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John Boitnott is a regular contributor to Inc., Entrepreneur, and Business Insider, so we’re very excited to announce he’ll be on-hand reporting from next week’s Digital Identity Summit. He’ll be interviewing several cybersecurity experts via Facebook Live on our page.
Writing for Inc., John recently included cybersecurity as among the top refresher courses employees should take every year:
Businesses can start with basic training from the Department of Homeland Security, then choose more specific training on a yearly basis. A course on password security training could be beneficial one year, with a course on mobile device safety required of employees the next year.
As a reporter, John’s current cybersecurity-related interests are data breach disclosure and encryption:
“It took a couple of years for word to get out that a ‘state sponsored actor’ hacked Yahoo and stole millions of people’s data,” John explains. “At what point should that have been disclosed? Should there be a nationwide law on this? Right now it’s just a patchwork of state laws.” As to encryption, he explains, “We all know about how Apple wouldn’t help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters. Should hardware and software developers build encryption into their products that can’t be unlocked without the help of the user?”
Starting October 12, John will be discussing those topics and many more via Facebook Live video from the Summit in Rancho Palos Verdes. If you have questions you’d like to ask him or his guests, please Tweet them to John at @jboitnott. And follow his social media channels for further updates:
ThreatMetrix will also be live Tweeting talks and announcements from the Summit, so please follow us @ThreatMetrix.
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A longtime digital media consultant and journalist living in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Boitnott currently dispenses career advice and writes about online marketing and entrepreneurship at Inc.com, Entrepreneur and BusinessInsider. He’s an investor and advisor at several Silicon Valley companies and has worked for multiple marketing agencies and startups over the years there.
Before he started working primarily in Tech in 2006, he was a longtime TV and Radio news reporter in Southern California, starting in 1994. He worked most prominently as a TV reporter for the ABC affiliate in Santa Barbara, KEYT Channel 3, from 2000 to 2005. As a general assignment reporter, he covered everything from floods and fires to festivals and city council meetings. These days John loves informing people about shifting technology landscapes and new startups in fields ranging from cybersecurity and education to sales and marketing. His biggest current project is a series of posts for Inc.com about entrepreneurs helping under-served communities in the U.S. and around the world.