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Do boards and business leaders understand the risks? Is security improving, barely keeping up with threats, or falling painfully behind? And more importantly, if what kept us secure has stopped working, what do we need to do to fix it? Join host Brian Contos and his guests as they explore these questions on The Cyber Security Effectiveness Podcast.
 
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In this episode of InfosecWhiskey, Nick (boxswapper) and I sit down with CEO and infosec expert, John Strand. We talk about getting into infosec, where to find free and reduced cost training, and even some physics! This is definitely an episode you don't want to miss. We got to unveil our new logo recently and we are so excited! If you're looking f…
 
Mandiant Regional Account Executive Toks Jowosimi is one of the few who have witnessed the maturation and evolution of Mandiant Security Validation from the beginning, and has her own unique perspective to share on its transformation. She and Brian talk reactivity vs. proactivity, today’s common use cases for security validation, and customer prior…
 
One of the most common security questions that organizations ask is how to better their security posture without exceeding their tight budget -- not an easy task. Brian and Mandiant Sr. Director of Customer Engineering Morris Hicks dig into Mandiant Security Validation’s ability to help organizations optimize their existing investments and cut out …
 
The world of incident response has slowly been moving further from the “ninja-like” it's been known for. Purple team extraordinaire Evan Peña revisits the podcast to talk about changes to incident response, purple teaming, and the recent shift toward collaboration with other teams to eliminate today’s largest threats.…
 
Devon Goforth has been with Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin) since its early startup days in 2015, and had infused his background of electrical engineering, physics, and math with an interest in cyber security. He shares not only how the company and solutions have changed, but also current influences on the threat ecosystem, risks, a…
 
Board members are not only crucial for helping lead a company in the right direction, but nowadays they also offer crucial cyber security guidance. And those with a legal background, like FireEye’s Alexa King, provide an even more valuable perspective in the event of a breach and help organizations mitigate risks as an organization evolves.…
 
Our focus on board members continues as Kara Nortman, Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and a board member with several technology and cyber security companies, talks about her key responsibilities as a cloud-native specialist, the importance of nurturing positive relationships, and the growing trend of third-party solutions.…
 
The unknown factor of cyber security risk are keeping more CEOs up at night than ever before, and many of them view it as priority number one in areas of the business to address. Jay Leek brings his perspective as former Blackstone CISO, ClearSky Security co-founder, and board member for a number of cyber security companies, where he communicates t…
 
As someone who has worked as a FireEye executive and been on a board member for several publicly traded companies, Julie Cullivan has been able to closely witness the dichotomy between the two. She chats with Brian about how board members can influence real cyber security development. To see the video version of this episode on YouTube, click here.…
 
Last year, I was lucky enough to get to sit down with the real guy behind the @fs0c131y account on twitter, Baptiste Robert. The security pro who has reverse engineered most of our favorite apps....for fun and altruistic security! I got to ask him all about the TikTok news, how he got into doing what he does, and more! Grab your favorite beverage a…
 
Nick Andersen’s perspective and strategy skills have evolved from his time in the Marine Corps and federal government. Now CISO of Public Sector at Lumen Technologies, he reflects on his experience overseeing cyber security for energy and emergency response, statewide threat intelligence, his day-to-day duties, and more.…
 
Brian chats with Soluble Co-founder and CEO Richard Seiersen, who recently published his second book, The Metrics Manifesto: Confronting Security with Data. They talk security operations, digital transformation, and cybersecurity’s growing presence in executive meetings.By Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin)
 
This is hands down my favorite episode to date. I sit down and have a virtual happy hour with my entire team from Mandiant Security Validation. We have one of, if not the best teams I've ever been lucky enough to be apart of. This is easily our largest group to be interviewed...but we work so well together, you won't even notice ;) . The only rule …
 
Past podcast guest Kathleen Moriarty returns to share about her new book, Transforming Information Security, in which she declares that security currently is too complex. She and Brian discuss other topics explored, including privacy, encryption, automation, and trends.By Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin)
 
In this episode I got to sit down and have a lovely chat with Troy Hunt! Best known for his website haveibeenpwned.com, his courses on Pluralsight, and so much else! But we took a different road for this chat. We talked about stress management during this turbulent times. Why woud we pick this topic? Grab scotch from your native land...or the liquo…
 
The aviation industry has arguably been the most negatively impacted by the pandemic and has forced sudden changes on the organizations’ business models, cyber security operations, and more. United Airlines’ VP and CISO Deneen DeFiore talks about how the aviation organizations have adapted, key measurements for effectiveness, and the secret to main…
 
This packed episode focuses on all things high-level intelligence. Brian speaks with JD Jack, FireEye VP of DoD/IC/Special Programs, on his past experience with aviation and national intelligence and how it has taught him to lead at FireEye. They look at today's intel gaps, the DoD’s biggest threats, and discuss tool collaboration.…
 
Widespread digitization has pushed sales-driven car dealerships to build more dedicated security teams. Air Force Space Command veteran Chip Regan and Brian talk about how his military experience has prepared him to become AutoNation’s newest CISO, prioritizing critical objectives, communicating with other executives, and data security.…
 
Auto Club Group CISO Gopal Padinjaruveetil loves to combine his passion for philosophy with cybersecurity and shares a fascinating prediction for IoT devices and the future for humans. He and Brian also discuss the meaning of maturity and cyber readiness, cyber economics, and the three basic types of security metrics.…
 
In the time since Dave Bang appeared in 2018 as our first podcast guest, he’s pivoted his career at LyondellBasell from overseeing Information Technology (IT) to managing Operational Technology (OT). He and Brian cover IT vs. OT challenges, vendors’ perspectives on secure system environments, and using a streamlined approach to solve enterprise pro…
 
More organizations are keen to introduce purple teaming to their security practices but in most cases, they are not yet at the level of the business maturity needed to take that next step. Evan Pena, Director of Professional Services at Mandiant (FireEye), describes how his team uses FireEye’s premiere threat intelligence to enhance purple teaming …
 
Sallie Mae Sr. Director of Cybersecurity Operations Steve Lodin returns to the podcast to share his experiences introducing and maintaining cloud-based SIEM to existing infrastructure. He and Brian discuss the technicalities of transferring a mid-size financial organization to the cloud.By Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin)
 
How do you intro the man who needs no intro?? Join us as we drink the McAfee 2020 with the man, the myth, the legend, John McAfee. My cohost, everyones favorite unicorn CEO, Bryson Bort of Scythe! (@BrysonBort on Twitter). We talk infosec, love, and listen to stories of John and Janice McAfee's adventures and dangers. (video of this interview will …
 
Sandra Joyce, FireEye SVP & Head of Global Intelligence, returns to talk with Brian about recent infamous hacker groups’ exploitation of COVID-19, why having more security tools damages your chance of surviving a breach, and gives insight into findings from the Mandiant Validation Security Effectiveness Report.…
 
Brian chats with Dawn-Marie Hutchinson, Security Transformation Executive at global pharmaceutical company GSK, on persistent industry obstacles highlighted even more by the effects of COVID-19, addressing the global skills shortage, and perfecting your security tech stack.By Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin)
 
Major General Earl Matthews, USAF (Ret) joins Brian on the Cybersecurity Effectiveness Podcast to discuss the latest hot topics in validation. They cover security for this year’s upcoming election and dive into the data recorded in Mandiant Validation’s 2020 Security Effectiveness Report, including that which inhibits organizations from garnering t…
 
Privacy affects all industries beyond just the obvious legal implications, and even after 20 years security vendors don’t spend enough time strengthening all factors involved. Rebecca Herold, CEO of The Privacy Professor discusses security and privacy mistakes that still pop up today, and how the education industry plays a part in data distribution…
 
For a computer science undergrad looking to start a cybersecurity career, good experience depends on a healthy balance between academia and extracurriculars. University of Tennessee student Julianne Cox tells Brian how she has developed her skills inside and outside of the classroom, and looks forward to increasing diversity as the next president o…
 
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