About Me

Thanks for taking the time to visit my site. So to tell you a little about myself: I’ve spent over ten years in multiple roles involving detailed analysis and reporting, particularly focused on matters related to security. The last three years have seen a shift in my focus from geopolitical analysis to cyber security.

Accordingly, in July 2016 I obtained a BSc (Hons) in Intelligence and Security with first class honours from Staffordshire University. The degree focused heavily on cyber security and digital forensics, and required both a demonstration of ‘hands on’ skills, as well as a broader understanding of the ways in which the ability to act in the cyber domain represents an ever increasing risk, and how those actions can have highly destructive real world effects. One of the most interesting aspects of the course for me was the option to combine an investigation of network security protocols with my passion for aviation. I conducted research into the security of modern networks included as part of newer airliners such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A380, and investigated the dubious claims of some security investigators that it was possible to take control of an airliner from a passenger’s seat. You can read the paper here if you like.

As of October 2016, I am also studying towards the CISSP qualification, and hope to sit the exam early in 2017.

I am someone who is forever tinkering at the command line, and generally find that my knowledge of a particular operating system, programme or utility comes from having broken it, figured out what I’ve done, and then figured out how to fix it again. You could call it education through trial and error. Mostly error.

When not working (and not tinkering with a Raspberry Pi or something else of that ilk) I like to get out and about into the countryside, I love to fly (and would love even more to one day make money doing it!), and I love cooking. I’m also a card-carrying member of CAMRA, having noticed that as soon as I turned thirty I suddenly preferred to drink something with more appreciable flavour.