Cybersecurity Entertainer, Writer, and Presenter. Humanity, not machinery. A keen observer of how we use and abuse technology. Empathetic and altruistic.
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While many of my readers assert I can make the most complex or obscure technologies understandable through my writing, I’ve always struggled to do the same with myself. Instead of sharing every nuance of the long-winding road that is my life, I’ll simply share a selection of points and invite further discussion. I think we’ll get along very well, so thank you for dropping by!


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Photo by Philipp Katzenberger on Unsplash

I spend a lot of time focusing on our cybersecurity strategies and controls here in Australia and what other sovereign nations around the world are doing to safeguard their data and systems. Regardless of whether other countries are part of the commonwealth or not, many similarities assure us we’re on the right path and the differences show us what we can learn from and adopt.

In brief, I have been reviewing the Computer Emergency Response Team New Zealand (CERT NZ) Ten Critical Controls for organisations and how similar they are to our own Australian Cyber Security Centre’s (ACSC) Essential Eight Strategies to Mitigate Cybersecurity Incidents. …


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Working from home may be a new way for some, but how do you deal with distractions? For me, WFH life is status quo, and I’ve developed a tolerance, nay, an immunity to distractions. How many of you have these? How do you handle them?

Distraction 1: Traffic


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A number of years ago while on a family vacation, a younger member of the household that stayed behind was given a simple task. We asked if they could go to the local post office to mail a letter for us. I’ll admit I wasn’t expecting the response “I don’t know how” and it gave me pause for thought. In the present society, we have an entire generation growing up that has never known a world without “The Internet”.

Having been a regular user of the World Wide Web since about 1994, from the early days of Dial-Up to the present state of ultra-fast broadband in every home, it struck me. People born the year I started regularly typing a “www” prefix were now 24 or 25 years old, several years out of school, perhaps with degrees, and more often than not occupying the same office space I did. …


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“Function Creep” is another example of how something that moves with glacial speed and suddenly inspires a lighting reaction, and one that often happens in between an epiphany and the sinking realisation it’s too late to stop it.

Over the past decade or more, technology giants have been quietly going about the business of harvesting more and more details about us, right down to our innermost thoughts and desires. Organisations such as Google and Facebook have developed such sophisticated algorithms that they can interpret our very words into emotions without the nuances of body language and tone of voice. …

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