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At Spicework’s recent SpiceWorld event, the hot shot keynote speaker was Brian Kerbs, a journalist focused on computer security and cybercrime. Kerbs spoke towards the dark web where bad guys buy and sell private personal information (PPI) in large quantities at surprisingly “cost effective” transaction pricing. Kerbs talked about different security strategies including how to create a password (and equally important how to update a password). Kerbs (a name eerily similar to Kerberos – a network authentication protocol) is currently making the rounds on the speaking circuit and I encourage you to attend his speech. He’s engaging, articulate and intelligent. I will repeat.

Figure 1: A true highlight of SpiceWorld was the opportunity to meet Brian Kerbs.

But let’s take a step back. Kerbs is oft quoted in the news when there are cybersecurity stories (hello – like daily). His site, KerbsOnSecurity, is heavily trafficked and a must bookmark. He also has authored the bestseller “Spam Nation – The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime – From Global Epidemic to Your Front Door.” You can also learn more about Kerbs HERE on his Wikipedia page. But here is a rundown on Kerbs. “Brian Krebs worked as a reporter for The Washington Post from 1995 to 2009, authoring more than 1,300 blog posts for the Security Fix blog, as well as hundreds of stories for and The Washington Post newspaper, including eight front-page stories in the dead-tree edition and a Post Magazine cover piece on botnet operators. In 2014, he was profiled in The New York Times, Business Week and by More recently, he was invited to an “Ask Me Anything” discussion on Reddit about investigative reporting.”

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