This recent ransomware attack, which also hit parts of the NHS, has highlighted a number of problems the IT security industry already knew about. WannaCry spread incredibly quickly and was only deactivated by accident, something we can be incredibly grateful for.
Let’s look at some things it reminded us.
Confidence is something you have to develop, not just in yourself but also in the tools you use. When electricity was new there was a lack of confidence in it (let alone whether we should use AC or DC!), but decades later we rarely think about it. Similarly, most of us will get on a bus or in a car and do not panic that the vehicle will explode.
So, how and why is confidence important in IT?
Once more, another cluster of students will be fleeing into the job market, searching for jobs in the field of Computing and Digital Forensics. Skills they have acquired and knowledge they have gained, will once again, fall under question… here come the interviews. Shivering in their boots, thoughts raised over what questions will be asked, are they worthy enough for such job descriptions and do they know everything and enough to pull through? Continue reading
What is open-source? You may, or may not have heard of it. If you work in IT chances are that you have definitely heard of it. Most people would probably associate the term with software and software development. Going a bit further, some might associate it with certain software projects, such as the Linux kernel , the Apache Webserver , or web browsers such as Firefox  and Chromium  (the open-source version of Google’s Chrome browser). These projects are all considered open-source licensed. Continue reading
A few years ago there was a joke along the lines that whenever someone stated they were about to do something, someone would say that ‘there’s an app for that.’ And to some extent that is true. There are a very large number of apps out there. It can be very easy to create an app to do something, and some are incredibly useful. On my phone I have apps for tide tables, checking pollution at my local beach, setting up intervals for sports training, measuring and mapping my sporting training sessions as well as all the others you’d expect to see. Tools like MIT App Inventor allow children and even Computing Lecturers to create apps for the Android platform fairly easily with a few simple constructs and a programming language familiar to a large number of school children in the UK. Continue reading