PDNS: Mandatory Active Cyber Defence - Latest Guide

NCSC recently announced their Four ‘Active Cyber Defence’ programmes which will help to immediately improve basic cybersecurity across UK business and government departments.

The “MUST DO” first step for any government organisation is Protected DNS (PDNS). Described in layman's terms by NCSC as Blocking bad stuff from being accessed from government systems” Protected DNS takes data GCHQ have about known malicious addresses and simply blocks the user from going there.

However, in order to fully protect employees, including those using mobile devices or working remotely, an additional layer of protection must be in place in the form of a Secure Web Gateway. 

Discover how to protect your systems from malicious attacks

Editor’s choice of other ICT items of note:

techUK:  ECJ hears case which could upend international data transfer rules

techUK:  Voting open for the most influential woman in UK technology 2019

Cabinet Office:  New plans to make it safer for people to confirm their identity online

DCMS:  UK and South Korea go underground for innovative new 5G partnership

SOCITM:  Shaping future digital strategy

AXELOS:  What makes a successful hybrid project manager?

Editor’s choice of other Health, Social care & Homelessness related items of note:

DHSC:  PHE issues advice to people travelling to Egypt

NHS England:  Young people among those set to benefit from lifesaving heart op

CQC:  Technology in care – we shine light on the importance of innovation in new resource

Ofsted:  Joint inspections focusing on children’s mental health – (Guidance for inspectors published)

NHS Health Scotland:  A deeper look at stalling life expectancy

WAG:  Funding to improve awareness of organ donation in black, Asian and ethnic minority communities

Innovation Agency Blog: My placement year at the Innovation Agency

NICE recommends innovative treatment for type 1 diabetes

WAG:  Over half the nation not prepared for old age, new research shows

DHSC:  New approach to engaging rough sleeping and homeless community
SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. 

Against this ambitious backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Recent arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service include:

Click here to find out more.

TClarke Contracting Limited
Editor’s choice of other Business / Commercial items of note:

BEIS:  New protections for millions of vulnerable workers – Good Work Plan  

BEIS:  Green businesses encouraged to apply for prestigious Queen’s Award

DIT:  Liam Fox launches training scheme to find UK's future trade experts

DIT:  Liam Fox launches toolkit for MPs to help boost UK exports

Cabinet Office:  Government tells public sector it must pay suppliers on time

DWP:  University? Traineeship? First Job? What’s your post-exam plan?

techUK:  Cross-sector coalition sets out blueprint to reform immigration system

Innovation Agency:  Helping to bring more small businesses into NHS fold

RLA  BLOG: Renting Homes gets changes and heads for a start date

Crown Commercial Service:  Suppliers join new technology deal for education

Dstl announces SERAPIS framework agreement

NCFE:  5 Tips for FE teachers: working SMART!

Editor’s choice of other Policy & General items of note:

MoD update on the UK military presence in the Gulf

Civil Service:  Shaping the future of the policy profession

MHCLG:  High streets open doors to community projects

DCMS:  National Lottery scratchcard minimum age could be increased to 18

CA:  Government action urgently needed to protect consumers during the decarbonisation of heating

Sport England:  New Planning For Sport Guidance

FCO:  Media Freedom Coalition launched to address attacks on journalists

DIFD:  UK aid helps world’s poorest access better mobile phone technologies

HO:  Pioneering new tools to be rolled out in fight against child abusers

HO:  New public health duty to tackle serious violence

DfE:  Changes to the professional skills test for teachers

DCMS: Children to have greater opportunity to access 60 minutes of physical activity every day

MHCLG:  £100m migration fund helps alleviate council pressures across England

DfT:  Government looks at steps to make new drivers safer

DWP:  Increased jobcentre support for women experiencing domestic abuse

ScotGov:  Tackling the throw-away culture

WAG:  New Action Plan on tackling child sexual abuse launched

MoJ:  Criminal record reform to help ex-offenders into work

HMICFRS:  Crime against older people isn’t well understood

Action Fraud:  Officers raid properties and make arrests as part of multi-force crackdown on courier fraud

Collaborate:  Embracing complexity to do what’s best for people

IFG:  The UK tax system needs urgent reform under any government

Imports of hormone-free beef: EU-US agreement confirmed

EC opens investigation into possible anti-competitive conduct of Amazon

EC fines US chipmaker Qualcomm €242m for engaging in predatory pricing

 More contributions to the Brexit process

Still a ‘hot topic’, with widely spread views, for those who put fingers to keyboard in order to ‘share their views’:

Researched Links:

GOV. UK – Brexit

Latest Documents

GOV.UK Brexit Search

FCO:  UK and Central America sign continuity agreement

Defra:  Smart boats could revolutionise UK fishing and seafood industries

DIT:  Liam Fox launches training scheme to find UK's future trade experts

DIT:  Majority support free trade agreements

WAG calls for urgent clarity on vital future funding from the UK

EIOPA consults on the harmonisation of national insurance guarantee schemes

PC&PE:  UK failing to implement sustainable fishing law

PC&PE:  A ‘No deal’ Brexit would be the most economically damaging outcome for UK business

NIESR: Monetary and fiscal options in the event of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit

OE: Exploring arrangements to avoid a hard Irish border after Brexit

OE: ‘Narrow mandate’: Europe reacts to Ursula von der Leyen’s election as Commission President

B4B:  A Legal Challenge to BBC bias against Brexit

B4B:  The Proposal of A Temporary WTO Agreement Can Reshape the Brexit Debate

B4B:  Philip Hammond and the OBR yet again push a discredited ‘Project Fear’

B4B:  The SNP’s attempt to exploit Brexit is floundering

B4B:  EU bullying of Switzerland – the shape of things to come and how we can fight back

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