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SWAN rises to cyber challenge


Scotland’s Wide Area Network (SWAN) – digital infrastructure connecting more than 6,000 public sector sites – has evolved and adapted to Covid-19 home working trends. Melony Buchanan, recently appointed senior client director for Capita, which oversees the network, said: “The past year has offered a lot to reflect over in the world of cybersecurity especially within SWAN where we have witnessed a sudden and sizeable increase in home workers across


most member organisations. This has led to a change in how our members look to protect their networks and employees, whilst allowing them to carry out their roles unhindered, and SWAN more than rose to this challenge.” She added: “Our role within SWAN is to ensure that we continue to work with the Scottish Public Sector to protect our members, offer support and guidance and adapt to the new and evolving ways of working and the emerging threats that this may represent.”


‘Stop talking and start delivering’, MSPs urge


Scotland’s health service has been urged to ‘stop talking’ about improvements to healthcare and ‘start delivering’ a 21st century system for citizens, a parliamentary inquiry has found. The public has no interest in historical divisions between practitioners of healthcare – whether they are hospital or community based – according to a new report released by MSPs


An Edinburgh startup has secured £300,000 investment to develop digital postage stamps. Instead of the tradi- tional stickies, tech developed by Stamp Free Limited allows you to write a six-digit code on an envelope, take a picture via an app and make the payment online. Te postal carrier can then


read the code with handwriting scanning technology and verify the payment has been made. Te company has also config- ured the technology to work for


the growing parcels market. Stamp Free is founded by se-


rial entrepreneur Hugh Craigie Halkett and, from Royal Mail, he has been joined by Tim Hig- ginbotham as IT Director and Oli Pearce as Finance Director. Halkett said he hopes to


white label the technology to be used by postal carriers globally. In Iceland, they have already


abandoned stamps – the first in the world was the Penny Black in Britain in 1840 - in favour of digital stamps. l


INVESTOR SHOWCASE FOR DATA AND AI FIRMS The University of Edinburgh’s institute for data science and artificial intelligence has selected 32 high-growth potential start- up companies to take part in a tech investor conference in June. The Bayes Centre, in partnership with the Data-Driven Innovation initiative, also located at the university, has chosen a range of firms from emerging tech sub-sectors to participate in the annual EIE investor round in June.


FULL FIBRE BOOST FOR GLASGOW CityFibre has commenced the rollout of a 1,300 kilometre full fibre broadband network for homes and businesses across Glasgow. The work, which has already begun in several sites south of the river Clyde, will build on high-speed digital


at the Scottish parliament. A Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee report insists a radical revision of primary care is essential to ensure the next generation of citizens receive the care they need, and that the traditional 9-5, five-days-a-week service must become a thing of the past, replaced with a new model shaped around users’ needs.


infrastructure the company has already deployed in the city.


HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE MASTERS OPEN A new portfolio of qualifications has launched for health and social care professionals. The MSc Data Science for Health and Social Care, MSc Epidemiology and MSc Integrated Global Health are being offered by the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute. The trio of online masters are


part of plans to help students and health and social care professionals realise the value of data to benefit the health and wellbeing of citizens. The programme is funded as part of the University of Edinburgh’s data- driven innovation activities. Applications open April 2021 for


entry in September 2021. For more information, contact ddi.hsc.talent@ed.ac.uk


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