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Stories by Alan Woodward

Is It Quantum Computing or Not?

This week I had a fascinating discussion on BBC Radio 4 with Dr Geordie Rose, the CTO of DWave, triggered by the news that NASA and Google are investing in DWave’s “quantum computer”.

May 17, 2013 — Alan Woodward

Unexpected Risks of Intelligent Infrastructure

In 1999 a technology manager called Kevin Ashton coined the phrase “The Internet of Things”. It was to convey the fact that not everything connected to the Internet generates data via humans tapping on keyboards.

April 24, 2013 — Alan Woodward

Quantum Cryptography At The End Of Your Road

In April of this year I wrote about how quantum cryptography (more properly called Quantum Key Distribution or QKD) was leaving the laboratory bench and is balanced on the cusp of entering into real-world use.

November 20, 2012 — Alan Woodward

Cloud Storage

Technology is awash with buzzwords, and one of the most used recently is “cloud computing”. It can be thought of as three layers, each built upon the layer below: Software as a Service (SaaS) –providers install and operate applications for users to access over the internet, ranging from simple office processing to complex customer relationship management systems; Platform as a Service (PaaS) – where providers offer use of a server with, for example, a database system already installed, onto which a user installs and runs their own applications; Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – where providers offer access to what appears to be computer hardware, such as disk storage or servers.

May 9, 2012 — Alan Woodward

How Safe Is Your Mobile?

We are at an interesting tipping point in terms of Internet access. We have just passed the point where there are more mobile devices on the planet than humans, and we will shortly pass the point where the Internet is routinely accessed via mobile devices more often than by laptops and desktops.

April 6, 2012 — Alan Woodward

Who's Responsible for Meeting the Cyber Threat?

Recently an old colleague, Dr Andrew Rogoyski, came to lecture to our MSc students on how government deals with cyber security. Dr Rogoyski has studied the interactions between government and industry and his talk led to a key question for which there was a surprising range of views.

March 30, 2012 — Alan Woodward