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Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters
We welcome this guest post by Des Ward, director at Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector? The recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure...
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Should the public pay for the Big Ben Brexit Bells?

16 Jan 2020
If you haven’t already heard, the UK government is having an unusual debate over whether Big Ben (which is undergoing renovation) should ring to commemorate Britain’s leaving of the EU at the end of January 2020. More to the point, the prime minister has suggested the money to pay for the clock...

Phishing most common reason cited for cyber data breaches in UK

16 Jan 2020
Intelligent cyber security awareness platform CybSafe conducted research into the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data on security breaches between 2017 and 2019. It found that in 2019 UK organisations reported more cyber security breaches to the ICO than ever before, even though with...

US and Europe’s Cyber Readiness Numbers Stall as Cyberattack Numbers Soar

9 Jan 2020
Cyber insurance providing company, Hiscox, has produced a report on the number of cyberattacks that are growing across several verticals in the US and Europe, which have both seen a sharp surge. Cyber readiness, it finds, has come to a halt. The survey included nearly 5,400 private and public...
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Evolving the network platform: why closure of CAS(T) matters

20 Nov 2019
We welcome this guest post by Des Ward, director at Innopsis, the trade association for suppliers of digital infrastructure and services to the UK public sector? The recent announcement from the National Cyber Security Centre regarding the closure of the security assurance standard CESG Assured...

It’s No Coincidence that Cyber News Is Hitting the Headlines Every Day

14 Oct 2019
With the growth in adoption of technologies (like AI, cloud technology, IoT) to improve and speed up government facilities and services, whether local authorities providing online access to all sorts of records and forms, central government providing digital marketplaces, departments of health...

Cybersecurity In Europe – State of the Market and Lack of Expert Skills

5 Sep 2019
In the Juniper 2017 report, The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Enterprise Threats & Mitigation 2017-2022, it forecasts that the number of personal data records stolen by cybercriminals will reach 5 billion in 2020. Criminal data breaches are expected to cost businesses about $8 trillion over the...

The Problem for Small and Local Suppliers – Barriers to Public Markets

29 Aug 2019
In a post this week, procurement advisory firm Odesma talked about what they believe to be some of the main challenges in public sector procurement that are preventing them from implementing innovation and efficiencies. One of them is ‘engaging local suppliers.’ “With Brexit a couple of...
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Phishing most common reason cited for cyber data breaches in UK

16 Jan 2020
Intelligent cyber security awareness platform CybSafe conducted research into the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) data on security breaches between 2017 and 2019. It found that in 2019 UK organisations reported more cyber security breaches to the ICO than ever before, even though with...

Measuring sustainability down the construction supply chain – the PQQ

9 Jan 2020
An article on LocalGov, from the University of Surrey, explores whether the PQQ can be considered a valuable tool for managing sustainability in the supply chain. It considers sustainability data captured down the supply chain, from public and private sector clients down to raw material suppliers....

Implementing robotics and RPA in the public sector

12 Dec 2019
Experts from Convedo tell Consultancy.uk how RPA can benefit the public sector. Because government departmental work requires a high level of non-strategic tasks like data entry, data collection, validation, and repetitive consolidation-type processes, automation, in the shape RPA, could rectify...

Digitalisation of the NHS – Cyber security in the healthcare supply chain

5 Dec 2019
Orpheus – the UK government-accredited cyber threat intelligence company – has produced a paper on cyber security risk in the supply chain of the National Health Service (NHS). It looks at key findings on leaked credentials, suppliers at risk, gives average vulnerability scores of companies it...

The first principle of procurement – get your specification right!

5 Dec 2019
A fast-track inquiry is being held into a spending controversy surrounding the purchase of a printer, to be reported to the Dáil’s Public Accounts Committee in Ireland. Legislature of Ireland officials spent €808,000 on a state-of-the-art Komori printer. But upon arrival its dimensions proved...

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Managing Director, Public Spend Forum Europe
Peter Smith is Director for Public Spend Forum in Europe and leads our work in that region. He is also Managing Editor of Spend Matters UK/ Europe and has been around procurement for 30 years as a manager, CPO and consultant. He was Procurement Director (CPO) for the UK's largest non-military government department in the 1990s, as well as holding that role in two major private sector firms, and was a non-executive director for two major public agencies. As a consultant he has advised government in the UK and more widely on procurement issues at the highest levels. He is a former President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops. His first book, "Buying Professional Services", co-authored with Fiona Czerniawska, was published in June 2010 by The Economist Books.
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Nancy has 25 years of professional editorial and writing experience, including 15 years within the IT analyst publishing industry. She previously served as EMEA Head of Publishing for Gartner Inc. with responsibility for all client-facing analysis and reports, and prior to that as Managing Editor within the Dun & Bradstreet group. Most recently, she was Editorial Director for a technology PR firm. She has extensive experience of producing and authoring customer reference programmes, thought-leadership papers and newsletters. Nancy holds a BA (Honours) in Linguistics and Modern Languages.
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