About Me

I'm Kev Quirk, a cyber security profession based in the UK. I share my thoughts and ideas on this site from time to time. I ride my motorbikes as much as humanly possible. I am a Linux and open source advocate.

Motorbikes

What can I say about bikes, except for the fact that I love them. I currently have a 2012 Kawasaki Versys 650, having recently sold my Honda CB1000R in favour of a car. Sacrilege, I know!

As well as riding bikes, I'm also heavily involved in the community around them. I'm a member of the Institute of Advanced Motorists and a council member at my local group, Wirral Advanced Motorcyclists.

Cyber Security

I find cyber security irresistibly interesting, but apart from an interest in the subject, I'm lucky enough to do what I love for a living. I'm a cyber cecurity Incident Manager for Bank Of America - I'm part of a fantastic team and work with some of the best cyber security professionals in the industry.

Writing

For the last 6 years or so, I've enjoyed blogging in my spare time. I started my first blog, Refugeeks back in 2010 on Google's free blogging platform, Blogger. Fast forward 3 years and Refugeeks was a self-hosted Goliath that was regularly seeing over 2.5 million unique visits per month. Refugeeks became too much work with my day job, so I took the decision to sell it eventually.

As well as Refugeeks, I also had staff writing positions on a number of popular technology blogs, including MakeUseOf and OMG!Ubuntu!

After a break from blogging for a couple of years, I've decided to come back to it on this, my personal blog.

Refugeeks
Refugeeks before I sold it.

Technology

Aside from cyber security, I am interested in technology generally. It could be anything from website design, to open source software and Linux, to general discussions about technology concepts and ideas.

I have a particular interest in Linux and open-source software. My home is a Windows free zone as I find the freedom and work flow in Linux to be much more suited to the way I use my devices.

My current Linux OS is Ubuntu Mate.