By Charles J. Mays, Graduate Fellow for the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication
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September 26, 2018―In the second event of the National Agenda 2018 speaker series, UD alumnus David DeWalt (EG 86) urged Americans to focus more attention on cybersecurity. The noted tech executive and cybersecurity expert David DeWalt spoke about the importance of identity monitoring, privacy, and filling the current gender gap in the cybersecurity industry.
DeWalt's talk comes at an opportune time given the national concern over online security amid fears of hacking and news about social media networks being breached. DeWalt told the audience that one of the best things we can do is to practice "good hygiene" online and make sure to take additional authentication steps to keep accounts safe. DeWalt joked that essentially there are 55 states in the U.S.―the 50 states that make up the country and then the five biggest tech companies including Apple and Google that we trust with all of our private data.