Blogs

Our experts regularly like to share their take on what's new – read more in their blogs.

Household smart appliances can provide clues in Forensic Investigations

QA Cyber Security Trainer, James Aguilan, looks at how household technology appliances such as washing machines and fridges will soon be used by law enforcement to gather evidence from crime scenes. Read the full article

Networked learning

To celebrate Learning at Work Week, QA's Jennie Marshall looks at the need to find smarter ways to communicate and collaborate in the online world we live in. Read the full article

Learning for life

To celebrate Learning at Work Week, QA's Jennie Marshall shares her thoughts on lifelong learning and how it can be the first step to becoming an outstanding performer. Read the full article

Flex your mental muscles

To celebrate Learning at Work Week, QA's Jennie Marshall shares her 5 top tips to help you become an agile learner and how it can help you stay ahead. Read the full article

Reskilling the cyber gap in the UK

QA Cyber Security Trainer, James Aguilan, shares his expert opinion on the key issues around reskilling the cyber gap in the UK today. Read the full article

GDPR's impact on vendor management and small learning providers

Will GDPR significantly change how Vendor Management contracts operate moving forward and will those small learning providers be the biggest casualties? Read the full article

On Assessing the Impact of Ports Scanning on the Target Infrastructure

In this research paper Dr Mahdi Aiash, from the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University, provides an in-depth analysis of port scan techniques, with extensive information of each scan technique. Read the full article

The perils of single-factor authentication

QA Cyber Security Trainer, Graeme Batsman, offers a first-hand opinion on single-factor authentication and the exposure of company platforms to the internet. Read the full article

Moving from GDPR Design into Reality Using Microsoft Cloud Technologies

QA's Phil Crayford outlines three new Microsoft hands-on technical courses that look at how Microsoft Cloud Technologies, Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics can help implement tangible solutions to your GDPR and other compliance requirements. Read the full article

Endpoint and network firewalling needs to change

QA Cyber Security Trainer, Graeme Batsman, discusses how you need to focus on outbound as much as (or more than) inbound rules. Read the full article

Leading QA Bloggers

Find out more about some of our leading bloggers in the profiles below



Daniel Ives

Principal Technologist - AWS

Daniel joined QA in 2006, having previously worked as a developer trainer on the Microsoft stack. He is an Authorized Amazon Instructor and holds all 8 of the current AWS certifications. As a Principal Technologist, Daniel focuses on creating and delivering courses about cloud services, service-oriented architectures, data engineering and enterprise application integration. Areas of expertise: Amazon Web Services, C#, .NET and agile development. His areas of interest include all of the above, plus Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Python, sailing, skiing and cycling, although not necessarily in that order or at the same time.

Jennie Marshall

Learning Programme Director (Enterprise and Outsource Services)

Jennie Marshall is an award winning learning professional (Winner of the 2016 Learning Performance Institute, Learning Professional of the Year Bronze Award), who joined QA in 2010 as a Learning Consultant in the Leadership, Management and Business Skills team. She has gone on to progress through various positions to her current role of Learning Programme Director where she now designs, develops and manages the delivery of end to end learning programmes. She is an experienced and dedicated learning professional, with expertise including management, leadership and talent, and training and facilitation developed within a variety of environments. Jennie has a proven track record of delivering blended, multi modal learning programmes using Learning Management System platforms and in a more traditional face to face setting, is at home with small and large audiences. She is a proven developer of people and is accredited in the use of a variety of tools including Strength Deployment Inventory®, Emergenetics®, Hogan®, Prism® and Worldsview™ as well as being an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Kirkpatrick Certified Professional (Bronze).

David Walker

Head of Emerging Technologies

David is a change driven technologist who continually looks to adapt and expand his knowledge and understanding of his field. Over the least eighteen years David has led technology and training companies through emerging fields and technology trends helping them to understand the future and develop business opportunities. As Head of Emerging Technologies he works closely with customers and industry experts to ensure the opportunities and threats of new technology trends designing custom learning solutions to help small and enterprise organisation adapt and make the most of their people - ensuring QA is ready when our customers need to navigate the minefield of the fast moving digital landscape. His passion is in advanced web engineering principals and vendor neutral thick client design/development technologies reflected in his research, analysis and courseware development experience combined with his training delivery skills. As a technologist he is the lead instructor and syllabus author for web development technologies and specialising in Agile, DevOps, and User Experience driven approaches to developing solutions. He has authored courses such as HTML5, Responsive Web Development, User Experience, NodeJS, Javascript and jQuery.

Ian Clarkson

Head of Organisational Consultancy

Dr Ian Clarkson is Head of Organisational Consultancy at QA. Ian is an experienced lecturer, author, speaker and consultant, having delivered programmes and projects in all industry sectors. This extensive hands-on experience coupled with a background in education has made Ian well-known and highly respected in his field. Ian currently works with a team of highly experienced lecturers and consultants helping organisations excel in all aspects of portfolio, programme, project and risk management.

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