From IT Pro Applications for visas to allow non-EU immigrant tech workers to work in the UK has increased in popularity post-Brexit. According to Tech City UK, the government body responsible for processing tech talent visas, more than 300 applications have been received since April, a huge increase compared to ... read more..
From V3.co.uk The government has announced the launch of a 10-week boot camp training initiative designed to churn out more skilled cyber security experts as part of the newly unveiled National Cyber Security Strategy. The Cyber Retraining Academy course does not require those interested to have any prior cyber expertise, ... read more..
From SC Magazine The UK government has confirmed nearly £2 billion of investment in cyber security as part of its new cyber security strategy. UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, presenting to Microsoft's Future Decoded conference, made a speech in which he set out the government's landmark cyber security strategy for the next ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham has welcomed the UK government's confirmation that it will implement the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) despite the outcome of the UK referendum. In a blog post, Denham wrote: 'I see this as good news for the UK. One of the key drivers ... read more..
From IT Pro Chancellor Philip Hammond outlined plans to devolve £220 million in support of tech innovation during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. After praising Britain's creativity and innovation, he said the UK government must 'carefully maintain the conditions that have brought this activity to Britain in the ... read more..
From Information Age The Government has announced a two-way commitment, dubbed the Supplier Standard, to establish and support collaborative and constructive relationships between the UK Government and the tech industry. The Supplier Standard is a guide for future tech businesses and their interaction with the UK Government. It represents the ... read more..
From V3.co.uk The UK government's Innovation UK agency is investing almost £1 million in two new programmes to help 20 UK companies begin developing hardware to take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT). Two named companies spearheading the initiative, and presumably receiving a goodly amount of the bounty, are Startupbootcamp, which ... read more..
From V3.co.uk The government has promised to underwrite any funding proposals made under the European Union Horizon 2020 framework to safeguard the UK's cutting-edge science and technology research. Chancellor Philip Hammond explained that the government will ensure that funding agreed by the EU will be continued when the nation eventually ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The UK will lose its influence over the shape and policies that will underpin the nascent Digital Single Market in the European Union as a result of Brexit, according to the House of Commons' Business, Innovation and Skills Committee. The second report of the 2016-2017 session on the ... read more..
From IT Pro Matthew Hancock has replaced Ed Vaizey as Minister for the Digital Economy. Vaizey was sacked after six years in the role by new Prime Minister Theresa May in her cabinet shake-up. West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock previously served as Minister for the Cabinet Office, a position he ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com Christopher Graham, the UK information commissioner for the past seven years, retired from his post on 28 June, with his successor Elizabeth Denham still in Canada. His deputy, Simon Entwistle, is currently holding the fort. The unusual handover followed a failure by the government to obtain the Queen's ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is deploying Citrix desktop virtualisation software and other tools in a move that will save 3 million a year while boosting efficiency and flexibility for mobile workers. The announcement comes after it was revealed that Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has ... read more..
From SourceWire IT contractors are set to benefit from continued investment into the private sector, while cuts have affected public sector demand, according to giant group. The specialist services provider's latest analysis of its contractor database found that IT professionals believe there will be growing opportunities across the private sector ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk Less than 5% (4.2%) of senior public sector staff view their CIO and CTO as the drivers of change, a report from cloud solutions provider Ancoris reveals. This chimes with comments from Jonathan Mitchell, non-executive chairman of the CIO practice at Harvey Nash, who said that CIOs were ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com Without an overhaul of public sector IT, the government will fail to deliver the savings needed, according to a report by Civica. The report, entitled Enabling a new world of public service delivery, calls for an increase in the 'public sector's data IQ' through better use of data, ... read more..
From InformationWeek The consequences of the Ashley Madison breach continue this week, with law enforcement inquiries and lawsuits starting to pile up for the website, which is known for promoting extramarital affairs, and for its parent company, Avid Life Media. The incident offers important lessons for CIOs on how to ... read more..
From CIO A new global trade agreement that eliminates tariffs on more than 200 kinds of IT products should result in lower prices to technology buyers around the world as it is implemented over the next three years. The tentative deal, struck on Friday at a World Trade Organisation meeting ... read more..
From IT Pro The Government has released details about a cyber security grant that will go some way towards protecting small companies against cyber attacks. The news was announced by Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey at the Cyber Security: Assurance, Resilience, Response conference in London, who explained the voucher-led scheme would launch ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The government will regret 'demonising' the CIO role in the long term, according to former HMRC CIO, Phil Pavitt. The CIO role was axed from central government after Andy Nelson left in February 2013 to work for the Department for Work and Pensions. Former deputy CIO Liam Maxwell was made ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com As the election approaches and political parties are outlining how they plan to enhance the digital economy, the IT industry is bracing itself for the future. When Computer Weekly spoke to industry experts about the last five years of government IT, the creation of Government Digital Service (GDS) was highlighted ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com The Chancellor, George Osborne, has delivered his final Budget before the 2015 general election and has included a range of measures to help support the growth of technology and digital government across the UK. Computer Weekly has also published more analysis of the key announcements but here is a ... read more..
From IT Pro The Cabinet Office is seeking a chief digital officer (CDO) to lead the department's technology transformation. The circa-£90,000 post combines responsibilities normally divided between the CIO, CTO and CDO, and the successful candidate will report directly to permanent secretary Richard Heaton, a job advert confirms. The CDO will recruit and ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk Government chief technology officer Liam Maxwell claims that central government has become the place to work for ambitious IT professionals, as he bids to recruit an army of IT leaders to oversee new public sector IT projects as a slew of major contracts come to an end. Already, says Maxwell, ... read more..
From Information Security Buzz The government is recruiting for two senior IT leadership roles that are intended to improve how Whitehall buys IT. The two jobs IT commercial director and a chief technology officer (CTO) are being recruited by the recently formed Crown Commercial Service (CCS). CCS was launched in July ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The National Audit Office, the spending watchdog, has described the government's welfare reforms as 'overambitious' and hindered by the 'limited functionality' of IT systems. It follows the Department for Work and Pensions announcing further delays to the national rollout of universal credit after a series of IT failings. Failings identified by ... read more..
From Computerworld UK The government has called for volunteers to help run its IT open standards drive. The Cabinet Office wants to appoint unpaid volunteers who can help run the government's Open Standards Board, which sets core standards for government bodies to consistently apply, to make services better for users and to ... read more..
From Computerworld UK George Osborne's 2013 Budget has left the technology industry disappointed after the Chancellor failed to make any substantial sector specific announcements, but rather focused his efforts on unveiling a raft of investments to support the growth of SMEs. His plans include cutting companies' National Insurance bill by 2,000, increased ... read more..
From CIO The Government Digital Service (GDS) is embarking on a recruitment drive to hire 14 technical advisers, which it hopes will address a skills gap identified by the National Audit Office (NAO) and support the department's drive for IT reform in the public sector. Although the roles aren't new positions ... read more..
From UKAuthority.com The 26th edition of IT Trends, published by Socitm Insight, says that familiarity with easy-to-use home ICTs and smartphones 'is developing a much greater understanding of the potential of information and technology among ICT service users'. Chris Head, the report's author, said that the overall 'consumerisation' of IT would be ... read more..
Smart City Market Movers Stimulate ProgressSmartness is coming soon to a city near you. Truly, it is: the smart city chimera seems to have been with us forever, but there is something happening in the UK that is finally moving the market from the envisioning stage to the deployment stage ... read more..