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A veteran of both the US Army and US Air Force, Professor Wes O’Donnell is a highly sought after presenter who has recently spoken at TEDx on Data Visualization and the US Air Force Academy on Leadership. He is noted for his fascinating, informative, dynamic and entertaining keynotes. Wes educates companies and government organizations on a number of topics ranging from emerging technology and big data visualization to veteran’s issues and leadership. But Wes’ best talks tend to center around his personal journey from poverty to distinguished entrepreneur and professor; a truly inspiring journey.

The Technology Crutch: How Will Innovative Technology Improve Our Cybersecurity Defenses?

One consistent theme throughout Cybertech Fairfax 2017, which took place on Tuesday, June 13, was the critical need for innovative technology that safeguards against cyber intrusion.

Former DHS Secretary Chertoff: 'Is Your Company Cyber-Immunized?'

Michael Chertoff advises leaders to take a risk management, immunization approach for effective systems security at a DC-area cybersecurity conference.

Cyber Security Professionals Must Prevent Attacks or Be Terminated

My recent article, “Cyber Defenders Are Often Not Fired, When Others Would Be” stirred responses from many physical security professionals.

WannaCry Ransomware Leads to Discovery of Earlier Hack

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Cyber Defenders Are Often Not Fired, When Others Would Be

Is it fair that cyber defenders or information technology security specialists are usually not fired after a cyberattack?

Hacking Assistance for Social Oversharing

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Ransomware Could Escalate into Strategic Attacks on the US

After writing a series of articles on ransomware, I started thinking about how ransomware could be used in a strategic attack nationwide, rather than the attacks we’ve seen so far on business and personal computers.

Handling An Ransomware Attack When It Happens

When you have a ransomware attack on your computer system, your first reaction will be: Can the attack be stopped?

2017 Will Be The Year Of Cyber Warfare

Historical reflections on 2016 will likely be rife with words like “shocking” and “unprecedented” as so many developments this year confounded conventional wisdom, sober assessments and big data-denominated predictions.

IARPA’s Biometric Device Challenge

A challenge is underway set forth by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity or IARPA.