Kristin Judge

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Award-winning, Nationally Recognized Cybersecurity Expert Who Advises Private and Public Sector Organizations on Cybercrime Detection and Prevention; Former Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA); CEO & Founder, Cybercrime Support Network

Biography

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.”

Prior to launching CSN, which provides cybercrime victims with much-needed assistance and resources, Judge worked with federal, state and local law enforcement and consumer protection agencies. A newly elected county commissioner at the time, Judge’s cybersecurity expertise soon got the attention of the Obama White House, which led to her being recruited as a spokesperson and interpreter for the Department of Homeland Security. Her mission was to connect state and local governments to federal services and technology needed to improve cybersecurity. Later, as the Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Judge worked with Google, FTC, FBI, SBA, DHS, NIST, congressional leaders and other key stakeholders across the country to educate businesses and consumers on how to protect sensitive data.

A former educator and school counselor, Judge is an engaging and skilled communicator with a unique gift for translating complex concepts into easily understood terms, allowing for various stakeholders to successfully work together. Among her many educational programs are her popular “CyberThreat Thursday” broadcasts, which provide viewers with valuable insights and perspectives from leading experts in the cybersecurity field.

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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Kristin Judge is an award-winning cybersecurity expert, advisor, speaker and commentator who has appeared on C-SPAN and other major broadcast media outlets. She is often interviewed by technology publications like SC Magazine and Government Technology about best practices for online safety.

In 2016, President Obama added her two-factor program to his cybersecurity document. In 2017, she was chosen for the third cohort in the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program and named one of SC Media’s Women in IT Security Influencers.” In 2018, she was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum Women of Influence Award for Public Sector and Academic Achievement. And in 2020, she was named a Women Leaders for the World (WLW) Fellow. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Partnership Against Cybercrime, the New York Cyber Task Force and the Third Way Cyber Enforcement Initiative.

During her popular LinkedIn Learning Course called “Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses: Essential Training,” Judge shares best practices with elected officials, businesses and consumers, based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. 

Kristin Judge is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Videos

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How to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

February 9, 2021

Practical Tips and Resources to Improve the Cybersecurity Posture of Your Business

November 4, 2020

Cyber Security - How to Stay Out of the News! (Video)

October 21, 2020

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges During the COVID-19 Pandemic

September 17, 2020

Youth and Cybercrime (Audio)

September 15, 2020

How to Protect Your Small Business From Cybercrime with Kristin Judge (Audio)

September 2, 2020

Interview with Kristin Judge, Founder & CEO Cybercrime Support Network (Audio)

September, 2020

No One Path (Audio)

August 25, 2020

The FTC Orders Uber to Better Protect Customer Privacy

August 15, 2020

Check How Well You Spot a Scam

May 28, 2020

COVID-19 + Cyber Crime

April 8, 2020

Cybersecurity Effectiveness Podcast (Audio)

March 23, 2020

Cybercrime Support: Victory for the Midmarket

December 24, 2019

What to Do If You Become a Victim of Cybercrime?

November, 2019

Dial 211 for Cyberattacks

October 31, 2019

How to Support Cybercrime Victims

April 25, 2019

Great Leadership in Cyber Security While Tackling Cybercrime (Audio)

January 21, 2019

Government Technology logo

Cybercrime Support Network

December 2, 2018

Cyber Security and Your Business (Audio)

September 14, 2017

Men: This is How You Can Be Safe Using Dating Apps ($)

August 16, 2017

Cyber Threats Can Pose Significant Risks to Small Businesses (Audio)

July 26, 2017

Chicago Business Journal logo

How to Protect Your Small Business from Cyberattacks

July 13, 2017

Tech Giants and Others Pooling Resources to Support Small Businesses' Use of Technology

June 30, 2017

Public Sector Upgrading Cyber Security

October 28, 2016

Digital Security

December 14, 2015

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Judge, Kristin

Biography

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.”

Prior to launching CSN, which provides cybercrime victims with much-needed assistance and resources, Judge worked with federal, state and local law enforcement and consumer protection agencies. A newly elected county commissioner at the time, Judge’s cybersecurity expertise soon got the attention of the Obama White House, which led to her being recruited as a spokesperson and interpreter for the Department of Homeland Security. Her mission was to connect state and local governments to federal services and technology needed to improve cybersecurity. Later, as the Director of Government Affairs at the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), Judge worked with Google, FTC, FBI, SBA, DHS, NIST, congressional leaders and other key stakeholders across the country to educate businesses and consumers on how to protect sensitive data.

A former educator and school counselor, Judge is an engaging and skilled communicator with a unique gift for translating complex concepts into easily understood terms, allowing for various stakeholders to successfully work together. Among her many educational programs are her popular “CyberThreat Thursday” broadcasts, which provide viewers with valuable insights and perspectives from leading experts in the cybersecurity field.

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.”

# # #

Kristin Judge is an award-winning cybersecurity expert, advisor, speaker and commentator who has appeared on C-SPAN and other major broadcast media outlets. She is often interviewed by technology publications like SC Magazine and Government Technology about best practices for online safety.

In 2016, President Obama added her two-factor program to his cybersecurity document. In 2017, she was chosen for the third cohort in the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program and named one of SC Media’s Women in IT Security Influencers.” In 2018, she was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum Women of Influence Award for Public Sector and Academic Achievement. And in 2020, she was named a Women Leaders for the World (WLW) Fellow. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Partnership Against Cybercrime, the New York Cyber Task Force and the Third Way Cyber Enforcement Initiative.

During her popular LinkedIn Learning Course called “Cybersecurity for Small and Medium Businesses: Essential Training,” Judge shares best practices with elected officials, businesses and consumers, based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework. 

Kristin Judge is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Speech Topics

COVID-19 and Cybercrime

Since COVID-19 took hold across the world, there’s been an increase in online scams, robocalls and cyberthreats. With more online shopping, texting and zooming going on, cyber criminals are looking for different ways to invade privacy and exploit personal information. Kristin Judge outlines what businesses and individuals need to know about ongoing COVID-19 scams, the potentially dangerous effects of bots, AI and IoT, and how this activity is affecting the cyber ecosystem. Participants will learn how to identify potential threats, what actions they can take to prevent an attack and what tools and best practices will allow them to use technology securely.

The Role of Leaders in Stopping Cybercrime

Is your organization practicing good data hygiene? Cybersecurity is a leadership and risk management issue, not a loss prevention or IT issue, says Kristin Judge. Leaders across an organization, including CIOs, CTOs, CEOs and HR Managers, need to be involved in the effort to protect their organizations from data breaches, hacking and cyberthreats. That includes allocating enough resources to support the effort such as funding and staff. In this presentation, Judge educates participants on the full range of cyberthreats that can affect their organization and provides preemptive tools and solutions leaders can use to prepare themselves and their employees for potential attacks.

The Future of Cybersecurity

Cybercrime is increasing at a rate faster than any other category of crime. The damage to economies, businesses, communities and individuals is immense and often invisible. Drawing on her work with the World Economic Forum’s Partnership Against Cybercrime initiative, Kristin Judge outlines what the future of cybersecurity will look like, how it will rely on public-private collaborations and what actions must be taken to ensure the success of those collaborations. This is a powerful opportunity for key private and public sector stakeholders – including law enforcement agencies, international organizations, cybersecurity companies, service and platform providers, global corporations and not-for-profit alliances – to fully understand the cybersecurity challenges their organizations will face in the future and to design preemptive plans to tackle this ominous and growing problem.

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Workshops

Outsmarting the Bots, Deep Fakes and Internet of Things (IoT)

Fraud, hacking and scams are just a few of the many cyberthreats governments, businesses and individuals face every day. Cybercriminals can potentially shut down entire water and electrical systems. It’s not enough to be aware of the cyberthreats, says Kristin Judge. People must change their behavior. In this dynamic and informative workshop, Judge takes participants on a deep dive into their own online behaviors, examining the systems, software and apps they use and how much information they share. She teaches them how to spot online fakes and bots and provides empowering tools and solutions for online safety and cybercrime prevention. This can be scheduled as a half-day, full-day or two-day workshop.

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