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Best-selling author Robert Siciliano CSP, is fun, funny, but serious about teaching you and your audience fraud prevention and personal security. He is a United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Staff Officer of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security whose motto is Semper Paratus (Always Ready). For over 30 years, he has been the #1 choice of multiple organizations to equip their teams with the information and deep sense of understanding they need to protect their families, company, and even country from the criminal elements unfolding everyday in the virtual world and the physical one.
Siciliano is frequently called on by mainstream media to offer his trusted advice on how individuals, businesses, and government institutions can increase security and reduce liability. Accessible and professional, he often serves as an expert analyst in the wake of breaking news related to security breaches. He has appeared as a guest commentator on The Anderson Cooper Show, John Stossel, The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, and Extra, among others. In addition to his role as a frequently quoted television news correspondent, Siciliano is the author of four books: The Safety Minute: Living on High Alert— How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud; 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen; and 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile Was Hacked.
Siciliano is a 5 time Boston Marathoner and Private Investigator. His passion for teaching and empowering others to be proactive about their security stems from a number of events in his personal life from being bullied as a child to being stopped less than 50 ft. from the second bomb in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. As a Certified Speaking Professional, his “tell it like it is” style is sought after by leading corporations and meeting planners to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace.
Personal Security Expert and Identity Theft Speaker Robert Siciliano
When Americans were urged to go on high alert after 9/11, personal security, identity theft expert, speaker and author Robert Siciliano was already ahead of the game. The advice is simple—so simple that Siciliano’s hard-won wisdom has gained him audiences across a wide variety of media: Increase security and reduce liability.
Security is a wide and deep topic. Security is personal, physical and informational. Siciliano 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 how you can prevent criminal hackers from accessing your network and downloading client data. He provides topical, timely and cutting-edge programs your group needs and wants.
For almost 30 years, Siciliano has been committed to maintaining his expertise in all aspects of security by constantly researching new and upcoming security trends with the goal of informing and educating you so you can avoid becoming a statistic. He says, “There always has been, there is now and there will always be a criminal predatory element stalking its next victim. Being proactive and knowing your options are essential.”
Siciliano’s media credentials include hard-hitting and provocative contributions to TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, and Consumers Digest, and as a regular contributor to Entrepreneur. He has appeared as a guest commentator on The Anderson Cooper Show, John Stossel, The Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, and Extra, among others. He has taught millions of people his secrets of maintaining personal safety and security, and his skills have benefited thousands more through presentations to corporate, government, education clients such as GMAC, the National Association of Realtors©, Domino’s Pizza, United Bankers’ Bank, Exxon Mobile—and many more.
Siciliano’s goal is simple—to wake up and empower people across Main Street USA and throughout the world so they can avoid becoming victims. His personal security and identity theft expertise is an asset 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 personal security stories and tips as a keynote speaker or workshop leader, Siciliano’s direct and to-the-point style can be counted on to raise hackles, capture attention, and—most importantly—inspire and empower action.
He motivates people everywhere to do the right things to keep their family, data and property safe. Audience members describe his credible, from-the-trenches advice as life-changing and lifesaving. At the corporate level, his clients include high-level executives from leading corporations such as McAfee, iovation, Intelius, ADT, Gemalto, RSA, BillGuard, Sentry Safe, Schlage, AllClearID and Uniball Corporation rely upon Siciliano’s insights, perspectives and guidance to bring additional firepower and protections to their system and customer security initiatives.
In addition to his role as a frequently quoted television news correspondent, Siciliano is the author of four books: The Safety Minute: Living on High Alert— How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud; 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen; and 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Mobile Was Hacked.
Attend his program, give him an hour of your life… and he will give you a lifetime of his expertise.
Siciliano lives in Boston with his wife and children. He enjoys long-distance running and motorcycles, particularly his 1987 Harley-Davidson Low Rider.
In 5 information-packed minutes, personal security expert, Robert Siciliano highlights key actions people can take to protect themselves both virtually and in the physical world. For the skeptics, he clearly addresses the difference between being paranoid and being proactive, noting that the latter often involves simple behaviors that can save your life.
Addressing identity theft, he takes us through a chain of google searches that can easily get a hold of people's social security numbers or credit card numbers within 5 minutes. The good news though, is that there are many small steps individuals can take to protect themselves.
"There always has been, is, and always will be this criminal element out there," Siciliano states. "Your job is to put these systems in place and when it's all said and done, don't worry about anything I've said, but do something about it."
Robert Siciliano, CSP, delivers serious content on fraud prevention and personal security in a fun and entertaining way, pulling stories from the stranger-than-fiction world of the cybercrime that unfolds every single day. His programs are cutting edge, easily digestible, and provide best practices to keep you, your clients, and employees safe and secure both in the virtual world and the real one.
Siciliano goes beyond security awareness, connecting audiences with the issue of security on an emotional and personal level, in order to build a strong foundation for true effective change. Your audience will walk away as experts in identity theft prevention, online reputation management, online privacy, and data security.
Street Smart Street Safe Personal Security:
Did you know that ordinary men, women and children face risk every day? There are 750,000 registered sex offenders in the U.S., and thousands more are unaccounted for. Women are assaulted, children are abducted, teens make themselves vulnerable online and away at school, and everyone’s trying to keep home invaders from breaching the castle walls.
In the personal security program, Robert discusses the unique situations families face in the physical and virtual worlds, and determines your best options to protect family and loved ones from crime—everything from how to protect your stuff to how to protect your lives, in various scenarios inside and outside the home.
Identity Theft Protection Prevention and Awareness:
Every few seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. Computers are hacked, wallets are stolen, credit cards are compromised and credit is ruined. The fact is, the system we function under is set up to fail—and unless consumers know their options, it’s just a matter of time before they are victimized themselves.
In the identity theft program, you will learn time- and money-saving techniques to prevent identity theft from taking over your life. Get the scoop on all the various automated tools consumers can set up to monitor their identities and secure their information, no mater whose hands it’s currently in. When you make your data and identity a tougher target to hit, you render it essentially useless to a thief.
Risk Management: Information/Computer Security and Privacy Protection:
There is a reason why we keep hearing about data breaches involving millions of credit card and account numbers: hacking is lucrative, with criminals making more in a day than most of us make in a year. The bleeding will not stop anytime soon—and the more time you spend uninformed, the better your chances are of being targeted.
In the information security program, you will learn that whether you are a small business or a family of four, there are certain fundamentals that you can follow to protect your data or the data you are entrusted with.
Social Media Safety/Security: Online Reputation Management:
There was a time when we carefully “minded our P’s and Q’s,” but now everything is out there for everyone to see because the mole on the inside is us, and we are giving away all the data. The risks we face from sharing too much information include everything, including personal security risks, damaged reputations, and significant business liabilities that put all operations in jeopardy.
In the social media security program, you will recognize what puts you, your business, your data and your reputation at risk. Learn from others’ mistakes and develop policies to prevent employees, families and even you from saying, doing or posting things that you’ll regret later. Robert will answer all your questions and show you how to create a fool (fool being the operative word) proof plan.
Workplace Violence Red Flags, Prediction and Prevention:
Every school shooting, workplace shooting and even the Navy Yard shooting could have been prevented if we crowdsourced our security. The fact is that when someone’s about to “go postal,” that person tells the world in many obvious ways. Organizations that do nothing and say it can’t happen to them are next in line when it comes to being unprepared.
In the workplace violence prevention program, you will learn the red flags that at-risk students and employees exhibit and know how to best educate and inform front-line employees, managers and supervisors. When you recognize what methods to use, you will create an observant and security-conscious company culture.
Safe Travel Security at Home and Abroad:
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, there are certain pitfalls you face when leaving the comforts of home. Distractedly packing half your life into a few small bags makes even the most seasoned traveler a target for thieves and kidnappers. Different cultures pose different risks, and vacationers and business people alike are at a disadvantage.
In the travel security program, you will learn the ins and outs of travel security when packing, in airports, on airplanes, at the rental car counter, on the road and in hotels. Discover the various scams and ruses and learn how to become a tougher target as you uncover resources to research each destination and put systems in place to keep you, your family and your employees safe and secure.
A note from Robert:
Despite an increasingly open culture, trust is in short supply today. As a society, from our leadership down to our citizens, we have seen the very nature of trust and truth abused. Selecting a speaker is an exercise in trust in that you hope the person you choose to present in your environment is being truthful with his or her words and materials. It is a privilege to have an opportunity to present to any group that puts its faith and trust in me. This is a big deal, and I treat it as such. These are not just words; it is my promise to you and who I am.
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to sharing my expertise with you to help create a safer, more aware society.
SPEAKING.COM: What do you want people to learn/take away from your presentations?
SICILIANO: Security first and foremost is personal which means we only care about it in regard to protecting ourselves before we would even consider protecting our business or frankly our country. “What’s in it for me” is simply the way we are.
My ultimate goal is for my audience to “get it,” meaning that in the end they have a greater appreciation for their personal security. This appreciation not only protects them and their families but also does a great deal in protecting their employers’ place of business and ultimately their homeland.
SPEAKING.COM: What kind of special prep work do you do prior to an event? How do you prepare for your speaking engagements?
SICILIANO: Every client has very different needs and requires a different focus based on the problems they face. I like to discuss those issues with company officers or boards of directors, management, or front-line employees. This way I get a full understanding of the company culture and how various security issues are being handled or in some cases not addressed at all.
SPEAKING.COM: Have you had any particularly memorable speaking engagements / unusual situations arise while on the road?
SICILIANO: Recently, I presented to a group of small businesses in regard to protecting their devices and data. At the conclusion of the event I had a line of people wanting to have discussions concerning their own security situations. One after another they told me of significant data breaches that resulted in six-figure losses to their businesses. What makes this so memorable is that stories like these continue to come at an accelerating rate – a trend that is more than alarming.
SPEAKING.COM: What types of audiences would most benefit from your message?
SICILIANO: If you have a pulse, security is certainly something you should be concerned about, yet I find in the majority of my audiences that less than 15% of the attendees are engaging in ongoing security awareness and security appreciation training. That means 85% of corporate America is significantly under prepared for a breach or attack.
Security is a back burner topic that only comes up when bad things happen. We as a culture, as a society, and even as a species are reactive rather than proactive. Audiences that would most benefit from my message are those who have an inkling of awareness and know they need to put systems in place now before something bad happens.
SPEAKING.COM: Which of your keynote speaking topics are your favorites and why?
Why? I have a family to protect. Every one of my programs I teach to my kids, too. Prior to and with the birth of my two young girls, I have filled my life with moments and experiences that I use to enhance my family’s and my audience’s well being on so many levels. This is personal for me. It matters.
SPEAKING.COM: What inspired you to start doing speaking engagements?
SICILIANO: My life has been a series of personal security events starting from when I was bullied as a kid and got into a variety of confrontations in middle and high school. Self-preservation was my first concern. Early on in my teens, I had met a number of young women who had been sexually assaulted, which ultimately inspired me to teach self-defense classes.
In 1995 I established a small business online and was hacked within a week of launching. Cyber crime wasn’t a thing then, but for me it was. That woke me up to black hat hacking.
In 2013 I was stopped less than 50 feet from the second bomb after running 26 miles in the Boston Marathon. My wife and kids were 100 yards away from me, near the first bomb at the finish line. I didn’t know if they were maimed, alive, or dead for at least 30 minutes.
Personal security means much more than protecting yourself in the physical world; it means protecting yourself in the virtual world too. My broad knowledge and understanding of a variety of security issues has resulted in four published books including a bestseller, and I have appeared in several thousand media interviews including over 600 TV spots.
SPEAKING.COM: How do you keep your audience engaged and actively listening during your keynotes? Do you use case studies, personal stories and/or in your speeches?
SICILIANO: There is nothing more fascinating than the battle that goes on 24/7/365 between the good guy “White-hat” security professionals and the bad guy “Black-hats” that are intent on taking us down. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t come upon stories of brilliant underground criminals attacking our critical infrastructure in ways that are incredibly fascinating. Blockbuster movies and television are no match and fail to tell the stories of what these criminals are doing worldwide. My presentations are filled with these events and how they play out and affect us in every way.
SPEAKING.COM: What are some of the successes you’ve helped clients achieve?
SICILIANO: Fortunately I am often brought back to provide encore engagements for repeat clients. The reason I know that my presentations work and my audiences “get it” is because they tell me that the lessons they learned have enabled them to appreciate security the way I do, and fundamentally it changes their outlook and behavior.
Nobody leaves my presentation with elements of “fear”. Instead, audiences walk away engaged, enthused, motivated, and feeling much more in control and appreciative of their role and responsibilities to protect themselves, their employees, employers, and their country.
“On behalf of BP, I would like to thank you for a very memorable presentation and we look forward to having you back”
Faunne Legg Brittish Petrolium
“On our meeting evaluations you scored a 9.8 out of 10 points and our members have given us numerous comments about what a wonderful and exciting presentation you put together.”
Glenn Mueller, Dominos Pizza
“The enthusiasm he generated within the group kept people on the edge of their seats. I would highly recommend Mr Siciliano as a speaker at any corporate event.”
Brenda DeMuth, MoneyGram Int’l..
“As you can see from the ratings, this seminar was very beneficial to the attendees. I look forward to working with you again.”
Sandra Masters, New Hampshire Bankers Assn
“It is with our sincere appreciation that we thank you for being our keynote speaker at our annual event. The information you presented was not only timely but eye-opening to many of out attendees”
William Rosacker, United Bankers Bank
“Thank you for your excellent presentation at our bankers Issues Briefings. You knew from the groups reaction that you were well received.”
Ed Smith, Conference of State Bank Supervisors
“Robert—Great Conference again—thanks—your evaluations were over the top!”
Marie Anderson, Wisconsin Bankers Association
“Very valuable seminar. Overall rating of seminar—4.56 out of 5”
Donna Atkinson, West Virginia Bankers Association.
“You will be pleased to know that you scored a 4.71 out of a possible 5 on evaluations of your session. Exceptionally well done.”
Colleen Wessel, GMAC Home Services
“Overall Seminar Quality 96.25 out of a possible 100 rating. I’d like to sincerely thank you for making the Coldwell Banker Conference a great success.”
Richard May, Coldwell Banker
“The best part of your presentation was everyone was glued to your message. Your timing was impeccable, your stories were hilarious, and when you finished, nobody wanted to leave!”
Joe Williams, Keller Williams Real Estate
“Your session was a success with excellent evaluations as the proof. In addition to helping us to make our convention a success, you were a delight to work with.”
Gloria Curran, Prudential Real Estate
“The feedback was extremely positive….we heard over and over—I’m glad I decided to attend!”
Carolyn A Weber, RE/MAX
“The evaluations of your session were outstanding and our member feedback was very positive—ratings of 10 out of 10 cant be beat!”
Ruth Lyons, Texas Assn of Realtors
“You did a fine job and had the audience laughing and interacting with you!”
“I have received many positive comments, you did a great job!”
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99 Things You Wish You Knew Before…Your Identity Was Stolen
This speed-read is written by personal security and identity theft expert Robert Siciliano, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com. Robert is fiercely committed to informing, educating and empowering Global Citizens so they can be protected from theft, violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His tell-it-like-it-is approach has been seen and continue to be heavily sought after by major media outlets such as The Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, EXTRA, Tyra Banks, Sally Jessie, Montel, Maury, Howard Stern, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and many more.
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