Q&A with Ron Condon, UK Bureau Chief, SearchSecurity.co.uk (@RonCondon)

May 12, 2011

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself:

I’ve been writing about IT for decades, and about security for about the last seven years. I’m the UK Bureau Chief for SearchSecurity.co.uk, part of the TechTarget group.

Q. Tell us a little bit about SearchSecurity.co.uk and its interest in data security.

The site is aimed at IT security professionals and focuses on trying to give them information and tips they can use in the daily working lives.

Q. What’s hot in IT security this year?

How to secure mobiles, and also cloud security.

Q. How many security events do you attend each year?

About half a dozen conferences, plus a lot of press events and one-to-one meetings.

Q. Which one are you most looking forward to?

Well, we just had the big one, Infosecurity Europe.

Q. What types of stories or companies are likely to attract your attention this year?

I like to analyse trends, so I’m interested in (good) research. I do quite a lot of case studies, too, as they can be quite illuminating.

Q. How many interviews do you do per week?

Depends – can be up to 10.

Q. What’s the best way to pitch a story to you? Email? Phone? Twitter? By mail?

Email usually.

Q. Who is worth listening to?

Apart from me? There are some CISOs whose knowledge I respect, and some gurus at security vendors can be very helpful. A few examples are Marcus Alldrick of Lloyds, Paul Simmonds of the Jericho Forum,  Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure and Mickey Boodaei of Trusteer.

 Q. What’s your favourite blog?

Probably the Sophos Naked Security blog.

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology?

My Mac Mini.

Q. What is the best piece of advice for companies pitching stories?

Get to the point.

Q. What was the best press trip you’ve ever been on? Worst? Why?

An Olivetti trip to Venice many years ago when things were very different. We only spent about an hour doing “work” and the rest of the four days were spent soaking up the atmosphere, being wined and dined, and going to a fab classical concert of Vivaldi music. Nobody would dare do anything like that now because we’re all so busy, and budgets are much tighter.

If I’m looking for a more serious trip, then it would be one to Silicon Valley where we visited a lot of companies at various stages of development to hear what they were up to. Very interesting, because we got to talk to the senior people.

The worst press conference involved being invited to a venue in London to attend a conference call with someone in the US. [NB: Unbelievable!]

Q. What’s your favourite restaurant?

I quite like the Skylon in the Festival Hall for business lunches. Nice food, and very nice understated service.

Q. Are you a social media lover? Which ones are you on? FB? LinkedIn? Twitter?

All of the above. But on the whole, I think most social networking is the equivalent of gassing by the coffee machine – occasionally pleasing but really we should all be getting on with our jobs.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you.

I ran the London Marathon three times – best time, 3 hours 50 minutes.

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One comment

  1. All around amazingly written article!!

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