Why We Do This

Security breaches, Cyber attacks, and recent high-profile hacks have increased concerns about security, safety, and privacy.  Our program is intended to allay many of those concerns by providing useful, current information and practical preventive measures to engage and empower listeners.  Topics covered in the program are universal and relevant addressing issues such as Identity Theft, Medical Data Privacy, Infrastructure Protection, Domestic Counterterrorism, and National Security that impact everyone.

Our goal is to make listeners aware of threats and provide information about how to avoid them, the resources available to mitigate them and how to access these resources.  At the end of each program, listeners should be able to identify threats, recognize suspicious activity, and know what action to take to avoid being exploited. Those who may have already been compromised will know what steps to take to mitigate damage and prevent future incidents.

Meet the Host


Beverly Allen

Producer and Host

Beverly, a Security Advisor, has worked in the security and technology industry for over two decades.   During her career, she has provided consulting services for technology, management, engineering and security initiatives across the private and public sector including the commerce, agriculture, defense, and transportation industries.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Computer and Management Science from the University of Maryland, University College in College Park Maryland; and her Master's degree in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

She is a member of the Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2 www.isc2.org and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) www.isaca.org. She holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification from (ISC)2; the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certifications from ISACA.

Beverly was named Arlington Independent Media’s 2017 Radio Producer of the Year.


Practical Security is produced in the studios of Arlington Independent Media (AIM), a nonprofit membership organization and community media center in Arlington, Virginia.   AIM, began operations in 1982.  It's facilities, which are centrally located in Clarendon just off Wilson Boulevard, are equipped with the latest in media-making tools that facilitate the creation of video, audio, web and digital content.  Paste this link -https://www.arlingtonmedia.org/ - into your preferred browser to visit AIM's website .

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