Let’s agglomerate

A few months ago I went to buy some perfume for my wife’s birthday. She had been dropping hints for a couple of weeks and so I thought I was on a safe bet. I set off for the Metro Centre, a shopping mall not far from where I live and went into Debenhams. The … Continue reading Let’s agglomerate

Health and cyber safety

There seems to be a lot of parallels between where we are with cyber awareness and the early days of Health and Safety. I thought this was a unique observation until I raised it at the latest North East Fraud Forum event. The speaker quite rightly pointed out that he had heard such observations before. … Continue reading Health and cyber safety

Building momentum

Building a consensus is hard work, building momentum is even harder. I have been developing a couple of ideas around the Dynamo cyber cluster, CyberNorth, for a few months now. I am sure I have mentioned them before. The first is to create an incubator for cyber startups in the region under the working title … Continue reading Building momentum

Digital hoarding

In a previous blog I said how I had started to build a home archive. I have been working through all of the papers that we keep and scanning the important ones, or those that don’t have email copies, and storing them on a pair of hard drives. One I keep in the house and … Continue reading Digital hoarding

Stadium of Cyber

The sign over the door on one of the conference rooms in the Stadium of Light, Sunderland Football club’s ground, said ‘Magic Moments Bar’. I’m not sure that it was referring to the latest #CyberFest event that was being held in the room next door yet it could well have done. The fifth event in … Continue reading Stadium of Cyber

#CyberFest Tees Valley

This week we have had two firsts in Dynamo’s history. On Thursday we had the first event we have held on Teesside, or Tees Valley as they prefer to call it. On Friday we held our first event in Northumberland, at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult centre on the banks of the river Blyth. I’ll … Continue reading #CyberFest Tees Valley

CyberFest at last

In the end I need not have worried about people turning up at our first CyberNorth event, part of CyberFest. I had been kept awake worrying about it for several weeks yet people started arriving and checking in even before the doors had officially opened. A colleague of mine had said that anything into three … Continue reading CyberFest at last