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Mark currently leads the Security work stream on the G-Cloud programme and promotes public sector take-up of cloud technology & services, and security awareness. He also influences management of security and information risk across the public sector.
He is the focal point for resolution of security and information risk matters for G-Cloud services, working closely with the security services for delivery of UK government policy on cloud technologies.
Mark is responsible for supplier stakeholder management for G-Cloud accreditation and manages the accreditation process for G-Cloud, supporting programme objectives and UK government Small & Medium Enterprise agenda.
Prior to G-Cloud, Mark has previously managed large IT projects and delivered complex IT services in large central government departments often working in mixed teams of civil servants, consultants and suppliers.
You can find more information on Mark’s LinkedIn profile – http://www.linkedin.com/in/maakusan.
Intended Audience: Central Government CTOs, CIOs & SIROs, Healthcare ICT Directors & Directors of Health Records and Local Government CIOs, SIROs & Director of Resources.
- Tim Kelsey – National Director for Patients & Information NHS England
- Mark Smitham – Principle Cyber Security Advisor for G-Cloud
- Rhys Sharp – SCC CTO
Do you want to learn lessons from early cloud adopters in Central Government, Healthcare and Local Government?
SCC, the 1st Pan Government accredited secure cloud supplier, has organised a comprehensive symposium where organisations share how to realize the benefits of cloud through innovative solution delivery. The event brings together high level key speakers delivering stand out presentations, innovation showcases and informed discussions to enable you to understand:
- Why buy cloud
- How to start the journey
- How to buy
- How to save money
- How to ensure you stay secure
This special one-off event is free and will be held on 16th July at the Royal College of Surgeons in London.
Many public sector organisations are using innovative cloud solutions from SME software vendors to change the way they work differently with IT. Learn from public sector cloud pioneers, who are utilising cloud now, and are getting the advantage of working with state-of-the-art software solutions.
Hear about how cloud solutions are causing transformation across the whole of public sector including Central Government, Local Government, Police and Health.
- Informatics Merseyside
- Alliantist – a multi-agency integration solution within criminal justice used by Greater Manchester Police
- FutureGov – a cross-agency solution to identify who is working with vulnerable children (used in a number of Local Authorities)
- NQConsulting – a solution to ensure a sustainable public sector supply chain across the public sector
- IIzuka – a solution delivering complex and highly secure public sector case management
|9:30 – 9:50||Introduction from host Dr Richard Sykes|
|9:50 – 10:40||
Principal Cyber Security Advisor
“G-Cloud programme update”
|10:40 – 11:05||
A cross-agency solution to identify who is working with vulnerable children
|11:05 – 11:25||Coffee Break & showcase|
|11:25 – 11:50||
A multi-agency integration solution within criminal Justice
|11:50 – 12:15||Rhys Sharp SCC CTO Public Sector|
|12:15 – 12:45||
National Director for Patients & Information NHS England
|12:45 – 1:30||Lunch & Showcase|
|1:30 – 1:55||
IIZUKA Software Technologies
Delivering complex and highly secure public sector case management
|1:55 – 2:20||
Public Sector Sustainability
|2:20 – 2:50||
Q & A Panel session
Hosted by Dr Richard Sykes
|2:50 – 3:10||Coffee Break & showcase|
|3:10 – 3:40||Speaker being Confirmed|
|3:40 – 3:55||Tracy Westall – Public Sector Director SCC|
|3:55 – 4:00||Dr Richard Sykes Summary & Close|
Close of “G-Cloud In Practice” event
Coffee Break & Showcase
Opening of supplementary AccreditCamp for suppliers
|4:00 – 5:30||
G-Cloud AccreditCamps are for suppliers who wish to understand the security accreditation process, including guidance available, documentation required & processes suppliers need to follow.
Sign up today and don’t miss out on a day of learning that will influence and inform your cloud journey.
Please note there are limited places for this event and it will be on a first come, first served basis. Sorry for any inconvenience in advance.
The date has been announced for the 2013 iLINKS Innovations Annual Conference and Exhibition.
This prestigious event is organised by Informatics Merseyside and aims to showcase new and emerging technologies and their potential benefit to the Merseyside Health Economy.
The event, which will be taking place on Wednesday 22nd May 2013 at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, is being organised in partnership with local Trusts and strategic partners and will highlight some of the innovative work being undertaken for the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) programme, aiming to make better use of technology to improve quality, productivity and ultimately achieve efficiency savings.
A large and popular FREE event, iLINKS Innovations aims to go that extra mile in breaking down the barriers that surround informatics tools, so that everyone, irrespective of knowledge and comfort levels in the use of IT, can understand and appreciate the impact technology and innovation is having on the quality of healthcare.
Don’t delay, BOOK NOW to attend this year’s event! We look forward to seeing you there.
This week, the people of Britain spluttered into their cornflakes in disbelief as the news broke that according to the Royal College of Nursing, the amount of time spent by hospital staff on paperwork has more than doubled in the past five years.
According to the RCN’s latest survey of its members:-
- 2 and a half million hours a week are now spent on non-essential administrative and clerical tasks
- 81% of nurses saying that the additional bureaucratic workload is directly impacting on their ability to care for patients
- Average 17% of its members’ working week is now devoted to administration and back office functions
The organisation called upon health service chiefs to bring the NHS into line with the private sector by introducing new technologies to reduce the workload.
As sharp-eyed readers will be aware, last year we suggested that the bureaucratic workload hampering frontline healthcare staff could be drastically reduced by adopting Cloud technologies and, unsurprisingly, we still believe this to be very much the case.
Across the NHS today, highly skilled staff struggle on a daily basis to cope with a welter of administrative functions that it would be both relevant and sensible to control from a central location. Working with a disparate range of competing and mutually exclusive patient record systems, they waste hours every day completing a range of computer and paper-based forms, sometimes in triplicate, that could be achieved more effectively and with a greater degree of automation were it controlled and linked via the Cloud.
Enabled via the secure G-Cloud platform, the introduction of shared data services could not only reduce the time spent accessing and processing information, but also offers the potential for the enhanced and more accurate retrieval and update of vital patient records. At present a lack of information portability necessitates large volumes of unnecessary administration at considerable cost, and were a single unified system to be evolved – with a new set of standards to govern the sharing of data generated throughout the patient referral and discharge process – it could help to drastically reduce workloads and improve workflows without requiring wholesale change.
There are already several initiatives underway within the NHS to move from a paper based approach to administration and records keeping towards greater use of electronic device. It’s early days yet, but a combination of virtualised systems and Mobile technology is increasingly seen as the route by which clinicians can drive operational efficiencies and, consequently, significant improvements in frontline services to patients.
Again, G-Cloud represents the crucial linchpin technology that will enable this to happen in greater numbers. Given the sheer volume of data involved in the average healthcare worker’s day storing everything on a single handheld device would be impractical, and the availability of secure virtual services to maintain and distribute this information will be crucial to the successful rollout of initiatives to replace the nurse’s clipboard with smartphones and tablets.
The introduction of Cloud services to NHS trusts and hospitals across the UK is not going to immediately make the lives of staff a sweet-smelling bed of roses. However, it could and ultimately will make a significant difference to the balance of their working lives, significantly reducing the amount of man hours spent pen pushing while diverting time and energy back to the job they are there to do in the first place – providing top class clinical care to the people of Britain.
For every problem there is a solution, and when it comes to the burgeoning bureaucratic workload, a quick, practical and credible fix is already waiting in the wings. All that remains to be seen now is just how long it takes the key decision makers to realise this and make their move.
Whilst the 2012 Summit concentrated on how the PSN could drive business benefit and on building the business case, 2013 will home in on the practical transitional issues and will also start to explore the opportunities and obstacles to full benefit realisation.
You will find out what’s new in PSN frameworks, how to transition from GCF to PSN, effective governance in regional aggregations and much more. Build and renew your networks with your peers from across public and private sectors whilst at the same time gaining new insights into supplier capacities and capabilities.
When: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Where: QEII Conference Centre, Westminster SW1P 3EE
The Public Sector Show is the only event of its kind designed specifically to address the challenges and issues the public sector, in its entirety, currently faces. The Show is new and FREE TO ATTEND for everyone from the public sector, charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations.
Despite the recent announcement that £5.5bn in savings had been made last year (in addition to the £3.8bn in 2010/2011), the government’s agenda is very clear… “It’s working well, but we are determined to go even further”.
So, attend on the 30th April 2013, at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, and gain access to:
- A high level conference agenda
- Over 25 hours of seminars throughout six seminar theatres
- An exhibition area packed full of leading suppliers
- Over 2,000 visitors from the public sector
The Public Sector Show is FREE to attend for everyone working in the public sector. It is also free to those from the voluntary sector, charities and social enterprises.
Come and visit SCC and talk to our consultants in the G-Cloud Zone on stand 159.
Europe’s No.1 Information Security Event
The 18th Infosecurity Europe is Europe’s largest Information Security industry gathering. Featuring over 350 exhibitors, the most diverse range of new products and services, an unrivalled FREE education programme and 12,500 unique visitors from every segment of the industry, it is the most important date in the calendar for Information Security professionals across Europe and not to be missed!
When: 23rd – 25th April
Where: Earls Court, London
Discover everything that Infosecurity Europe 2013 has to offer from educative and networking opportunities to venue access and exhibitors details to get the most of your visitor experience.
Depending upon who you speak to, the answers you might receive after posing such a question to the technology community at large will be vastly divergent. In the UK, much of the energy and opinion expended so far on the subject has focussed upon locking public information away, hiding it behind an epic firewall and generally seeing to it that the data never emerges into the cold light of public attention, where it could be prone to misinterpretation and misuse.
Over in the USA however, the powers-that-be are formulating an entirely different approach, arguing that the best thing that could ever be done with government data is to unlock large chunks, dust it off and give it to the private sector, for free, in the hope that entrepreneurial enterprises use the newly opened up information to create a new wave of innovative, wealth creating products.
This viewpoint has been given fresh credibility by an interview last month with US Chief Technology Officer Todd Park in the journal Scientific American, where President Obama’s CTO argued that getting government data into the hands of entrepreneurs could help spark a new era of innovation and economic growth.
In an interview that is sure to provoke animated discussion at the upcoming InfoSec 2013 conference, Park asserts that the decision to make government weather data freely available provided an entrepreneurial spark that saw the launch of a slew of now successful companies like the Weather Channel and Weather.com. Similarly, granting access to military owned GPS data created a global industry that is today worth an annual $90bn to the US economy.
Justifying his stance, Park said:
Clearly no sane institution is going to advocate that all British government data – in its entirety – should be released to the tender mercies of the private sector. National, regional and local government bodies across the UK, after all, hold a wealth of highly sensitive information on individuals and civic operational issues that can never be made public for obvious reasons.
Properly handled, however, the release of certain key datasets could provide the spark to create a new range of innovative services from private and public sector organisations. Over the last year the UK has witnessed the birth of initiatives ranging from efforts to improve patient care in the NHS to breakthrough services that make inter-agency collaboration a snap – all fuelled by shared public data – and these have given fresh hope to those who believe that, as with the US example, Britain could benefit from a new age of openness.
At the end of the day, Information Assurance isn’t solely about locking down data. It’s about understanding the information you have, what it means and how it can be safely and legitimately used. By creating clear, fit-for-purpose policies and strategies around civic data, organisations can better understand what they need to protect and what, if properly managed, could be released on a wider basis for use in private and public sector initiatives like those suggested in the US.
Only time will tell if the UK is to follow America’s lead on making public data more widely available, but what is certain is that the twin factors of established approaches to Information Assurance policy and the emergence of clearer understanding brought about by Big Data will be crucial factors in determining whether it could, or should, be possible.
If you’re attending InfoSec this year and have an opinion on this issue, why not pop round and catch us at stand N63 from 23-25 April? Experts from our Information Assurance team will be on hand to offer their insights, and would be delighted to discuss them with you.
For confirmation, just ask the UK’s public sector organisations. Many of them are tempted by the significant potential savings and operational benefits offered by the Government Cloud Computing revolution, but the show-stopping security issue – and panic-inducing worries as to what might happen were they to suffer a breach – has thus far stopped many from engaging with the technology.
This will be one of the big questions featuring in conversations at this year’s InfoSec conference in London as Europe’s leading security experts gather to chew the fat over the industry’s most important themes. And it’s no wonder: given the sensitivity of the public data held by many government organisations and the inevitable official and public backlash that would follow any kind of security breach (no matter how minor), it is hardly surprising that some of the nation’s civic bodies and departments are exercising extreme caution when it comes to dipping a toe into G-Cloud.
That said, with pressure coming from all sides to access the cost and productivity benefits offered by Cloud Computing, the public sector may not have a choice on the issue for much longer. Last week news broke that the UK government plans to introduce a Public Cloud First policy across Whitehall departments, under which departments will have to purchase new ICT services via G-Cloud or provide a series of very good reasons why they haven’t.
Coming just a year after the first anniversary of the first UK cloud procurement framework’s introduction, the announcement signals the British Cabinet Office’s determination to adopt a similar approach to its counterparts in the USA, where Federal CIOs are required to give primary consideration to using Cloud solutions as a default.
In the cold light of day, therefore, the UK public sector has little choice but to go out into the market and ensure that they fully understand Information Assurance and it’s implications. Granted that’s a phrase likely to make the blood of any self-respecting civil servant run cold, but these skills are key to comprehending and successfully navigating the security accreditation process.
Fortunately, however, there is a relatively straightforward answer awaiting any public sector organisation interested in adopting Cloud technologies. The Pan-Government Accreditation system (which, ahem, we were the first UK provider to receive) has been designed precisely to ensure that solutions and services comply to the most rigorous security standards available.
Solutions granted Pan-Government Accreditation status have satisfied every standard and comply fully with all regulations for public sector IT. There is no need to conduct an independent review of security and if their provider has that badge of honour, public sector bodies only have to concentrate on selecting the IT they need to deliver services faster, better and more cost-effectively.
Got any questions about Information Assurance or need to know more? Why not drop by and see us for a chat about G-Cloud, security and how you can manage the accreditation process at Stand N63 at InfoSec 2013 from 23-25 April.
As we point out elsewhere in the news today, the UK Government has recognised the potential benefits of enabling small, innovative companies to engage directly with the public sector. This has opened the doors to a major business opportunity that offers SMEs the chance to access a lucrative and dynamic marketplace for the first time in history.
While its development has been slow and steady, G-Cloud has come of age, playing a central role in the government’s drive to achieve annual savings on its technology expenditure of over £120 million by 2015. Within two years it is expected that sales through the service will exceed £8.75billion – accounting for more than half of all new public ICT spending – and as such represents a major opportunity for ISVs and small businesses to win new contracts from the public sector.
And that leaves just one final hurdle facing ISVs hoping to engage with government: the complex and time-consuming accreditation process.
In recognition of this, SCC has today published a free industry white paper – G-Cloud Accreditation for ISVs: a practical guide to embracing the public sector opportunity – as part of the effort to help SMEs navigate their way through the often confusing process.
The document lists the steps required at each stage of the Cloud accreditation process, and also includes a detailed commentary on the various Information Assurance security classifications involved. We show ISVs the knowledge required to complete each stage and also how to access any expertise not available in-house.
As the first UK provider to receive Pan-Government accreditation for our IL2 and IL3 rated SMTC platform back in August 2012, SCC has built up a wealth of expertise on this issue and is standing by to assist any company seeking a relatively painless way through the process. We now work with a range ISVs to streamline the path onto G-Cloud, and are accustomed to partnering SMEs throughout the journey.
As white paper author Karen Kennedy-Milne says in our official release:
For SMEs and innovators seeking a route into the public sector market, a clear pathway is now open. The only question remaining is when and how you begin your journey onto G-Cloud.