This is the personal website of law enforcement technology and information security consultant Nick Selby, co-author of the new 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.
Nick is a Texas police detective. He sometimes takes time off and consults companies on information security. He frequently writes and speaks on law enforcement, data, technology and information security. His new blog is at nselby.github.io. He recently wrote 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 is a Texas police detective who investigates computer fraud, and child exploitation. He is also a cyber-security incident responder, and co-host with Peter Moskos of the Quality Policing Podcast. Nick is a frequent contributor to newspapers including the Washington Post, USA Today, and the New York Times. He is co-author of Cyber Survival Manual: From Identity Theft to The Digital Apocalypse and Everything in Between; In Context: Understanding Police Killings of Unarmed Civilians; Blackhatonomics: Understanding the Economics of Cybercrime; and technical editor of Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace.
Some recent(-ish) 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 is lead author, along with Ben Singleton, and Ed Flosi, of In Context: Understanding Police Killings of Unarmed Civilians (2016), based on his work on the StreetCred Police Killings in Context Data Project (PKIC), on which he is 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 recently 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. Now Nick is a regular contributor to Calibre Press, which specializes in training law enforcement professionals. His former blog was on Medium.com.
Nick is co-author of Blackhatonomics: An Inside Look at the Economics of Cybercrime; technical editor of Investigating Internet Crimes: An Introduction to Solving Crimes in Cyberspace; and author of a boatload of other books on travel.
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.