Big data isn’t just about being able to make sense of huge swathes of information, it’s about joining together diverse pieces of data to draw new insights.Continue reading →
The end of the financial year marked the closing date for submissions to the Better Use of Data in Government consultation and the Cabinet Office is now analysing the feedback it received.Continue reading →
In January this year, Lincolnshire County Council’s computer systems were closed for four days after it was hit by computer ransomware.
After a member of staff opened an email containing the malware, the virus quickly spread across council networks and encrypted key data on its adult care system, including names, addresses and medical information about residents, until a ‘ransom’ fee was paid.
Sharing data with third parties shouldn’t be complicated. Neither should be it unsafe. Yet, for many councils it is.
As I travel across the country and speak with ICT managers in local government, I come across a common theme: attachments that are too big for email get lost in a sea of unsafe, untraceable file sharing solutions.
The British Home Secretary Theresa May has announced that the internet activity of all users in Britain will have to be stored by internet service providers in new plans.Continue reading →
To many, the concept of a government being able to handle ever-growing swathes of data about its citizens could spell bad news. And while it’s true that the Snowden leaks in 2013 showed how the state could handle personal information in a negative way, there’s no doubt that big data has empowered various governments to make life better for its people.Continue reading →
These are tough times for local councils. Ever-shrinking budgets and ever-growing customer expectations meant that local government has never been needed to do so much with so little.
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But some forward-thinking IT departments across the country are starting to outsource their file sharing –becoming more secure and cost-efficient in the process.
How are Maytech and other services helping councils and local authorities to streamline? Let’s take a look:
The Public Sector Network (PSN) faces several key challenges when securely sharing data with multiple external agencies and acquiring sensitive data from suppliers and the public. By understanding the nature of these challenges and the technology that can assist you, this process can be much simpler.Continue reading →
With the next Local Government Strategy Forum just around the corner, 12th & 13th April 2016, let’s take a minute to look at the successes from the last forum. With hundreds of attendees from companies, councils and the public sector travelling from around the country to attend, what was talked about?Continue reading →