Q & A with Dan Raywood, Online News Editor at SC Magazine in the UK

August 10, 2011

By @Rose_at_O

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I am Online News Editor at SC Magazine, been here since September 2008

Q. Tell us a little bit about the titles you write for and their interest in data security. 

SC Magazine is the industry leading B2B title for the information security industry writing for IT security professionals. I cover daily news, blogs and opinion articles for the website www.scmagazineuk.com and write the occasional piece for the printed magazine.

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

Mobile security and management, cloud, virtualisation

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

Probably about ten including shows like Infosecurity Europe, IP EXPO, RSA and one off events

Q. Which one are you most looking forward to? 

Probably RSA, it is more speaker-driven than the others

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

Perspectives on policy, new solutions to doing things (as we get so many stories that are doom and gloom)

Q. How many interviews do you do per week? 

Varies on the time of year, but on average I would say at least five

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

Email is always the best as I do read them throughout the day, it is also the least distracting and providing you don’t need an answer immediately (which I don’t often do on the phone) I will come back to you.

Q. Who is worth listening to (about IT security)? 

Some really good vendor spokespeople like Rik Ferguson (Trend Micro), David Harley (ESET), James Lyne (Sophos), Jeremiah Grossman (White Hat Security), Chris Wysopal (Veracode), Mikko Hypponen (F-Secure) as well as too many end users and analysts to mention.

Q. What’s your favourite blog?

As a news resource with a wide range of hot topics covered, Sophos’ Naked Security is very up to date

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology?

Probably the Apple iPad, even though I do not own one yet.

Q. What do you think is the most important development in IT security to date? 

Intrusion detection technology, we rarely hear critical stories or opinions while DLP is crucified. Not suggesting that it is fixed, but it seems far more mature

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

Keep it brief, get to the point, don’t bury your pitch at bottom of your email as we are too busy to read between the lines to find what it is you are pitching. Also if you are pitching a survey, always include details on who and how many were surveyed

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

I spent two days on the beach in Cyprus with Kaspersky last year with one day of work which was interviewing researchers. The worst was a trip to Amsterdam which was in fact an office in Schiphol to be told about a new technology I had been briefed on two weeks previously.

Q. What’s your favourite restaurant?

A. Can I have more than one? I love Gaucho Grill, Roast and Indian food (Brick Lane may not be classy, but the food can be fantastic)

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

On all of the main ones, use Twitter (@danraywood) and LinkedIn for work.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you. Do you have any unusual or unexpected hobbies/interests? Do you have a claim to fame?

Not much to say really, I marked ten years in journalism at the start of this year if that is of interest to anyone?


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