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Cyber what now?

As an industry we’re not particularly good at talking to people about cyber security in a way which is helpful for them, rather than in a way that either triggers a visceral reaction, a sale …

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Information Security Policies for people

Often driven more by regulation and legislation than by any real desire to change behaviour, information security policies are seen by author and reader alike as a tick box exercise. Organisations either forget or don’t …

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A new home

Back in 2019 we made a family decision to move from Cambridgeshire to the South West of England. We were drawn to the beaches and the moors, but particularly to Totnes in South Devon because …

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Data Accumulation Prevention

We’ve got it all wrong Over the past few weeks I’ve spent quite a bit of time on Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in Microsoft 365, improving our DLP policies to stop specific data types from …

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Cyber security is a seatbelt

One of the things which still annoys me after 20+ years in IT is when I hear an organisation wanted to do something, but the outcome was “security says no“. This behaviour causes business and …

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Adversity or opportunity?

Having unexpectedly found myself ‘between jobs’ (great euphemism) in the middle of a pandemic and on the verge of a recession, I’ve been thinking a lot about adversity. Adversity forces you to strive, to be …

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Keeping on top of your workload

In a recent blog post I suggested you shouldn’t use email as a task list or a filing system, because it is very bad at both of those things. Unfortunately because the overwhelming majority of …

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Dealing with email overload

Email is amazing. I can send a message to anyone in the world in seconds, for free, regardless of which application, platform or device we are both using. But it’s been so effective at removing …

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Krystal WordPress Hosting Review

I’ve been using WordPress hosting providers since 2012, and I’m happy to stick with a provider if they’re good I know reviewing my choices at least annually makes sense. Recent service outages at Tsohost (my …

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Time for a change

After more than ten years at the University of Cambridge I’m making a move, quite a big one, by relocating to the other side of the country. This is a lifestyle and family led change, …

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