No more excuses for cyber security failures in councils
Breaches of cyber security are a significant risk to every business and individual, but are increasingly affecting local government. Recovering from the February 2020 ransomware attack that reduced Redcar & Cleveland Council to using pen and paper for critical processes, was estimated to have cost over £10.5m – three times their 2019 central ICT budget.
Getting the data right: seamless data migration for the public sector
With the National Data Strategy setting out the Government’s desire to create a data-led public sector, as well as an appetite from local authorities to deliver data-driven services, many organisations now see that migrating from legacy systems to a new provider offers the ideal opportunity to improve data quality and use this investment to its fullest potential.
Planning for the future
As the product owner for the Built Environment suite, it is my responsibility to understand market changes and trends. As such I’ve been closely watching the comments and responses to the Government’s Planning for the Future white paper. It’s been particularly interesting to see discussions going on around the newly proposed zoning concepts rather than the adoption of technology.
The key digital freedoms for the public sector
Much has been made of the unprecedented nature of 2020 and the innovation that accompanied the response to the demands of the pandemic. On reflection, I think last year changed the way we think about innovation (or at least the emphasis of it). We moved away from new entrants disrupting stale markets and faced a ‘stress test’ of the technology infrastructure that the public sector in particular had put in place in the latter half of the 2010s.
Cloud tech is not a fad: IBM split signals a change in the tides
By now, we have all seen the news that the tech giant IBM is splitting itself into two public companies, in a bid to shift its focus towards the high margin businesses of cloud and artificial intelligence. In my view, the writing has been on the wall for a decade that a tectonic shift in the relationship between business and technology is coming. This split represents part of that shift.
Why we shouldn’t go back to normal after COVID-19 – let your cloud be the silver lining
With people imagining what life will be like following the current pandemic, you often see them quoted as expecting working life to ‘go back to normal’. For me, that won’t work.
Arcus Global Secures Spot on G-Cloud 11 Framework, for the Seventh Consecutive Year
All of Arcus Global’s products and services will be on offer across all three lots through the latest iteration of the G-Cloud framework 03, July 2019: Arcus Global Limited, a market leader in GovTech cloud solutions, is pleased to announce that it has gained a place on the new G-Cloud 11 framework, allowing it to… Read more »
Arcus Global scores maximum points on the AWS Managed Service Provider framework
We are thrilled to announce that not only are we an AWS Next Generation Managed Services Provider (MSP) but we also scored maximum points in our latest AWS MSP audit.
AWS champion our work on artificial intelligence and NHS
You know you’re doing great work when AWS champion it. At Arcus we are all about how we can help the public sector improve their services. Peter Male writes how we have used AI to improve call handling in the NHS.
How Meltdown & Spectre underline the benefits of being on the Cloud
The Meltdown & Spectre CPU vulnerabilities will force all security-conscious organisations to patch their servers. This is something that has already been completed by AWS. While the speed of reaction to threats like these is a good reason to host your infrastructure on the Cloud, this issue also highlights another Cloud benefit which is that this change will result in a 5 – 30% reduction in server performance which can be easily fixed in a Cloud environment but is really hard to handle on premise.
Lessons from Security Attacks
It’s been all over the news since the weekend. The ransomware attack that disrupted the NHS and businesses around the world.
Better Connected Live – A View From the Back
The most telling session at the Better Connected Live event in Birmingham at the end of last month was the Q and A that ended the morning session on day one. The 20 minute Q and A drilled into the heart of the challenge and the problems of being a digital authority in 2016.