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...

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...

Seven European cities pilot solutions to be more circular

14 Nov 2019
CityLoops is a new EU-funded project focusing on organic, and construction and demolition waste. The project will develop a series of innovative procedures, approaches and open access and open source tools to embed circularity within planning and decision-making processes for construction and...

Social value is the latest frontier for public procurement and value for money

7 Nov 2019
Civil Service World has published an article on what social value means for the public sector. It explains how it interacts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to compel commissioners and suppliers to widen their positive impacts through investment, transformation and regeneration, and that...

Ministry of Defence to access IT skills via £1.5bn framework

24 Oct 2019
The UK Ministry of Defence has plans to improve how it engages with the tech industry. It is setting up a new £1.5bn framework that will introduce a new mechanism to contracting technical skills. £300m a year will be spent over a three-to-five year period to select a number of suppliers onto a...

Five bold public contracting reforms to improve public services in five cities

17 Oct 2019
Five teams of public contracting reformers from Buenos Aires, Ecuador, Mexico City, Moldova, and New Orleans have been selected to participate in the inaugural Lift impact programme, the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and social impact firm Reboot. The year-long support programme is designed...

Navigating the Waste and Recycling Services Market

3 Oct 2019
Local Authorities (in the UK and elsewhere) will be looking to procure more waste and recycling services in the next few years as tighter regulations come into play. In the UK alone, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) will be setting harder resources and waste strategy...