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Interview with JJ Worrall (@johnjoeworrall), freelance journalist for The Irish Times and others

March 28, 2013

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

JJ Worrall (@johnjoeworrall) is a freelance writer and editor who covers IT security for publications including The Irish Times, The Sunday Business Post and ComputerScope

JJ Worrall

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m a freelance writer for a number of newspapers and magazines. I’m based in Dublin and currently my right foot is four times the size of my left after I twisted it playing five-a-side football. That’s me in a nutshell.

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

I write for The Irish Times, Sunday Business Post and ComputerScope in the main, alongside a number of other print and online titles. Each will regularly include features that have a security focus of some kind. The Business Post’s “Computers in Business” supplement has a monthly “security watch” feature for instance, while the Times will cover cybersecurity, data privacy and related subjects almost every week. ComputerScope is aimed at IT professionals and there’s always news or features on security trends as well as new products or services related to the space.

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

Mobility. No matter what element of security you’re talking to an expert about, nine times out of ten they’ll bring up Read the rest of this entry ?


Exclusive interviews with Tech Trailblazers Awards judges @techtrailblaze #TTAwards

August 10, 2012

With the early-bird deadline for the Tech Trailblazers Awards for tech startups swiftly approaching on August 17th, the Countdown team has compiled a collection of links to interviews we have conducted with some of the judges of the awards. Enjoy, and feel free to share these links with your friends and colleagues.

Available at Countdown2StorageExpo:

Chris Evans, Consultant and Blogger,

Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod

Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register

Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, 451 Research

Enrico Signoretti, Senior Consultant, Juku Consulting SRL

Matthew Yeager,Chief Technologist, Colt Technology Services

Available at Countdown2Infosecurity: Read the rest of this entry ?


Journalist Q&A with Bertrand Gare, Editor in Chief of L’informaticien

April 10, 2012

By @Rose_at_O, @Olivia_at_O

Bertrand Gare is Editor in Chief of French ICT publication L’informaticien (or, in English, “Computer Scientist”), a monthly magazine with an accompanying website that is updated daily, along with a free newsletter.

 Q. Tell us about yourself.

I’m Editor in Chief of L’informaticien, a French-language publication for IT professionals. I’m also Associate Director of analyst firm Jemm Research, which specialises in IT infrastructure and consulting for large enterprises. My first job was at IPSOS, where I was in charge of all the sourcing of people for juries on insurance. In 1992, I was asked by a friend with a radio station to be responsible for an Asian radio program; after that, I became a journalist for a press agency focused on Asia and slowly began to specialise in technology.

Q. Tell me about your publication and its interest in IT.

 The print magazine now has over 20,000 readers, including IT professionals, administrators and project chiefs. It is very focused on technology in the field; in fact, there is actually computing code within the magazine from time to time. The website is more news-led than the magazine. Compared with other French IT publications, our magazine’s articles are lengthy, running from three to eight pages. That means we always take the time to provide analysis, not just bald facts. With today’s free news model, information has no value other than that added by the magazine. Read the rest of this entry ?


Meet Peter Judge, Editor of TechWeekEurope UK

April 3, 2012

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

Q. Hello Peter.  Would you start by telling us a little about your professional self and your publication?

I have been a journalist for 25 years, aaargh.  To my surprise, I now find myself editor of TechWeekEurope, a proper news site which, after three years, continues to go from strength to strength.  TWE is for technology decision makers.  Our aim is to examine the business implications of IT developments.  As you might imagine, that means we are particularly interested in mobile, security, the public sector, the cloud, and sustainable IT.

Q. What’s hot in IT security?

Erm, can I phone a friend on this one? Eric Doyle has been doing some great articles on this, while Tom Brewster has just arrived from IT Pro and will be covering the security beat too.  But for me, the answer is: activism and politics.  These two factors mean that every business is a potential target even if there is no obvious reason for it to be a target. Read the rest of this entry ?


Q&A with Jessica Twentyman, Freelance Technology Writer & Editor

March 19, 2012

By Rose Ross @Rose_at_O

Jessica Twentyman has worked as a writer and editor for some of the UK’s major business and trade titles, including the Financial Times, Sunday Telegraph, Director, Computer Weekly and Personnel Today.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in a tiny, rural corner of central Portugal in a cottage that my clever husband is renovating for us. It’s a pretty unlikely venue for tech journalism. I’ve been writing about business technology since 1995 and went freelance in 2004. What interests me most is Read the rest of this entry ?


Q&A with Andrew Seldon, Editor, Hi-Tech Security Solutions

March 12, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

Andrew Seldon is Editor of Hi-Tech Security Solutions, a leading IT security publication based in South Africa.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I spend way too much time reading scifi, talking to my cat and feeling guilty that I should be out having a life. Apart from that, I love IT (I started out with a BSc in Computer Science before something made me get into IT journalism).

The security industry is a good fit for my natural paranoia and it is changing fast, much like the IT world of the late 90s. Since I have an IT background, these changes are quite exciting for me.

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

Hi-Tech Security Solutions is a magazine that was started about 15 years ago to focus on the physical security world. Today, however, IT is playing a larger role in traditional security – so much so that some IT integrators are seeing security as another function of IT. Because of this, we’ve expanded our scope to still include the traditional security market, but also the IT/network security field.

This means that some of the primary issues around virtualisation/cloud/mobile adoption are now in our arena because none of these solutions will work if not secured – well, they will work, but not quite as painlessly as one would like.

Storage also fits into our segment. As IT starts managing the security function and using their networks to transport video, it will have to start managing the storage and analysis of enormous amounts of video.

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

There are a few hotspots at the moment.

In surveillance the two areas everyone is getting excited about are the ability to record footage that is clear enough for you to use in court (which doesn’t seem to be as easy as it should be); and video analytics, as it’s far better to let technology monitor cameras and only involve humans when motion is detected or some alarm event is triggered.

In IT security, people have realised that the greatest threat to your business information is from insiders, not hackers. One of the statistics I love is that 25% of people will always be honest and ethical, 25% will always be criminally inclined and will take any opportunity when they can, and the other 50% can be swayed either way. I guess this means business leaders need to set the example of ethical and honest conduct to keep the undecided half on the right track – which doesn’t bode well for the financial industry.

Q. How many events do you attend each year? 

The primary ones for me are IFSEC in the UK and South Africa, Retail Risk and iLegal.

Q. Which one(s) are you most looking forward to? 

IFSEC is always fun – as long as you don’t exhibit, then it’s stressful.

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

We cover the usual range of stories, from news and products in the security field through to trends and thought leadership pieces from all sectors within the security market. We also find case studies from various verticals are popular with readers.

Q. How many interviews do you do per week? 

 It’s difficult to say. However many are required.

 Q. What’s the best way to pitch a story to you?

E-mail is always the best. I generally respond within a week or two.

Q. Is there anything PRs and vendors should bear in mind when pitching or briefing you vis a vis your being based in South Africa?

We always want a local angle, although international case studies and best practices are also important. And also remember that South Africa isn’t the back of beyond.

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

Just pitch them. Email is the best way. There’s more chance of success if they’re aimed at whatever we’re working on for that issue. The media profile is at

Q. What are your favourite blogs?

There are many good ones out there. My favourite changes depending on which one has the best story that day/week. Schneier and Brenner are regular reads, among others. There are a few interesting sources from South Africa too.

Q. What is your favourite piece of technology?

My Samsung tablet is the favourite child.

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

In the security market, the growth of IP-based systems and solutions has and will change the industry tremendously. It’s an exciting time to be in this industry.

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

Best was a trip to HYT (now Hytera) in China. The organisation and people I was with were fantastic. They made it an unforgettable experience. Apart from that, the company made the right people available so you could ask anything and find out more than you ever wanted to know.

Second best was with JD Edwards (before Oracle) in London. They used to have a cool CEO.

Third best was a trip to Germany with Konica Minolta. The event ended the day before the rugby world cup final so the organisers stopped in London the next day so we could watch it in a pub there. We beat England J. I think we also met with a few VPs and whatever.

Worst was with IBM to Frankfurt. The organisation sucked.

Q. What’s your favourite restaurant? (Or type of food?)

Parker’s Grill in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Somehow they have kept up their superb quality of food for years. Never an unhappy meal.

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

I’m on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. The first two are my primary social media sites. Facebook is like the town gossip that’s always got something to say about everyone.

Q. Tell us something no one knows about you.

I was once asked to be a guest lecturer in Total Quality Management at the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich. I don’t know why either. Oh, and I once played Riff Raff from the Rocky Horror Show.

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#RSAC exclusive: Q & A with @InfosecEditor AKA Eleanor Dallaway, Editor of Infosecurity Magazine

March 8, 2012

Eleanor at the tea room enjoying a traditional English tea California style

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

At RSA in San Francisco last week, we were fortunate enough to grab a bite with Eleanor Dallaway, Editor and Associate Publisher of Infosecurity Magazine, which was recently rebranded and relaunched. Our lunch and learn was an excellent opportunity to find out more about Eleanor and her publication. This is what we learned over our cream tea in the Yerba Buena Gardens above the Moscone Center.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’ve been on Infosecurity Magazine for six years, and I’ve been Editor for nearly four of those years. I have also been associate publisher of the magazine for almost a year, which means I serve as a bridge between the commercial side and the editorial team.

When I started with Elsevier, the publishing company that owned Infosecurity Magazine, I was also working on Metal Powder Report — quite an eye-opener after covering things like alcoholism and other student-related issues for Label, a lifestyle publication with links to Loughborough University, where I studied English. Before Label, I got journalism experience on the news desk and then features desk for a local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury.

 Q. Tell us a little bit about Infosecurity Magazine

Infosecurity Magazine focuses on the business and strategy side of infosecurity. It doesn’t do product reviews, for example. Instead we look at how security integrates into the business. We are very end user focused. Read the rest of this entry ?