CISO Series Podcast

David Spark, Mike Johnson, and Andy Ellis

  • 37 minutes 19 seconds
    The Post-it Note Clearly Says “Don’t Share” Right Under My Password

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Mike Johnson, CISO, Rivian. Joining us is our sponsored guest, Allan Alford, CISO, Eclypsium.

    In this episode:

    • Evolving public-private partnerships
    • New technology, but not a new challenge
    • Securing the hidden layers of the supply chain
    • Balancing usability and control

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, Eclypsium

    Eclypsium is helping enterprises and government agencies mitigate risks to their infrastructure from complex technology supply chains. Our cloud-based and on-premises platform provides digital supply chain security for software, firmware and hardware in enterprise infrastructure. Get started today at eclypsium.com/spark.

    18 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 37 minutes 53 seconds
    Who You Gonna Call? LEGAL COUNSEL!

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    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Joining us is our guest, Ryan Bachman, evp and global CISO, GM Financial.

    In this episode:

    • A changing of the executive guard?

    • Playing nice with cyber insurance

    • What does leadership want out of a CISO?

    • Who does a CISO call first?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, Vanta

    Whether you’re starting or scaling your security program, Vanta helps you automate compliance across SOC 2, ISO 27001, and more. Streamline security reviews by automating questionnaires and demonstrating your security posture with a customer-facing Trust Center. Over 7,000 global companies use Vanta to manage risk and prove security.

    11 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 37 minutes 25 seconds
    I’m Rewarding Your Successful Use of the Security Budget by Giving You Less of It

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Joining me is my guest, Aamir Niazi, executive director and CISO, SMBC Capital Markets.

    In this episode:

    • Communicating security accomplishments

    • Spotting red flags in an interview

    • What does offensive security look like today?

    • Where Gen AI is fitting into cybersecurity

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, Cyera

    Cyera’s AI-powered data security platform gives companies visibility over their sensitive data, context over the risk it represents, and actionable, prioritized remediation guidance.
 As a cloud-native, agentless platform, Cyera provides holistic data security coverage across SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and On-premise environments. Visit www.cyera.io to learn more.

    4 June 2024, 10:00 am
  • 44 minutes 3 seconds
    Ransomware? Why’d It Have to Be Ransomware? (Live in San Francisco)

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Mike Johnson, CISO, Rivian. Joining us is Steve Zalewski, co-host, Defense in Depth. Recorded live at BSidesSF.

    In this episode:

    • Are companies taking the air out of the open source balloon?

    • What’s broken about cybersecurity hiring?

    • Do we need minimum requirements for cybersecurity knowledge in sales?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsors, Devo, Eclypsium & NetSPI

    Devo replaces traditional SIEMs with a real-time security data platform.

    Devo’s integrated platform serves as the foundation of your security operations and includes data-powered SIEM, SOAR, and UEBA. AI and intelligent automation help your SOC work faster and smarter so you can make the right decisions in real-time.

    Eclypsium is helping enterprises and government agencies mitigate risks to their infrastructure from complex technology supply chains. Our cloud-based and on-premises platform provides digital supply chain security for software, firmware and hardware in enterprise infrastructure. Get started today at eclypsium.com/spark.

    NetSPI ASM continuously scans your external perimeter to identify, inventory, and reduce risk to both known and unknown assets. It blends scanning methodology with our consultants' human intelligence to identify previously undiscovered data sources and vulnerabilities so you can remediate what matters most.

    28 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 34 minutes 30 seconds
    You Can’t Leak What You Don’t Collect

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    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Joining us is our sponsored guest, Jeremiah Roe, advisory CISO, OffSec.

    In this episode:

    • What happens as data minimization in the US changes from a potential policy goal to a regulatory imperative?

    • How does this impact the rest of the industry?

    • How do CISOs start getting ready for compliance?

    • How to improve cybersecurity training and development?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, OffSec

    OffSec helps companies like Cisco, Google, and Salesforce upskill cybersecurity talent through comprehensive training and resources. With programs ranging from red team and blue team training and more, your team will be ready to face real-world threats. Request a free trial for your team to explore OffSec’s learning library and cyber range.

    21 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 35 minutes 48 seconds
    Our Help Desk Plaque Reads “Over 100,000 Threat Actors Served”

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    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Joining us is our guest, Martin Mazor, vp and CISO, onsemi.

    In this episode:

    • Has the shine worn off the cybersecurity promise of MFA?

    • Why are threat actors increasingly finding ways to get around it?

    • Given the high profile attacks we've seen getting around MFA, how much security stock should we put into it going forward?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, Material Security

    Material Security is a multi-layered email threat detection & response toolkit designed to stop attacks and reduce the threat surface across all of Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace. Learn more at material.security.

    14 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 44 minutes 55 seconds
    Can’t Talk, I’m Onboarding My Kids To Their First Soccer Practice (Live in Mountain View, CA)

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Mike Johnson, CISO, Rivian. Joining us is our guest, TC Niedzialkowski, CISO, Nextdoor.

    In this episode:

    • Has the line between work and personal devices blurred?

    • Why are we seeing signs that that line no longer exists for employees?

    • What is the path of cybersecurity to keep company data secured when its continually commingling with personal devices?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsors, Eclypsium and Normalyze

    Eclypsium is helping enterprises and government agencies mitigate risks to their infrastructure from complex technology supply chains. Our cloud-based and on-premises platform provides digital supply chain security for software, firmware and hardware in enterprise infrastructure. Get started today at eclypsium.com/spark

    Where is my data? Is it sensitive? Who has access to the data? What are the risks? What is the cost of exposure? Am I compliant now? Enter Normalyze. Normalyze’s agentless, machine-learning scanning platform continuously discovers sensitive data, resources, and access paths in all cloud environments. Learn more.

    7 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 35 minutes 54 seconds
    I Really Shouldn’t Have Agreed to Variable Rate Technical Debt

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Mike Johnson, CISO, Rivian. Joining me is our sponsored guest, Aaron Shaha, CISO, CyberMaxx.

    In this episode:

    • Is technical debt an inevitability in any organization?

    • How do you go about "paying it down?"

    • How do you decide when you need a systematic refresh and when can you kick the can down the road a little longer?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, CyberMaxx

    CyberMaxx offers MaxxMDR, our next-generation managed detection and response (MDR) solution that helps customers assess, monitor, and manage their cyber risks. MaxxMDR fuels defensive capabilities with insights from offensive security, DFIR, and threat hunting, on top of a technology-agnostic deployment model. We think like an adversary but defend like a guardian.

    30 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 35 minutes 35 seconds
    We’ll Invest in Resilience as Soon as the Ransom Payment Clears

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Joining us is my guest, Thom Langford, CISO, Velonetic.

    In this episode:

    • Why do lots of businesses pledge to never pay ransomware demands?

    • And why do their priorities quickly change when they need to get the business back to normal after an attack occurs?

    • What good is a pledge like that without the infrastructure and organizational commitment to make it possible?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, CyberMaxx

    CyberMaxx offers MaxxMDR, our next-generation managed detection and response (MDR) solution that helps customers assess, monitor, and manage their cyber risks. MaxxMDR fuels defensive capabilities with insights from offensive security, DFIR, and threat hunting, on top of a technology-agnostic deployment model. We think like an adversary but defend like a guardian.

    23 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 38 minutes 19 seconds
    We Could Lower Risk If We Shrunk Our Business

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Mike Johnson, CISO, Rivian. Joining me is our sponsored guest, Matt Radolec, vp, incident response and cloud operations, Varonis.

    In this episode:

    • Why is retaining cyber talent so hard?

    • How can organizations keep an employee from going elsewhere?

    • Why do organizations often not prioritize the factors to keep key employees?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, Varonis

    Ready to reduce your risk without taking any? Try Varonis’ free data risk assessment. It takes minutes to set up and in 24 hours you’ll have a clear, risk-based view of the data that matters most and a clear path to automated remediation. Get started for free today.

    16 April 2024, 10:00 am
  • 43 minutes 14 seconds
    Our Benefits Include Medical, Dental, and Burnout

    All links and images for this episode can be found on CISO Series.

    This week’s episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Joining us is our guest, Joshua Brown, vp and global CISO, H&R Block.

    In this episode:

    • Why is retaining cyber talent so hard?

    • How can organizations keep an employee from going elsewhere?

    • Why do organizations often not prioritize the factors to keep key employees?

    Thanks to our podcast sponsor, CyberMaxx

    CyberMaxx offers MaxxMDR, our next-generation managed detection and response (MDR) solution that helps customers assess, monitor, and manage their cyber risks. MaxxMDR fuels defensive capabilities with insights from offensive security, DFIR, and threat hunting, on top of a technology-agnostic deployment model. We think like an adversary but defend like a guardian.

    9 April 2024, 10:00 am
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