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054: Fighting Crime On the Streets To Catching Keyboard Gangsters w/Morgan Wright Part 2

July 27, 2017

Google and Facebook are the epitome of unchecked power. What are the biggest mistakes we’re making when it comes to our online security? Why isn’t there a category king in the internet security space? Why is every company a tech company nowadays? On this episode, we are joined by Morgan Wright, who shares on his career and staying safe in this highly connected world.

It’s hard for people to quantify the value of security immediately. Unlike seat belts, and planes, there is no immediate impact if I have a bad password. -Morgan Wright  

Takeaways

  1. Facebook is not a platform for you to exploit, you are a platform for Facebook to exploit.
  2. Hacking is often self imposed, we shoot ourselves in our foot with bad passwords and weak security.
  3. It’s not about what security stops, it’s about what it makes possible.

At the start of the show, Morgan shared on how he got started and his background as a cop. We also talked about his current job as a security expert, and what people need to do to be safe on the internet. We also talked about why hacking is mostly self-imposed, what security companies get wrong with their marketing, and why companies really have to elevate the CISO. Towards the end of the show, we talked about the importance of making security a part of your culture.

Morgan also spoke about;

  • Ransomware as a service
  • Reasonable suspicion vs. probable cause
  • Why are there no category kings in internet security
  • What country he fears the most
  • Why every home needs a shredder

In this day and age, you should be as able to talk about security as you are about profit and loss, human resources, and the stock price. Until we get to that point, security won’t be taken as seriously as the bottom line. We have to make security part of our culture if we want it to really become a priority. Remember things like good passwords, secure VPN and two-factor authentication, make the biggest difference in keeping you safe.

Guest Bio

Morgan Wright is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyber terrorism, 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. Go to MorganWright.us for more information on his work.

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