Blogs

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

Is Mr. Robot a good representation of real-life hacking and hacking culture?

QA Cyber Security Trainer, James Aguilan, looks at several scenarios featured in the hit US TV series Mr. Robot and how they may represent real-life hacking. Read the full article

Developing Skills and Capabilities in the Digital Age: The future of work - is the future of learning - is the future of work...

Find out how QA is helping BAE bridge critical skills and capability gaps to become the ‘organisation of the future'. #FutureSkillsToday #SkillsfortheDigitalAge Read the full article

Phishing Campaigns: Defending organisations against phishing

QA Cyber Security Trainer, James Aguilan, argues that understanding how to defend against phishing is of paramount importance for the confidentiality and integrity of data. Read the full article

SCADA Threats in the Modern Airport

In this research paper Dr John McCarthy, a leading authority on Cyber Security strategy and implementation, conducts a detailed study concerned with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems that are at the heart of distributed critical infrastructures within airports. Read the full article

Rise and Fall of Bitcoin

With the popularity and value of crypto currencies growing, so do the security and anonymity concerns. Read the full article

AWS re:Invent 2017 - What happens in Vegas...doesn't necessarily stay in Vegas

QA's AWS Principal Technologist, Daniel Ives, summarises his experiences at AWS re:Invent 2017 in Las Vegas. Read the full article

Essential Microsoft PowerPoint Features

We've pulled together some essential Microsoft PowerPoint features you can use to help you become more efficient. Read the full article

Essential Microsoft Outlook Tips

Want to become an Outlook expert? We’ve pulled together some essential Microsoft Outlook tips you can use to help you become more efficient and improve your productivity. Read the full article

How efficient AntiViruses are: An empirical investigation of AntiViruses with RATs

In this research paper Dr Mahdi Aiash, from the School of Science and Technology at Middlesex University, conducts an empirical investigation of the efficiency of Antivirus programs in detecting malware. Read the full article

Meltdown and Spectre - What you need to know

In this blog QA's Director of Cyber Security, Richard Beck, looks at the recent Meltdown and Spectre exploits and how these affect you and your business. 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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