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From small acorns…

From the genius of Alan Turing and the development of “Baby”, the world’s first computer, all the way through to the discovery of Graphene – Manchester has long been a technology trailblazer. 

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Striking the right chord: Don’t make your users incompetent

There is very rarely progress without some cost. I was reminded of this recently by the news that a new piece of railway line – the Ordsall Chord – will cut off the world’s first passenger railway station, Manchester Liverpool Road, from the main line and affect 30 other “heritage assets”.

While changes to user’s experience of software products is rarely as substantial or irreversible as this, the same concept applies: even improvements have a cost. And that cost is, very often, to your current users.

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Boards fall short on cyber security and technological knowledge

In light of the recent data breach at TalkTalk I started to think about why breaches are becoming so common and why there appears to be such a gap between corporate priorities and cyber security. Then something dawned on me, I spend a lot of time speaking with members of the C-suite and articulating the benefits of key security foundations and defense in depth. At lot of the time the members of the C-suite lack the requisite skills to really grasp the importance of cyber security. Through no fault of their own, they do not come from technology backgrounds, but from sales, finance and marketing. In addition, many corporates have not appointed a Chief Security Offer.

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