Training offshore teams

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I just returned from my trip to Bangalore, India, where I was asked to deliver a series of training activities to the KPMG offshore teams. Spending a week there came with lots of wonderful insights.

First of all, India is a beautiful country. I didn’t really have a lot of time to travel around, but I still had a chance to visit the Bangalore Palace, drive up and down the Mahatma Gandhi Road, see the Parliament and many beautiful parks.

Moreover, apart from delivering training sessions myself, the local leadership organised a presentation for the UK team, where we were described the services they offer globally. I was impressed by the level of innovation and standardisation, which clearly demonstrate the rapid technological growth in India.

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I’ve had a chance to work with some of the marvelous members of our offshore team before, and it was very valuable to finally meet them in person. I had an opportunity to interview a few people for a position in my programme and we are already on-boarding the successful candidate.

Not only I was able to share my knowledge and meet some lovely people, but I could enjoy a brief but wonderful taste of India and its warm hospitality. I’m sure the effectiveness of our communications and project work will increase substantially in going forward.


The Changing Face of Cyber Security – NextSec event

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I was very happy to open our NextSec event in collaboration with EY. We had some great presentations followed by a well-facilitated discussion panel which offered a wonderful knowledge sharing session for everyone who attended.

The main themes of the evening were the changing threat landscape and widening the skills gap. The participants learned about the future of malware from Sian John, a security futurologist from Symantec, and how to address it by developing a security strategy with the help of Robert Coles, GSK. Elena Cinquegrana shared her perspective on being a consultant while Freddie Hult from CyberResilience Ltd. discussed the role of a CISO. Lucy Chaplin from KPMG concluded with a talk on privacy issues in the modern world.
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I would like to say a special thanks to Chinwe and Annabel from EY for their contribution.

The Internet of Things

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Imagine a fridge that can tell when the food inside it is going off, or an oven that can cook food automatically. A world of everyday items, all smart, all connected – that’s the Internet of Things.

But is this a force for good – or for evil? Do the sacrifices we’ll have to make in terms of privacy and security outweigh the potential benefits?

I shared my view in the KPMG SLAT video


Giving a talk on information security

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I delivered a talk at the London Metropolitan University today where I was invited to share my story and participate in the university’s mentoring scheme. Although there were many students from different fields present, I focused on the computer science and information security area.

I elaborated on the possible and the transferable skills that young students can develop and apply during their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We also talked about job search, the general application process and the various career paths available to students in the information security and computer science areas.


Active listening

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Imagine the following situation. A father with his son are driving to the camping site for the weekend. The deer was crossing the road and the car hit it. The father dies in the accident and the son is badly injured. He was swiftly brought to the emergency room and requires surgery. A surgeon enters the room, sees the boy and exclaims: “I can’t operate – this is my son!”.

How is it possible?

Think about it for a few moments…

Didn’t his father die in the accident? The answer is really simple. Read the rest of this entry »


Giving a lecture at the Royal Holloway University of London

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I was invited by the RHUL Computing Society to give a lecture on human aspects of security.

After my presentation, I gave the students an exercise to help them understand the different perspectives on information security policies. As a result, they learned the importance of the role of information security in an organisation and it’s important enabling function.

It was really nice to get such an active participation on their behalf. After the talk we had an interesting conversations on current security research trends and opportunities.

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A trip to Bletchley Park

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For everyone interested in history of information security I highly recommend visiting Bletchley Park. Among other things, visitors can explore legendary British WW2 Codebreaking Huts, learn more about the cryptography and the Enigma machine in particular.

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There is even a computer simulation available that explains in simple terms the basic principles behind the device.

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Some interesting facts about Alan Turing and more modern exhibitions definitely sparkle the curiosity of any visitor.


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