Forest Gump of Cyber Security

National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)

By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick
Twitter: @drnic1
Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist#TheIncrementalist

On this episode I talked to Kelvin Coleman, Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) (@StaySafeOnline) that is building lasting public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to help enable us all to be cyber aware and cyber safe.

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Kelvin describe himself as the Forest Gump of Cybersecurity building the ultimate team to help combat the challenges of security and cybersecurity. Bringing together competing companies and government agencies who are all united in their focus to bring education and awareness making the world cyberliterate.

We have seen a collection of new scams that find cyber bad actors posing as survey companies, healthcare companies and more to glean consumer information and perpetrate fraud (the DOJ even issued guidance alerting consumers to the rise in “post-vaccine survey scams). This is no the first time we have seen this, back in 1918 newspapers were filled with scams and snake oil, only today we use technology and information moves faster as must our response.

As Kelvin shares these groups are very well organized and are highly effective – you can get a sense of the extent of these organization in Mark Rober’s video that details the why, how and background to some of these scams and even includes “Glitter Bombing” them.

Their simple message of action for everyone is:

  • Robust password
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Keep Your Machine patched

Listen in to hear how the NCSA is approaching the messaging success we have seen with the likes of Smokey the Bear, the inclusion of identity management and the clear message that this is a solvable problem in the same way that car safety and seat belt wearing was a problem that could and was solved.

About the Show
For years Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, has served as a voice on the impact of new technologies on healthcare, earning a reputation as a leading authority on where the future of medicine is going. Combining powers of observation and real world experience, Dr. Nick has seen many predictions come true and makes the case that innovations in healthcare can be accomplished incrementally, not just by moonshot events. Tune in to hear Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist and his guests discuss what the future of healthcare looks like, how we will get there, and what it will take to improve healthcare for all.

This article was originally published on the Dr. Nick – The Incrementalist blog and is republished here with permission.