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“Ideas, people and content”: What Dan Raywood of Dark Reading is on the lookout for at International Cyber Expo

By September 20, 2023November 28th, 2023No Comments

In our first blog post leading up to the event, we spoke with Lisa Ventura MBE, a member of International Cyber Expo’s Advisory Council, who discussed how important inclusivity will be to the future of the cybersecurity industry, and why this is at the heart of International Cyber Expo’s ethos.

In our second blog post, we have turned to one of our longest standing friends in the media, Dan Raywood, to understand his goals for the show. Dan has spent more than 20 years in B2B journalism, covering areas as wide as minicabs, garment decoration, mortgages and cybersecurity.

Notably, as a cybersecurity journalist, he covered IT and information security for SC Magazine, IT Security Guru, and Infosecurity Magazine. Dan’s current position is as a senior editor for Dark Reading global, where he has a particular brief to cover cybersecurity news and trends coming out of Africa and the Middle East, giving him enormous insights into the market and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

See below for Dan’s hopes for this year’s International Cyber Expo!

What kind of technology are you interested in finding out about at International Cyber Expo 2023?“I’m less on the lookout for technology at the show, and more for ideas. What is different and challenging the norm, what led to this being developed, and who caused this to be made. Mainly though, I’m looking for people and ideas for content – what does our readership need to know about and what helps them do their jobs better.”

What kind of trends are you anticipating the show to shed light on/reflect?
“We’ve all heard a lot about AI over the last 12 months and I’d expect that to be among the main talking points, but as well as that is challenging technology and society, the old problems still remain: vulnerabilities, a lack of staff, porous defences and CISOs without the time and capability to stop the most basic infiltration and attack. It may not be the most thrilling story to tell, but it’s those that matter the most.”

What makes a good trade show for a technology journalist?

“Usually a place to work and free tea and coffee are all we need! Also it’s good to have a range of speakers and talks that offer a new perspective and give us ideas, as well as speakers who are new to us – there are a lot of great people around but it’s good to see some new names and faces too.”

Your favourite ever trade show freebie?
“I do get asked this a lot, and I’ve had a few excellent freebies over the years that have proved useful. Decent power banks are always good, but the best was a plug adapter which I still use to this day. I spent lockdown clearing out a lot of old swag including a lot of free T-shirts!”

International Cyber Expo takes place on the 26th and 27th of September at the Olympia, London. For more information or to arrange a chat with the Eskenzi team during the event, please drop us an email at We’ll also be on Booth 75 throughout the event so please do stop by and say hello. See you at the show!