How to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Where do you turn when you discover your organization’s computer system has been hacked? More importantly, how do you prevent it from happening in the first place?

In a world dominated by digital information oversharing, data breaches have become all too frequent, which is why every organization needs an airtight system for protecting proprietary data.

Kristin Judge – an award-winning, nationally recognized authority on cybersecurity – advises businesses, governments and consumers on solutions to what currently amounts to an $8 billion – and growing – global problem. An insider, Judge is part of a close-knit international community of research experts and collaborators whose main mission is to detect and prevent hacking and cybercrimes.

One of my key roles is to serve as a translator between IT and leadership since they sometimes speak a different language,” says Judge, who founded the nonprofit Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) in 2017 after realizing victims of fraud, hacking and scams had nowhere to turn for help. “My other key role is advising leaders on the importance of allocating enough funds to fight cybercrime. Some organizations don’t make cybersecurity a priority, or they underfund the effort. I help them understand the full range of potential threats and solutions and why the investment makes sense.

A former advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and former Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Judge is known for her dynamic presentations and lively interactive workshops like “Outsmarting the Bots, Deep Fakes and Internet of Things (IoT).” Over the years, she has advised organizations such as Google and worked closely with government agencies like FTC, FBI, SBA, DHS, and NIST, helping them educate businesses and consumers on how to protect sensitive data.

Through talks and advisory work, Judge continues to share indispensable tools and advice with people on all sides of the cybersecurity challenge, from CIOs, IT pros and policymakers to law enforcement agencies, advocacy organizations and consumers.

“We are 10 years behind the hackers,” says Judge. “This is not just a prevention and awareness issue. We need to change the way people behave.”

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Be sure to tune into Kristin Judge’s popular weekly broadcast “CyberThreat Thursday” which features valuable insights and perspectives from leading experts in the cybersecurity field.

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