News | Published October 12 2019

Agile ICT discuss online security and the public sector

Richard G. Jones, founder and director of Agile ICT, a firm that provides IT solutions exclusively for the education sector, has told The Parliamentary Review that he believes that the provision of online security services are currently lacking in the public sector.

Jones, whose security systems have to date never been breached, stated in the recent Parliamentary Review podcast that “we engineer solutions to be what they should be”. 

He continued to tell host Jonathan White that “nobody has ever breached an agile security solution”.

Jones states that he believes there “are lots of services that the public sector should be able to provide” and that currently online security provided by the public sector is “not a good use of public funds”.

When discussing his own company, Jones said “from the start, the model was around the customer”.

Jones’ comments come at a time when 32 per cent of businesses recorded a breach in cyber-security, with 22 per cent of charities noting the same. 

Of these, almost half recorded one breach a month, with overall expenditure reaching just over £4,000.

Changes in GDPR legislation have resulted in one third of businesses making changes to their cybersecurity. This follows the government publication detailing aims for cybersecurity until 2021, in the recognition that it is fundamental to the UK’s future.

In his recent speech to the UN, prime minister Boris Johnson discussed the future of technology in the UK, stating "Digital authoritarianism is not, alas, the stuff of dystopian fantasy but of an emerging reality”.

He continued “"Your mattress will monitor your nightmares; your fridge will beep for more cheese, your front door will sweep wide the moment you approach, like some silent butler; your smart meter will go hustling for the cheapest electricity.”

You can listen to Jones’ Parliamentary Review podcast here

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Alice Jaspars
Culture Editor
October 12 2019

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