Cyber-security and novel research

photo taken by Taskin Ashiq

The book I’m currently writing is all about social media, entitled The Influencer, its about a social media queen who gets wrapped up in the case of a missing teenager and writing it has got me a bit fascinated with the cyber world, and cyber security in general.

I find it so intriguing to think that there is this whole other world that businesses and individuals are vulnerable to and taking measures to protect themselves against that most of us are unaware of. The setting is ripe for fiction and there have been loads of brilliant books centring around the subject, but there is always room for more.

However, if your anything like me, you won’t have a clue about cybersecurity and what that means if you run a business. Or how businesses are educating their employees about the subject.

Cyber security seminars

One of the best ways to learn about the subject is to go to a seminar. These are incredibly useful formal resources to learn about the type of threats that can be the focus of your story. Also, the types of practises used to keep systems safe.

Internet resources

Always my first port of call, this infographic shows how to combat cybersecurity threats and is a mine of information. I love resources like this as any one bit of information can spark an idea, or theme for a plot.

It’s the germ of an impression that can lead to a whole new way of thinking about a crime novel that you may already have an idea for. It can add credibility and give you new ways of approaching the subject. I’ve put it in here as a resource to look back on, for myself as much as you!

Infographic: University of Alabama Birmingham

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