"Life moves fast and technology even faster. As I watch my kids grow up in this ever-connected world, I see the great possibilities before us."
— Hemu Nigam
I'm an online security veteran with over twenty years of experience helping to protect folks just like you. Through my work in private industry, government, and law enforcement, I've dedicated my career to making the Internet a safer and more secure place for all of us.
Today I have the honor of writing about Internet safety, security, and privacy for The Huffington Post and ABC News as 20/20's Web Avenger, and often appear as a featured expert on these topics on shows like CNN, Fox News Channel, and the CBS Early Show and in news media like the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal.
I am the CEO and Founder of SSP Blue, the leading online safety advisory firm for companies such as Microsoft, AT&T, News Corporation, and many others. They hire me to advise on their most critical online protection challenges - including how to keep their users (such as yourself) safe and secure while using their services. I've also had the privilege of working with The United Nations, Harvard University, the United States House and Senate, and State Attorney General, and serving as co-chair of a Congressionally created Online Safety Technology Working Group.
I began my career as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles, specializing in prosecuting sexual assault and child abuse cases, and later became one of the chosen few Internet Crimes prosecutors at the United States Department of Justice. Having spent a great deal of time prosecuting and training other prosecutors in online crime, I was recruited by the late Jack Valenti to build MPAA first worldwide Internet enforcement department against Hollywood movie piracy. Next, I focused on building a cross company child safety initiative at Microsoft Corporation. While there, I was approached by News Corporation to take on the task of building the mechanisms needed to protect the personal safety and information of over 200 million users on MySpace from the ground up. During my time at MySpace I drove the launch of over 150 safety, security, and privacy protection features and programs, developed technology which removed sex offenders from the social networking site, and established the key principles of social networking safety that are widely used by most social media sites today. Throughout my career I've also advised the White House, Congress, The United Nations and others on Internet security, cyberstalking, cyber hate, and all manners of online safety issues.
Life moves fast and technology even faster. These are exciting times – the world has become one big inter-connected global community. The Internet is a tool of the people and individuals like you make it greater. As I watch my kids grow up in this ever-connected world, I see the possibilities before us. But as an online expert, I also see the risks that misuse can pose to our safety, security and privacy as we live more and more of our lives online.
The good news is we can live safely online by working together and I'm here to help us do just that.