Today on Live with Bottleneck, we talk about how we can keep ourselves safe and secure through the prevention of cyber threats. There’s no other perfect person to speak about this topic other than Morgan Wright. Morgan is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity strategy, cyberterrorism, identity theft, and privacy.
Morgan briefly discussed his personal and professional background. He also answered a few questions that popped out from the live audience about how relevant cyber threats are, especially for women. In fact, Morgan shares that while romance scams ranked 10 in terms of all cyber crimes, it ranked number two in terms of amount of money lost.
“Cyberspace has allowed us to learn a lot about people because we post a lot of stuff online and unless you know what you’re looking for and you can see the signs, a lot of people will catfish you.” – Morgan Wright
Secure The Basics
Moving on to the topic about remote work and security, Morgan advises to secure the basics, since prevention will eliminate 90-95% of the threats. His advice is to encrypt everything — data at rest and data in motion. Additionally, he encourages separating work from personal home wifi connections.
He also mentions his course offering about creating long complex passwords which you never have to write down.
“By the way, this fiction of having to change your passwords every 30 days, the only thing it does is ensure that the next password is weaker than the previous one and then the next word password after that one is weaker than the previous two.” – Morgan Wright
Visiting Links and Websites
Morgan warns that most often than not, most ransomware are from links that you clicked and websites that you visited. He also reminds about using VPN when connecting in public wifi spaces such as in coffee shops, since you expose all your passwords and credentials.
“You will become a much harder target. Think of it this way, you’re walking down the street and you see a house that has the front door open, the windows are open, the garage door is open and the car is not there. Obviously, somebody is not home. What you want to do is you want to harden the target a little bit. Close the doors, close your blinds, close your windows.” – Morgan Wright
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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.
A highly seasoned interviewer and moderator, Morgan has helped the largest companies in the world shape and change markets through effective, engaging interviews with senior executives and newsmakers in the complex world of cybersecurity and cyberterrorism.
Whether it’s moderating a product launch panel discussion with the world’s most famous hacker, or interviewing the CIO of the world’s largest security company,
Morgan delivers with compelling questions and insight honed by 30 years of expertise. This includes over 400 appearances on national news shows where he’s been interviewed as well by the best in the business.
Discussion and interview goals are always to inspire, inform and entertain with just the right amount of humor and wit.
Connect with Morgan!
Linkedin: Morgan Wright