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

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

Multi-Agency Working: how collaboration continues to evolve

In May 2017, over 20,000 medical appointments, including critical cancer appointments and heart surgery, were cancelled when the WannaCry ransomware blazed across the UK. The common aspects of what makes the National Health Service “National” left the health service in the UK particularly vulnerable to this attack. It “democratized” cyber: very many of us in … Continued

Coworking, London style

Back in 2008 when we founded Surevine, it seemed natural to us that the collaboration tools we build would enable how we organise ourselves. We set up Surevine to bring the best of what was then emerging in the participative consumer social web (who can remember web2.0?) to the workplace. People were just starting to … Continued

Collaboration isn’t a crime, collusion is

I imagine that as you read this in board rooms across The City, particularly those hit by the $6Bn fines, fists will being banged on highly-polished mahogany tables demanding that access to collaboration technology be denied to those working in the bank. The argument will be that this needs to be done in order to … Continued

Digital Services Framework: resisting Pessimistic Procurement

Surevine are a young SME that slightly pre-dates both G-Cloud and the Digital Services Framework (DSF).  We started in 2008. Back then, we were confronted by UK Government Procurement teams that were pessimist.  We discovered that Procurement Officers had adopted contracts based on templates from the Government Procurement Service (now Crown Commercial Service – CCS). … Continued

Surevine Q&A: Stuart Murdoch

Credentials Role Founder & CEO Joined Surevine Before it was born The questions… What is your ‘alternative’ job title? Curiosity Curator How would you sum up your role in one sentence? Creating an environment which enables our teams to get the best out of one another, so they can keep making smart and innovative technology … Continued

Dispersing the FUD and being Open minded

Bubbling away on my social networks this morning was commentary on a so-called “open source vs. commercial software for CMS” decision tree. Surevine’s approach to working in the open means amongst other things that that we are thoughtful advocates of open source.  We encourage our customers to explore open source options and inspire them to … Continued

Tools for joining up a distributed workforce

“What tools do you find most useful for joining up a distributed workforce…?” …asked a friend, and I thought it would be better to share my thoughts here than stick it in an e-mail. Portable computing No desktops: laptops with docking stations Hyper portable laptop: solid state disks and light means you can take it … Continued