Smart city projects are typically deployed via partnerships between the public and private sectors. The main business models include build-operate-transfer (BOT), build-operate-comply (BOC) and municipal-owned-deployment (MOD).
Since the start of this year, it has felt like Armageddon within the cyber-security arena. Attacks are coming thick and fast, with resultant breaches hitting the headlines. Many experts believe we’ve seen just a glimpse of the potential threat landscape devastation. So, what’s behind the headlines?
As KPMG and Imperial team on a combined Data Institute, the UK government is to provide £42 million, over 5 years, to fund the Alan Turing Institute and has asked the EPSRC (Engineering and physical Sciences Research Council) to act as key partner to realise this and position the UK as a world leader in the analysis and application of Big Data. Accordingly the EPSRC now invites UK universities to submit expressions of interest in joining the consortium to establish the Institute.
The Friendly WiFi scheme just officially launched has Purple WiFi as part of the scheme. It come on the heels of news from Motherboard Vice that the UK's internet filters block almost 1 in 5 websites. Accordingly Blocked.org are offering a service to both check on this and unblock such sites.
Despite the European Court of Justice overthrowing the Data Retention Directive as too broad and with too few safeguards to protect against abuse of privilege, meaning that UK mass surveillance of citizen communications lacked legality, the UK Government has subsequently introduced primary legislation to restore its powers and ISPs are to collect, store and share data on demand with public sector workers under the RIPA law.
In a report that looks at Android apps from the Google Play Store, Zscaler’s author notes “While Android was once the open and transparent rebel to Apple’s rigid and restrictive iPhone, it has of late taken on more the image of a questionable rogue. While the App store has been accused of being a bit of a police state, the Play store has been accused of being too loose and lazy with its oversight. And when the cat is away….the mice... will play
Sir Donald Miller, former chair of Scottish Power and the South of Scotland Electricity Board has spoken out on the SNP’s current energy policy of producing 100 per cent of Scotland’s needs from renewables as “disastrous.”
In a June 19 television interview, Paul Henninger, the global product manager for BAE Systems Applied Intelligence told CNBC that his firm had identified and thwarted a cyber attack on a hedge fund in 2013 that took months for the firm to notice and that had eventually cost the fund millions of dollars.
Hewlett Packard and its legal advisors announce reaching an agreement to settle shareholder derivative litigation arising from the acquisition of Autonomy, subject to court approval but will bring claims against Lynch, Hussain and potentially others. Meantime Invoke Capital has been set up by Lunch raising $1billion, investing in Darktrace and other young technology companies.
Data Centre & Cloud specialists Onyx Group are celebrating once more as they have been named as one of the official Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Specialist Cloud Service supplier to the UK public sector. Back in May, G-Cloud 5 went live in the CloudStore and again number of suppliers and services grew. The iteration sees 1132 suppliers, up by over 10% from G-Cloud 4 applications, and 9236 new services added to the store. There has also been a great increase in SMEs, with now 87% on the G-Cloud 5 framework.
Is MaidSafe the Bitcoin for developers and farmers, securing them against HeartBleed and other heists? An Ayrshire-based Troon company with over 8 years of development emerges with SAFE (Secure Access For Everyone) network that hopes to be the un-censorable, secure, and resilient successor to the essential, but cracking under cyber-crime-load internet. It comes with a built-in SAFEcoin (aka Bitcoin) mining economy and foundations for distributed, autonomous intelligence.
Technology consultancy FarrPoint has been scooping up talent to further business expansion with technology and security specialists, David Myatt and Simon Bennett having joined the business this month and the appointment of Agnieszka Stachowia as graduate consultant.
Many Scottish wild salmon will not survive the depredations of fishfarm sea lice and unlikely to enjoy any Hamewith, regardless of the triumph in analysing the Atlantic salmon genome. The Scottish fish farm industry is totally careless of its wild fish community. Introduction of Ballan Wrasse as cleaner fish at Scottish Sea Farms, together with chemical treatments has not stopped fish-farms sea lice numbers being out of control at the worst possible time for the migrating juvenile wild salmon and sea-trout.
The USA is taking an interesting name & shame approach to both China and Russian cyber-hacking hooligans. Whether this will be met with any success may depend on whether US and European hackers can turn the tables on China and Russia! Countries may be forced to find hacker exchanges, as is undertaken for prisoners of war!
Gaberlunzie ponders the dilemma of the software house named after Palantir, the vision stones in Lord of the Rings. Partially funded by the CIA, the company makes extraordinarily insightful software and is also intriguingly an attempt to introduce altruistic ethics with world saving applications, against a corrosive real world of wealth and corruption.
This month the FRC (Financial Reporting Council) l urges firms to review their approach to the audit of IT controls and the training and guidance provided to audit team about how to undertake testing effectively and when to call upon IT specialists to carry out relevant work. The FRC also this month has aunched an investigation under the Accountancy Scheme, into the preparation and approval of the financial information of C2000 (Computer 2000 Distribution Ltd) related to years ended 31 January 2009-2013 inclusive.
Divesting most of its energy business to Siemens,Rolls-Royce sees energy as a business where scale is important. It opts instead to focus on areas where it can grow most value and nuclear is one that present significant opportunity.
A consortium of leading technology companies, UK catapults, Milton Keynes Council and the Open University have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a city-wide, open-access demo network for M2M (Machine to Machine) communications and IoT (Internet of Things), based on Weightless communications standard.
One of the most amazing institutions, the Internet is changing. Software source code can qualify for copyright protection in certain circumstances, the US Court of Appeals has ruled. Rules to prevent Internet providers from deliberately slowing data, will allow content providers to offer a fast lane service for a price. As the EU upholds a "right to be forgotten," it allows people to ask Google to remove links to online information about themselves, with search engines defined as “controllers” rather than "processors" of individuals’ data within the EU, meaning that search engines must comply with EU privacy rules.
Scotland, Computer News in Scotland, Technology News in Scotland, Computing in Scotland, Web news in Scotland computers, Internet, Communications, advances in communications, communications in Scotland, Energy, Scottish energy, Materials, Biomedicine, Biomedicine in Scotland, articles in Biomedicine, Scottish business, business news in Scotland.