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What Jurassic Park taught us about cyber risk

What Jurassic Park taught us about cyber risk

The tl;dr version of this post: don’t forget about the insider threat! This week I attended the first in a series of three¬†events by the Institution of Civil Engineers entitled Preparing London. This particular event was designed to consider the human threats to infrastructure. During a talk from Nathan Jones (see this blog on his talk)¬†my mind wandered and wondered…Did Jurassic Park teach me everything I know about cyber risk? God damn it! I hate this hacker crap! Ok, so…

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Have I Got News For You

Have I Got News For You

Regular readers will be aware that I’ve been working on a project called Anytown over recent months. It’s a project looking at complexities and interdependencies between systems and how that can impact on resilience. Previous blog posts about it are here…here and here. Rather excitingly, you can now find out about Anytown in Resilience, the magazine of the Emergency Planning Society. Yes, there is now a remote possibility that I will be quoted on BBC prime-time programming, having been published…

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Anytown – latest visualisation

Anytown – latest visualisation

Displaying complex or detailed information in a digestable way is always an interesting challenge. It’s certainly s certainly one of the challenges that I’ve had with Anytown, my project to better understand interdependencies and complexities within and between systems. Here’s my latest attempt at showing some of this information, which I developed for an NHS England briefing today, using information from the Hurricane Sandy report “A stronger, more resilient New York.” Nodes of different ‘city networks’ are shown in thematic…

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Anytown Unleashed

Anytown Unleashed

For the last 4 months I’ve been spearheading a project known as Anytown. The project aims to help develop better understanding and awareness of how different ‘city systems’ all interlink. Today I unleashed my baby into the world at Defra’s Community Resilience & Climate Change Workshop. Read more on the project below. When you throw a stone in a pond, ripples propagate from the centre. Similarly in emergencies and disasters, impacts of an initiating event can propagate and cause a…

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Complexity & Interdependency

Complexity & Interdependency

I’m currently working on a project investigating Infrastructure Ecology, although that’s not how I describe it at work for fear of alienating the audience! It’s a fascinating area of enquiry, which the diagram above only partially articulates and I’d need more than one blog post to do it justice. So I thought I’d start with why I think it’s fascinating. When we flick on a light switch, twist a tap or pick up our phone we expect those services to…

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