Degree Apprenticeships; not just for Big Corporations

We all understand the value of apprenticeships, and what a great way they are for companies to take on junior employees and train them up. ‘Big Corporations’ have people whose sole job is to run their apprenticeship schemes; onboard these new recruits and work them through the system. But what do you do if you … Continued

Winner of BCS Software Developer & Tester Apprentice of the Year

I was recently nominated by Surevine for the BCS IT & Digital Apprenticeship Award; specifically Software Developer & Tester Apprentice of the Year. Reading the nomination form and seeing the effort and time the Surevine team put in to recognise my impact within the company meant a lot. Surevine frequently recognises employees contributions internally, but … Continued

Openfire CVE-2023-32315; what we know

In May 2023 a vulnerability in Openfire (CVE-2023-32315) was responsibly reported to the Openfire community by a security researcher (username Siebene), and handled by the Openfire community using a responsible disclosure process. This vulnerability allowed a malicious attacker to bypass administration controls of an Openfire server. Surevine actively contributed to developing the bugfix with the … Continued

Matrix and

Recently we’ve been looking at the Matrix protocol and its close integration in the Rocket.Chat platform. The Matrix protocol is a standard for secure, federated real-time messaging created by the UK-based foundation. It employs end-to-end encryption by default, and can be used by many instant messaging clients, including applications you may be familiar with, via their extensive assortment of client-to-Matrix … Continued

Can we out-innovate the adversary and have secure industry supply chains?

Information sharing and intelligence sharing are vital Public-private partnerships (like the UK’s CiSP which started out in response to private-sector demand) are a testament to that. But public-private interactions are equally vital. Those in the supply chains which produce those capabilities, without which we wouldn’t have the technology required to be able to collect, disseminate and action that … Continued

Remembering the Queen

In 2014, as Founder and CEO of Surevine, I was invited to Buckingham Palace along with other Technology leaders in the UK to represent the best of the UK Cyber Industry. I had the honour of meeting Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, along with Prince Phillip and many other senior members of the Royal Family. My … Continued

ACE and the Vivace Community

Surevine is proud to be a member of the Vivace community and has been since the beginning. What is Vivace? Vivace was created to provide innovative, agile and flexible solutions to problems in the communications data space for the UK’sl aw enforcement agencies. The community is built up of the best and brightest in the … Continued

The virus knows no borders

“The virus knows no borders” said the UK Prime Minister when asked about the threat of EU export restrictions on COVID vaccines. There was an immediate echo of an often repeated mantra in cyber security, that “Cyber is borderless”. Even cyber criminals use the existence of borders to their advantage, to hide their activities or to launch them from … Continued

Remote working in the pandemic

I know, another blog post about how someone is newly remote working because everyone is scared of other humans. But wait! I was at home already. Surevine is and always has been a Remote First company. There is no office, no building or door with our logo on it (which is frankly a shame, because … Continued

Remote working and how to make it work

Remote working; we all know how to do it now, right? To be clear, the forced, suddenly thrust upon us “working-at-home” experience of the last year is not to be confused with how companies have been successfully working remotely for years. Working remotely means someone has thought about it, planned it, designed and nurtured a … Continued