Cybersecurity is one of the most important, and most neglected, aspects of our daily responsibilities. Technology has overtaken our lives. The pervasiveness of the internet has impacted how we do almost everything—from communicating to banking. Drawing on his extensive work with hedge funds, private equity firms, celebrities, and hospitals, Bart McDonough accurately and thoroughly describes the cybersecurity threat landscape—the who, what, when, and how—and then guides the reader through how to perform proper “use, care, and feeding” of devices to avoid exposure in many areas of daily life. Just as people must tend themselves to maintain their health, so should they practice proper ‘cyber hygiene’ with websites, software, and devices to protect themselves and their families in a world of threats.
As an expert in this field, McDonough has traveled around the world speaking at conferences for the FBI, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, Bank of America, and others, where he addresses cybersecurity for businesses and corporations. However, despite the audience at these conferences having higher than average knowledge of cybersecurity, the most common question he receives from attendees is ‘How can I protect myself at home, on a personal level away from the office?’ Addressing this very question in this book, McDonough combines his extensive industry knowledge with real-world examples of cyberattacks to detail how to prevent them as well as how to recover from them.
The idea of identity theft and other forms of cyberattacks can be daunting to the average person in today’s society, however it does not have to be. With the proper knowledge, everyone can learn better practices to help prevent hackers and others from taking advantage. And the more people who protect themselves, the better off everyone is. While there are several books out there that address the topic of cybersecurity, the majority focus on security for businesses and corporations. Very few are intended to teach individuals in the general public how to properly protect their homes and personal online experiences.
Outfox ’em focuses exclusively on this audience. While professionals in the industry such as the FBI, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Credit Suisse, Jefferies, Bank of America, and even clients of McDonough’s company Agio may also find value in this book as a text for their employees, the primary audience is the average consumer and user of the internet. Written in plain English, and using everyday examples, McDonough helps readers to understand how they can personally update their approaches to internet and device safety, and he does this through a positive, proactive style that seeks to educate and inform. While other comparable titles (such as Hack Proof Your Life Now, Swiped, and Stealing Your Life) focus on fear-based conditioning, Outfox ’em focuses instead on maintaining the idea that while all technological advances have risks, there is no reason not to take advantage of them as long as you do it with open eyes and an awareness of how to keep your private information secure.