Showing posts from May, 2019

Thoughts on IET Talk - 'Rihanna Changed my Life'

Introduction This IET talk was made of up of two parts. The first talk was "The Human Factor of Cybercrime: Decoding the  Cybercriminal  Mind-Set" by Dr Maria Bada. The second talk was "Rihanna Changed my Life: Inspiring a New Generation of Cyber Security Professionals " by  Raj  Samani. 2019 will see cybersecurity alliances of defenders continuing to mature.  “In 2018, we witnessed even greater collaboration among cybercriminals through underground alliances,” said Raj Samani, chief scientist at McAfee. “This collaborative mentality has allowed for efficiencies in underground technologies and tactics, and the evolution of bad actors into some of the most  organised  and agile adversaries in the world. However, while we expect the underground market collaboration to continue, the year 2019 will also see cybersecurity alliances of defenders continuing to mature and further fortify defences.” There are people who are being arrested and there are people who a

Calls for Participation: Common charger study - online survey

Overview Please be informed that a public online consultation related to the study that the European Commission is conducting on the 'Common charger for mobile phones and other portable electronic devices' has been launched:  (23 languages). To take the survey an EC login is required but it should be relatively simple to get via their website. EC Background Information In the past, mobile telephones were only compatible with specific mobile telephone chargers. An estimated 500 million mobile phones were in use in 2009 in all EU countries. The chargers used often varied according to the manufacturer and model, and more than 30 different types of charger were on the market. Apart from causing inconvenience to the consumer, this created unnecessary electronic waste. Almost every household is believed to have gathered a number of old chargers – estimated to generate more than 51 000 tons of electronic w

The attention economy - Does it matter to Cybersecurity?

Introduction The topic of this blog post does the attention economy matter to cybersecurity may seem a bit odd since as an idea they do seem to have no relation to each other. The idea of the attention economy originally came from advertising firms as they sought out ways to attract customer for their clients' goods or services. Nowadays companies like Netflix, Epic the makers of video game Fortnite take a keen interest in the attention economy since in order to be a successful business they need customers to engage with their services.  What attention economics is an approach to the management of information that treats human attention as a scarce commodity, and applies economic theory to solve various information management problems. Put simply by Matthew Crawford, "Attention is a resource—a person has only so much of it." As content has grown increasingly abundant and immediately available, attention (how much time a person has in a waking day) becomes the limiting f

Personal Interest - RAF Unbuilt Projects

  Introduction This blog post looks at the different groups of cancelled RAF projects. It will focus on the 50s, 60s, 90s/00s and a brief look at hypersonic research projects. While these projects were often cut or cancelled for budget or austerity reasons, they were also pushed by the changing nature of warfare firstly from conventional style WW2 warfare to the predicated quick, short scale nuclear war which was expected from 1947 to 1989. Later from the 90s and into the 21st Century a change from state on state conflict to facing insurgencies, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping missions again led to a change in how wars are fought. Though the work and research done on these projects would rarely go to waste with it being used and applied in other projects and works even if sometimes it could take another ten or twenty years before anything operational came of that work. There won't be large amounts of text explaining or exploring the designs there are far better sources for th