About the Geek Peninsula

This site attempts to bring together into one place links to some (hopefully most) of the writing and other activities that have taken up most of my working time in the security industry. However, this is an independent, vendor-neutral site that is not sponsored or influenced by any organization or individual apart from the author.

While I’ve given up linking to all blogs, articles, media mentions etc. in (more or less) realtime, it is the best place to find most of my past papers and articles. If you really want to. ūüôā It may also serve as a home for the occasional fragment of security commentary that doesn’t quite belong anywhere else.

By anywhere else I mean sites to which I blogged before I (more or less) retired, in no particular order:

  • The ESET blog and resources site at We Live Security¬†(to which the old ESET blog site now redirects): my own blogs on that site are listed here. I spent several years working with ESET, and on the whole enjoyed those years, but I won’t be blogging there again.
  • IT Security UK is an independent (i.e. vendor neutral) blog site administered by Kevin Townsend. I contributed quite a few articles there, enjoying the opportunity to present my views on topics that weren’t necessarily appreciated by other sites and organizations I was working with. Sadly, there’s been no new content there for over a year.
  • Geek Peninsula II was closer to the original intent of this site. It flagged stuff I find interesting but with a minimum of commentary from me. Like a tweet, but I don’t have to watch the character count. Be warned: not everything I find interesting is security-related.
  • The (ISC)2 blog: archive of my own articles here.
  • The Infosecurity Magazine blog: my articles are archived here. I haven’t blogged there for some years.
  • The Mac Virus blog. My main outlet for commentary related to Mac/Apple security, OS X/iOS security, other mobile platforms and malware. Nearly all the articles there are mine, apart from a few by the pseudonymous Old Mac Bloggit, who chose to retire some time before I did.
  • The Anti-Malware Testing blog. Launched originally as a home for blog articles orphaned when AMTSO (the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization) decided that it was bad for its image to have independent commentary posted under the AMTSO banner and asked for the AMTSO blog to be removed. And now a home for my subsequent ruminations on security product testing issues. Again, everything is mine apart from the occasional interpolation by the pseudonymous Old Mac, who is now fully retired.
  • Check Chain Mail and Hoaxes. Originally focused on chainletters and hoaxes, but also to address various types of scam, spam, fraud and general misinformation. Basically all mine, with occasional input from Old Mac and the legendary Letitia Teaspoon.
  • The AVIEN blog. AVIEN was a significant force in security at one time but at this point is looking about as lively as the Norwegian Blue parrot. Up to the end of 2018 I used the blog page mostly as resources for information relating to a range of security issues. There’s also an AVIEN portal blog from the days when I was trying to breathe life into the organization, which is currently dormant, but I suppose that might change. But that will be without further help from me.
  • Securiteam is a blog with a wide range of bloggers, often taking advantage of the site to represent themselves to present their own thoughts, rather than representing the companies they work for. We all need to do that from time to time… I haven’t blogged there for many years, though I occasionally wear the t-shirt – the only one I know of with my name on it!

I also have some blogs that aren’t primarily (or at all) concerned with security.

  • Dataholics: the IT addiction¬†is IT-oriented, but not strictly, and often strays far from security issues. More about humour, cheesy cartoons, and raw sarcasm.
  • Parodies Regained¬†probably speaks for itself. Some of the content is security-related, but anything (or nothing)¬†could turn up there, depending on my mood…
  • David Harley Words & Music, David Harley’s Songs, and David Harley’s Verse¬†are entirely self-explanatory.
  • Shropshire Blues¬†is about the part of the world I used to live in. I’m now living in the West Country,¬†so as I drift deeper into semi-retirement and music supplants security, Wheal Alice¬†Music is becoming the focus for more musical activity. Some of the stuff that already exists elsewhere is gradually drifting into Cornwall, virtually speaking.
  • Small Blue-Green World kind of ties everything together, Small Blue-Green World being my own (very tiny) company. Which is definitely not doing much nowadays.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World


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