Why You Should Worry About Being Hacked and Who Can Help
It is no secret that cybersecurity has been at the forefront of everyone’s minds in recent years. From Hollywood to D.C., or FedEx to Yahoo, businesses, individuals and yes, even governments, have become victims to hacking. While many of these high-profile hacks may seem distanced from you as a consumer, it’s actually much closer than you think. Wall Street Journal tech columnist Joanna Stern estimated that in 2016, 1 out of 3 consumers would be hacked, and that number is set to increase in 2017. The truth is that the more technologically advanced we become, the more information we disseminate into cyberspace. Moreover, the more information we offer, whether it be on our phones, through social media, or otherwise, the more likely we are to be hacked.
How many times have you received a Facebook friend request from someone with whom you were already friends or seen someone apologize for that inappropriate picture that he/she clearly did not post to Instagram? We hear stories all the time of card readers at a gas station stealing customer bank information. Next thing you know, you’ve made a $500 purchase at a Walmart across the country. It’s that simple, folks. Hackers don’t necessarily care WHO they hack; they exist to disrupt. And whether you are a sweet southern belle from Memphis, TN or the President of the United States, that is exactly what a cyber-attack will do.
So, what can you do about it? There are plenty of tricks out there that you can and should use in both your personal and professional careers, such as regularly updating your password and keeping close watch over your accounts. But, if you want to dig deeper and really learn and make sure you are doing the right things, there are dozens of cybersecurity speakers and experts that you can invite to your company to educate your audience, and insure your “digital protection”.
Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator. During the majority of that time, he was assigned to the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Task Force where he focused on computer crime investigations. As an active investigator, he has been involved in numerous major criminal investigations including online child solicitation, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, terrorist threats, and computer intrusions. He has trained thousands of individuals in the use of his investigative techniques. He also served as the technical advisor for the television hacker drama “Mr. Robot”. His books “Open Source Intelligence Techniques” and “Hiding from the Internet” have been best sellers in both the United States and Europe. Michael currently works and resides in Washington, D.C.
Carol Rollie Flynn
Carol Rollie Flynn is Managing Principal at Singa Consulting, a professional services firm that provides security, cyber-security, intelligence, leadership coaching, and training services to the private sector and governments. A frequent keynote speaker for public and private sector groups and organizations, Ms. Flynn is a 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) where she held senior executive positions including Director of the CIA’s Leadership Academy, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America, and Clandestine Operations Officer in Africa and Southeast Asia. She attained a rank of Senior Intelligence Service-04 (SIS-04), equivalent to a three star general when officially interacting with the U.S. military. She has extensive experience in intelligence, security, and crisis leadership.
John Sileo’s identity was stolen from his business and used to embezzle $300,000 dollars from his clients. While the thief covered his crimes using Sileo’s identity, John and his business were held legally and financially responsible for the felonies committed. The breach destroyed John’s company and consumed two years of his life as he fought to stay out of jail.
In response, John made it his mission to help others protect the private data that represents their wealth. Now America’s leading keynote speaker on privacy, identity and technology protection, John specializes in making security fun and engaging for audiences so that it works. John’s most requested topics include identity theft prevention, online privacy, social media exposure, mobile technology, and social engineering and cyber security.
John Sileo is the award-winning author of many books including Privacy Means Profit (Wiley), the host of Burning Questions Live and has recently appeared on 60 Minutes, Anderson Cooper and Fox Business.
Morgan Wright is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft and privacy. His landmark testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information. He has made hundreds of appearances on national news, radio, print and web, and has spoken to audiences around the world. Previously Morgan was a Senior Advisor in the US State Department Antiterrorism Assistance Program and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for the 2012 Republican National Convention. In addition to 18 years in state and local law enforcement, Morgan has developed solutions in defense, justice and intelligence for the largest technology companies in the world.
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