability at EcoIsland Global Summit 2013 Far north in the Baltic sea, is located a small island called Bornholm. 42,000 danish people live side by side in a fantastic scenery of nature and local life. In 2008 Bornholm decided to create a green and sustainable vision for the island’s future, a vision that will create richer living conditions, a healthy economy, a sustainable society, and green technology. All in all a 100 per cent green island, which is responsible for its actions –� environmentally and ethically. This vision is called Bright Green Island. Bornholm is possibly the best place in the world to test new technologies for renewable energy. Multinational giants like

Siemens and IBM, universities, international and danish companies have interest in testing new concepts and products and are using Bornholm as a test island. Bornholm has been involved in sustainable and green test projects with electric cars, smart grid, clean tech, industrial laundry theory and created a physical community-scale simulation model. Join Bornholm for the Ecoisland Global Summit 2013 on 4-6 September at Bornholm, Denmark. Admission for the three day summit is free. There will be keynote speakers from all over the world, case studies from international green islands and regions, and a showcase from green companies and green solutions.




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How many qualifications do you look for in a supplier before you let them deal with your data ? As you are hopefully aware many companies erasing and destroying data do not necessarily have your interest at heart, which is an immense potential threat to your organisation whether it be Military, Public or Private sector. Ultratec have the most Government awards in the UK for Secure Data Erasure and Destruction Services. On site or off. All media. All security levels. 4 different types of machines and all owned and operated by Ultratec. Coupled with their Green Recycling services they can offer completely flexible solutions to match your budget and requirements. To add to the existing “volume” of approvals Ultratec have recently been awarded the ADISA credential – with DISTINCTION – yet more proof of quality. The MAXXeGUARD disintegrator is central to their services as it is the first device in the world to “shred” from 1mm to 70mm by simple touch screen programming. All media can be reduced to “bits”: Hard disks, flash sticks, tapes, mobile phones, floppy disks, comms boards and much more. The MAXXeGUARD is as quiet as a photocopier and only uses office power. So for the ultimate control simply use it in your office – no data in transit thus maximum security.

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A MECHANISED STATE OF MIND There can be no doubt that new approaches to government IT are neccessary for true transformation to be realised. Ovum Analyst Nishant Shah explains how human centered ‘design thinking’ bypasses the Einstellung effect – the human tendency to try to solve problems by using solutions that worked in the past rather than looking at each problem on its own terms Albert Einstein was reported to have said that the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Unfortunately, this applies to many government technology efforts of the last decade. New thinking and approaches are necessary. One potential approach is human-centered design thinking, a methodology and toolkit popularised by its use at Apple and design firms such as IDEO. Although still an unfamiliar concept in most CIO offices in the public sector, it is now gaining mainstream credence and popularity among private sector decision‑makers focused on innovation. Three factors set design thinking apart: it is highly collaborative/ iterative; it is well-suited to helping create technology systems that are adaptable in uncertain environments; and it is mindful of both understood and hidden end-user needs. Ovum recommends that agency CIOs begin to explore design-thinking techniques and incorporate relevant elements into ICT projects characterised by “wicked problems” – those with significantly greater complexity and ambiguity than normal. ASSUMPTIONS The strength of design thinking is that it starts with identifying user needs. With scaled-back budgets and more to do than time to do it, agencies tend to make a host of assumptions about user needs when beginning an ICT project: who the user is, what a user wants, why they want it, how they prefer it to be delivered, and when they would use it. Time and again, these assumptions are proved wrong when the system is implemented and things go awry. The costs of these failures can be greater than the time it would have taken to gain a better understanding of true user needs. Let us come out and say it: the ‘build it and they will come’ approach simply does not work. E

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A DIFFERENT PRODUCT Design thinking is geared toward creating specific solutions for groups with specific needs. At the end of this process, a new “product” is created that is often different from what came before it, or a new way of using existing or commodity services is devised. It is meant to get around the so-called Einstellung effect – the human tendency to try to solve problems by using solutions that worked in the past rather than looking at each problem on its own terms. However, unlike in the private sector, agency CIOs cannot patent what they create; the risk they take is therefore greater. For this reason, undertaking an innovative and fit‑for‑purpose technology endeavor without a large body of proof points or quantitative evidence is usually left to other agencies. One solution is that non‑governmental institutions that can afford failures in the name

Design thinking in government ICT is particularly applicable in changing workflow for shared services, in co-creation initiatives, and in efforts dealing with open data that involve citizens as well as multiple agencies. It is also well-suited for defense and intelligence technology operations, where end‑user experience can mean life or death. If systems are designed for the extremes of a population or employee pool – the most demanding, the most far-fetched, and the most and least sophisticated – everyone in the middle can usually be captured too. Radical collaboration is a key component of design thinking. This is useful not only as a tactic, but also as an overall strategy to change culture in the CIO’s office over time. Small pilots are good places to begin with design thinking: those that solve tough problems for smaller groups of people, where user needs

can be more thoroughly understood. Prototyping is a particularly useful facet of design thinking for agency CIOs, when confronted with a number of competing technology or service-design options. It is the process of testing a variety of solutions to uncover additional problems that only arise during user testing; refining the problem question; and eventually finding the best solution. Prototypes are neither full-scale systems nor pilots; they are simply proof-of-concepts. Costs should be closely watched.

Ovum Industry Congress set to explore key Enterprise IT themes Scheduled for the 14th and 15th May, the 3rd annual Ovum Industry Congress will bring together the public and private sectors in order to explore the key themes identified in Ovum’s ongoing research programmes – Transforming Infrastructure & Services, Information Management & Analytics, Adapting to IT Consumerisation, Optimising Customer Experience and Enterprise IT Management. Each of these areas will form the basis of a stream at the event, allowing delegates to shape their agenda over the two days. The event has the support of over 15 of the UK’s top CIOs (as ranked by including the likes of the BBC, NHS, the Cabinet Office, the Metropolitan Police and both the regional governments for Wales and the Isle of Man. Their experiences will allow delegates to build a blue print from which they can enact meaningful and lasting change. In addition to leading CIOs, the event will also play host to over 60 Ovum experts who will share their insights on what the

future holds for Enterprise IT as well as best practice for the here and now. 2013 will see the inclusion of a number of new features. In‑depth breakfast briefing topics include Building a Student Enrolment Strategy that spans the Entire Student Lifecycle and Practical Steps to the Cloud for Government Agencies. A Senior Leadership Stream will deal with the over arching strategic issues facing IT leaders. The Ovum Industry Congress takes place on the 14th-15th May at the Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London. FURTHER INFORMATION



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With plans to develop a new cybercrime emergency response unit, the government seems to have upped its game in counter terrorism. But can the same be said for all parts of the UK government? This is one of the key questions that will be discussed at this years’ Infosecurity Europe Over the last year we have witnessed even more catastrophic security attacks against the worlds’ largest organisations, and cyberattacks have increasingly been viewed as one of the fastest growing threats to local and central governments. However, does this mean organisations are beginning to take the threat more seriously and are starting to implement cyber security strategies? The UK government certainly seems to have upped its game, recently announcing plans to develop a new cybercrime emergency response unit and a cyber reserve forces army. But can the same be said for all parts of the UK’s government sector? This is one of the key questions which leading IT security professionals will be discussing at this years’ Infosecurity Europe – the biggest IT security industry gathering in Europe. Infosecurity Europe will be held at Earls Court in London from April 23-25 with over 350 exhibitors many of who are launching new products and services. The show provides delegates with opportunities to hear analysis, end-user experience, strategic advice and predictions from leading industry experts about the key security issues that should be at the top of their agenda over the next year. Celebrating its 18th year, the show provides a sparkling programme of features including, a diverse range of new IT security products and services and an unrivalled education programme. The show serves an audience of more than 12,000 unique visitors, of which 46 per cent are decision makers and influencers from every segment of our industry, over 70 vendors from overseas including France, Israel, USA and Scandinavia and at least 50 new security vendors in the New Exhibitor Zone.

speeches on thought-provoking topics. The compelling speaker line-up features senior executives from end-users and policy makers, creating an unparalleled opportunity to access the latest thinking from some of the greatest minds in information security. With panel discussions, presentations, interviews and Q&A sessions, the programme will provide strategic insight, best practice, industry analysis and end-user experience. Delegates will leave sessions with new knowledge, business intelligence and practical tips that will assist them with developing and implementing a robust information security strategy for the next 12 months.

and success of an organisation, helping gain consumer trust and enabling the business to profit from new business channels. The session entitled ‘Changing Perceptions: Embedding information security in the business’ will allow delegates to understand how to drive and manage cultural change so the business recognises the value of data; navigate the challenges of changing behaviour within an organisation to drive awareness, and get buy-in from the individual. Panellists include Brian Brackenborough, CISO, Channel 4; Simon Lambe, head of global IT security, Dyson; and Phil Cracknell, head of information security, TNT Express.

KEYNOTE THEATRE The keynote theatre agenda has been developed following extensive consultation with the information security end-user community and an advisory council of CISOs, to identify the most critical issues, topics and challenges for them in 2013. Keynote highlights include ‘Fostering a risk-based approach to information security’. This session will look at strategies to utilise in risk management to protect your information assets in a way which reflects the value of the information in your organisation. By attending you will discover how to integrate information security risk into a risk management framework, determine how to balance risks to response and budget within your organisation, understand how to communicate risk to the board and gain best practice hints and tips on how to de-risk IT provision. Panellists include Amar Singh, CISO of News International; Michael Paisley, head of operational risk, Santander; and Serge Baudot, head of information security and business continuity, Easyjet. Other panellists include Bob Mann, chief security officer, information management and technology, OFGEM; and Andrew Rose, principal analyst, security & risk, Forrester Research.

SUPPLY CHAINS Supply chains are integral to how businesses operate today and they are becoming increasingly complex. As organisations share more and more information with 3rd parties and offer multiple communication channels to clients, they are at increased risk of compromise. Third parties have their own supply chains over which you have no control. If a third party supplier or one of their third parties suffers a breach, you are still liable for your data. Do you know where your data is stored and what are the implications for data protection and compliance? How do you manage your third party suppliers and enforce your standards and controls? And do you really know where the end of your supply chain is? The session entitled ‘Securing data in the supply chain’ will provide you with a checklist of practical hints and tips to enable you to assess the security of your supply chain and identify practical measures to secure it. Panellists include Mark Pearce, head of information security, the Post Office; Mark Jones, CISO, IT security director, BAA; Alistair Wardell, head of client and supply chain security, UK/EMEA, AON; and Andrew Davis, principal research analyst, Information Security Forum. There will be a key note interview with David Smith, deputy commission and director of Data Protection at the Information Commissions Office, on Data Protection: Legislation update and what it means to you. This keynote is particularly relevant to central and local governments, as they have to report breaches to the ICO, and suffer the fines of up to £500,000. E

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The Big Data Show is a brand new show for IT and digital professionals looking to capitalise in the boom in data volume, variety and velocity to build successful strategies for the future Taking place alongside Internet World at Earls Court 2 on 23-25 April, the exhibition will host an array of features and exhibitors, engaging with the latest trends and opportunities that Big Data presents. Big Data has shown that it’s here to stay and that ignoring it is not an option. Every person creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data per day – so much so that 90 per cent of the world’s data has been created in just the last two years. This volume of data – generated from across hundreds of different sources – has now grown so large and complex that it has become difficult to capture, manage, store and analyse.

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HARNESSING DATA The Big Data Show will help individuals and organisations in their efforts to harness this data so they can use it to build successful strategies for the future. These visitors will vary across three categories: Technology, Analytics and Strategy. Big Data Technology constitutes Chief Information Officers, CTOs and heads of data warehousing, who are responsible for IT infrastructure and creating the technology that enables the data to be utilised in the corporate arena. Big Data Analytics comprises data scientists and analysts who create meaning from data which can then be harnessed for myriad possibilities. Finally, Big Data Strategy includes CEOs, CMOs and marketing directors who are responsible for shaping and determining the direction of their companies, and who see Big Data as the key component in a huge opportunity for business to evolve. GET LEARNING Visitors can look forward to a busy education programme, which includes two seminar theatres; the Volume & Variety Theatre and the Velocity Theatre. The Volume & Variety Theatre will engage with the technical side of Big Data, covering topics such as data capture, data storage and security. The Velocity Theatre will educate visitors on how best to use Big Data and demonstrate the multitude of possibilities that can arise from it, covering topics such as data search, data share and analytics.

Despite the event being over two months away, seminar sessions, led by industry heavyweights including IBM and the IDM, have already been confirmed. Some of the early highlights of these confirmed sessions include Big Data Analytics Survey: How Enterprises are really using Big Data, as a session that will look into the findings from a joint study between IBM and the University of Oxford into how organisations are leveraging big data and what this means for the industry in the years ahead.

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