Cybersecurity Guidelines Released for Healthcare


Recognising the threat to both critical infrastructure and human health and safety in the event of a cyber-attack, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP): Managing Threats and Protecting Patients, a publication nearly two years in the making.

“This publication is the result of the collaborative work HHS and its industry partners embarked on more than a year ago – namely, the development of practical, understandable, implementable, industry-led, and consensus-based voluntary cybersecurity guidelines to cost-effectively reduce cybersecurity risks for health care organisations of varying sizes, ranging from local clinics, regional hospital systems, to large health care systems,” wrote Eric Hargan, deputy secretary of HHS.

SMEs urged to get on board with Network Services 2 framework

Computer Weekly

Suppliers have until the end of January 2019 to sign up to the new government network services purchasing framework.

The government’s £5bn Network Services 2  RM3808 purchasing framework went live over Christmas, with a deadline of the end of January 2019 for suppliers to sign up to offer telecoms and network services to the UK public sector. As usual, the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is keen to encourage SME suppliers to get involved.


University launches ambitious new Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership

BBC News

Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, visited the University of Birmingham today to launch an ambitious new multi-disciplinary Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership.

The Centre builds upon the Health Service Management Centre and the wider University’s strong reputation in leadership. It will become a major regional, national, and international interdisciplinary hub for training and educating leaders in health and social care, and conducting research into leadership and management within these sectors.

University launches ambitious new Centre for Health and Social Care Leadership

University of Birmingham

The Home Office appears to be creating some movement around the Emergency Services Network (ESN) with the publication of a pre-tender for air to ground (A2G) and aircraft radio systems.

Vodafone UK Discounts FTTC Superfast Broadband Prices


The Christmas period seems to have encouraged UK ISP Vodafone to reduce their fixed line “superfast broadband” (FTTC) and phone prices to a rock bottom level, which means that new customers can take their 35Mbps (average speed) service from £20 a month or 63Mbps from £24 (non-Voda mobile users pay +£2 more).

As usual both packages include a wireless router, unlimited usage, phone line rental, Parental Controls, an 18 month minimum term contract and 6 months of free F-Secure anti-virus software for up to 5 devices. A new line provision charge of £60 (one-off) may also apply if you don’t currently have a fixed phone line at your property, but for most people there are no upfront fees to pay.

Biz 10Gbps Baltic Broadband Fibre Expands to Everton and Vauxhall


UK ISP Baltic Broadband and the not-for-profit Liverpool Internet Exchange (IX Liverpool) have today jointly announced that their 10Gbps business focused fibre optic network in Liverpool (Merseyside) has been expanded to include the Everton and Vauxhall areas.

Prior to this announcement the collaboration had already brought 10Gbps internet connections to entire areas of Liverpool (e.g. the Baltic Triangle, The Fabric District and the Lime Street/Renshaw street area), which they claim is “helping to transform entire communities.” Now it’s gone even further to include Everton and Vauxhall.

Havering in London UK Secures £800k to Build Fibre Optic Broadband


The Greater London Authority’s Strategic Investment Pot has awarded £800,000 to the Borough of Havering, which will be used to deploy a new ultrafast fibre optic network into the Rainham area. This could be used for improving connectivity to both public sector sites and businesses.

At present Havering is already extremely well covered by slower hybrid fibre services (FTTC) from Openreach (BT) and they have a significant level of ultrafast broadband coverage via Virgin Media’s cable network, although “full fibre” (FTTP) style connectivity is only available to a tiny proportion of the borough.

Chinese Experts Set Foot In 6G Research

The Eagle Online

Southeast University in Eastern China’s Jiangsu Province on Thursday said a team has begun to research 6G mobile networks.
Six G uses a combination of the latest in radio and fibre optic technologies and delivers the internet through the air, which means you do not have to rely on old copper cables or calculate your broadband speeds on how far you live from the exchange.
You Xiaohu, a professor with the university and the team leader, said they have set sights on the early research and development of 6G mobile networks, based on the 5G technologies.
You said compared with 5G technologies, 6G will cover a wider range of fields with higher speed and greater security.

The First Day of Christmas

Matthew Riley, Chairman of Daisy Group talks about his focus for 2019 and changes from 2018


The Second Day of Christmas

Jonathan Wright, CTO of Digital-Assured  tells us the top 10 Cognitive Technologies to look out for in 2019.

The Third Day of Christmas

Michael Bowyer, Chair of Innopsis, reflects on 2018. Does the next year look to be better or worse for Suppliers?


The Fourth Day of Christmas

Des Ward, from the Common Framework,  provides his view of Data Governance direction for 2019. 

The Fifth day of Christmas

Government have a commitment that SME’s to receive £1 in every £3 that the public sector spends by 2022. How have they doing this?

The Sixth Day of Christmas

Alyson Edmonds, Head of Digital Innovations at O2 Telefonica talks about Corporate Social responsibility and 2019.

The Seventh Day of Christmas

Connie O’Donnell of Oxford Nanopore Technologies speaks to us about what they are working on in 2019.

The Eighth Day of Christmas

Andrew Halliwell, Product Director at Virgin Media Business tells us his outlook for 2019.