This is the personal website of Nick Selby, co-author of the Weldon Owen book, Cyber Attack Survival Manual: From Identity Theft to The Digital Apocalypse and Everything in Between. If you’ve heard Nick on the radio or read about the book, you’ll know it’s an exciting, user-friendly guide to improving your cyber security posture.
For almost a decade, Nick served as a Texas police officer and detective. For about a year, Nick was co-host with Peter Moskos of the Quality Policing Podcast. Nick also consulted companies on information security. He frequently writes and speaks on law enforcement, data, technology and information security. He has written in The Washington Post about his experience in pain management and with opioid use. You can watch an informative, entertaining, 15-minute TED-style talk in which Nick describes the big-picture of law enforcement technology.
Quick Bio: Nick Selby works for the NYPD, helping advise the strategy and policies that govern how the Intelligence Bureau assesses and manages investigations and intelligence in the Cyber domain. He is a former Texas police detective who investigated computer fraud, and child exploitation. He was also a cyber-security incident responder, and co-host with Peter Moskos of the Quality Policing Podcast. For years, Nick was a frequent contributor to newspapers including the Washington Post, USA Today, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and other publications. He is co-author of nearly 20 books, including Cyber Survival Manual: From Identity Theft to The Digital Apocalypse and Everything in Between; In Context: Understanding Police Killings of Unarmed Civilians; Blackhatonomics: An Inside Look at the Economics of Cybercrime; and technical editor of Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace.
Some media appearances Nick is proud of include PRI’s The Takeaway, discussing how to identify yourself to law enforcement during a traffic stop (especially if you are carrying a gun); an op-ed in The New York Times about how the bad guys win if police reject protests; The Crime Report, on how a “national conversation” means we all must also listen; CNN on the aftermath of the Dallas ambush on officers; and The Washington Post, on low-hanging fruit suggested by research on police killings of unarmed civilians.
Nick worked on the StreetCred Police Killings in Context Data Project (PKIC), on which he was lead researcher. PKIC is a non-commercial, non-partisan project to gather data on killings by US police of unarmed civilians. You can download the raw data at Github, or read some Op-Ed pieces about the project and some of its conclusions.
Nick has also written on police use of deadly force, policing for profit, media bias in covering police killings of unarmed people, and how bad statistical analysis obscures unfair laws. For about three years, Nick wrote the Police-Led Intelligence blog, and until last year, the Tech Talk column for Law Officer Magazine. His former blog was on Medium.com.
Oh, and if you’re looking for the Nick Selby who made that awesome Georgia Tech convocation speech, or the Zimbabwean Land Rover specialist, or the Walt Whitman expert, they’re not me – have a look at my Nick Selby Disambiguation Page for more.