Sep 232015

by Clay Herrmann

Identity theft, online banking dangers and recommendations, best and worst password practices, email risk-management, and other cyber-security issues are addressed by someone who ought to know whereof he speaks.

Prior to his current employment as CEO (and founder) of First72 Cyber, LLC (“a security firm created to help enterprises prepare for, respond to and manage the risk of cyber events, with a special focus on the rapidly emerging area of third-party risk”), and as Chief Security Strategist for the Circumference Group, Greg Schaffer worked in several high-profile cyber security related positions.

He has served as Chief Information Security Officer for the worlds largest global provider of dedicated banking and payment technologies, Fidelity National Information Services, Inc.

Before joining FIS, Schaffer served as the Deputy Under-Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate and as Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security and Communications of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Previous to his work for the Department of Homeland Security, Schaffer was Chief Security Officer and Chief Risk Officer for Alltel Communications, where he developed and implemented an “enterprise security and compliance operation”.

He holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law Center, and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and practiced law of over ten years, including employment as a trial attorney for the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section of the Department of Justice Criminal Division.

In this presentation, Greg Schaffer was the featured speaker for the September 22, 2015 Ouachita Speaker Series. Venue for the event was the Ouachita Activities Building of the Ponce de Leon Center in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas (1101 DeSoto Boulevard).

The Ouachita Speaker series ( offers the the following explanation of its nature and purpose on it’s website:

“The Ouachita Speaker Series was launched September 2012, in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. It is presented in conjunction with the Ponce de Leon Center, the Village’s cultural center.

The creation of the Ouachita Speaker Series was inspired by other communities across the country that offer speaker series as open, thought-provoking forums for intellectual and educational enrichment, and the exchange of ideas. Distinguished speakers covering an exciting range of topics are invited to share their knowledge and observations, introduce new ideas, and inspire conversation.

Named in honor of Hot Springs Village’s mountainous geographic location, the Ouachita Speaker Series is held appropriately in the Ouachita Activities Building at 1101 DeSoto Boulevard. The public is invited to attend.

The project is envisioned as a way to bring inspiring and stimulating guest speakers to Hot Springs Village several times a year to complement the outstanding musical and theatrical performances offered throughout the year.”

P.S. “Pa$$word” and “123456” are very high-risk password choices. Don’t be “low-hanging fruit”.


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