Identity Theft Expert Speaker Robert Siciliano


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ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news. His goal is simple – to wake up and empower people across Main Street USA so they can avoid becoming victims of crime. His personal security and identity theft expertise are assets to any program or organization that demands straight talk, common sense, and potentially life and property saving results right now. Whether he is speaking on camera, to a reporter, or sharing his identity theft and width="288"personal security stories and tips as a keynote speaker or workshop leader, Siciliano’s direct and to-the-point tone of voice can be counted on to raise hackles, capture attention, and – most importantly – inspire and empower action. He wants people everywhere to do the right things to keep family, data, and property safe. Audience members describe his credible, from-the-trenches advice as life-changing and life saving. Siciliano’s media credentials include hard hitting and provocative contributions to The Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, EXTRA, Tyra Banks, Sally Jessie, Montel, Maury, Howard Stern, USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Digest, Smart Money, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many more. In addition to his role as a frequently quoted television news correspondent, Siciliano is the author of “The Safety Minute:” Living on High Alert – How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud.” Chief Executive Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Boards of Directors from leading corporations such as McAfee Anti-Virus, Intelius, ADT and Uni-Ball Corporation rely upon Siciliano’s insights, perspectives, and guidance to bring additional fire power and protections to their system and customer security initiatives. Each day, Siciliano consumes at least three hours of media. He subscribes to over 500 RSS feeds, and he monitors over 100 Google Alerts to stay up to speed and in the know about all matters relating to personal and information security. “I’m always on top of what is new and ahead of what is next with respect to all things personal security,” Siciliano says. Along his 29-year career path, he’s studied martial arts, self defense, human behavior, white collar crime, cyber crime, and identity theft. He’s even worked as a bar room bouncer and a personal body guard. His lifelong and personal interest in these subjects is an asset to those who engage and benefit from his expertise. Security is a wide and deep topic. Security is personal, physical and informational. Robert discusses all aspects of security as they relate to violence and fraud prevention in both the physical and virtual worlds. He can show you how to keep home invaders from assaulting you and taking your family hostage or keeping criminal hackers from accessing your network and downloading client data. He provides topical, timely and cutting edge programs your group needs and wants. Each program is developed based on the consensus of the group and can be customized to your exact specifications.

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  • Banks Need You To Be Responsibly Secure


    Our culture deemphasizes individual responsibility. In my mind, life
    begins when you begin taking responsibility for everything in your life.
    Personal security is fundamentally your own responsibility and, while
    you may not be responsible for a crime happening to you, you are the one
    in the best position to prevent it.

    In the last decade, as much as 80% of all banking has taken place
    online, a major change after hundreds of years of traditional banking.
    Online banking is all about convenience. It has become apparent that
    these conveniences of technology have outpaced consumers’ security
    intelligence. It is possible to secure systems in a way that will defeat
    most online criminal activity, but that level of security comes with
    inconveniences that the consumer may not be equipped to handle.

    Doug Johnson, the American Bankers Association VP of risk-management policy, explains,
    “The banking industry wants consumers to monitor their online accounts
    for unauthorized transactions on a continuous, almost daily, basis.
    That’s because PCs and smartphones have become the online bank branch
    for a lot of individuals. The customer needs to really recognize that
    security is most effective when they work in partnership with their
    financial institution.”

    While banks are fighting their own battles to combat fraud and
    account takeover, it is imperative that the banks’ customers adhere to
    security fundamentals.

    • Set your computer’s operating system to update critical security patches automatically.
    • Make sure your firewall is turned on and protecting traffic from both directions.
    • Always run antivirus software, and set it to update virus definitions automatically.
    • Use a protected wireless network.
    • Never click links within the body of an email. Instead, go to
      your favorites menu or type the address into the address bar.
    • Check your online bank statements frequently.

    McAfee Identity Protection
    includes proactive identity surveillance to monitor subscribers’ credit
    and personal information, as well as access to live fraud resolution
    agents. For additional tips, visit

    Robert Siciliano is a McAfee consultant and identity theft expert. See him discuss online banking security on CBS Boston. (Disclosures)





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