While governments are increasingly spending more IT resources and budgets on cybersecurity, there are still blindspots and weak links in their IT management, usage and policies, which makes them vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to an independent study released by research consultancy firm TRPC, titled “Public Data At Risk: Cyber Threats to the Networked Government”. The study reflects that while governments across Asia-Pacific are strategically looking at adopting IT solutions to streamline and enhance the efficiency of their work, management of data and delivery of public services, a networked environment is being actively targeted by cyber threats affecting safety and security of government data, national security, critical infrastructure, and international diplomacy.
The gaping opportunity divide in Asia means the very best performing education systems in the world are sitting next to the very worst. It seems the divide isn’t as wide as it is deep. This is reflected in the results of the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). The assessment measures the academic performance of students and compares these results by national average.
Jeff Bullwinkel, Microsoft’s Associate General Counsel for Asia Pacific and Japan, outline the precautions Microsoft has undertaken to ensure that customer’s data in the cloud remains protected and secure.
Disasters can strike anywhere, anytime. Michael Thatcher, CTO for Public Sector, Asia, talks about using TV White Spaces, a ‘super Wi-Fi’ that can be deployed quickly and affordably in an emergency scenario.
There’s more to making a city safer than deploying more police officers. According to Microsoft’s Guy Ron, National Security & Public Safety Industry Manager of Asia, surveillance information enables city leaders to be more proactive and predictive. Introducing Future-Proofing Cities part 3 of 4.
Jacqui MacPherson, Service NSW’s CIO, shares how a combination of new and old IT systems, and a highly mobile head office helps to provide an integrated government system that received top marks from its citizens.
Australia’s Defence Ministry’s IT approach has changed from being reactive to more preemptive. Its partnership with Microsoft focuses on processes and people resulting in IT problems being detected early, before end users can be affected them. Read the full case study.