ContraRisk is a collective of seasoned, independent journalists specialising in information security, privacy and e-identity.

In addition to journalism and blogging, we will soon begin publishing a regular series of in-depth reports on specific areas of information security. Unlike reports from analysts and vendors, we have no axe to grind and no products or services to sell. We will tell it as we find it, in a readable, journalistic style backed up by extensive research and meta-analysis of the existing literature.

Tracey Caldwell is the editor of Biometric Technology Today, published by Elsevier. She has written extensively for Network Security and Computer Fraud & SecurityShe has also written on biometrics and ICT security for national newspaper supplements.

Tim Ring is editor of IT Adviser magazine. He writes for Computer Fraud & Security, Network Security and SC Magazine, and was launch editor of four IT titles – LAN Magazine, Outsourcing Today, Conspectus, PC Dealer – and the Evaluation Centre website.

NESECFSSteve Mansfield-Devine has been a freelance journalist since 1981, mostly covering the IT beat for titles ranging from trade weeklies and consumer monthlies through to national newspapers. He’s currently editor of the monthly journals Network Security and Computer Fraud & Security, published by Elsevier. And he’s a Certified Ethical Hacker.


Steve Gold (1956-2015) was an ex-hacker from the 1980s (when it was legal). A former internal auditor and fraud investigator with the NHS, he worked with IT since the early 1980s, covering communications and security issues. In addition to journalism, Steve lectured on the psychology of hacking. He died in Jan 2015.


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