I often get a reminder of the duality of my working life – as my Twitter bio says, I’m a writer by day and a retailer by night – and the two are spectacularly different roles without a doubt.
That’s probably why, if I’m honest, I still get a little bit freaked out when security publications ask me to comment or otherwise contribute to their latest posts, especially when I know it will put me in the company of top professionals I look up to rather than across at.
And this week has been a double whammy.
First, Aurelian Neagu of Heimdal Security asked me to contribute to a blog post that would end up offering more than 50 security tips from 19 experts, featuring such luminaries as Mikko, Troy Hunt, Xavier Mertens and many other household names of the security world.
Reading through their tips you’ll note a certain level of duplication in terms of chosen topics but, fortunately, no two people had the exact same view so, in my very biased opinion, it’s well worth a read!
And you can do so right here or, if you prefer, you can download the tips in the format of a well presented ebook (it looks good – I’m vain enough to have printed it out).
Secondly, Lewis Morgan of IT Governance emailed asking “how to be cyber secure in 10 words”.
And you know what, that’s not as easy as it sounds, because everything I wanted to say ended up being 9 words, 11 words or 600+ words.
I eventually came up with something and sent it over, along with an alternative rhyming version that popped into my head at the last minute. The rhyme was chosen!
Anyways, a post was soon published and there I was alongside the likes of Mr Honan, Brian Krebs, Graham Cluley, Neira Jones and the guy that used to front Girl Cynic’s YouTube channel.
Given the highly limited number of words made available to us, the result was short, sharp but extremely useful (read it here).
Great work Lewis!
And what has all this taught me? Simple – I need a better picture!