Peter Bruce Harvey
Entrepreneur, Digital Security Specialist, Investigator and Loving Husband
Peter was born in a town in Queensland Australia. The eldest son of Philip and Helen Harvey, he grew up in a middle class home. Philip was an electrical technician and Helen was a home maker. His parents also ran a business called Philighting which hired theatrical and concert lighting equipment to bands and events.
Coming from a technical background, Philip taught his son’s about electrical theory computers from an early age. Both his son’s took up computers and have made careers from them. They started out with the early commodore systems and then moved to the Intel 8088/8086 (XT) processors. Peter first learnt to program on these systems which provided the fundamentals of his understanding of computers.
With Philighting, Peter learnt all about theatrical systems from flying sets to sound checks. He ran lighting for school productions and helped out with the local musical union for shows like pirates of penzance, the music man and others.
As Peter grew up, he excelled in computer related subjects in school and then went on to Griffith University where he completed a Bachelor of Information Technology, majoring in Computer Science. Peter just completed studying a Masters in Information System Security. Peter has always had a genuine interest in anything technical, always wanting to know how it works and what else it could do. Computers was an excellent match for him as technology changes quickly and there is a never ending list of possibilities it could be used for.
While Peter’s first love has always been with computers, he always had a yearning for someone to love and to be loved in return. However being the person he was love never came easily. He did eventually find someone who would accept him as he was. On ANZAC day, 2010 Peter married Lyndal and they moved into their first house in Griffin, Queensland.
Peter’s first job was as a child going door to door selling bags of lollies. While not the most impressive of beginnings it did teach Peter about entrepreneurs and sales. Peter’s first actual job was casual sales with Dick Smith Electronics.
Peter’s first job from university was with the internet service provider Softtech Internet. Peter found this job very educational in terms of learning the technology and the business side of the technology business. From this job he became a programmer for Queensland Communications and Networking working on a security firewall the company was developing into a product. After a year he became the manager of unix and security services with the same company. Peter learnt a lot especially working with the managing director Graeme Wright during this time.
In 2004 Peter joined the Queensland Government as an information security officer and is currently a principal security specialist. Peter has also completed all the requirements and holds a Queensland Class 1 (manpower) license.
Hobbies and Interests
All work and no play not only makes one dull and boring, it also slowly sends a person insane. Everyone needs hobbies / distractions to everyday life. Something to help relax the mind, Peter is no different. Peter regularly goes to the cinema to watch the latest blockbuster. He is an avid reader and loves science fiction / fantasy category of books. Peter loves self improvement and looks for ways to develop himself including anything that could be considered a mentat ability (if you have read Frank Herbert’s book Dune you will understand the reference).
Peter still does lighting and sound for the odd theatrical production and concert.