How updating Cold War-era data classification unblocked government digital transformation
Looking at information security as an enabler for change, not a blocker, was the mind shift that contributed to digital transformation in UK government. The UK modernization of data classification concepts and processes enabled more responsive public services, as well as massive savings (£1.7bn in 2014 alone). From 2012 through 2015, the authors of this blog worked together in the Cabinet Office in the UK—Liam as chief technology officer and Ben as senior policy advisor for cyber security—to reform a decades-old information security policy.
Research in focus
PODCAST & REPORT
The Promises and Challenges of Quantum
Quantum technologies provide enormous opportunities for scientific and economic advancement but governments are challenged with setting policies for quantum development that encourage innovation while also ensuring public trust. In this podcast, Canadian Global Affairs Institute Vice President, David Perry, explore the topic in the Canadian context with Eric Miller, Nina Bindel, Allison Schwartz, and Randolph Mank. The CGAI has also published The Quantum Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges for Canada.
EVENT & WHITEPAPER
Focus on security training
The Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (APCICT), part of The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), is working with the AWS Institute to train chief information officers and their deputies from 15 Pacific Island countries about the cloud and security, through an executive security simulation as well as presentations. Amazon Web Services senior security advisor in Asia Pacific and Japan, Andrew Hodges, a presenter and facilitator at the sessions, has also contributed to a paper, Classic Intrusion Analysis Frameworks for AWS Environments: Application and Enhancement.
BLOG & WEBINAR
Emerging economy central banks ahead on digital currency
The Bank for International Settlements estimates that 86% of central banks are experimenting with Central Bank Digital Currencies and 10% are close to implementing them. Financial technology (FinTech) specialists at this recent Global Government Forum and AWS Institute panel discussion noted it is the Bahamas and Cambodia who are the central bank digital currency pioneers.
Digital currency models explored
Katie-Ann Wilson, head of policy analysis, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Digital Monetary Institute; David Mackeith, principal technology advisor, Amazon Web Services; and Craig Borysowich, principal architect, Payments Canada, discuss central bank digital currency (CBDC) implementation models, focusing on the division of labor between the central banks and intermediaries. They also explore the challenges presented by a two-tier model, how central banks can incentivise adoption, and the future of cross-border CBDCs.
Designs for central bank digital currencies
This AWS report summarizes industry thinking on how central bank digital currencies can be designed, and proposes architectural principles for potential solutions. It is available in
English, Portuguese, and Spanish.
Regulatory framework evolves for cloud based financial services
The regulatory environment in Canada provides a strong risk management framework that meets current needs while allowing room for future development. However, since many of the emerging guidelines for digital transformation have not been tested, institutions do not have the certainty they would prefer for future planning. These gaps, if not addressed, will become more evident as the government of Canada continues to advance its digital innovation agenda.
AWS Institute Executive Education
AWS Institute offers a complementary Executive Education program to equip senior public servants and elected officials with the knowledge to lead digital transformation. You will be part of a small cohort learning from global thought leaders and practitioners. The three-module program fosters peer-to-peer learning and support and offers a library of master class lectures.