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Online Safety Foundation
SPECIAL REPORT: Digital Dark Side of the Winter Olympics

Palm Bay, FL--The Online Safety Foundation, in partnership with FrontLine Security Magazine today announced the publication of an important Special Report, The Digital Dark Side of the Winter Olympics.

According to the report, authored by David Gewirtz, director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, Cyberterrorism Advisor to the the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals, and a special contributor for FrontLine Security Magazine, beyond the physical security challenge at the Olympics is the growing issue of cyber-security.

Cyber-security concerns are not simply a question of whether a few laptops are getting hacked. In fact, the digital threat vector represents issues impacting communications confidentiality, identity theft, emergency response, organized crime, and even (perhaps especially) espionage.

While many security officials, journalists, and fans may be familiar with the risks associated with wireless networking and laptops, few realize just how tempting (and how easy) it is for criminals, industrial spies, and foreign government agents to tap any given mobile phone at the Olympics -- and how the results of such intrusions can ruin lives.

In addition to exploring the nature of the problem, David's 1,043 word Special Report makes the following five extremely important recommendations for all attendees at the Olympics:

* Turn Bluetooth off. Bluetooth is the easiest way for criminals to tap into your phone.

* Never, ever give your phone to anyone else, and always have a strong awareness of where it's located. Guard it as securely as you would guard your wallet.

* When it comes to your computer, be sure to install a software firewall, keep your virus and spyware definitions up to date, and update all your software before you leave for the Olympics.

* When connected to any network at the Olympics, refrain from accessing anything sensitive, especially banking information.

* If possible, clean your laptop of all potentially sensitive files as well. Go as lean as you can.

According to David, "Some rather simple practices can reduce the risks of identity theft and other attacks quite substantially."

He warns, "The bottom line is this: a digital intrusion is the easiest way to get inside of all your physical defenses -- and the damage done is often orders of magnitude more difficult to recover from than all but the most heinous of physical attacks."

To arrange an interview or to learn how you and your audience can protect yourselves while at the Olympics, email Liz Higgins at lizhigginspr@gmail.com or call (202) 642-5627. Please include your complete contact info, including phone.

David Gewirtz is one of America's foremost cyber-security experts and a top expert on saving and creating jobs.

He is a recipient of the Sigma Xi Research Award in Engineering and was a candidate for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Letters. He is the author of five books including How To Save Jobs and Where Have All The Emails Gone?

David is a CNN contributor, the Cyberterrorism Advisor for the International Association for Counterterrorism & Security Professionals, a columnist for FrontLine Security Magazine and The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security, and has been a guest commentator for the Nieman Watchdog of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

He is a member of the FBI's InfraGard program and the U.S. Naval Institute, and is a member of the instructional faculty at the University of California, Berkeley extension. For more information on David and to read his latest articles, visit DavidGewirtz.com.

About the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute
The Online Safety Foundation is a project of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute. At OnlineSafetyFoundation.org, you'll find the Online Safety Learning Center, the Online Safety Resource Center, Tips for Staying Safe Online, and nearly 40 easy-to-understand articles about online safety, protecting yourself from identity theft, and avoiding scams.

The U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, public policy think tank devoted to helping America solve some of its toughest operational problems including jobs, international competition, healthcare, the environment, government transparency, and cybersecurity.

Our mission is to explore tangible, measurable problems facing America in the 21st century from the perspectives of technology, national security, and competitive strategy and to provide a strategic perspective as a foundation for discussion, education, research, policy, and tangible, measurable solutions.

About FrontLine Security Magazine
Frontline Security is recognized as the information leader for the crisis management and security industry. This unique publication covers critical aspects of Public Safety, Crisis Management, and Border Security. First responders (police, fire and emergency medical services), governments (at all levels), and non-governmental organizations are developing effective systems to handle the many dangers facing our world today. Seamless interoperability is key to saving time and lives.

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CONTACT:
Liz Higgins
(202) 642-5627
lizhigginspr@gmail.com

U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute
P.O. Box 110579 - Palm Bay, FL 32911
Washington, DC: (202) 642-5627
Palm Bay, FL: (321) 722-4620


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