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Staying Cyber Aware: The 10 steps to cyber security – how are we doing it?

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Cyber security is rarely far from the headlines these days. With so many of our people currently working from home the cyber security challenges and risks challenges are potentially greater as Brinda McDonald, Defra Senior Security Adviser, explains.

Metadata: a thin line between love and hate

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Over the last 18 months I've been building a new Data and Information Access team in Defra. The team brings together data sharing and library functions.

Maintaining catalogues of good quality metadata is critical to them all. But over the last few months I've come to realise I have a love/hate relationship with metadata and the hate is winning.

Climate change: are ICT and digital services part of the solution or the problem?

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To mark the launch of the Greening government: ICT and digital services strategy 2020 to 2025, Adam Turner explains about this publication, the journey so far and how sustainable ICT is part of the solution, as well as the problem, when tackling climate change.

'A great place to come to, and a great place to move on from': the delicate act of balancing talent acquisition with retention

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To mark Global Talent Acquisition Day, Lynne Roberts, Head of User Centred Design at Defra Digital, explains the challenges and rewards involved with recruiting and retaining the best people and how she has had to develop and empower her managers to be adept recruiters too. 

Making it easier to access and use earth observation data

Andrew Newman and earth ovservation

We've opened our new Earth Observation Data Service to users across Defra. This data has the potential to change our understanding of the environment.  Andrew Newman explains how this is working and how we are making this data openly available.