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CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast and Series has moved to CISOSeries.com.

We gear up in HAZMAT suits and get ready for some dangerous USB drive analysis. We're taking all precautions on the latest episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast.

This show, like all the previous ones is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO of Lyft. Our sponsored guest this week is Dean Sysman (@DeanSysman), CEO of Axonius.

Enormous thanks to our sponsor this week, Axonius, simple asset management for cybersecurity.

On this episode:

Opening

We talked about how the history of the Enigma machine speaks volumes to how users react when they're forced to use a way too complicated security solution. They will find ways to simplify even if means weakening the overall security. Learn more from Mark Baldwin, Dr. Enigma.

Why is everyone talking about this now?

I challenged Mike and Dean to this question posed on Quora, "What is the safest way to check the content of a USB stick I found on the ground?"

What's a CISO to do?

Traditionally, CISOs rise through the ranks as security practitioners and slowly learn the business. But what if you're a CISO that never held the title of practitioner, but is very well versed in the business. How is selling to that type of a CISO different?

What's Worse?!

Mike and Dean are challenged with two horrible scenarios in asset management. Both are very risky, it's just one will probably result in a breach faster than the other.

Please, Enough. No, More!

We talk about asset management, and what's shocking is there isn't much to complain about in the "Please, Enough" portion of the segment. The reality is it's all "No, More!"

Ask a CISO

Dennis Leber, CISO for Cabinet for Health and Family Services for the Commonwealth in Kentucky asked if traditional sales pitches for the latest and greatest threat are really detracting companies from dealing with the basics of security.

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_10-28-2018_FINAL.mp3
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We're just a bunch of immature teenagers who can't seem to control ourselves or our security program. We're definitely exploring new solutions in the latest episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast.

This show, like all the previous ones is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO of Lyft. Our guests this week is Michael Makstman, CISO of the City and County of San Francisco.

Enormous thanks to our sponsor this week, Axonius, simple asset management for cybersecurity.

Read the full article on CISOseries.com.

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_10-19-2018_FINAL.mp3
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This is a bonus episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast with former guest, Allan Alford, CISO of Mitel, who was also the subject of a story I wrote in September entitled "One CISO's Grand Experiment to to Engage with Security Vendors." At that end of that discussion, Alford and I agreed that I would follow up with him in a month to see how the experiment went. This conversation is that story.

Find the full article here.

Direct download: CISO_Bonus_Allan_Alford_10-12-18__FINAL.mp3
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Check out more at our site CISOseries.com.

We don't play fair and we're not ashamed to admit it. This week's episode of the podcast is super-sized because it was recorded in front of a live audience at the Silicon Valley Code Camp conference held at PayPal in San Jose.

This show, like all the previous ones is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO of Lyft. Our guests this week for the live show were Ahsan Mir (@ahsanmir), CISO, Autodesk and Geoff Belknap (@geoffbelknap), CSO, Slack.

(from left) Geoff Belknap, CSO, Slack, Mike Johnson, CISO, Lyft, Ahsan Mir, CISO, Autodesk, David Spark, Founder, Spark Media Solutions

Special thanks to our sponsor, Electronic Frontier Foundation. Please support their efforts to protect your digital privacy.

On this super-sized episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast:

Ask a CISO

Is cybersecurity an IT problem or not? Do non-security executives pigeon-hole the role of security? Is this an unfair assessment? Is it dangerous to only view InfoSec as an IT problem?

Why is everyone talking about this now?

A hot discussion by Jason Clark of Netskope got everyone discussing why CISOs fail. In general, our panel believes it's a situation of poor alignment with the functions and risk profile of the business.

What game best prepares you for a job in InfoSec?

A few years ago I wrote an article entitled, "What 30 Classic Games Can Teach Us About Security," in which security professionals point to video games, board games, gambling games, and sports as great metaphors and training grounds for a life in security. Our panel debates the value of games as InfoSec teaching tools.

"What's Worse?!"

We play two rounds of the game and we get split decisions! The first round touches upon a major pet peeve Mike Johnson has had since our very first episode.

What's a CISO to do?

Security is often seen as a thankless job. It's though the role of the CISO to make sure everyone knows how awesome their security staff is and what they can do for the rest of the business.

What do you think of this pitch?

We critique another pitch and with this one a CISO does a rewrite that hopefully the security vendor will use.

How do CISOs know they're getting a good deal?

Not only do CISOs need to come up with a security program for the company, but they need to understand whether or not they're getting good price for the security tools they purchase. Do CISOs have a method to actually insure they're getting the best price possible? Do they even care?

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_10-13-2018_FINAL.mp3
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This show, like all the previous ones is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO of Lyft. Our guest this week is Aaron Peck, CISO of Shutterfly.

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On this episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast:

Ask a CISO

What were the turning points that led you to achieve the title of CISO? We've got a shout out to Mike Rothman's book, "The Pragmatic CISO" and the desire to find and solve the toughest most needed security problems.

How a security vendor helped me

CISOs have heard the stories from all the major InfoSec vendors. They're tired of playing second and third fiddler to a vendor's hundreds if not thousands of other clients. While a young startup company, potentially in stealth mode, doesn't necessarily have a track record, they do have eagerness and are willing to make their earliest and first customers extremely happy. This hand-holding-type relationship is very attractive to a CISO.

What's Worse?!

This entry into our weekly game is all about the following two images. There's so much going on in these pictures of a man who has decided to start day trading in public at a local Starbucks. Can you determine what's worse in these two pictures? Our CISOs debate. For more, check out the avid discussion on LinkedIn.

What do you think of this pitch?

Mike delivers probably the most thorough analysis of a vendor pitch I've ever heard on the show.

What's a CISO to do?

Hiring great InfoSec talent is an extreme challenge. Our guest, Aaron Peck, makes an argument for speedy hiring to get value for the company as quickly as possible.

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_10-17-2018_FINAL.mp3
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In such a hyper-competitive market for security talent, the natural inclination would be to try everything you can to keep your best employees. Unfortunately, even when you do everything right, your best employees just get up and leave. Can you and should you fight it? Or should you go out of your way to make the exit as smooth as possible for your staff? What's the benefit to you when they do leave?

On this episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast, we discuss:

  • 10-second security tip: Vanity metrics aren't going to create a more secure environment.
  • Pitching the latest crisis: We've talked endlessly about how CISOs don't respond well to fear pitches. Similarly, salespeople need to understand that CISOs are aware of last week's Facebook hack. Don't bring the news they already know. Provide some insight.
  • Selling the latest APT: If it's a new threat, it's sexy. It may make for great news, but focusing on it doesn't necessarily make for good security. Shouldn't you be starting with the boring basics? Can security basics ever be sexy?
  • We play "What's Worse?!" Listen up security vendors. You're going to want to pay attention to this one.
  • What do you think of this pitch? This week's pitch comes from a CISO. It's not his pitch to us, but a pitch he received. It kind of misses the mark. We explain why.
  • Retaining security talent: We discuss the InfoSec manager's role in retaining security talent. How do you form a relationship that all exits or near exits go as smoothly as possible?

This show, like all the previous ones are hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder, Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO, Lyft. Our guest this week is Justin Berman (@justinmberman), CISO of Zenefits.

Special thanks to our sponsor, SentinelOne, for supporting this episode and the podcast. Learn more about their autonomous endpoint protection.

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_09-30-18_FINAL.mp3
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