Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus, was hacked – over 143 million U.S. accounts may have been leaked, making them much more vulnerable to identity theft and fraud. In this episode, I help you understand the potential impacts of this breach and give you several important actions you can take to protect yourself, including instituting a credit freeze on your account. Chris Romeo, CEO and Founder of Security Journey will help us understand the severity of this major news story and what we need to do to protect ourselves moving forward!

Is there such a thing as a good hacker? We will tackle what it takes to be a hacker – and why you actually might want to become one! Hackers are not all bad guys in hoodies hunched over a laptop. The hacker mentality is much more about a desire to tinker and solve puzzles, just applied to computers – and we need good hackers to help us combat the bad ones.

Chris Romeo is CEO and co-founder of Security Journey. His passion is to bring security belt programs to all organizations, large and small. He was the Chief Security Advocate at Cisco Systems for five years, where he guided Cisco’s Security Advocates, empowering engineers to “build security in” to all products at Cisco. He led the creation of Cisco’s internal, end-to-end security belt program launched in 2012. Chris has twenty years of experience in security, holding positions across the gamut, including application security, penetration testing, and incident response. Chris holds the CISSP and CSSLP.

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Additional Resources:
Check Equifax site to see if you were affected: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/potential-impact/
Freeze your credit at all three credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
Get your free annual credit reports: https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/get-my-free-credit-report

Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.