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Is the question “Why is cyber security so damn hard?” the right one to be asking? “Why is cyber security so damn hard?” lamented an SME owner to me a couple of weeks ago. “It just seems that it is unrelenting, unpredictable and highly distracting” he added. Now I’m not one for immediately responding with insight and words of calm […]

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From Shakespeare to House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts, those in power have often had issues with breaches; data or otherwise. Now I don’t want to sound all a bit cultured here, as this blog is all about cyber security, but I’m going to talk a little bit about Shakespeare. Now please don’t be put off, but my very […]

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The WannaCry global ransomeware attack exposed a collective cyber security failure. There was no escaping the cyber security apocalypse that struck the world at around 3pm last Friday when the so called WannaCry ransomware took hold of a tens of thousands of unpatched computers across the World, causing a cyber attack unprecedented in scale. All major news outlets ran the […]

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A couple of weeks ago the political satire TV show, VEEP, returned to the screens in the USA for its fifth season. For those of you not familiar with it, the show is set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series follows Meyer and her team as they […]

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Many of the scientists, hardware engineers and software specialists that I have met are all hoping that their contributions to the wider progress of technology will make the world a much better, nicer and safer place for us all. Sadly, that hasn’t always been the case as the scientific and engineering endeavours of some individuals, that may have been well meaning at […]

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Celebrity culture has a striking similarity to cyber security, in that many wish to avoid it, ignore it and hope it will just go away however its natural tenacity somehow always breaks through and permeates into our everyday life. Rather than ignore the celebrity culture a particular ongoing issue may be able to teach us all a valuable lesson with […]

Have you noticed how the cinema seems to be stuffed to the rafters with new super hero movies? Each and every character that has appeared in comics from the likes of Marvel, or DC, have been ‘rebooted’ and thrust onto the screen as modern day saviours of our world. I recall some of these characters from my childhood, but there […]

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I don’t know much about Panama. Up to now my knowledge has been limited to being aware that they have a canal, have given their name at a piece of millenary worn by many men at various summer functions and that their motto is “For the Benefit of the World”. This understanding has now been given one more fact, that […]

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Oh dear, don’t you just hate it? April 1st is almost upon us, so that gives individuals, businesses and the media carte blanche authority to do their best to trick us into thinking something is true when it isn’t. There is a long list of ‘famous’ April fools, from spaghetti growing on trees through to the introduction of ‘smellyvision’. In […]

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I was very fortunate to attend last weeks North West Cyber Security Conference. Events like these, and there are more and more of them cropping up, are always a good opportunity to get a feel for the cyber landscape. With a wide range of cyber professionals, technology companies, support organisations, training companies and more it’s almost impossible not to be […]