When Jeremy Paxman was booked to appear at Infosecurity Europe 2017, I can only assume that this was before Theresa May had called the General Election to take place in the same week. If he was marveling at how busy he was, he was not the only one. When we attended the event, visitors were queuing up around the block in the rain, and the reception staff gave me a name badge of another Richard Cook, they were so overwhelmed. My namesake was a senior IT professional from a well-known brand, which meant that I was much more popular in the exhibition hall then I had a right to be. You should see the swag that I bagged!