DI’13: Secure Collaboration across Team Defence

Crowd | Defence Contracts InternationalEach year, an open two-day defence information conference and forum hosted by the UK Council for Electronic Business attracts participation from a range of individuals and organisations across Team Defence, including a strong presence from the MOD. Here, UKCeB outlines the main themes of the forthcoming Valuing Information as an Asset and Secure Collaboration event. 

The format for Defence Information 2013 (DI’13), jointly presented by the UK Council for Electronic Business (UKCeB) and Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, Shrivenham on 17 and 18 April, combines interactive panels, keynote speakers, case studies and a Good Practice Market Place featuring competition finalists for the annual UKCeB Excellence Award for joint MOD/industry collaboration projects.

Valuable context will be provided in keynote talks from industry and defence leaders.  Keynote speakers include Nigel Whitehead, BAE Systems Group Managing Director, Programmes and Support and UKCeB Chairman, who will present his views on the business drivers that impact the need to value information as an asset and to develop secure information-sharing capabilities, with an assessment of how UKCeB is responding to these challenges. 

MOD keynote topics will include the value of quality information to enable good decision-making, especially in regard to logistics and inventory management; the role of industry as both a user of information and a supplier of solutions, in the context of DCNS (the MOD Information and Communications Services (ICS) Acquisition Change Programme); and a vision from the new MOD Chief Technical Officer (CTO). Presenters include Air Vice Marshal Graham Howard ACDS Log Ops, Air Commodore Mark Neal CTO and Commodore Jamie Hay, DES ISS Progs-Hd. 

The implications of a range of pan-government changes will be debated, including G-Cloud, the Public Service Network (PSN), the Citizens Agenda involving Identity and Access Management (IdAM), and the Security Classification Review. The latter will be the subject of a keynote address by Michael Brennan, Deputy Director, Government Security Secretariat (Cabinet Office). Other topics include Cyber Security Strategy and the critical role of Data Management with lead input from Simon Ricketts, Chief Information Officer, Rolls-Royce plc.

Key themes of interest for attending delegates will include: Value of Information and the Data Quality Assessment Tool; Contracting for Information and Information Value Chain Analysis; Information Management (IM) Professional Skills; Transforming Information Services with perspectives from the MOD Logistics Network Enterprise Capability (Log NEC) Delivery Partner; Cyber Security Management and improving Secure Information Sharing (SIS) capabilities – joint work that includes Team Defence user requirements; SIS taxonomy; and IdAM.  

Also, a dozen defence Digital Natives (employees in their twenties who have grown up with technology) will share their future perspectives on ‘Collaboration 2020’ during the event.

Working together securely and successfully across Team Defence is the common purpose at this joint MOD/industry event, highlighting how information is a key enabler for improved effectiveness, agility, efficiency and compliance in the defence enterprise.