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Building a Project Team in a Climate of Efficiencies

By . September 24, 2021
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What NOT To Do in the First Five Minutes of an Interview

By . June 30, 2021
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How Social Media Boosts the Job Market

By . June 30, 2021
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What do Millennials, or Generation Y, Really Want from the Workplace?

By . June 30, 2021
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What Employers See

By . June 30, 2021
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Preparing for an IT Job Interview

By . June 30, 2021
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Work-life Balance in the Post-Pandemic World

By . June 23, 2021
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What you need to get your foot in the door in Cyber Security?

By . December 20, 2018
We are becoming more and more connected. Being able to control home equipment away from the home and working away from the office. All of this makes our lives easier and encourages us to be more... Read More

What’s needed for the UK government’s 2016-2020 digital strategy?

By . December 20, 2018
An effective digital strategy by British government will benefit the UK and its citizens for decades to come. Richard Lee writes. Just prior to the New Year, the UK government quietly posted a... Read More

What’s the difference? Permanent vs. Contract CVs

By . December 20, 2018
The ‘curriculum vitae’: the most important tool for anyone looking for their next career move. It chronicles all the previous roles that you have worked and details the skills and achievements... Read More

Which IT job is the best?

By . December 20, 2018
All computer science jobs are not created equal. That degree might qualify you for a number of different jobs in technology. But how do you know which one is the best for you? Source:... Read More

Why cloud, mobile and the education sector make a perfect match

By . December 20, 2018
Technology is equipping learners with the ability to work effectively and access resources on the move, but it's not just students that can benefit Technology is changing every industry and... Read More

Why IT contractor demand is set for continued growth

By . December 20, 2018
There has been an increasing demand for contractors in the IT sector over the years and the demand is set to continue. Although this is a good thing for contractors, work is available when needed... Read More

Will UK data protection be affected by Brexit

By . December 20, 2018
Companies believing they can avoid the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation if the UK votes to leave the EU should think again If Britain chooses to leave the EU in the referendum on... Read More

Women in tech have risen to new heights.

By . December 20, 2018
Technology has predominantly been a male dominated area with women being the minority, only accounting for 17% of all tech jobs in the UK. This decreases further when looking at women in... Read More

Women under-represented in male dominated IT industry

By . December 20, 2018
It’s no surprise that the IT industry is lacking the female presence. The industry is predominantly a male oriented one with women accounting for a mere 17% of IT professional in the UK. Gender... Read More

What the Certes consultants look for in a Candidate

By . December 20, 2018
Just like employers, Consultants want to ensure that the right person is selected for the job. To help you get closer to the interview stage here is what the some of Certes consultants look for in... Read More

US vs UK

By . December 20, 2018
The US and UK have many similarities and differences on how they conduct business. one such difference is in recruitment. The US and UK value and prioritise different aspects of the recruitment... Read More

Video, The new player in IT recruitment

By . December 20, 2018
We have rattled on about how social media can help in recruitment and in every business to communicate quickly with their customers, but the one that we seem to forget about is video. Video, as it... Read More

The state of IT security in UK businesses

By . December 20, 2018
Businesses across the world are under a continuous stream of cyber attacks - how are UK businesses faring in this environment? Hundreds of millions of cyber threats travel the internet ev... Read More

The technologies driving the move to predictive business

By . December 20, 2018
The IT function has been marked by a change of approach over the last decade - from responsive to adaptive - as a more predictive business world has emerged CIOs have striven to make their IT... Read More

The trends of the recruitment industry

By . December 20, 2018
The recruitment industry is seeing some significant growth in both people working within recruitment to permanent and temporary staff working with recruitment agencies. With Turnovers of £3... Read More

The UK’s most exciting tech hotspots

By . December 20, 2018
The UK has some hidden gems, and some not-so-hidden gems, in terms of its technological hubs. From Manchester to Bath, Lilli Hender of OfficeGenie.co.uk explores the country’s finest offerings in ... Read More

Top 5 Questions to Ask Your Next IT Employer

By . December 20, 2018
Most people spend a lot of time preparing all the right answers before an interview, but it is just as important to make sure that you are asking all the right questions. Asking a potential... Read More

UK Business Leaders Concerned about Skills Shortage

By . December 20, 2018
64% of UK Business leaders are concerned that potential employees do not have the necessary skills to realise the ambitions of their business according to a recent study carried out by... Read More

UK businesses supported with new cyber security developments

By . December 20, 2018
David Cameron’s recent visit to the US with cyber security firms has enabled new protection measures to be put in place to support UK businesses in the sector. The Prime Minister met with... Read More

UK is the most prepared country for cyber attacks

By . December 20, 2018
Despite recording the highest number of attacks over the last year. UK business are better at minimising damage to the business The estimated average number of targeted cyber attacks reported by... Read More

UK unveils world’s first virtual skyscraper to help solve the cyber security skills gap

By . December 20, 2018
3D virtual skyscraper will entice kids as young as 12 with cyber security-related games and puzzles, then engage them with future employers. The first ever virtual world designed solely to find,... Read More

Virtual Machines Vs. Containers

By . December 20, 2018
As a Consultant who specialises in the placement of virtualisation and cloud technology professionals, I speak with new and existing clients on a daily basis. One trend I’ve noticed when talking... Read More

Teachers may not like how tech will disrupt education, but transformation is necessary

By . December 20, 2018
Schools, colleges and universities must look beyond what they are currently doing well and identify the idea that will reshape education Education is the leading force that is accelerating... Read More

Technology in retail

By . December 20, 2018
The vast improvements in technology have made our lives simpler by taking the burdensome everyday tasks and removing the back breaking aspects of roles, making jobs more efficient in the process.... Read More

The 3 pillars of big data analytics potential

By . December 20, 2018
Understanding big data, and utilising it can enable organisations to quickly identify actionable insights in real time, and enable employees to build meaningful solutions to business-critical... Read More

The benefits of improved IT in the NHS

By . December 20, 2018
In 2015, the summer budget demanded that the NHS make some efficiency savings of up to £22bn while also increasing spending to £123bn by 2020 compared to £113bn in 2014/15. This... Read More

The Changing nature of IT Business Partnering

By . December 20, 2018
An Interview with Tony Michaels, Lead IT Business Partner at Skanska Lead IT Business Partner Tony Michael tells Certes how he established and developed the IT Business Partnering Function withi... Read More

The cliffs edge: Skills shortage and the consequences for 2016

By . December 20, 2018
2014, the British economy witnessed a 2.8% expansion. However, even with this economic growth, Britain is in the midst of a persistent skills shortage. According to REC/KPMG’s latest report,... Read More

The First 90 Days – Why Onboarding Matters

By . December 20, 2018
90 days is generally considered the timeframe within which a new employee needs to prove themselves, but this is also a crucial period for employers. It can be easy to move on to other tasks once... Read More

The Future Looks Bright in IT Recruitment

By . December 20, 2018
The world of IT recruitment is constantly evolving and with an improving economy and a growing bank of talent for employers to choose from, here is a rundown of the top three trends to look out... Read More

The growing cost of Cyber Crime

By . December 20, 2018
The threat of cyber crime has a growing cost attached to it. Have a look at the infographic from HP to see what they are. click to enlarge Read More

The IT sector: What’s changed in the sector and recruitment

By . December 20, 2018
On the 15th June, Apsco hosted an event to discuss the nature of the IT sector and the changes that have occurred over the years. Guest speakers attended and gave their time to inform and discuss... Read More

The nature of the Job Seekers

By . December 20, 2018
You’re in a job that you are satisfied with. You would think that the last thing on your mind would be looking for a new job. According to a report from Jobvite, 74% of employees are “open to a... Read More

The Rise in Demand for Security Cleared IT Professionals

By . December 20, 2018
The IT sector has seen a recent surge in demand for security-cleared employees, primarily as a result of general societal pressure for increased levels of security. This means organisations that... Read More

The skills gap has got everybody talking about developers but what does the future hold for hardware technicians?

By . December 20, 2018
Addressing the skills gap is often focused on coding and computer programming, software is being prioritised over hardware, and it shouldn't be Rhetoric around skills and education has positioned... Read More

Simon Churan gives his thoughts

By . December 20, 2018
Simon Churan, Managing Director of Certes was asked by Aquarius, a UAE womans lifestyle magazine for advice on how people who moved to UAE for work can prepare in finding work outside the UAE. To... Read More

Smart Cities – the new cities of gold

By . December 20, 2018
We are constantly connected, and new technologies to take advantage to this always connected environment are being implemented which can make cities cost saving and safer. The transformation is... Read More

Smart data is changing the future of big data

By . December 20, 2018
Effectively smart data is a method of filtering out valuable data from the other big data noise. This data can then be used by an enterprise to find business-critical solutions to host of... Read More

Solar eclipse and IT: what can we see for the next Decade in IT

By . December 20, 2018
Today at 9.30am we will see a total solar eclipse. And we will not see another eclipse of this magnitude until 2026, a full 11 years. What can change in IT in 11 years? Well from 2004 to 2015 we... Read More

Spending on Cyber security set to jump up 38% over next 10 years

By . December 20, 2018
Cyber security is really the talk of the town of recent and with Apple and Sony being casualties of cyber attacks it’s no surprise that cyber security is an issue. With our dependency on... Read More

SQL and Cyber Security skills in demand

By . December 20, 2018
SQL has topped the list of the most sought after skills across both contract and permanent roles for the second quarter running, according to the spring edition of Certes’ 4Sight skills... Read More

SQL Retains Top Spot as Most Sought After Contract IT Skill

By . December 20, 2018
SQL has been named the most sought after skill once again in the latest edition of 4sight, for contract roles. In permanent roles however, .NET has taken the top spot with SQL dropping out of the... Read More

Staff retention – Avoiding the cost of saying goodbye

By . December 20, 2018
Staff churn can impact morale and hit a company’s coffers, so retention of valued employees should be a business priority Decisions to invest in developing and retaining talent are not just based... Read More

Stakeholder communication in unfamiliar environments: my experience with government officials in Kenya

By . December 20, 2018
Stakeholder communication as we know it is going through an era of transition. We are moving from the traditional ‘informing’ and ‘consulting’ others on what we have already prescribed, to more... Read More

Synapse working exclusively with Certes

By . December 20, 2018
Synapse information, a start-up data management solutions company based in Innovation Birmingham Campus, Birmingham were in need of staffing. Thanks to Certes, Synapse were able to acquire highly... Read More

Passive vs Active: What type of candidate is the one to go for?

By . December 20, 2018
In recruitment, candidates fall into one out of two categories, passive candidates and active candidates. What are the differences between the two types and which one should employer focus on?... Read More

Permanent placements fall at sharpest rate in over seven years

By . December 20, 2018
Key points: Marked drop in permanent appointments amid heightened uncertainty Temp billings continue to rise, but at slowest rate in ten months Permanent salaries increase at weakest rate in over... Read More

Poll: 70% of UK tech firms support remaining in the EU

By . December 20, 2018
Poll of technology companies finds 70% support the UK remaining in the EU, and only 15% support Brexit Seven in ten technology business leaders would like the UK to remain a member of the European... Read More

Professional hiring stable post-Brexit

By . December 20, 2018
Permanent vacancies show 0.2% growth year-on-year Contract vacancies dip by 2% Contract vacancies within financial services jump 21% Engineering vacancies fall by 9% Average salaries dip by 0.8%... Read More

Professional hiring up 8% with financial services leading the way

By . December 20, 2018
Permanent vacancies increase 8% year-on-year Finance & accounting roles up by 17% Contract vacancies remain stable Average salaries climb, increasing by 4.6% Professional recruitment firms now... Read More

Pros and cons of temporary and permanent roles in 2018

By . December 20, 2018
IT is seeing a growth in contractual recruitment opposed to permanent employment. Which one should you choose? Read More

Putting off thinking about the GDPR? Think again.

By . December 20, 2018
Putting off thinking about the GDPR? We really recommend you start now. Whether you like it or not, the GDPR is well on its way and if your business operates in the EU, you have clients that operate in the EU, or process data of EU citizens then you will need to comply with the new regulations by 25 May 2018.Statistics from a recent survey conducted by Invenias show that 85% of recruitment agencies are not yet actively planning for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read More

Raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis

By . December 20, 2018
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-shortening inherited disease caused by a faulty gene. This gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of your cells, so the lungs and digestive system become... Read More

Recruiters and recruiting technology

By . December 20, 2018
For anyone to succeed the right tools need to be put in place. After all “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. For recruiters to have the right tools in place to advertise the ‘next amazing... Read More

Recruiting and retaining Millennials

By . December 20, 2018
The much talked about Millennial generation poses an interesting challenge to employers. Often criticised for their sense of entitlement, IT professionals born in the 80s and 90s have faced an... Read More

Recruitment is a people business

By . December 20, 2018
The growth of technology will constantly have an effect on how an industry works. Whether making long monotonous tasks automated or allowing for easier communication between people, technology has... Read More

Running 10k for fun and a cause

By . December 20, 2018
Certes’ own Craig Oates is taking part in the 10K Shenstone Fun Run 2015 on 21 June 2015 to raise money for Violets in Bloom. Kerry and Ivan Mornington founded the charity Violets in Bloom... Read More

Recruiters need to become like water

By . December 20, 2018
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes... Read More

Latest jobs data: Demand for contractors in financial services falls

By . December 20, 2018
Permanent vacancies down 1% year-on-year Contract vacancies fall 9% Contractor vacancies in finance drop by 23% Average salaries dip by 1.3% Permanent vacancies dip Professional rec... Read More

Learning from 2016: ransomware took the cloud computing industry by storm

By . December 20, 2018
At the beginning of the new year, companies have a chance to overview the events of the past year, both the good and the bad Observing the changes an industry experienced during 2016 can help a... Read More

Legal sector embracing new technology

By . December 20, 2018
Many sectors are applying new technologies in their operations, but a sector that is slowly accepting this change is the legal sector. Law firms are taking steps into welcoming IT and implementing... Read More

Look to the future

By . December 20, 2018
Due to the fact that we speak to hundreds of companies in a week, I am constantly asked for my opinion on what the future holds, what will the IT landscape look like, what roles are going to be in... Read More

Maximising Millennials: The who, how and why of managing Gen Y

By . December 20, 2018
Millennials are a big topic these days and as millennials in the workforce are going to make up a large quanity of employees, employers should know how to maximise employing this new generation.... Read More

Microsoft fixes bugs exploited to hack military and financial firms

By . December 20, 2018
Microsoft’s operating system has been on the receiving end of numerous malicious attacks, with the US defence, government networks and financial services firms being primary targets for security... Read More

More employers leaning towards permanent staffing

By . December 20, 2018
According to a November report from REC, 84% of UK employers are planning to increase their workforce within the next three months and 76% are planning to expand their permanent staff in the next... Read More

More IT workers burning the midnight oil than five years ago

By . December 20, 2018
According to a survey from Regus , IT workers in the UK are putting more time and working outside of their usual hours. The survey which asked the opinions of over 3000 people states that... Read More

My time using recruitment agents.

By . December 20, 2018
When I decided to look for my first job I wasn’t aware of recruitment agencies and because of this job hunting was a tremendously tedious and time-consuming task for me. I painstakingly... Read More

New dividend tax: how contractors can prepare

By . December 20, 2018
The new dividend tax could be seen as a problem to contractors, especially those who are taking dividends (paid regularly by a company out of its profits) as opposed to remuneration (wage or... Read More

New technologies influencing how we work

By . December 20, 2018
Technology is transforming our work enviroment. In the space of a few years the way we work has changed drastically. Research from Raconteur charts the factors that are transforming the the work... Read More

NHS board aiming to digitalise patient records onto a single platform

By . December 20, 2018
As part of moves to join together health and social care systems, the NHS in England has set up the National Information Board, which brings together organisations from across the public health,... Read More

No degree? 7 proven ways to succeed in your interview

By . December 20, 2018
Not having a degree can feel like a disadvantage. Follow these 7 steps to turn it into your selling point and ace your next interview! Read More

On the front foot: how to keep pace with IT evolution

By . December 20, 2018
A change is as good as rest – how many CIOs and IT managers would agree? They really are at the forefront of the rapidly evolving technology that’s at the heart of nearly every business and or... Read More

One might want to capture them all: the gamification of requirements

By . December 20, 2018
The AssistKD R&D team are constantly looking for new, innovative ways of working and thinking; especially when it comes to the world of requirements. One approach that we have seen introduced... Read More

Organisations are ready to phase out passwords. Are you?

By . December 20, 2018
What are the main hindrances stopping the adoption of authentication strategies, and will passwords be around for much longer? Single-factor, password-based authentication – and even many... Read More

Our Guide to UK Security Clearance

By . December 20, 2018
Find out more about the types of security clearance in the UK, how you can apply and where to look for your first security cleared job. Read More

Managing the difficulties of on-site, cloud IT environments

By . December 20, 2018
The swift adoption to new technologies are becoming integral to companies but at the same time they are making it difficult for companies to manage their expanding IT environment which includes... Read More

Improving Onboarding with Technology

By . December 20, 2018
Effective onboarding of new employees improves morale, performance and retention and with new technology, it’s even easier to implement a successful strategy. Here are workforce.com’s top tips for... Read More

IT BRM/BP – Share insight with peers

By . December 20, 2018
I’m a search and selection consultant who focuses on two permanent verticals, Heads of Department and IT BRM/BPs. For the latter, I’ve seen a significant increase in advertised roles over two... Read More

IT Contracting highest it has been since Brexit vote

By . December 20, 2018
Demand for IT contractors has seen a change of direction in the last few months with demand slowly improving month-on-month, despite a small dip in August. September’s index is the highest the... Read More

IT Contractor demand drop to lowest in 26 months

By . December 20, 2018
The IT contractor jobs index slow down that occurred for the last 5 months took a downturn in August making it the lowest that market has been for monthly growth in over 2 years with an index... Read More

IT contractor demand hits a new high for 2016

By . December 20, 2018
The demand for IT contractors has seen a slow down during the last few months, but the demand has once again started to grow by the end of May. According to a report from the Recruitment &... Read More

IT contractor jobs index plateaued in June

By . December 20, 2018
The IT contractor market has not seen any improvements in June but it has not declined either compared to results seen in May. In REC ’s (Recruitment & Employment Confederation) latest... Read More

IT sectors and skills: the ones to watch in Q1

By . December 20, 2018
From the most closely contested election in decades to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, 2015 looks set to be a momentous year. In the spirit of future-gazing, here are our... Read More

IT Skills Top Charts for Banking & Finance

By . December 20, 2018
Banking and Finance has the highest demand for IT skills, according to the latest edition of 4sight. This was consistent across both Contract and Permanent roles. Retail, Telecoms, E-commerce and... Read More

Just like any other interview: things to keep in mind for phone and video interviews

By . December 20, 2018
The interview is the most daunting part of the job hunting process. It use to be that candidates would have to travel to where their potential employers were located and depending on the distance... Read More

Keep your CV in tip-top shape

By . December 20, 2018
Having the perfect CV can be the deciding factor between you and your neareast competition. But how can you get the upper hand against other candidates? Source: Careersavvy Read More

Keeping IT Projects Under Control: People Success

By . December 20, 2018
Over the years I’ve supported various organisations (FTSE100’s & SME’s) to deliver Enterprise IT projects and have recently spoken to several project & programme managers I’ve worked with... Read More

Latest IT salary review reveals increases for management roles

By . December 20, 2018
The latest Certes 4Sight IT staffing review has revealed notable increases in salaries across IT management roles in particular. Average permanent salaries for IT Directors, Programme Managers and... Read More

Improvements in IT contract demand

By . December 20, 2018
The last couple of months has been full of uncertainty. After the results of the EU referendum, no one knew how this would affect the IT job market. There have been speculation that it would have... Read More

Increase in cyber attacks. Demand for Cyber security professionals on the rise.

By . December 20, 2018
According to an article from computerweekly.com “Cyber security roles account for 14% of UK-based IT jobs” and the demand for IT professionals in cyber security roles are still rising.... Read More

Increase in IT Management Sector Salary and Rates

By . December 20, 2018
This quarter’s Certes 4sight IT staffing review has shown that the IT Management sector saw the most increases in Certes employed consultant rates and permanent salaries. The highest increase seen... Read More

Infrastructure Roles See Largest Salary Increase

By . December 20, 2018
In this quarter’s Certes 4sight review the Infrastructure roles sector saw the most increases in permanent salaries, with the highest increase seen for Oracle Applications with a £5,000 rise in... Read More

Insecure smart city tech raises public security and privacy fears

By . December 20, 2018
Based on research from Broadband Genie, the public view is negative surrounding smart cities and the possible privacy threat they could pose to citizens. Could the awareness raised on Data Privacy... Read More

Interviewing a candidate: How to de-stress the process

By . December 20, 2018
We have been giving tips aimed at candidates on how they can prepare for interviews, whether it is preparing for interviews over phone/video or advice candidates should take on board when at an... Read More

Is Data Analytics the key to transformation success?

By . December 20, 2018
Data is the key to success and many companies are looking into data to make decisions. According to Raconteur, data is playing and going to continue to play a huge part in the years to come.... Read More

How a flexible learning approach for IT professionals could plug the IT skills gap

By . December 20, 2018
While governments can tackle the bigger issue of the IT skills shortage, enterprise can nurture tech talent in the short term by taking IT skills training mobile. The UK has gained a reputation... Read More

How can we benefit from Smart Cities

By . December 20, 2018
Smart cities are inevitable and they can be hosts to a multitude of perks of how cities function and are maintained. The smart city solutions can transform how cities operate to improve aspects of... Read More

How can you really tell whether a company is worth working for?

By . December 20, 2018
Companies always say they're a great place to work. How can you figure out whether that's true or not? Read More

How recruiters and job seekers use social media in 2015

By . December 20, 2018
Social recruitment is fast become the norm for recruiters due to its efficiency and cost effectivness. So you can get the best out of using social media for your job seeking it would be a good... Read More

How serious is Cyber Security?

By . December 20, 2018
Over the last few years there has been a lot of talk in the news around cyber security, the effects that it has had on companies and the public. Some people may wash their hands of the whole issue... Read More

How to Attract the Perfect Employee (Infographic)

By . December 20, 2018
The difference between a job seeker choosing one job over another may simply be down to incentives. The roles may be identical but the deciding factor could be that one position may offer... Read More

HMRC and Google collaboration: A cause for security concern?

By . December 20, 2018
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have confirmed that documents containing sensitive data are going to be stored on numerous Google cloud services outside of the UK. HMRC chose Google cloud... Read More

How to Build a Brilliant IT Employer Brand on Social Media

By . December 20, 2018
It is no secret that building an appealing employer brand is key to attracting the best IT talent around and with the social media takeover that has erupted in the past few years, it is now... Read More

How to effectively assess BA candidates

By . December 20, 2018
The latest issue of Analysts Anonymous reports on a workshop with 30 BA practice leads, which reviewed recruitment in the sector and how to get the most value from the candidate assessment... Read More

How can UK SMEs benefit from the launch of G-Cloud 10?

By . December 20, 2018
With the date for the launch of G-Cloud 10 now confirmed to be June 2018 and bidding going live in April, now is the perfect time to ask the question - what is G Cloud and how can it benefit your SME? Read More

How to Obtain your Security Clearance

By . December 20, 2018
In last week’s blog, we looked at the rise in demand for security-cleared IT professionals, so how can you obtain your security clearance? Security clearance is a status granted to individuals,... Read More

How to Build your Brand as an IT Employer

By . December 20, 2018
Businesses will often invest significant time and money into building a distinct ‘brand’. This helps to promote a consistent and recognisable image of their organisation and its values, which may... Read More

How to develop a mobile IT strategy that balances compliance with enablement

By . December 20, 2018
Given the changing regularity associated with mobile working, there's never been more pressure on enterprises to address their approach to mobility This year, the UK government has committed to... Read More

How to make an interviewer fall in love with you?

By . December 20, 2018
It’s the season of love and Valentine’s Day made everyone feel all love-y dove-y, but there are lesson to learn from this period of affection that can be used to help you secure your... Read More

How to prepare for a competency based interview

By . December 20, 2018
The interview is the go to method and an essential tool for recruiters in finding the ideal employee. Interviewers ask for many things from the interviewee in order to gaining an insight into the... Read More

How to protect your organisation from ransomware

By . December 20, 2018
When it comes to malware, cybersecurity threats and basic human error, organisations need to focus on more aspects than just their environmental risk A cyber attack is truly an executive's worst... Read More

How we can prepare the UK today for tomorrow’s tech jobs

By . December 20, 2018
The excel guru of 2015 is about to give way to a new breed of data analyst, but how can we train for the skills needed in this new data-driven economy? Today’s business environment is not... Read More

How your IT purchasing strategy can bridge the great technology-employee divide

By . December 20, 2018
How your IT purchasing strategy can bridge the great technology The biggest challenge businesses now face is bridging the gap between technology and users, changing who holds the power in making... Read More

Humans vs robots: the battle for the workplace

By . December 20, 2018
With robots continuing to revolutionise workplaces, what can employees do to apply and leverage their skills so they can add greater value? 'Welcome to your obsolescence,' shouts the New... Read More

I don’t ‘do’ cyber! Yes, you do…

By . December 20, 2018
If you think you ‘don’t do’ cyber, then we have news for you. You do, your business does, in fact everybody does. Read more over at Cyber Insights , brought to you by the... Read More

Demand for IT contractor returning to high

By . December 20, 2018
Over the summer months and coming into autumn the demand for IT contractors saw an ongoing drop. The results were: May - 60.3 June - 60.3 July - 59.2 August - 58.7 September - 58.6 The demand for... Read More

Demand for professional talent softens ahead of EU referendum but salary growth holds firm

By . December 20, 2018
Permanent opportunities increase 1% year-on-year • Financial Services vacancies up 10% • Contract vacancies rise by 1% year-on-year • Average salaries up 3.9% Download FREE Infographic... Read More

Demand for talent remains high in the UK’s creative industries

By . December 20, 2018
Demand for professionals in London’s creative occupations remains exceptionally high, with over a third of jobs in the sector found within the UK’s main creative hub. This is according to the... Read More

Desktop IT investments shift to the cloud

By . December 20, 2018
Investment into cloud application is seeing a rise. As a report from The TechTarget IT Priorities 2015 survey confirmed, IT spending on cloud computing ranked third (39%) behind spending on... Read More

Despite Brexit, London still ranks as top European city for tech

By . December 20, 2018
Six months on from Britain’s vote to leave the EU, London underlines its continued strength as the leading tech hub in Europe London has been ranked as the leading destination in Europe for... Read More

Developer Profile 2018

By . December 20, 2018
UK Developers. Who are they? What do they want? What do they not want? Read More

Do contractors and agencies have a good relationship?

By . December 20, 2018
Contractors and agencies have had an increasingly strong relationship over the years and the relationship is becoming even stronger. Contractors are using agencies more and agencies are providing... Read More

Do Not Let it Expire – How to Make Sure You Renew your Security Clearance on Time

By . December 20, 2018
One of the most sought after attributes in the IT sector is security clearance, making it a very valuable tool when looking for employment. However, many people are becoming complacent and are... Read More

Does using cloud in schools pose privacy risks for students?

By . December 20, 2018
Schools are evolving with the times and adopting new technologies to present and improve the learning environment. Using cloud as part of the repertoire helps schools to not only provide a more... Read More

Embedding New Practices: Best practice suggestions from the BA Manager Forum

By . December 20, 2018
A recent meeting of the BA Manager Forum considered how to embed new working practices in an organisation. This is often a thorny issue because, no matter how much better working practices may be,... Read More

Employees want to changing careers

By . December 20, 2018
According to the London School of Business and Finanace, 21% of employees are planning to change their current position for a new career within the next year and 29% of employees stay at their... Read More

Facebook at Work trial underway to encourage networking with colleagues

By . December 20, 2018
Facebook has launched a professional platform that enables workers to use the social networking site during office hours to communicate with colleagues, collaborate on documents and build contacts... Read More

Fail to Plan and You’ll Plan to Fail: The Words of Warning for IT Recruiting in 2014

By . December 20, 2018
If you have spent any time in 2014 trying to fill a vacant IT position, you will have undoubtedly seen just how fast moving the market is at present. Those organisations with structured processes,... Read More

Five years in information security – what has changed?

By . December 20, 2018
The need to continuously adapt to an increasingly hostile environment is a significant change from the familiar measures that kept businesses secure only five years ago. Today’s information... Read More

Flexible working hours seeing a rise in demand

By . December 20, 2018
It has been long thought that the biggest incentive for employee was salary, and although that is the highest demand (66%) other incentives are being considered as alternates. After Career... Read More

Growth in permanent hiring despite uncertain outlook

By . December 20, 2018
• Permanent and temporary placements rise 1% year-on-year • Permanent vacancies decline within IT and Finance • Average salaries dip by 2.8% New survey data from the Association of... Read More

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail – Interview question tips

By . December 20, 2018
Preparation is the key to success. The ability to pre-empt any situation can work in your favour and in most cases can change a decision to benefit you. Preparing for interviews should be straight... Read More

Follow-up

By . December 20, 2018
You’ve been spending time looking on recruitment agency sites and you have come across what you think is your ideal job. You have all the skills and experience so you apply for it. You get a call... Read More

Heres our Quick Fire Tips for Ensuring Successful IT Recruitment in 2014

By . December 20, 2018
In our previous blog, we showed you how the IT recruitment market is changing and becoming increasingly competitive. Here we will give our quick tips to making sure you secure the best talent... Read More

Certes has been awarded the NMNC framework from Crown Commercial Service

By . December 20, 2018
Certes have been awarded a place on the new Non Medical Non Clinical (NMNC) framework provided by the Crown Commercial Service. The NMNC framework provides access to temporary staff, interim's and... Read More

Certes is a living wage employer

By . December 20, 2018
We are pleased to announce our commitment to being a living wage employer. Read More

Certes is in for the cause

By . December 20, 2018
Certes is getting into the spirit of red nose day and have gotten together to raise money for the cause. Certes are not just contributing to Comic Relief but Certes’ own Stephen Lord is also... Read More

Certes IT BRM/IT Business Partner forum

By . December 20, 2018
Date – Thursday 14th of April Due to the success of Certes’ first BRM forum two new sessions were recently organised. The morning session was a follow up from the first forum, with the majority of... Read More

Choice or Convenience?

By . December 20, 2018
Business Analysis - A Career Less Ordinary Let’s be honest, ‘Career Planning’ isn’t a term often heard within BA circles. It could even be said that many of today’s... Read More

Clare leaving Certes for motherhood

By . December 20, 2018
Clare Whelan, Contract Division Account Manager had her last day at Certes on Friday 22 November for maternity leave. Although we are sad to see you go and Certes will not feel the same without... Read More

Closing the disconnect

By . December 20, 2018
For years BRM functions have been chasing the “top table” where they’re dealing with their senior business stakeholders, understanding and influencing their business strategies over the next three... Read More

Concerns over cyber security are at an all time high

By . December 20, 2018
A recent report of 300 IT professionals revealed 65% expect a serious data breach to hit their business within the next year Cyber attacks and cybersecurity failings have continued to dominate... Read More

Connected healthcare across the globe

By . December 20, 2018
A connected healthcare system could see major benefits for both healthcare professionals and patients. A report from Raconteur has announced that some countries are taking to this quicker than... Read More

Continued growth in demand reaches 7 month high

By . December 20, 2018
Month-on-month there has been improvements to the demand for IT contractors . October’s results are no different with an index score of 56.3 (score over 50 shows growth over the previous... Read More

Could online access to patient records spark ‘ID theft’?

By . December 20, 2018
With the technology of today, Identity theft and compromising sensitive data has become an increasing issue. Information being stored on databases allows for anyone to gain access to a vast... Read More

Craig is set

By . December 20, 2018
Craig has been training diligently to prepare for his 10K run for "Violets in Bloom" . This weekend the time has come for him to take up the challenge and dominate the 10K Shenstone Fun Run 2015.... Read More

CV / Interview Tips for aspiring Developers

By . December 20, 2018
Due to the time of year I have been working with a number of recent Graduates to help them secure their first “real” job. Recruiting graduates pose a number of unique challenges when compared to... Read More

Cyber Security and the world

By . December 20, 2018
Cyber Security is a growing issue in this digital age and affects everyone on a global level. Since dependency on IT technology is so prevalent now than previous years, it's no surprise that... Read More

Demand for cyber security professionals continues to rise

By . December 20, 2018
Demand for cyber security professionals grew by almost 70% between 2012 and 2015 – 40% higher than the overall growth rate for IT professionals. This is according to the latest Professional... Read More

Cyber Insecurity of the Internet of Things

By . December 20, 2018
Last Friday sites such as Google, Netflix, Twitter and Paypal crashed as a result of a massive DDOS attack on the servers of Dyn a company that controls many of the internet’s DNS servers.... Read More

Big Data leading the way in 2015

By . December 20, 2018
Big Data, an enormous treasure trove of information that reveals patterns, trends and associations that the IT sector is seeing the importance of and embracing. IT recruitment has seen an... Read More

Big data vs. the Internet of Things: how the projects differ

By . December 20, 2018
What do you call big data on steroids? The Internet of Things While big data projects may seem a complicated beast to many IT professionals, working on an Internet of Things (IoT) project will... Read More

Brexit Shmexit

By . December 20, 2018
The morning after the Brexit vote, I like many recruiters wondered what this monuments decision meant for the industry I had worked so hard to build a business in. The day started pretty rough... Read More

Brits blind to smart city progress, research finds

By . December 20, 2018
The vast majority (96%) of Brits are unaware of any smart city initiatives being run by their local city council, new research has found. People are also confused about the benefits such projects... Read More

Being agile for business success

By . December 20, 2018
Agile, a method that is used to improve the working environment holds a host of benefits once employed such as making business processes more efficient which drastically cuts the time of project... Read More

Beware of the (phishing) bait

By . December 20, 2018
Did you know that 156 million phishing emails are sent each day? This infographic reveals the main threats that phishing poses and explains why it is important to educate your employees on... Read More

Big data workforce set to significantly increase by 2020

By . December 20, 2018
The big data workforce is expected to increase by a staggering 346,000 professionals by 2020, according to recent research conducted by the Tech Partnership and SAS UK. An estimated 56,000 job... Read More

Birmingham named as the most investable city in the UK

By . December 20, 2018
Birmingham has recently been named the UK’s most investable city and the sixth best location in Europe to do business according to a new report. The study, ‘Emerging Trends in Real... Read More

BT launches technology scholarships and primary schools IT skills programme

By . December 20, 2018
The skills gap in the IT sector is affecting many aspects of employment. Employers are demanding specific skills but candidates are lacking the skills requested. British Telecommunications are... Read More

Celebrating 17 years at Certes

By . December 20, 2018
Kate Ormsby is celebrating 17 years "wonderful years" working for Certes. Kate started working for Certes in 1998 as a Data Inputter for CSD (Candidates Services Department), where she... Read More

Business Relationship Management (BRM) in 3 minutes from APMG International

By . December 20, 2018
? The basics Business Relationship Management stimulates, surfaces and shapes business demand for a provider’s products and services and ensures that the potential business value from those... Read More

Can you spot phishing emails? They’ve hit a new level of quality

By . December 20, 2018
As the quality of phising emails reaches a new level of deciet, here's what organisations should do if an employee fall foul to an attack Phishing attacks are getting better and better every... Read More

Certes are pleased to announce their new Head of Corporate Accounts

By . December 20, 2018
Certes have now appointed Nicola Wilcox as their new Head of Corporate accounts. Nicola leaves her previous role as Account Development manager for her new role where she will oversee and support... Read More

Cashing in on the value of business data

By . December 20, 2018
Exploiting data, whether behind a company firewall or with an open approach, can create value and transform business fortunes The risk posed by disruption has created a new gold rush. Senior... Read More

Certes are working closely with the National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Recently, Certes have been award Cyber Essentials accreditation . To Certes being protected against cyber attacks is a huge issue, especially in an age where a majority of our communication, work... Read More

Certes at the SUPC Framework launch event.

By . December 20, 2018
SUPC are a membership-based buying organisation for universities and further education colleges that develops and manages framework agreements. Today Certes attends the SUPC framework launch event... Read More

Certes Fighting to Help

By . December 20, 2018
Certes sponsored Warrior Wilson Training on Saturday 30th May for a white collar boxing charity event in Slough. The event was in aid of MacMillian Cancer and Thames Hospice . nine fights took... Read More

Certes BRM forum – October 2015

By . December 20, 2018
? Certes hosted our first BRM forum held in our London office on the 29th October 2015, Led by Certes' very own Principal Consultant, James O'Driscoll. The forum focused on the growing demand for... Read More

Certes has been awarded Cyber Essentials accreditation

By . December 20, 2018
Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. The Cyber Essentials scheme helps organisations define and... Read More

A Business Analyst’s Top 10 Tips for Writing Better Requirements

By . December 20, 2018
Although writing the requirements for an IT project may seem like quite a trivial task, it can often be a crucial part of communicating the aims and expected outcomes of the project between two... Read More

APM Systems Thinking SIG chair interview

By . December 20, 2018
Interview with Dr Michael Emes MEng PhD MIET MAPM MINCOSE , APM Systems Thinking Specific Interest Group (SIG) chair. Why is systems thinking important to you? Systems thinking helps me get to... Read More

Are Cover Letters still relevant?

By . December 20, 2018
If you’re a driver in the UK, your driving licence was made up of a photo card and a paper counterpart. Last year the DVLA brought an end to the paper counterpart to make the photo card the... Read More

A cloudy future

By . December 20, 2018
The cloud is becoming every businesses go to for storing data and service usage . £81 Billion ($127 Billion) will be spent Globally on public IT cloud service by 2018 and a predicted... Read More

A devolution revolution

By . December 20, 2018
The government is making movements into how the country will be operating, giving power to local authorities to improve local growth. Devolution Revolution will empower local communities to... Read More

Assessing cyber risk in business is about more than just counting vulnerabilities

By . December 20, 2018
Understanding and mitigating risk is an important objective of businesses, and yet it can be hard to determine Risk is one of those concepts that are tough to nail down. Everyone thinks they know... Read More

‘At Your Service’ Cyber Insights for 10th August from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
For years I was often involved in the implementation of what was then considered a major IT project. Many months would be taken up in the design, development, deployment and testing of a customer... Read More

A new way forward – post IR35 reform

By . December 20, 2018
IR35 – Certes Solutions Following the much anticipated reforms to IR35 in the public sector, as implemented through the off payroll changes (IR35) part 2 income tax (earnings and pensions) ac... Read More

Auto enrolment and what it means for contractors

By . December 20, 2018
People are living longer and for most people, retirement will be taken at a later age. For contractors who move from role to role, pensions can be a whole different ball game compared to permanent... Read More

A Prince2 of the BRM world.

By . December 20, 2018
A recent study by McKinsey provides further evidence that when IT acts as a partner rather than a waiter, it performs better. This is why those of us that work within this sector are seeing a... Read More

Average phishing costs are £2.4 million – about half due to productivity losses

By . December 20, 2018
Ponemon Institute reveals that dealing with phishing attacks costs the average 10,000-employee company $3.77 million (GBP£2.4 million) a year. CSO Online reports that the survey was... Read More

A Slow down in growth for IT contractors but a good 2016 overall

By . December 20, 2018
The demand for IT contractors seemed to be making a resurgence month on month after the initial drop during June, but the growth has slowly started to level from October. 2016 ended with an index... Read More

A Talking CV – The New Trend in IT Recruitment

By . December 20, 2018
IT Employers are often inundated with CVs, meaning they get a stack of paper to sift through when looking for the perfect candidate. How can you guarantee that it is your piece of paper they are... Read More

Advancements in communication technology improves productivity

By . December 20, 2018
It's no surprise that advancements in technology in technology and communications has made the transfer of information more streamlined. You have a document that you want to send across the... Read More

AI: the new you of the future

By . December 20, 2018
TV shows tend to have a way of paving the course of technology. Star Trek gave us the possibility of using a slab of plastic, metal and glass to provide us with whatever information we desire and... Read More

Another Brick In The Wall

By . December 20, 2018
Pink Floyd stated that ‘all in all you’re just another brick in the wall’, close chaps, you were close, we actually need education to provide us a few more bricks in the ‘firewall. There is a... Read More

APSCo responds to Autumn Statement

By . December 20, 2018
Autumn Statement: The UK will now have one of the most inflexible labour markets in the world says APSCo • UK in danger of moving from being one of most flexible – to one of most... Read More

Are Developers being pushed into early retirement?

By . December 20, 2018
Age is just a number; however, a recent survey by Stack Overflow found that the average age of a developer is 27. Does this mean the older generation are leaving the profession? Or has there been... Read More

Are you out of IR35?

By . December 20, 2018
Deemed Self Employment Status - Are you Out of IR35? For those contractors who have been found to be outside of IR35, read our guidance notes to support your deemed self-employment status, and ... Read More

’Tools Of The Trade’ Cyber Insights for 29th June from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
With summer in full swing, the garden centres of our little island nation are doing a brisk trade. The dizzying array of items available to assist in the creation of the perfect garden appears to... Read More

3D printed rib cage helps Cancer patient

By . December 20, 2018
Healthcare is no stranger to 3D printing. From printing prostectic hands, functiong hearts and even faces for face transplants. 3D printing is a ginat step foward into how technology can benefit... Read More

’The Moral Compass’ Cyber Insights for 3rd August from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
On a number of occasions ‘Anonymous’ the loosely associated international network of activist and hacktivists, have accessed the membership records of the Ku Klux Klan and threatened to make them... Read More

’Trust Issues’ Cyber Insights for 27th July from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
I was recently discussing with West Mercia Police the current state of cyber security awareness amongst the general public. West Mercia, like many other Police forces, are currently undertaking an... Read More

’Uncommon Sense’ Cyber Insights for 20th July from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Scams have been around for a very long time, in fact, dodgy deals done by wheeler-dealers are almost part of our heritage. For those of a certain age the names ‘Del Boy’ or... Read More

2.3 Million by 2020

By . December 20, 2018
By 2020, the UK will need around 2.3 million workers with digital skills to fill an influx of 766,000 digital jobs that have been predicted to be created in the next 5 years. This comes from... Read More

2017: The Cloud Continues To Dominate

By . December 20, 2018
Since returning from the Christmas break I have spent the early part of 2017 meeting with senior IT infrastructure professionals on discussing their plans for the coming year. These meetings have... Read More

3 Evolutions In Talent Analytics That Lead to BDAS

By . December 20, 2018
Evolution is a part of nature. To survive we evolve. Technology is the best to evidence this as in short periods of time technology have seen drastic changes. Broadbean has decided to take a quick... Read More

3 myths about cloud and security

By . December 20, 2018
Much of the negative chatter about cloud security is unfounded, and is simply an extension of what is already being dealt with across physical infrastructure Businesses regularly ask whether... Read More

5 cyber hacks that will affect your life in 2016

By . December 20, 2018
The acceleration of innovation combined with the lack of attention given to security and privacy only increase the likelihood of these attacks Cyber attackers have an abundance of opportunities to... Read More

5 reasons to focus on the business risk of IT security

By . December 20, 2018
It's vital to plan and develop some key focus areas around business risk when implementing an IT strategy. By now, we all know the fallout from an IT security crisis can be extremely serious.... Read More

5 Reasons to Work with an IT Staffing Firm in 2015

By . December 20, 2018
Business runs on information technology. The tools and devices that make up your IT infrastructure must provide you with a competitive advantage. And the same applies to your IT personnel. Here... Read More

5 ways AI personal assistants will change work

By . December 20, 2018
Already they are beginning to take the drudgery out of office admin – now virtual personal assistants are set to get even smarter. 1. ARRANGING MEETINGS Scheduling meetings can be a tedious task,... Read More

6 important things to remember before your interview

By . December 20, 2018
Before you go to an interview you need to prepare. Here are 6 important things to remember before your interview. Source: Career Savvy Read More

6 steps to protect your company from crypto-ransomware attacks

By . December 20, 2018
Ransomware is one of the most sophisticated and widespread cyber threats affecting business today Harnessing the latest social engineering techniques and strong cryptography algorithms, ransomware... Read More

67% of organisations to increase spending on software-defined infrastructure in 2016

By . December 20, 2018
Overall spending on software-defined infrastructure will increase by 14.4% in 2016 as technology matures, says 451 Research. Two-thirds of enterprises will increase spending on software-defined... Read More

7 in 10 Brits do not know opening an email could lead to a cyber attack

By . December 20, 2018
More than two thirds of people in the UK are completely unaware of the threats associated with opening malicious emails A survey has exposed the naïve attitude of British people to computer... Read More

7 tips to succeed with big data from Tableau Software

By . December 20, 2018
Just when you thought big data couldn’t get any bigger, it got bigger still. Regardless of its actual size, big data is showing its value. Organisations everywhere have big data of all shapes and... Read More

75% of Europe’s workforce will be mobile by 2018

By . December 20, 2018
New IDC research outlines impact of BYOD and growing mobile workforce, creating a critical need for secure 'anytime and anywhere' access Three quarters of the Western European workforce will be... Read More

96% of UK corporations have been hacked, new data reveals

By . December 20, 2018
Despite the vast majority of UK organisations being hacked, 9.1% have not acted against cybercrime. New data has revealed that 96% of UK corporations have seen hackers successfully penetrate their... Read More

‘The Cold War (Rebooted)’ Cyber Insights for 4th January from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
A new Cold War is erupting between two old adversaries with cyber security at its heart. After an appropriate amount of time has passed concepts from the past seem to reappear. Not in their former... Read More

‘The Return Of The Thing’ Cyber Insights for 30th November from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
There is a new breed of ‘thing’ ready to compromise your security. Back in 1982 long before the world got connected a horror film called ‘The Thing’ hit the big screen. The... Read More

‘The Road Aheads’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
I was very fortunate to attend last weeks North West Cyber Security Conference. Events like these, and there are more and more of them cropping up, are always a good opportunity to get a feel for... Read More

‘Watching The Watchers’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Within your IT department, assuming you have one, somebody has access to everything. All the emails. All the financial systems. All the document stores. All the contracts. All the suppliers... Read More

‘Weapon Of Choice’ Cyber Insights for 15th March from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Has the recent Wikileaks revelations started the process of digitally disrupting the defence industry? I can’t even count the number of movies I’ve watched where there is a ‘secret’ item... Read More

’A Brush With The Law’ Cyber Insights for 6th July from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
After a bit of deliberation and double checking that I had seen what I thought I had seen I called the Police the other night. I had witnessed a crime. Even though all the facts were there my... Read More

‘The Core Issue’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Well done, you’ve done it. You have made security a priority in the product and services you provide. You have continuously reinforced to your customers that you will uphold and not compromise... Read More

‘The End Is Nigh’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Even back in the 80’s when I was hammering out BASIC on my Sinclair Spectrum my Grandfather was bemused by the onslaught of computers and their potentially disrupting effects on society. The... Read More

‘The Long Game’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Many successful cyber criminals have one particular personal trait. Patience; and patience pays. Being brought up in a rural community in on the Worcestershire / Gloucestershire border, life had a... Read More

‘The Mousetrap’ Cyber Insights for 6th October from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
How do you go about building a better mousetrap? This question is often thrown out at a range of meetings, from school Design & Technology lessons, through to corporate strategy and team... Read More

‘The Nut Behind The Wheel’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Mechanical failure, a tyre blowout, maybe some black ice or inclement weather - what causes cars to crash? They are many variables and each sad situation will be unique, but so often the real... Read More

‘The Softer Side’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Is the risk of cyber a bit overblown? Is it a lot of computing types telling us that the world will cave in at a moments notice just to ensure that they can sell technical ‘snake oil’ remedies to... Read More

‘The tipping point’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
In the world of technology there is not much of a post Christmas lull. No sooner have the gadgets that were given as gifts have had their shrink wrap removed then the manufactures start to show... Read More

‘Third Time (Un)Lucky’ Cyber Insights for 8th February from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
How many times will you suffer from a cyber attack before you actually take real action? The answer is probably three. “How many times have I got to tell you to stop doing that before you... Read More

‘This Time…It’s Personal’ Cyber Insights for 22nd June from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
After another challenging day at the office, you come home to find a letter from the school that your child attends. Concerned, as they normally email, you open it and are shocked at what you... Read More

‘Village People’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
I hate to point out the obvious, but you are not going to solve your cyber security issues on your own. I’m sure you’d like too, I know you’d like to think that it will just be... Read More

‘What’s My Motivation?’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
What are you up to today? Anything nice? When the alarm went off at silly o'clock this morning did you jump out of bed, run 5 miles, eat a perfectly balanced breakfast and then get into the... Read More

‘Who You Gonna Call?’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
So it’s happened. You really had hoped that it wouldn’t, but hope has let you down and you have run out of luck. A cyber breach has occurred, data has gone, you are not sure how, when... Read More

’Shake Up The World’ Cyber Insights for 13th July from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
In 1964 as the then Cassius Clay beat the fearsome Sonny Liston, his eyes became bright and his voice pushed out a message that was compelling. “I shook up the world”, he cried,... Read More

’The Interview’ Cyber Insights for 17th August from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
If you could sit down and have a face to face open conversation with a cyber criminal what do you think they would tell you? How did it all start? I can’t say that it was a planned career... Read More

‘Fighting Fatigue’ Cyber Insights for 26th October from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Are you tired of security procedures punctuating even the simplest of tasks? You are not alone. Did you go for a run this morning or last night? How about managing to eat your ‘five a day’... Read More

‘For Your Own Protection’ Cyber Insights for 18th January from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Who is your DPO? Come May 2018 and the introduction of GDPR you are going to need one. If you are a business owner, a board member, an HR professional or an IT manager can I ask you to do just one... Read More

‘Headlines And Deadlines’ Cyber Insights for 11th January from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Cyber security challenges could benefit from an utterly immovable deadline. How are you with deadlines? Do you meet them head on each and every time, or do issues get in your way, from poor... Read More

‘I Know You Are Busy, But…’ Cyber Insights for 7th December from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
The Government has just passed legislation to store twelve months worth of your online activity. Look I know you are busy, no doubt knee-deep in tinsel, wrapping paper, food preparation and all... Read More

‘Inside Job’ Cyber Insights for 1st February from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
You are more likely to be attacked from the inside by ‘one of your own’ than you are by a distant faceless cyber criminal. In a far-off land, huddled behind a back of glowing computer monitors,... Read More

‘Lessons Learned’ Cyber Insights for 29th September from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
“Why don’t you ever learn!”, would be a familiar phrase to me as a child as I could never resist the temptation to touch wet paint just to see if it was wet or not. Of course it was wet, but why... Read More

‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
I didn’t mean to do it, I really wasn’t that interested, but the two professional looking types at the adjacent table to me in the coffee shop just couldn’t keep their business conversation to... Read More

‘Lucky Break’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Are you suffering from ‘imposter syndrome’ when it comes to cyber security? Would you like to know a secret? Would you like to know all about senior people in business who are hiding ‘in plain... Read More

‘Numbers Game’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
"Cyber statistics are flooding out thick and fast, crossing my desk every day. Millions lost, hundreds of millions effected, billions being invested, hundreds of thousands of skilled workers... Read More

‘Oldest Trick In The Book’ Cyber Insights for 2nd November from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Sometimes the old ones are still the best ones, even in cyber security. When you read that two of the high-ranking officials in the campaign of Hilary Clinton both suffered at the hands of... Read More

‘One Step, Two Step…’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Irrespective of how hard you may personally resist it, evolution keeps on - well, evolving! Call it innovation, research and development or just the desire to make things better, evolution in all... Read More

‘Perfect Timing’ Cyber Insights for 1st March from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Will we one day look back and be pleased that cyber security appeared when it did? Have you ever been told that “Everything happens for a reason”? I know I have, many times. Usually involving som... Read More

‘Real Time’ Cyber Insights for 7th September from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
How would you react to seeing a major incident occur in real time right in front of your eyes? During the summer of 1993 without any prior warning, I was an eyewitness to a plane crash. Two Mig 29... Read More

‘Regrets, I’ve Had A Few’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Many of the scientists, hardware engineers and software specialists that I have met are all hoping that their contributions to the wider progress of technology will make the world a much better,... Read More

‘Reply To All’ Cyber Insights for 18th November from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
.. Accidents can happen, but we need to learn from them. Despite all the technological advancements of the last few centuries the scientists and engineers of this world have yet to crack the ‘if... Read More

‘Should We Stay Or Should We Go?’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
What effect would the UK leaving the European Union have on cyber security? By the end of the year will the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland still be a member of the European... Read More

‘The Blame Game’ Cyber Insights for 14th September from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Cyber security is decimating businesses globally. Cyber crime is syphoning off billions of Pounds, Euros, Yen and Dollars from their respective economies. Hackers and cyber criminals seem to be... Read More

‘The Bounty Hunter Cometh’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
How many cars does Uber own in order to maintain its current value of over $60 billion? How many rooms does AirBnB own? The answer to both is zero. In this day and age utilising the skills and... Read More

‘The Butterfly Effect’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
If a butterfly flaps its wings then it causes a tornado to break out two continents away. That’s the butterfly effect, a rather sweet interpretation of chaos theory which states that a... Read More

‘The Chain Gang’ Cyber Insights for 9th March from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Supply chain management within a business is a complex and highly skilled disciple. It’s a two-way street, companies provide products and services to their customers, but also provide... Read More

“Public Convenience” this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Have you noticed how the cinema seems to be stuffed to the rafters with new superhero movies? Each and every character that has appeared in comics from the likes of Marvel, or DC, have been... Read More

‘An Affair To Remember’. This weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Are customer records from morally questionable companies a new weapon in cyber crime? The news agenda has now moved on. The story of the Ashley Madison hack has now been relegated to further down... Read More

‘Badge Of Honour’ Cyber Insights for 24th August from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Pick up any product and somewhere on its underbelly, you will find a range of what appears to be modern hieroglyphics. These are not strategically placed emoji giving off some hidden meaning, nor... Read More

‘Behind Closed Doors’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
In order to preserve your schools cyber reputation, be a bit more like Bilderberg. Lock yourselves away and have a chat under the Chatham House Rule. Back in early June there were a few news... Read More

‘Below Stairs’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Few business people outside of IT departments have any knowledge of current information security threats. Time to have a chat with your IT suppliers. Last week one of the stalwarts of the IT trade... Read More

‘Blind Spot’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Working in the cyber industry is to work in an atmosphere of professional pessimism. As the medical industry puts more and more services online do they need a healthy dose of pessimism just to be... Read More

‘Building Blocks’ Cyber Insights for 25th January from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
It appears that all the building blocks are now in place to tackle the threat of cyber security. The IT industry is not one known for looking back in the misguided sense that things were better in... Read More

‘Change Ahead’ Cyber Insights for 14th December from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
The next twelve months will bring more change to cyber security, but it's always been that way with technology. It’s difficult not to reflect at this time of year, over the situations,... Read More

‘Cloud Cover’ Cyber Insights for 15th June from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
As somebody who is creative by nature, I have often been accused of having my head in the clouds. Was I ahead of my time? As you can’t avoid the term ‘cloud computing’ no matter... Read More

‘Comparatively Speaking’ Cyber Insights for 29th March from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
How much are you willing to invest in securing your corporate data? Maybe that depends on how it’s being stored. Just for a moment suspend your understanding on how data storage mediums ... Read More

‘Course Correction’ Cyber Insights for 22nd March from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
It’s time to change the course of your cyber security strategy and point it in the direction of GDPR Back in December 2016 the UK Government published a policy paper titled “Cyber Security Regu... Read More

‘Cover Up’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
The advice that was prevalent last year, although valid, has been superseded as the harsh realisation of cyber risks finally permeates the boardrooms across the world. I don’t intentionally keep a... Read More

‘Crisis Talks’ Cyber Insights for 21st September from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
A mere six months ago you were a small ‘widget’ manufacturer based in the West Midlands. A family business, now in its third generation. The company had provided well for you and your... Read More

‘Critical Condition’ Cyber Insights for 31st August from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Can you feel it? We are just on the cusp of change. The summer is almost done, the children will soon return to school and the business world will crank back up to full speed. When you look back... Read More

‘Damage Limitation’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Celebrity culture has a striking similarity to cyber security, in that many wish to avoid it, ignore it and hope it will just go away however its natural tenacity somehow always breaks through and... Read More

‘Do The Hustle’ this weeks Cyber Insights from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Oh dear, don’t you just hate it? April 1st is almost upon us, so that gives individuals, businesses and the media carte blanche authority to do their best to trick us into thinking something is... Read More

‘Every Little Helps’ Cyber Insights for 9th November from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Now is a good time to review your basic cyber hygiene Another well known name got added to the ever expanding list of cybercrime victims recently. Tesco can now sit alongside TalkTalk, eBay,... Read More

‘Expert Opinion’ Cyber Insights for 12th October from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
What advice does a genuine expert give on cybersecurity? When the political history books are written the comment by the former Justice Secretary, Michael Gove given during the Brexit campaign... Read More

‘Back Doors’ Cyber Insights for 22nd February from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
Would you feel more or less safe if there was a 'back door' into your personal data? Imagine the situation, you are at home one day minding your own business and a knock at the door comes. It’s... Read More

‘Back To Basics’ Cyber Insights for 8th March from The National Cyber Skills Centre

By . December 20, 2018
A few basic cyber security measures for those of us who glaze over at the word ‘cyber’. Start talking ‘cyber’ with somebody who has a technical background and within about 5 mins you will star... Read More

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