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Security at financial institutions – both physical premise security and data security – is much weaker than one might think. That’s what Jim Stickley has discovered in his more than 20 years of hacking into systems and robbing facilities for the purpose of testing the strength of organizations’ defenses.

The founder and CEO of the San Diego-based identity theft and fraud education firm Stickley on Security, and the keynote speaker for CU Times’ upcoming Data Breach Defense Virtual Conference, Stickley was a self-professed “nerdy kid” who spent his youth working on computers and hacking into them a bit for fun (he stressed that nothing malicious ever occurred, however).

When he got older, he wrote software and worked as an auditor for various companies, and in the process, he began to notice numerous system flaws and vulnerabilities that needed addressing. Those discoveries led him to a career in security testing, which proved to be eye-opening both for him and the organizations he tested.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha has served as an editor for CU Times since March 2015. She also served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta FCU) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer for more than 16 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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