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Editorial

Pickles confirms plan to change electronic agenda rules

26 February 2014

The government has confirmed that it is planning to legislate to allow councillors to be sent agendas for council meetings electronically.

Features

Group chat an indispensable tool within Whitehall

26 June 2017

Group chat services can make civil servants more efficient by reducing email overload. If government does not embrace them, it will lose out

WannaCry NHS attack - lessons for data recovery strategies

26 June 2017

A fresh look at data protection and backup best practice, particularly when it comes to ransomware.

Robots, connectivity and digital skills: progress on digital in Scotland

23 June 2017

"At the end of the day, the services are all the same, so if you’re doing bins from Shetland to Glasgow to the Borders, we all do similar services"

Interview

In it for the long-run: Why Luton council signed a 10-year ICT deal

7 March 2017

Luton Borough Council chose to renew its IT contract rather than go with a new provider. The council’s technology lead tells Gill Hitchcock how it shifted to an outcomes-based approach – and why a flexible 10-year contract can still be a good deal.

‘The skill set for any CIO is the same’: Socitm president Geoff Connell on moving from borough to county

11 January 2017

Geoff Connell took up his role of CIO at Norfolk County Council in August last year. Rebecca Hill asks him how he found the change from the London Borough of Newham, and finds out what’s on his to-do list.

News

Scottish NHS invites bids for £65m managed services framework

26 June 2017

Four suppliers expected to tender to supply patient administration and clinical systems to primary care providers

Data issues 'hampering council transformation'

26 June 2017

Nearly a third (28%) of local IT leaders do not think they their organisation is completely ready for impending compliance regulations.

Birmingham set to approve new ICT delivery regime

23 June 2017

Council reveals more details of new ICT model, including SIAM and strengthened governance arrangements

Opinion

WannaCry NHS attack - busting the myths

21 June 2017

Des Ward, information governance director at Innopsis, reflects on the real story behind the WannaCry cyber-attack.

How the Internet of Things poses fresh risks to public sector systems

19 June 2017

With the cyber threat shifting its focus to sabotage rather than data theft, many of the defences deployed by public sector organisations will have to be adapted for the new world

Why cyber resilience is the UK's first line of defence

16 June 2017

New threats require the sort of joint civilian and military planning that was common in the Cold War – but with a focus on cyber rather than nuclear, says Jennifer Cole of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

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