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The Cybersecurity Episode | Former NSA Leader and Trackd Founder | Mike Starr

EP165 | The Cybersecurity Episode | Former NSA Leader and Trackd Founder | Mike Starr

Mike Starr and his company trackd are battling something most of us don’t even see. That is we don’t see it until it’s too late. The threat of hacking is a very real one, and in our increasingly connected world, it’s becoming more and more important to protect our information. This is the cybersecurity episode.

Mike Starr is a seasoned veteran of the cybersecurity world, having worked at the NSA and various other cybersecurity companies, to now owning his own company, trackd. Trackd specializes in vulnerability remediation of cybersecurity threats.

Topics Discussed in “The Cybersecurity Episode | Former NSA Leader and Trackd Founder | Mike Starr”

  • Many companies are not taking cybersecurity seriously
  • How you can take cybersecurity seriously — personally and professionally
  • Mike’s “No a**hole” policy in hiring
  • From NSA to running his own business
  • A discussion on work-from-home
  • How Mike got interested in cybersecurity

Connect with Mike Starr and trackd: LinkedIn | Website

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And a quick tip(s) on password protection to get you started:

  1. Length Matters: Ensure your password is at least 12 to 15 characters long. Longer passwords are harder to crack due to increased permutations. Aim for 25 characters if you can!
  2. Diverse Characters: Use a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters. This complexity makes it more difficult for attackers to guess or use brute-force methods.
  3. Regular Updates: Change your passwords regularly, ideally every 3 to 6 months. Regular changes reduce the risk of unauthorized access, especially if a service you use has been breached. If you think a password is in danger, change it immediately!
  4. Secure Storage: Avoid writing down passwords. Use a reputable password manager to store them securely (Keeper and LastPass are both good options). Password managers encrypt your passwords, making them accessible only through a master password.
  5. Two-Factor/Multi-Factor Authentication (2FA/MFA): Whenever possible, enable 2FA or MFA. This adds a layer of security, requiring not just something you know (your password) but also something you have (like a phone to receive a verification code) or something you are (like a fingerprint).