Editor’s choice of ICT items of note:

Charity regulator seeks input into new draft social media guidance

Ukraine cyber defenders in UK for high-level talks

Charities offered latest insight into key cyber threats to help keep out attackers

techUK statement on an amendment to introduce expanded senior management liability provisions in the Online Safety Bill

How UK tech companies are playing their part to tackle the rise of online fraud

Easier for Sky customers to get cheaper internet thanks to DWP scheme

Major broadband rollout for Cornwall with £36 million awarded to Wildanet to connect thousands of rural premises

Welcome to techUK’s National Security Week! #NatSec2023
The Security Mindset: How to keep your organisation secure with information security

Data hacks and ransom attacks are on the rise and organisations with sensitive data are increasingly seeing their systems being targeted by malicious parties.And that’s where the security mindset comes in.

This concept goes across everything you do as a Public Sector organisation. For example, when onboarding new hires, you need to take them through understanding Information Security, take them through your company policies, explain what they can and cannot do. Then, when people using your IT systems, you make them think about exactly what they’re doing and think about how to be secure.That’s the security mindset.

This whitepaper is designed to help you introduce the security mindset to your organisation and dramatically reduce the risk of your organisation being hacked or held to ransom.

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

CQC rates four London urgent treatment centres inadequate and takes enforcement action

Staffordshire care home is rated inadequate and placed in special measures by CQC

Scoping review reveals factors behind inequality in access to healthcare

Adults with depression who want to quit antidepressants should be given support on how to do it safely over time, says NICE

UK landmark genomic partnership with Thailand to unite against health threats

New diagnostic centre in Stockton-on-Tees to deliver hundreds of thousands of checks, scans and tests a year for local residents

NHS Confederation responds to the latest winter situation report

NHS Confederation responds to speculation of increased pay offer for NHS staff

NHS Confederation - Strike escalation takes us deeper in to the situation NHS leaders have been warning against

Welsh Government response to latest NHS Wales performance data

NHS Confederation responds to the Joint Committee’s report on the Draft Mental Health Bill

NHS Confederation - Without decisive action from governments, extraordinary pressures will continue

Editor’s choice of Business / Commercial items of note:

Government must resist saving “poorly run” businesses, urges IEA expert

Business Secretary launches ambitious vision to make UK scale-up capital of Europe

Economy Minister calls on UK Government to commit to a long term and stable economic strategy for sustainable growth

Birmingham 2022 contributes £870 million to UK economy

Increased interest rate on the Court Funds Office special and basic accounts

Councils need urgent clarity about how addiction services will be funded in future – LGA responds to adult substance misuse treatment statistics

Village Shop to receive £200k of UK Government funding

Levelling up should be led by evidence: LGA responds to Levelling Up Fund second round announcement

£3.6 million fund launched for projects to help parents reduce conflict

Further funding for project helping women in prison keep in touch with their children

Transport and infrastructure funding to fore in discussion with capital's leaders

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

Action to cut delayed discharge

“Impractical outrage”: IEA economist responds to Oxfam report

Ex-public servant pleads guilty to misconduct in office offences

Missile defence agreement with British industry updated

Man who supplied dozens of kilograms of cocaine across South England has received an increased prison sentence

Environmental impact of single-use vapes

Change to regulation concerning communication service providers

Government inaction leaves women harmed by medical intervention adrift without support, say MPs

Hampshire company fined for operating illegally at Wiltshire farm

Celebrate safely this Chinese New Year

Switzerland hands over Ukraine Recovery Conference hosting to UK

SME Supplier Locator update...

With the officially stated target and ongoing drive for SME’s to receive £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts, UK public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase.

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.



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