First, Best and Secure – taking security seriously

As CIO for Microsoft UK, Annemarie Duffy, not only has to kit out over three and a half thousand workers with the technology to be able to work anywhere, anytime, but also ensure that vital corporate systems are secured – always, and without exception. As one of “the most attempted hack” companies in the world,…

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Information Security – Next Steps in Identity for UK Police Forces

  With the recent Police National Database (PND) and Identity and Access Management (IAM) initiatives a number of Police forces chose to deploy local IAM technologies, integrated with the Central Services PKI infrastructure and accredited by the ‘Scheme for Police’ standard, instead of the ‘Managed Service’ offering. Forces that have deployed local IAM technologies are able…

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Highlights from #bluelightcamp

This weekend in Manchester, the Blue Light Camp unconference took place and was reported to have been very a unique and refreshing day. The emergency services event was the brain child of Sasha Taylor, Paul Coxon and David White and provided a fantastic networking opportunity for those interested in the use of social media and technology in…

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Day two at ukgovcamp 2012

We’ve been attending UK GovCamp, an ‘unconference’ that aims to bring together public sector professionals to discuss best practice use of technology. The event lasts 2 days, read our day one wrap-up post to see what happened yesterday.   As with yesterday and in the true ‘unconferencing’ style, the tracks were decided by the attendees. First…

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Smarter Government – Identity Management with Forefront Identity Manager (Webinar)

Public sector organisations are seeking new ways to reduce the complexity of managing and securing users, devices, and corporate assets. The need to give the right people the right access to the right information is a challenge that public sector organisations need to address. The increased proliferation of end-user personal devices and the requirement to…

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Information Security – Free Webinar on Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 (September 28th)

The Information Commissioner (ICO) is increasingly proactive in publicising organisations that are in serious breach of data protection and privacy and can now levy fines of up to £500,000 for each serious breach of data protection. The news section of the ICO website identifies a variety of public and private sector organisations that have recently…

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Smarter Government – Web Seminar on Secure Remote Working on July 14

As well as improving individual productivity and reducing carbon footprint, providing the technology to enable remote working also supports government agencies and local authorities in reducing the requirement for office real estate and can deliver cashable savings. One of the concerns of many organisations, particularly now that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has the power…

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Live Meetings – No Need to Miss the Unmissable

Although I can offer neither the sophistication of BBC iPlayer nor the richness of iPlayer’s content, I can offer you the opportunity to experience the recent Live Meetings for our public sector customers on Windows 7 and Identity Management delivered by Microsoft subject matter experts and our partners. We recorded the recent series of three…

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Secure Identity Management – Live Meeting (Webinar) on June 11th

All public sector organisations take security seriously. Protecting sensitive information and ensuring access only for authorised users are important safeguards.  However, effective security and identity management can create cumbersome overheads for public sector organisations to manage. Our next Live Meeting (webinar) for our public sector customers addresses how to Simplify Identity Management with Forefront Identity…

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ICT Self Service for Government Employees – cutting cost and improving satisfaction

Many government agency and department customers ask us about how Microsoft manages its internal ICT support and how we use ICT to drive down the cost of doing business.  In this area I think Microsoft has a fair amount to say in terms of experience and lessons learned along the way.  Microsoft’s internal IT department shares its experiences via the…

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