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

If we let you know that 90 percent of break-ins happen because of a little known threat we happen to mitigate, you'd purchase our product, right? Ignore basic security practices as you listen to 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 Yaniv Bar-Dayan, CEO of Vulcan Cyber.

This episode is sponsored by Vulcan Cyber, your automated vulnerability remediation solution. Put an end to manual-only patch management and reduce vulnerability risk with a cloud-based solution that bridges the vulnerability remediation gap. Automate and orchestrate the vulnerability remediation process with Vulcan Cyber.

On this episode:

Why is everybody talking about this now?

How do you reaffirm that dynamic leadership stance so people aren't just responding to the title, but are actually responding to you and the way you're proving your leadership on a day-to-day basis?

Ask a CISO

Why do we keep recommending "go back to security basics"?

What's Worse?!

In honor of our guest, this one is about vulnerability management.

Please, enough! No, more!

What have we heard enough about on vulnerability management and what would we like to hear a lot more?

Ask a vendor

How do security vendors work differently with enterprises vs. smaller and mid-size companies?

 

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_11-24-2018_FINAL.mp3
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CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast and Series has moved to CISOSeries.com.

We're no longer buying their albums because we've had enough of the "can do no wrong" toxic culture of cybersecurity rock stars. On this episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast we are elevating the little known indie InfoSec professionals.

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 independent analyst, Kelly Shortridge (@swagitda_). Follow her musings at Swagitda.

This episode is sponsored by Vulcan Cyber, your automated vulnerability remediation solution. Put an end to manual-only patch management and reduce vulnerability risk with a cloud-based solution that bridges the vulnerability remediation gap. Automate and orchestrate the vulnerability remediation process with Vulcan Cyber.

On this episode:

Why is everybody talking about this now?

We do a health check on where we are in terms of security enabling the business. What have been the greatest strides and where are we falling behind? We reference a post by CISO of Mitel, Allan Alford.

Please, Enough. No, More.

We discuss the phenomenon of cybersecurity rock stars and why their “they can do no wrong” pass is toxic to the industry.

What’s Worse?!

Tip of the hat to Kip Boyle, CEO of Cyber Risk Opportunities for this week’s question.

Ask a CISO

The phenomenon of security buzzwords. When is it actually used to describe a product and when is it used to fill up space in a marketing campaign?

What’s a CISO to do?

We talk about people being the problem in security, but it’s not in the way you think it is.

 

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_11-18-2018_FINAL.mp3
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CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast and Series has moved to CISOSeries.com.

Why is our financial institution sending us an email suggesting we click on a link to log into our account? On this episode of the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast we educate your customers and your marketing department about suspicious looking emails.

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 Chenxi Wang, managing general partner, Rain Capital.

Special thanks to Virtru for sponsoring this episode. As a reader, I know you’re always worried about your data. That’s why Virtru is providing a free copy of Forrester’s 14-page report on the Future of Data Security and Privacy to readers for a limited time. Click here to grab your copy while it’s still available.

On this episode

Why is everybody talking about this now?

While many security professionals' eyes roll when they hear the word "blockchain," it is currently the second most popular area of security research, according to IDG. What is it about blockchain that VCs and security professionals find so attractive?

Question for the board

What responsibility does the board bear for educating the C-suite about cybersecurity competency? PwC put together a great list of questions the board should be asking regarding cybersecurity competency.

It's time to play "What's Worse?!"

There's a visual attached to this game. Go ahead and look here and tune in to hear the question.

What's a CISO to do?

Our guest, Chenxi Wang, provided some excellent advice for startups on getting on the diversity train early on. If you don't, you'll find it's incredibly hard to build in diversity with an established and non-diverse team.

And now this...

How do VCs play a crucial role in the relationship between buyers and sellers of security products?

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_11-12-2018_FINAL.mp3
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CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast and Series has moved to CISOSeries.com.

Why were we brought to this event? Why can't we leave? I don't think we have enough clues to get out of this vendor meeting. We struggle to remember our safe word 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 guest this week is Richard Seiersen (@RichardSeiersen), former CISO of LendingClub.

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

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On this episode:

Opening

We realize that Mike's comment about burning found USB drives was spot on. According to an experiment conducted by Sophos, about 2/3rds of found USB drives were infected.

What's a CISO to do?

You've been invited to a vendor dinner, but you feel trapped. Where can you go?

We discuss what constitutes a good vendor dinner and which ones make you feel trapped? Here's a link to that Onion article I referenced on the show: "‘First Date Going Really Well,’ Thinks Man Who Hasn't Stopped Talking Yet."

Ask a CISO

Are CISOs swayed when a vendor sells themselves as "market leading?" Could it actually be a detractor? What about the array of current clients? Does that have any impact?

What's Worse?!

Mike Johnson says this could be the most even comparison ever!

How a vendor helped me this week

We talked about an article I released last week, "How to Make a Huge Impact in the Security Community with Zero Marketing," which told the story of building thought leadership and industry influence through open source and related contributions, but not marketing.

Ask a CISO

How quickly is risk being created in your environment and how quickly can you reduce it? More importantly, can you measure that? Our guest, Richard Seiersen, author of the upcoming book, "The Metrics Manifesto: Confronting Security With Data" (Wiley 2019), explains.

Direct download: CISO_Vendor_11-04-2018_FINAL.mp3
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