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Protect Your Family, Money and Identity from Hackers with these Five Cyber Wellness Habits

New book from renowned cybersecurity expert provides easy-to-read guide for protecting your most valuable assets 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:53 am EST
"How can I protect myself at home, on a personal level, away from the office?"

 When it comes to cybersecurity and data privacy, the good news is you don’t need to be a tech genius to protect yourself. That’s the reassuring message from prominent cybersecurity specialist Bart McDonough in his new book, Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money and Identity from Cyber Criminals, available now for pre-order.


The rise of powerful mobile phones, fitness trackers, smart appliances and other new technologies over the last decade has vastly improved our lives. Yet every new device, application and online service we use now leaves us vulnerable to a lucrative black market of criminals eager to exploit this new landscape by hacking and selling our passwords, bank accounts, personal photos, and, in some cases, our biggest secrets.


In Cyber Smart, McDonough uses his extensive cybersecurity experience consulting for the FBI, major financial institutions, and his clients to answer the most common question he hears: “How can I protect myself at home, on a personal level, away from the office?”


McDonough simplifies the process of good online hygiene with five simple “Brilliance in the Basics” habits. With those behaviors and his careful debunking of common cybersecurity myths, you’ll be able to protect yourself and your family from:

  • Identify fraud
  • Device hacking
  • Financial account theft
  • Breached email and social media accounts


Digital security is one of the most important and least understood aspects of our daily lives. But it doesn’t have to be. With clear instructions, a friendly and entertaining tone, and practical strategies, Cyber Smart will help you rest easy, knowing you and your family are protected from cyber attacks.


The book is available on Amazon for pre-order now and will be released in e-book and print versions on January 7, 2019.

About the Author:

Bart McDonough is CEO and Founder of Agio, a hybrid managed IT and cybersecurity services provider, specializing in the financial services, healthcare and payments industries.  Bart founded Agio from a place of deep institutional investment knowledge, racking up more than 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, business development, and IT management, specifically within the demanding hedge fund space. His core strengths are assessing, defining, advocating, and driving the adoption of risk management strategies, controls, and models that enable organizations to advance cybersecurity resiliency while successfully complying with evolving regulatory requirements, and behavioral transformations.  Prior to founding Agio, Bart worked at SAC Capital Advisors, BlueStone Capital Partners, OptiMark Technologies, Sanford Bernstein and American Express. He attended the University of Oklahoma and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut. Bart is married to the amazingly talented two-time Emmy award-winning television producer, Cheryl Horner McDonough, and has three incredible children, Russell, Ava, and Kya.


About the Book:

Cyber Smart: Five Habits to Protect Your Family, Money and Identity from Cyber Criminals by Bart McDonough (Wiley, January 7, 2019, ISBN: 9781119559610, $19.95, 276 pages)

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