FBI Agent Retired John Iannarelli
his episode is the second part of this very mini-series. John, now a speaker on cybersecurity, author, and consultant. Retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, he was the FBI’s National Spokesperson, on the FBI Cyber Division executive staff, an FBI SWAT team member, and the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, where he oversaw all criminal, cyber, and counter-intelligence investigations throughout Arizona. It's an episode you won't want to miss.
BIO FOR JOHN IANNARELLI, CSP ®
FBI Special Agent Executive (Ret.)
John Iannarelli retired from the FBI after more than 20 years of service, during which he was a member of the FBI SWAT Team and participated in the investigations of the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 9/11 attack, the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and the Sony hack. Among his many FBI assignments, John served in Washington, D.C. as the FBI National Spokesperson and on the Executive Staff of the FBI’s Cyber Division. He was a Squad Supervisor before becoming the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Phoenix Division, the number two position overseeing all Criminal, Cyber, and Counterintelligence investigations. During his career, John was presented with the FBI Director’s Distinguished Service Award.
A former San Diego Police Officer and a graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law with international studies at Oxford, England, John is an attorney admitted to practice law in California, the District of Columbia, and Maryland. In addition, he is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Computer Science in recognition of his contributions to the field of cyber investigations.
John is the author of five books, including Why Teens Fail and What to Fix, a parents’ guide to protecting their children on the Internet and other dangers, and How to Spot A Terrorist Before It’s Too Late. His just-released 5th book, Disorderly Conduct, examines the lighter side of law enforcement and the humorous moments during John’s FBI career.
John is a frequent on-air contributor for the national news media, including the Fox News Channel and CNN, and has been profiled in Forbes. He provided live on-scene coverage from Las Vegas of the Mandalay Bay mass shooting attack as it occurred. An engaging and entertaining keynote speaker, John is a National Speakers Association Certified Speaking Professional ® known for sharing his intriguing insights combined with his superb sense of humor. He has presented to numerous Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international audiences, the United Nations, and the Vatican, where he has personally met on several occasions with Pope Francis.
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Here are a few of John's tips from the interview to protect yourself online:
- Always use two-step authentication for online accounts. This means not only will you have a password, but you will need to authenticate your identity through a text or call with a one-time passcode, click, or voice confirmation on your phone or via email.
- Use a password keeper program to store your passwords. These are great because you only need to remember the one password you need to log in to your password keeper.
- Have a healthy suspicion for anyone you don't know online:
- Are they trying to buy from you, watch for "tells," like "When you ship it can I sent you payment?"
- Are they making an inappropriately early, awkward, or sudden request for personal information, such as your social security information and date?
- Are they asking you to send them money via electronic transfer, such as wire transfer, Zelle, Venmo?
- Sign up for an account with an identity protection service. There are many these days, and you can read about them and compare services online.
- Keep an eye on your credit report and bank accounts for any unauthorized charges.
- Choose banks and credit card companies that will reimburse you if your credit card or bank account is used without your authorization.
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