Blogs give readers the inside story

Computer Weekly's three new blogs from leading IT commentators and practitioners offer IT professionals an interactive and informative forum

Computer Weekly has three new blogs live on its website, bringing readers authoritative views from leading IT commentators and practitioners. The blogs will offer readers the best in critical thinking on security, risk management and lessons from project management.

Our bloggers include David Lacey, an internationally recognised security expert after two decades developing security practices for some of the UK's biggest companies. Lacey will offer practical advice and critical analysis of tomorrow's security threats and countermeasures.

Stuart King is our second blogger. A practising risk manager at publishing giant Reed Elsevier, he will share the day-to-day challenges and frustrations of this increasingly important area of corporate governance.

Completing the line-up is Tony Collins, Computer Weekly's award-winning investigative journalist, who has made his name exposing waste and promoting accountability in major public sector IT projects. Collins will share his thoughts on the lessons that other IT directors can learn.

David Lacey on security

Security expert David Lacey plans to use his blog to help security professionals plan for the risks of the future.

"I am a firm believer in embracing risks rather than hiding my head in the sand," he said.

Lacey will draw on more than 20 years of experience, including pioneering work on the now ubiquitous BS7799 security standard, to bring new insights into the issues facing security professionals.

"I try to stay at the cutting edge and innovate as much as I can. I would like to share that know-how," he said.

Lacey offers IT security professionals, who may sometimes by too busy doing their day job to take time out to reflect for long on broader issues, views and advice on issues such as deperimeterisation, human behaviour and social computing.

He will draw on his experience developing security and risk management operations for firms including Royal Dutch Shell, the Royal Mail, and the Foreign Office.

"I am very opinionated so to have my soapbox is nice. I really enjoy offering people practical advice and ideas."

Stuart King on risk management

Stuart King, a risk management specialist at Reed Elsevier, has some strong views he would like to share with other security practitioners.

"It is good to have a forum to put across some of my views outside my normal working environment, where I am a little bit constrained," he said.

King hopes that the blog will attract plenty of feedback from risk managers. "I am looking forward to the reactive element of the blog. I aim to promote debate on the topics I am writing about and be responsive to feedback. Two-way traffic is great," he said.

The blog is likely to appeal to people who have a management interest in security, people who are responsible for defining product requirements, or need to consider security from other parts of the business.

"Some of my views might be a little off the wall, but at the end of the day we do not know where the next threats are coming from and we have to take well-judged risks," he said.

Tony Collins on IT projects

Tony Collins is an award-winning journalist who specialises in writing about public sector IT projects. He has chosen "lessons learned" as the theme for his new blog.

"I will be writing about how lessons from history need to be taken forward and applied to future projects, rather than being forgotten. Everyone knows good practice - the difficulty is getting adherence to it," he said.

Collins' blog will give people access to useful information that may not be readily available elsewhere. He plans to provide links from the blog to information or documents that might otherwise be difficult to find online.

Another theme will be the need for greater openness and transparency in IT projects. And here, in particular, Collins said he is keen for reader feedback.

"I have not blogged before, so I will be learning along the way and would love to hear from our readership. I will be trying to practice what I preach by learning to adapt, but I am really interested to hear others' views."

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