Hard cyber

I’m not sure if cyber is a word that is used much outside the pages of a William Gibson novel or the Cyber security industry itself. It may not be many people’s vernacular yet it is a word that has come to dominate a lot of my time, both as an employ of the local … Continue reading Hard cyber

Six degrees of database separation

According to Frigyes Karinthy, everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by six degrees of separation. You know some people and they now some other people and they know some others etc. until eventually everyone knows everyone. In my peregrinations of late I am becoming more convinced that this is true, People I … Continue reading Six degrees of database separation

Is this the price we pay?

The last few days have been bad for decent people and good for cyber criminals.  The world has witnessed one of the biggest cyber attacks with the release of Wanna Decryptor or WannaCry and its subsequent variants.  The cyber-attack has hit more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries and the Europol chief, Rob Wainwright warned … Continue reading Is this the price we pay?

Gold event

How difficult are simulations?  Very!  They never seem to really reflect reality but then I don’t think that is the point.  I know this now having been involved in a cyber-simulation predicated on a sustained and organised attack on the ICT systems of a number of the Local Resilience Forum partners. It was held at the … Continue reading Gold event

Unfolding plans 167 – The governors

We govern our ICT with three overlapping circles, a trefoil or a shamrock.  Our governance is a lucky charm. We have three overlapping groups that set direction and hold us all together. The Strategic ICT Group comprises directors and Head of service.  Their job is to set the direction and need for technology.  They also … Continue reading Unfolding plans 167 – The governors

Unfolding plan 159 – the data trail

Somehow I’ve let data slip off my agenda.  It has slipped off the map.  I realised this when I was at the Open Data Event put on by Dynamo North East and the Federation of Small Businesses.  I should mention Sunderland Software City as well.  I realised that while we were full of intent we … Continue reading Unfolding plan 159 – the data trail

Unfolding plans 158 – three great speakers

We’ve held the last Society of ICT Managers (SOCITM) meeting for the year.  It was a bit touch and go at times getting the speakers and the running order sorted but in the end Graham, as always pulled it off. What could have been a bit of a pup turned out to be another interesting … Continue reading Unfolding plans 158 – three great speakers