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...

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....

EU group offers guidance on meeting MDR’s cybersecurity standards

9 Jan 2020
The European Commission’s Medical Device Coordination Group has published guidance on preparing manufacturers to meet both premarket and postmarket cybersecurity requirements under the EU’s new medical device regulations. Among the updates in the regulatory overhaul are new safety requirements...

AI and ML poised to play greater role in Nordics military systems

19 Dec 2019
The rapid advance of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) is poised to play an ever-increasing role in the development of next-generation military systems, explains Computer Weekly. A report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) says that nuclear-armed...

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...

Report showcases public sector AI use cases

12 Dec 2019
The OECD’s Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) in Paris has released a report of 50 countries surveyed about their use of AI to enhance public sector work. It found that 36 have, or plan to have, public sector AI strategies that will allow AI to be integrated into policy-making and...

Could AR/VR augment the public sector?

12 Dec 2019
Established three years ago with the backing of Innovate UK, Immerse UK is the primary industry body for the immersive technology sector. Its aim is to support growth and innovation throughout the immersive tech world – which includes products such as augmented reality and virtual reality...

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...