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Former Home Secretary to Headline Public Sector Tech Event

Article date: Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:26 GMT

Jack Straw

Former Home Secretary and political heavyweight Jack Straw is to speak at a new event that aims to outline how public sector organisations can take advantage of technology to deliver more efficient and effective services.

Focussed on three themes – policy, practice and security – Public Sector Live will equip attendees with the tools to create an effective and secure digital strategy.    

Straw, who held the office of Home Secretary between 1997 and 2001, is set to deliver a keynote speech on policy changes surrounding Brexit and the risks and opportunities presented to public sector organisations following the UK’s departure from the EU.

Public Sector Live drills down into five key areas of opportunity and threat to public sector organisations and their technology: Cloud and connectivity, containerisation, digital transformation, policy changes and cybersecurity threats.

Cybersecurity is a key consideration for the public sector, and has been thrown into even sharper focus following the WannaCry ransomware attack in 2017, which cost the NHS £92m, and the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) earlier this year.  

The event is hosted by leading British hosting and cloud technology firm UKFast and features talks and workshops from UKFast’s technical experts and from cybersecurity and ethical hacking consultancy Secarma.  

Stephen Jewell, Director of Public Sector at UKFast, said: “Public Sector Live is a unique opportunity to get up-to-the-minute advice on the technical, political and cultural changes impacting upon the public sector and the advances in cloud services and information security that are evolving to meet these challenges.

“It’s an honour to welcome the former Home Secretary to Public Sector Live and I look forward to hearing his thoughts on the state of public sector innovation and the preparations they should be making ahead of Brexit.”

The free event takes place on the 12th February at the Churchill War Rooms in London between 9am and 12pm.

Book your free place now.    

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