Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Human Factor podcast interview

On Friday, an interview podcast was published which featured yours truly, being interviewed by the magnificent Jenny Radcliffe.


What I don’t want to do is give you spoilers on this, and I definitely recommend that you listen to this if you want to learn more about me and my career path, but also listen to the 50+ episodes that Jenny has done to date and work through them, I can’t recall a bad episode.


A couple of things I do want to highlight from it though: firstly I mentioned about the need for supporting new and upcoming speakers, and when you next go to a conference look for the name you don’t know and give them your support.


Secondly I talked about my break into journalism and I think that the concept of ‘sending the elevator back down’ needs to apply not only to more established editors and reporters, but also to industry and attitudes (which I’ve witnessed) of “I’ll only give my story [insert name of major journalist]” are not supporting the next generation of writer, who will see a barrier in getting to talk to certain people.


Anyway, the final thing I wanted do about the podcast was share some of the links which I mentioned in the podcast, as they may prove useful:



The podcast –


Lesley Carhart tweet on ‘old news’


Marcin from Malwarebytes, at Infosecurity Europe on WannaCry


Infosecurity Magazine Security Evangelist webinar


IT Security Guru video with Proofpoint, filmed in the fire escape in Las Vegas


SC Magazine interview with Jack Daniel


44CON 2014 talk “Top 5 Media Fails”


IT Security Guru video on phishing


IT Security Guru story Camelot and social engineering


NBC Dateline undercover reporter intercepts, and escapes Def Con


Infosecurity Magazine story from RSA USA 2016 on Mr Robot’s Rami Malek’s interview









John Oliver’s YouTube channel for Last Week Tonight


Def Con documentary




Silk Road takedown documentary


Thom Langford and Lee Munson’s 2017 Irisscon talk


The Final Cut

I updated my 2015 blog this week following the news that the NME’s final print edition would be coming out this week.


I did start to read the print edition when it first moved to the free version, and disappointment didn’t come true as it contained vox pops and barely any news. Assuming that was 2015, and with this being the momentous final edition, I decided to take a final look.


From the start, you can see where it failed. It’s a 40 page magazine, with no shortage of advertising and a strong front cover featuring Stefflon Don. We have a problem here though, flicking through the pages it is page 22 before I get to that cover interview – and that is the first proper music feature in the magazine. After articles on a new Nicholas Cage film, series two of This Country, an editorial  comment and shopping options before we get to an actual music feature in the New Musical Express.


Taking the eye off the ball doesn’t seem to come close.


Come to page 28 and things take an upward step: an interview with Kim Deal, followed by a top tracks and album reviews – well you’ve got to keep the freelancers in business I suppose. Two of the three reviews are for ‘older artists’, namely David Byrne and Albert Hammond Jr. Hardly ‘new music’ acts.


After that it is gig listings, more film news and a concluding Q&A with Moby; and that is it. That’s the end of the once great weekly music magazine.


It’s pretty obvious this had gone to press before the decision was made about it being the final edition, and it is a shame that the editorial team were apparently not given the opportunity to sign off with a ‘last ever’ copy. I hope this is not the legacy of the NME, but it does feel like a slow decline.