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Industry calls for Brown to act

Gordon Brown’s appointment as prime minister has stirred debate in the IT profession with skills and security hot on the agenda.

IT organisations such as Intellect and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems called for incentives to encourage IT training.

Paul Landray, Director at Ford Europe and PAG IT business operations said stronger link between academia and business should be made by Brown.

He said if the UK is to keep pace globally graduates must have a good mix of technical and business skills.

“…so that we have a steady stream of technically educated talent with skills that can be applied in the real-world, so that we will have a chance of competing with the global talents of the future.”
 
But a shortage of skills is not the only concern to IT professionals with security a major threat to confidence in e-commerce, according to Richard Swaan, IT Infrastructure manager at the Institute of Directors (IoD).

He said: “[Brown should] Tighten up IT security legislation and increase awareness of e-crime within general public. E-crime is on the increase and currently worth tens of millions of pounds and could eventually affect consumer confidence in e-commerce and hence business. More effort needs to be put into security products and incentives for ISPs to stop the criminals.”

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