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  • Blog Post: Don’t believe the hype: Get the facts about secure software for government

    You may have spotted some attention-grabbing headlines recently, talking about how “Operating System Z is the only one approved for secure use in government!” or “Operating System Y is the most secure OS for government ever!” It’s not true. The reality is government’s...
  • Blog Post: Safer Internet Day 2014: Do 1 Thing to make the Web a safer place

    Did you know that Microsoft is a long-standing supporter of Safer Internet Day? Organised by Insafe , and co-founded by the European Union , SID is a global campaign that promotes a healthy Internet for everyone and encourages responsible use of online technologies and services. Microsoft is once...
  • Blog Post: CESG provides guidance on Windows 8.1: What does that mean for your organisation?

    Stuart Aston is the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft in the UK and runs the Government Security Programme and the Security Co-operation Programme. Late last week CESG replaced their guidance on the use of Windows 8 with guidance on Windows 8.1, available here . The update is significant, partly...
  • Blog Post: Windows XP support ends in less than 3 months and you still haven’t upgraded: How do you get started?

    The rumours are true -- support for Windows XP ends in less than 3 months . After that, there won’t be any more patches or security updates. And your Windows XP PC will never be the same. It’s time to get modern with a new operating system like Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Of course, if you...
  • Blog Post: How an app that no one uses could be endangering your IT security

    In just under five months, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP – and running XP after 8 April carries significant security risks . Yet 8-in-10 NHS desktops are still running the 12-year-old operating system -- which means that the race is on to migrate NHS machines to a modern operating system...
  • Blog Post: The 3 most important findings from Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report

    Microsoft released its 15 th Security Intelligence Report last week, packed with facts and stats about the security threats facing Web users in the UK and around the world. The SIR is the world’s most comprehensive security report, since it’s based on data from a wide variety of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How much money is outdated software costing your organisation?

    It’s natural to consider costs when mulling a technology upgrade – but it’s important to look at the whole picture. Older software is harder to support, since it’s less secure (being designed for the security threats of 12 years ago) and isn’t optimized for today’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Receives G-Cloud Impact Level 2 Accreditation from Cabinet Office for Use across the UK Public Sector

    Microsoft’s cloud computing platform is now accredited to store and communicate data securely up to the UK Government’s Impact Level 2 classification. Reading, UK. — 04/04/13 — Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure, has been awarded Impact Level 2 (IL2)...
  • Blog Post: How enlightened is your application migration strategy?

    As healthcare customers start to think seriously about moving away from Windows XP then application migration becomes a critical area to consider. In this guest blog post from application migration specialists Camwood we investigate how blue light organisations can plan to migrate their application portfolio...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - a must have for your device in healthcare (plus get a free trial!)

    It's a fact many healthcare professionals are looking to use portable devices much more in their daily work. This means there is a big shift taking place from old desktop-friendly applications to those which work on tablets and even on multiple devices. After all, Office 365 lends itself to touch devices...
  • Blog Post: A new dawn for Trust infrastructure: Why the end of XP is far from the end of the world

    NHS organisations are rightly risk averse, they have overloaded IT teams, and the weight of information assurance compliance bears heavily down. No wonder, then, that whole-estate upgrades are rarely a high priority. But with the deprecation of Windows XP, that is directly ahead on the horizon. How can...
  • Blog Post: Winning the security war on a new battlefront: medical devices

    From ward to theatre, the NHS is increasingly populated with connected, specialist devices; and several recent analyses suggest that these devices are becoming collateral casualties of the broader battle for cybersecurity. What are the unique challenges of device protection in healthcare, and are there...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Windows 8 within Microsoft

    This is a guest post by Patrick O’Rourke, director within the strategy, planning and communications team in Microsoft IT. If you’ve read this blog before then you know that one of the roles of Microsoft IT is to be the first customer of Microsoft’s commercial products and services...
  • Blog Post: Perfect devices, the perfect OS, and great applications – no compromises for clinical computing

    Last week on this blog I wrote a piece about computing devices and why I thought the tech industry would soon deliver much better choices for clinical computing. Today, I want to focus a bit more on why I think that is so. I also want to explain why its not just the device that matters, but also the...
  • Blog Post: DocCom seminar event review - 9th July 2012

    It was a very interesting morning in the DocCom seminar at our Cardinal Place office, London. A room full of clinicians and other healthcare workers had gathered to discuss the new DocCom social network platform and current key IT-related issues affecting healthcare professionals. It was a great mix...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing - software as a service

    In the previous post we looked at Infrastructure (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), in this post we will look at Software As A Service or SaaS. The service provider manages everything up to and including the application itself. As a customer you get to configure the application for your use. A...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Safer Internet Day 2012 - Tues 7th Feb!

    Happy Safe Internet Day! It's a subject we take very seriously and it forms a central element to our business best practises. As well as it being a core responsibility for our company, many of us are parents and care deeply about online safety for our children. The tools Microsoft produce provide excellent...
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