Circling Back: How to Prepare for and Combat Cyberattacks

All libraries are vulnerable to cyberattacks. Here's what you should know.

It hardly needs to be stated, but libraries collect a lot of information—some of it quite sensitive. This makes libraries an attractive target for hackers. “Cybersecurity” encompasses a number of strategies and technologies to protect data and users online, but what should librarians, specifically, be doing to keep their institutions safe from cyberattacks?

To answer this question, we wanted to revisit a conversation from Choice’s The Authority File podcast with Alan Brill, Senior Managing Director in the Cyber Risk practice at Kroll. Alan reviews the strategies hackers deploy to obtain sensitive information from staff and personnel and what librarians and administrators can do to improve cybersecurity on campus.

About the guest:

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Alan Brill
Senior Managing Director

Alan Brill is a Senior Managing Director in the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll, and a fellow of the Kroll Institute. He is a well-known expert in cybersecurity and computer forensics, and is the author or co-author of many books and articles. His work in this field spans four decades. He was the founder of Kroll’s cyber practice and has worked on cyber issues in both the public and private sectors. He formerly served as a Director in the New York City Department of Investigation, a Major in the Army and he worked at the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston during the Apollo moon landing project.

Alan teaches in the Terrorist Use of Cyberspace program of the NATO Center of Excellence for Defense Against Terrorism and is an Adjunct Professor in the LLM and M.Jur programs of the Texas A&M University School of Law.

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