Steve Gold (Booted up 15 January 1956 – Logged off 12 January 2015)
Steve Gold, who died from complications arising from a heart operation on January 12th 2015, was an internationally renowned expert and commentator in the field of IT crime and cyber terrorism.
This stemmed from his 11 years of experience, which culminated in his role as a senior internal auditor/fraud investigator in the National Health Service.
As a journalist Steve has been specialising in communications as well as IT security for approaching three decades.
He has written on a freelance basis for a number of titles, including Accountancy Age, Computer Weekly, the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, Euromedia, the Guardian (IT and healthcare sections), IPTV, Micro Decision, Mobile News, Personal Computer World, The Review (Gemalto’s house business magazine) and The Times.
He assisted and co-wrote later editions of the Hackers Handbook, alongside Professor Peter Sommer, which was published in six editions between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s. It was a seminal communications book of its time and sold in excess of 60,000 copies.
Steve started his full-time journalistic career as a staff writer on Microscope in 1986 and helped launch PC Dealer, a trade computer reseller magazine the following year, where he rapidly moved from technical editor to editor in the space of four years.
He left the title to pursue a freelance career in 1991, helping Paul Robinson to found SC Magazine, the world’s first dedicated IT security news publication in 1994, as freelance news editor, a position he held until Paul sold the title to Haymarket Publishing in 2004.
In parallel with this, he helped a fellow team of US, Canadian and Australian writers launch and evolve a pioneering IT newswire – Newsbytes News Network – in the US in 1985. He and his colleagues later went on to sell the highly successful newswire to the Washington Post in the early 2000s.
In 2004 he joined Infosecurity Magazine as a contributor and soon became technical editor, assisting a succession of editors over a period of seven years in evolving both the print and online publications as the IT security industry developed and matured.
At his death, he was group editor for LGN Media, which publishes Cloud Computing World, Lawtech Magazine and Netcomms Europe. He also contributed to the news pages of SC Magazine on a regular basis.
Steve had also been a key member of the team at Turtle Consulting for more than 15 years. He was never to busy to squeeze in an emergency press release or feature article. Always cheerful and the fount of knowledge on all things technical and a source of inspiration to us all.
Taken from us far too early and sorely missed. We offer our sincere condolences to Steve’s family and friends.
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