Who Is Kev Quirk?

Hi there 👋 my name is Kev Quirk, welcome to my little corner of the Internet. On this page you can learn a little about me, my interests and what makes me tick.

During the day I work in the Information Security industry. I’m currently a Senior Vice President at Bank of America, where I lead the Cyber Threat Operations Centre (CTOC) that covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

I have worked in the InfoSec industry for over a decade now. Prior to this I was in the British Army where I served all over the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

In my personal life I’m a father of two and a husband of one. All in all I’m extremely privileged and very happy.

My hobbies & interests

Outside of work, I’m still a complete and utter nerd. I enjoy both writing and learning about privacy, open source software and web design/development. I’m also somewhat of a keyboard snob.

When I’m not sat at my keyboard, I try to keep fit by running a few times a week and walking the dog most days. I’ve even been known to head into the garage and lift some weights from time to time.

I’m partial to the occasional craft beer and spiced rum. Although I try not to conform with the binge drinking reputation that us Brits have.

I also have a deep love of motorbikes. I’ve been riding for many years and I’m an advanced motorcyclist. Having ridden many motorbikes over the years, from large tourers, to naked sportsbikes, I currently have something completely different:

Me on my Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

We have lots of pets in Casa del Quirk. There’s 2 dogs, a cat and 4 (yes, FOUR) fish tanks, which contain approximately 150 fish in total and easily a couple hundred shrimp.

Colophon

OK, enough about me. Let’s talk about the technicalities of how this website is put together. I’ve had a number of people ask me question like “what do you use for x?” So I hope this section will help.

This website

This site is built upon WordPress. I use a custom child theme and the excellent GeneratePress Pro theme. I have a lifetime subscription to GeneratePress, and it’s worth every penny.

The font I use on this site is Fira Sans Condensed for most of my type, which is (in my opinion) a beautiful sans-serif font, created by Mozilla. For serif text I use Meta Serif, which is a precursor to Fira Sans. Code blocks use Fira Mono.

Hosting is provided by Cloudways, who offer excellent managed WordPress hosting. Finally I have BunnyCDN sitting in front of Cloudways, providing my global CDN. Again, an excellent service at a very reasonable price.

To give you an idea, this site costs me around £12/month in managed hosting and CDN charges.

Something missing?

If you think there’s something I should add here, please let me know.