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Good Riddance to 2020, and Hello To Learning New Things in 2021

Well, that was certainly a challenging year. One thing it has shown us, is that we are now almost completely dependent on our digital world and that this is only going to increase as we go into the future.

Our life should be built around us continually learning, and never sitting back on our knowledge. So let 2021 be the year that you pushed yourself forward and learn something new within our digital world. If possible, try and avoid just surface learning, and properly understand the foundation principles of new ways of thinking. It is so easy to sit back and criticise new methods, without actually delving into them and seeing their potential for yourself.

So here are my Top 10 things to learn in 2021:

  1. Say hello to Data and Cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is now all about data. With only 72 hours to report on a data breach, the requirement for gathering information and data mining has never been so important. The world of data is now at your fingertips, and Python and R have opened them up to a massive potential for analysis. So my top tip is to learn Pandas, and along the way, you might learn a bit of maths, too. But the analysis of data on its own is often only part of the solution, and where we must chart our results in order to convey information. So go learn how to present data in a meaningful form. It might be bubble charts, linear graphs, log graphs, bar charts, and so on, but learn how to illustrate things so that you present meaningful data. In developing a career route my top tip would be to get into Splunk. The skills of the future will be focused on analytical skills, and in debugging, so go and exercise your brain. [Learn].


There you go! That was my Top 10 tips. We increasingly live in a world of surface learning, so go and be a true expert in something and learn it deeply. Don't end up being a ‘jack of all trades and master of none’.

What will your Top 10 things to learn in 2021 be? Remember don’t just surface learn …

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Professor of Cryptography. Serial innovator. Believer in fairness, justice & freedom. EU Citizen. Auld Reekie native. Old World Breaker. New World Creator.

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