My Motivational Experience at SCaLE 17x: I’m Pumped Up!

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I couldn’t attend the RSA Conference this past weekend so instead of staying home upset over having to miss out on all the cyber goodies, I attended SCaLE 17x in Pasadena, CA. In case you didn’t know, SCaLE is the Southern California Linux Expo and this past weekend, they hosted their 17th Annual conference in […]

The Right to be Forgotten

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The “right to be forgotten” is the idea that individuals have the right to “determine the development of their life in an autonomous way, without being stigmatized due to an action performed in the past.” (Mantelero, 2013).

4 Essential Security Terms: Assets and Vulnerabilities vs Threats vs Risks

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Assets and Vulnerabilities vs Threats vs Risks   Although rarely understood by those outside the field of security, the nuances between these terms are critical. Especially if you even intend to protect your company’s assets.

My Experience Creating a Small and Medium Business Threat Intelligence Website


If you read this post, chances are: you’re curious about my portfolio piece, or an entrepreneur interested in small and medium business threat intelligence.

4 Simple Tips to Boost Cybersecurity for Your Startup – TODAY

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You may not want to spend your limited funds on it, but cybersecurity for your startup is one of those invisible necessities you should invest in from Day 1. After all, you don’t realize how truly valuable it is until your assets are compromised. Do you have a plan to implement cybersecurity for your startup?

Tips for Enterprises on Protecting Yourself From Ransomware


Follow my blog with Bloglovin >>  For most business owners, cybersecurity may seem daunting, mysterious, and scary. With all the examples of ransomware in the news nowadays, it seems that no one is safe. That isn’t true, however. There are easy tips and tools you can use to protect your business from ransomware. Here are […]

[VIDEO] 7 Reasons to Join Your Campus Cybersecurity Team in 2019

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Sure, there are always great resources for cybersecurity students to study on their own, but nothing beats hands-on experience gained in friendly competition. To that end, I’m here to give you 7 reasons you should join your campus’ cybersecurity team in 2019.

My Cybersecurity Goals for 2019


I can’t believe it’s already 2019 and I’ve just completed my first two classes in cybersecurity. They were difficult but very rewarding – I learned so much! This time last year I was dabbling in digital media, without a clue as to how much I would enjoy cybersecurity, much less how to get my foot […]

63 Tips for Improving Your Online Security


Living a connected life can definitely have its perks: what feels like limitless access to learning and entertainment, the ability to engage with global communities, and shopping from the comfort of your couch. But these benefits also have their dark side: an increased chance of breaches of privacy from marketers and politicians and threats from […]

Lessons Learned As A First-Term Cybersecurity Student


I’m just about done with my first term in my cybersecurity program! It’s been such a great experience so far that I’d like to share my top lessons learned as a first-term cybersecurity student.

Electronic Health Records… Are they worth the risk?


When it comes to digitizing documents, it seems like healthcare would be a great place to start, wouldn’t it? Doctors treating a patient can discuss potential courses of action. Patients can access their test results from the comfort of their home. It sounds like a dream. However, research has shown that up to 90% of […]

[VIDEO] But I’m a Really Boring Person… Do I Really Need to Protect My Privacy?

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 “Go on, hack me. I have nothing to hide.” “Do I really need to protect my privacy that intensely? I guess I just don’t see the point when I don’t really do much on my computer.” “If anyone hacked my webcam, they’d just be really bored.” “I’m just a nobody, the hackers wouldn’t waste […]

What is a Password Manager and Why Use One?


Last week we talked about how to create a secure password and examples of what makes a good (or bad) password. Remember how all the examples of strong passwords were impossible to remember? Well, don’t worry, because that’s where password managers come in.

How to Create a Secure Password

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As technology continues to improve and grow in reach, we find it seeping into more and more aspects of our lives. Online school, shopping, e-filing taxes, personalized care (Prose and Curology, anyone?), digitized health records, and it always starts the same way:

Is Facebook Putting You At Risk?


Of course it is, who am I kidding? Since the fall of Myspace, Facebook has been a solid fixture in our society. More recently, however, thanks to its dicey role in scandals (elections or otherwise), Facebook’s user numbers have been on the decline. But perhaps you’re still on Facebook? If so, you may be endangering […]

More Resources for Cybersecurity Students


When I first began my CyberSec program, it took me about a month to really catch the bug to want to learn. Maybe it had something to do with transitioning to being back in school after so long. Or perhaps it was because I felt a little (read: a LOT) out of my comfort zone […]

Staying Safe This Holiday Season: Online Safety Begins Offline

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The holidays should be a happy time. Friends and families gather to give thanks and show their love and appreciation for each other. Unfortunately, however, it’s one of the seasons when scammers are most active. So how can you protect yourself from cyber attacks this holiday season?

12 Days of Christmas


Today is the first of December and since this is a brand new blog, I would like to spend this holiday season giving you, my readers, plenty of new content to check out on the page.

How to Stay Safe Online Shopping During the Holidays

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The holidays are here! I am a total nut when it comes to the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love the get-togethers, gift-giving (and receiving), the whole shebang. But… what I don’t love about the holidays? How active the black hats get online. So be sure to follow these steps to keep yourself safe […]

What is PII and How to Keep It Safe


What is PII? PII stands for Personally Identifying Information. Personally identifying information refers to any information that can be used to identify an individual person on paper or online.