Holyrood Connect Week 2021

In Association with Fortinet

The past 18 months have had a transformative effect on the public sector’s use of technology, as organisations have deployed a range of digital solutions to ensure the continued delivery of services to citizens throughout the pandemic.

From the rapid increase in video appointments via NHS Near Me, to the data-driven NHS Test and Protect scheme, digital services have quickly become a cornerstone of Scotland’s health and social care system.

Meanwhile the public sector has rapidly accelerated its adoption of cloud services to meet the demands of remote working as result of lockdown, leading to extra challenges for cyber security as criminals look to exploit new vulnerabilities.

The pandemic has also led to a shift in the relationship between state and citizen in relation to data, as organisations have retained new information to track the impact of the pandemic and delivery virtual services.

In the midst of all these changes the Scottish Government has released a raft of new strategies including laying out its digital vision, which seeks to build on the great strides forward taken throughout the pandemic and deliver a new wave of innovation.

In light of these vital issues, Holyrood Connect are delighted to present a week of online content examining these via a series of webinars.

This event is free to attend for public and third sector delegates.

Private sector: To be added to our waiting list, please contact eventsadmin@holyrood.com and you will be notified if a place becomes available.

Julie Snell Headshot
Julie Snell
Scotland 5G Centre
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Kash Valji
Fortinet
Scott Barnett Headshot
Scott Barnett
NHS NSS
David Nicoll Headshot
David Nicoll
Fortinet
Patrick Grillo Headshot
Patrick Grillo
Fortinet
Jonathan Cameron
Scottish Government
Martyn Wallace Headshot
Martyn Wallace
Scottish Local Government Digital Office
Peter Tolland
Scottish Government
Heather Robb
City of Edinburgh Council

The pandemic has massively disrupted the ability of the public services to deliver services according to traditional timescales. From health to justice, Scotland’s public sector faces significant backlogs which will need to be cleared. In the opening session of Holyrood and Fortinet’s Connect Week, we will examine the role that digital technology and services can play in clearing these backlogs and helping Scotland’s public sector return to normal post-pandemic. The session will feature a short presentation by Patrick Grillo of Fortinet, who will subsequently be joined the following individuals from the public sector for a panel discussion:

Our second session, will examine the transformative impact of the pandemic on the working practices of the public sector, and look ahead to how organisations can successfully shift to a model of hybrid working in the months and years ahead. 

The session will feature a short presentation by a David Nicoll of Fortinet, who will subsequently be joined the following individuals from the public sector for a panel discussion: 

The opening session of Day 2 will examine one of the key enablers of hybrid working and digitally enabled innovation – cloud services. We will examine how public sector organisations can effectively migrate from legacy systems to the cloud seamlessly and securely. Once again, the session will feature a short presentation by a Fortinet (or partner) representative, who will subsequently be joined the following individuals from the public sector for a panel discussion:

One of the biggest security challenges facing the public sector is ransomware, as shown by the recent attack on SEPA. 

It is vital that organisations are able to respond effectively at the time of a ransomware attack, but equally important is the ability to recover services as quickly and smoothly as possible. 

This session will feature a short presentation by a Kash Valji of Fortinet, followed by short presentations by representatives from the following organisations: 

The recently released Scottish Government Digital Strategy emphasises collaboration and innovation as two key principles of Scotland as a digital innovation. 

To embody these principles, it is important that public sector organisations have fast, affordable, and secure digital connectivity. 

In this session we will look at how organisations across Scotland can access next generation connectivity to improve inter-agency collaboration and drive innovation. 

Once again, the session will feature a short presentation by a Fortinet (or partner) representative, who will subsequently be joined the following individuals from the public sector for a panel discussion: 

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    • Start Date
      7 Dec 2021 10:30 am
    • End Date
      9 Dec 2021 3:00 pm
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