Why did the British Airways Data Theft Happen?

British Airways, or as us self-respecting Northerners call it - "Heathrow Airways" has suffered a large data theft.  This has come in a string of IT Debacles that have occurred over the last 18 months. In July, there were IT issues causing some flights in and out of Heathrow to be cancelled.   The month before, they cancelled 2000 tickets because they'd undercharged.  More worryingly, in 2017 the airline had a serious data centre power fault causing all flights to be suspended. There's no question that our capital's flag carrier (see [...]

By |September 7th, 2018|Cyber Security|0 Comments

Why Shadow IT has accelerated Digital Transformation

The rise and fall (and rise again) of IT It’s been over 20 years since I started my career in IT. The rise and fall and rise again of an industry has been one hell of a ride. Digital Transformation is here. Again! A few of you are probably scratching your heads wondering when IT fell? Well it did, you were probably part of it, I was part of it. The problem is our age and training, which we could do little about. Even over the years of blogging on [...]

By |August 26th, 2018|Digital Transformation, IT Consultancy, Security|0 Comments

Data Security Strategy

How many businesses have a data security strategy? My guess would be not many. Why? because not many people really understand how to protect their data against the three main data security risks: Security Risks: 1.       Outsider – Malicious threat where someone will try to attack your business, normally to steal data for monetary gain. 2.       Insider – The disgruntled employee stealing company information to either give or take to a competitor. 3.       Accidental – Internal IT user who does something unintentionally.  Of the three, the accidental threat is by [...]

Blaming IT Grinds My Gears

It's been a while since I've made a Peter Griffin-like post in the fashion of his "You know what really grinds my gears..." gag. However today, after watching Paul Pester (great name) on ITV News today, it's highlighted an example of what I see all too often in the world of company-IT. TSB boss insists he has faith in IT department after telling @ITVJoel: 'If you or I trust IT guys every time they tell us it's all going to work fine then we would be in a different business' [...]

By |April 24th, 2018|Grinds my Gears|0 Comments

IT and Business Process

I have two strange obsessions that seem to rule my life. Technology, is perhaps the obvious one. I love tech, anything that can do something, solve a problem, make some part of your life or work smarter, faster or more efficient. I'd say this is a healthy obsession and I'm far from being alone on that. The other, well it's slightly more strange. I seem to be invariably drawn to the way things are done. Processes, policies and procedures. Unhealthy I know, I think I could be a process geek, [...]

By |February 23rd, 2018|Business Process|0 Comments

What does my business have to do for GDPR compliance?

What does my business have to do for GDPR compliance? This is a question I have been asked a lot over the last 6 months. There is a lot information on this subject and I am sure you are getting sick of hearing about it! However, the truth is, GDPR is happening in just over 3-months. This means your business needs to be aware of what it has to do to become compliant or work towards becoming compliant. In this blog I am going to try to answer the question [...]

By |February 16th, 2018|Cyber Security, GDPR|0 Comments