Category: Public Sector

Singapore MINDEF launches bug bounty programme

The Singapore Ministry of Defence has announced the MINDEF Bug Bounty Programme. David Koh, head of MINDEF made the announcement during a visit to the Cyber Defence Test and Evaluation Centre (CyTEC). At first glance this would appear to be a gauntlet thrown down to hackers and a recipe for disaster. It is not. On…

Cisco and INTERPOL have announced a deal to share threat intelligence. The deal is headed by the INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation (IGCI) in Singapore. As part of this deal the two organisations will develop a joint approach to coordinating and sharing data. The release says that the deal will improve threat detection around the…

NHS sets out data security and protection requirements

The NHS has published the 2017/18 Data Security and Protection Requirements. They are a direct response to recent incidents especially the WannaCry ransomware attack. They also address the ten data security standards recommended by Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian for Health and Care. All health and care organisations must take these steps before…

Is 555 the number of the scam?

The Home Office has released the Joint Fraud Taskforce Oversight Board Minutes from September 11. There are a number of interesting bits of information in the minutes and they provide a view as to what government is doing to reduce scams and fraud. Among the items that were discussed is the production of lesson plans…

HMRC stops one million visits to scam websites

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has stepped up the war against scammers. It is claiming to have: “averted over a million visits to deceptive websites, including those which promote misleading and costly helpline numbers.” This is a significant result but it still has much more to do. HMRC’s Director for Customer Services, Angela MacDonald, said: “HMRC…

Kaspersky denies US cybersecurity allegations

Anti-virus and cybersecurity vendor Kaspersky has hit back at the US government ban on its products. Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security told US Government departments to uninstall and stop using software from the Russian company. In an interview with the BBC, Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the company, has denied all the claims…

Unit4 and Grant Thornton bring new dawn to finances of Malta government

Unit4 has won a major deal with the Malta government in partnership with Grant Thornton. Its relationship with the global accounting firm is clearly deeper than the announcement last week that saw Grant Thornton sign up to implement its ERP solution. The overall contract is worth €11.6m and will see Grant Thornton Malta assist the…

SpringCM gets authorised on FedRAMP

SpringCM has announced that it has achieved FedRAMP authorisation after two years within the accreditation process. The announcement is significant. It will enable the company to sell their Contract Lifecyle Management (CLM) solution into government organisations. The process ensures that the SpringCM solution meets the high security standards that US government organisations require. SpringCM should…

Infor EAM now FedRAMP Ready Status

Infor has announced that the Infor Government Software as a Service including Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) has achieved FedRAMP ready status. This has taken a little longer than probably hoped. In June 2016 Infor announced that it was starting the process to achieve the approval. At that time Infor talked about the wider ERP product but…