Cyber Security Interviews



Cyber Security Interviews is the weekly podcast dedicated to digging into the minds of the influencers, thought leaders, and individuals who shape the cyber security industry.


  • #114 – Chloé Messdaghi: How Can We Do Better

    #114 – Chloé Messdaghi: How Can We Do Better

    15/02/2021 Duración: 51min (Chloé Messdaghi) is the Chief Strategist at (Point3 Security). In addition to her passion for keeping people safe and empowered both on and offline, she is also interested in increasing the numbers of marginalized genders in information security. She is the Co-Founder of (Women of Security (WoSEC)) and (Hacking is NOT a Crime) and the Founder of (WeAreHackerz (WomenHackerz)). Chloé is a keynote speaker at major information security conferences and events and serves as a trusted source for national and sector reporters and editors. She holds a master of science (MS) from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in international relations from the University of California, Davis, as well as a certificate in entrepreneurship from Wharton and other professional certificates. In this episode, we discuss the adjustment to conferences from home, feeli

  • #113 – Julian Waits: Diversity of Thought

    #113 – Julian Waits: Diversity of Thought

    08/02/2021 Duración: 55min (Julian Waits) is the general manager of cybersecurity at (Devo Technology). He has over 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles at technology companies, specializing in security, risk, and threat detection. He serves on several industry boards, including the (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP)) and (National Cybersecurity STEM Education (NICE)), promoting the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. In this episode, we discuss missing travel, working more in COVID-19, recruiting from non-traditional places, diversity, equity, and inclusion, his start in music before technology, changing people's understanding of differences, removing unconscious biases, his mentors, why language matters, and so much more! Where you can find Julian: (LinkedIn) https://twit

  • #112: Douglas Brush – Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional

    #112: Douglas Brush – Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional

    01/02/2021 Duración: 39min

    This is the last episode in the five-part series on mental health, self-care, and neurodiversity. This will not be the last time I speak about these issues on the podcast. I encourage everyone to take these issues seriously and help remove stigmas and champion differences in the way our brains work. Cybersecurity professionals spend most of their day focused on the health and wellbeing of the environments in their care. However, the cost of reducing risk and keeping our networks safe often comes at the price of our professionals' mental health. Many InfoSec professionals burn out, suffer from anxiety and depression, and turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, which further exacerbate underlying psychological and physical health issues. This is an abridged version of one of my public presentations on mental health. My goal is to alleviate the stigma around mental health and stress the importance of open and frank dialogs about this serious issue impacting our community. I will share my journey, reverse engineer t

  • #111 – Danny Akacki: Work Worth Doing

    #111 – Danny Akacki: Work Worth Doing

    25/01/2021 Duración: 01h03min (Danny Akacki) is just a storyteller perpetually looking for a stage. He loves nothing more than attending conferences, giving talks, writing blogs, and finding new ways to reach as many people as he can to educate about cybersecurity. For him, there is no greater satisfaction than community building. Danny has been fortunate enough to spend his career in Defense, learning from some of the best in the business, including teams at Mandiant, GE capital & most recently as a Technology Advocate with Splunk. He loves what he does and the people he gets to do it with. In this episode, we discuss his mental health journey, adjusting to a new role during COVID-19, finding outlets for stress release, if mental health issues are worse in cybersecurity, neurodiversity, PTSD, and so much more. Where you can find Danny: LinkedIn (Twitter) (YouTube) (Twitch) Episode Disclaimer:

  • #110 – Ryan Louie: Security Starts In the Mind

    #110 – Ryan Louie: Security Starts In the Mind

    18/01/2021 Duración: 47min (Ryan K. Louie), MD, Ph.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist focusing on the mental health impact of cybersecurity, and the psychiatry of entrepreneurship. Ryan received his MD and Ph.D. degrees from the Stanford University School of Medicine and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Hawaii Department of Psychiatry. Ryan completed an internship with the Office of International Health and Biodefense at the US Department of State and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Japan. Ryan has published academic articles in psychiatry and cell biology and is the inventor of the patented microtubule lumen-cast nanowire technology. In this episode, we discuss the stigmas of mental health, coping skills, the economic costs for not addressing mental health, neurodiversity, handling COVID-19 stress, removing job pressures in information security, and so much more! Where you can find Ryan: (LinkedIn)

  • #109 – Amanda Berlin: Happier People Stay Longer

    #109 – Amanda Berlin: Happier People Stay Longer

    11/01/2021 Duración: 49min (Amanda Berlin) is the Lead Incident Detection Engineer for (Blumira) and the CEO and owner of the nonprofit corporation (Mental Health Hackers). She is the author of a Blue Team best practices book called " (Defensive Security Handbook: Best Practices for Securing Infrastructure)” with Lee Brotherston through O'Reilly Media. She is a co-host on the (Brakeing Down Security podcast) and writes for several blogs. Amanda is an avid volunteer and mental health advocate. She has presented at a large number of conventions, meetings, and industry events such as DerbyCon, O’Reilly Security, GrrCon, and DEFCON. In this episode, we discuss her start in help desk, speaking amount mental health, depression and anxiety, men's reluctance to report health issues, neurodiversity, how organizations can e

  • #108 – Bill Hudenko: The Mind Body Connection

    #108 – Bill Hudenko: The Mind Body Connection

    04/01/2021 Duración: 50min

    Bill Hudenko, Ph.D. has significant experience in the fields of both mental health and technology. Dr. Hudenko is a licensed psychologist, a researcher, and a professor who holds a joint appointment as a faculty member at (Dartmouth's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences) and (Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine).  His research focuses on the use of technology to improve mental health delivery and patient outcomes. Dr. Hudenko is also an experienced software engineer and former database administrator for the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Hudenko is currently the CEO of (Trusst Health Inc.), a company devoted to providing high quality, affordable remote psychotherapy via messaging. In this episode, we discuss his background in brain and computer sciences, the intersection of technology and mental health, our brains' deve

  • #107 – Daniel Wood: We Don’t Have Enough Skilled People

    #107 – Daniel Wood: We Don’t Have Enough Skilled People

    28/12/2020 Duración: 38min (Daniel Wood )is the Associate Vice President of Consulting at (Bishop Fox), where he leads all service lines, develops strategic initiatives, and has established the Applied Research and Development program. Daniel has over 15 years of experience in cybersecurity and is a subject matter expert in red teaming, insider threat, and counterintelligence. Daniel was previously the manager of security engineering and technology at Bridgewater Associates, where he shaped the strategic direction of technology for the firm and oversaw technical security assessments of Bridgewater’s international office expansions. Daniel has also served in roles supporting the U.S. government in security architecture, engineering, and offensive operations as a Security Engineer and Red Team Leader. He supported the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) on red teaming and digital warfare operations, and the U.S. Army on the Wargaming Cyber Effects on Soldiers’ Deci

  • #106 – Jasson Casey: Hire Missionaries, Not Mercanaries

    #106 – Jasson Casey: Hire Missionaries, Not Mercanaries

    21/12/2020 Duración: 48min (Jasson Casey) is the CTO of Beyond Identity, a passwordless identity management provider. He also serves as a Fellow in CyberSecurity with the (Center for Strategic and International Studies) (CSIS) and the (National Security Institute )(NSI). Previously, Jasson was CTO of (SecurityScorecard), VP of Engineering at (IronNet Cybersecurity), Founder and Executive Director of (Flowgrammable) and Compiled Networks, and served in other technical and executive roles. Jasson received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in computer engineering from Texas A&M University. In this episode, we discuss adjusting to COVID-19, his start in VoIP, third party security management, security without passwords, why you are a target, the role of a CTO, using the right language in security, sta

  • #105 – John Hammond: Raise The Cyber Security Poverty Line

    #105 – John Hammond: Raise The Cyber Security Poverty Line

    14/12/2020 Duración: 38min (John Hammond) is a Security Researcher at (Huntress) as well as a cybersecurity instructor, developer, red teamer, and CTF enthusiast. John is a former (Department of Defense Cyber Training Academy) curriculum developer and teacher for the Cyber Threat Emulation course, educating both civilian and military members on offensive Python, PowerShell, other scripting languages and the adversarial mindset. He personally developed training material and infosec challenges for events such as PicoCTF and the "Capture the Packet" competition at (DEFCON) US. John speaks at security conferences such as (BsidesNoVA), to students at colleges such as the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and other events like the (SANS Holiday Hack Challenge/)KringleCon. He is an online (YouTube personality) showcasing pr

  • #104 – David Wong: Many Layers of Complexity

    #104 – David Wong: Many Layers of Complexity

    07/12/2020 Duración: 43min (David Wong) is a security engineer working on the (libra Blockchain) at Facebook. He is an active contributor to internet standards like Transport Layer Security and to the applied cryptography research community. David is a recognized authority in the field of applied cryptography; he’s spoken at large security conferences like Black Hat and (DEF CON) and has delivered cryptography training sessions in the industry. He is the author of the soon-to-be-published (Real-World Cryptography book). In this episode, we discuss why he focused on cryptography, the evolution of blockchain, his contributions to TLS, the Noise Protocol Framework, quantum computing, why he wrote a book on crypto, presenting and teaching cryptography, sanitizing data, and so much more! Where you can find David: (LinkedIn) https://

  • #103 – Jeff Hussey: Try Not To Make More Than One Mistake In a Row

    #103 – Jeff Hussey: Try Not To Make More Than One Mistake In a Row

    30/11/2020 Duración: 47min (Jeff Hussey) is the President and CEO of (Tempered). Jeff, the founder of (F5 Networks), is an accomplished entrepreneur with a proven track record in the networking and security markets. He maintains several board positions across a variety of technology, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and currently is the chairman of the board for Carena and chairman and co-owner of (Ecofiltro) and (PuraVidaCreateGood). Jeff also serves on the board for Webaroo and the Seattle Symphony. He was the chairman of the board for Lockdown Networks, which was sold to McAfee in 2008. Hussey received a BA in Finance from SPU and an MBA from the University of Washington. In this episode, we discuss adjusting to a remote workforce with a start-up, founding F5 Networks, developing a userbase community, tips for information security product success, IoT and OT cybersecurity,

  • #102 – John Ford: Keeping The Organization Informed

    #102 – John Ford: Keeping The Organization Informed

    23/11/2020 Duración: 39min

    John Ford is the Cybersecurity Strategist at (IronNet) and is an information security veteran with over twenty years in a wide variety of roles. Prior to IronNet, John was CISO for ConnectWise, the global leader in providing software solutions for Managed Services Providers. In this role, he was accountable for customer-facing security activities, product security, and served as an advisor to the CEO and leadership team. Before joining IronNet, John founded Sienna Group, a firm dedicated to providing data protection solutions to enterprise organizations, and has held executive roles in the healthcare industry. In this episode, we discuss healthcare security, compliance versus security, HIPAA regulation and privacy, intellectual property protection, real-time information sharing, ransomware in hospitals, recommendations for new CISOs, and so much more! Where you can find John: (LinkedIn) (IronNet Blog)

  • #101 – Brandon Hoffman: Align Security To Business Outcomes

    #101 – Brandon Hoffman: Align Security To Business Outcomes

    16/11/2020 Duración: 38min (Brandon Hoffman) is the CISO & Head of Security Strategy at (Netenrich). Brandon is an admired security executive responsible for Netenrich’s technical sales and security strategy for both the company and its customers. Most recently, he oversaw solution architecture for (Intel 471)’s dark web threat intelligence business. As former CTO at (Lumeta Corporation) and (RedSeal Networks), Brandon led technical and field development in network security, vulnerability, and risk. He’s also held key practitioner roles focused in security architecture, penetration testing, networking, and data center operations. Brandon holds an MS degree from Northwestern University and a BS degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In this episode, we discuss adapting to COVID, accidentally getting into security, designing the intelligent SOC, a risk-based appr

  • #100 – Douglas Brush: Cybersecurity Is Psychological

    #100 – Douglas Brush: Cybersecurity Is Psychological

    09/11/2020 Duración: 42min

    This is a special episode where we celebrate the 100th episode of the Cyber Security Interviews podcast! In this episode, I have the mic turned back on me by a past guest, great friend, and an amazing asset to the community, (Nadean Tanner). She crowdsourced some questions, but head plenty of her own as well as we did this Ask Me Anything special episode. Douglas Brush is an information security executive with over 26 years of entrepreneurship and professional technology experience. He is a globally recognized expert in cybersecurity, incident response, digital forensics, and information governance. In addition to serving as a CISO and leading enterprise security assessments, Douglas has conducted hundreds of investigations involving hacking, data breaches, trade secret theft, employee malfeasance, and various other legal and compliance issues. He also serves as a federally court-appointed Special Master and neutral expert in high pr

  • #099 – Fredrick Lee (Flee): Security Should Be Lovable

    #099 – Fredrick Lee (Flee): Security Should Be Lovable

    24/08/2020 Duración: 01h04min (Fredrick "Flee" Lee) is the Chief Security Officer at (Gusto), where he leads information and physical security strategies including consumer protection, compliance, governance, and risk. Before Gusto, Lee spent more than 15 years leading global information security and privacy efforts at large financial services companies and technology startups, most recently as Square's Head of Information Security. He previously held senior security and privacy roles at Bank of America, NetSuite, and Twilio. Lee was born and raised in Mississippi and holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from the University of Oklahoma. In this episode, we discuss COVID response, three-dimensional communications, security as an enabler, integrating security and engineering teams, the information security skills shortage, diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity, his early mentors, and so much more. Where you can find Flee:

  • #098 – Andrea Roberson: Reach Out to Others

    #098 – Andrea Roberson: Reach Out to Others

    10/08/2020 Duración: 35min (Andrea Roberson) is a product manager at Centrify Corporation, where she directs the product roadmap for Centrify Privileged Access Service. She was previously a technical support engineer at the company for almost two years and has held several engineering and support roles during her career including at Google and Apple. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Spelman College, where she was a member of the (National Society of Black Engineers), the (Association for Computing Machinery), and (SpelBots). In this episode, we discuss working with product teams remotely, moving from IT to information security, securing remote access, diversity and inclusion in cybersecurity, mentoring others, self-care and mental health, new threats due to COVID, and so much more. Where you can find Andrea: (Li

  • #097 – HD Moore: The New Normal

    #097 – HD Moore: The New Normal

    03/08/2020 Duración: 35min (HD Moore) is the founder and CEO of (Rumble Network Discovery); a platform designed to make asset inventory quick and easy by combining active scanning with innovative research. Prior to starting Rumble, HD was best known as the founder of the (Metasploit Project), the foremost open-source exploit development framework, and continues to be a prolific researcher and occasional speaker at security events. In this episode, we discuss starting with BBSs back in the day, starting the Metasploit project, (project Sonar), his development of Rumble Networks, securing home networks, fingerprinting networks, jump boxes in IoT networks, and so much more. Where you can find HD: (LinkedIn) (Twitter) (Blog)

  • #096 – Gabe Gumbs: Data Is An Asset

    #096 – Gabe Gumbs: Data Is An Asset

    20/07/2020 Duración: 38min (Gabe Gumbs) has a deep-rooted passion for technology, information security, and problem-solving. As Chief Innovation Officer of (Spirion)—a leader in rapid identification and protection of sensitive data—he’s channeling that passion to make the digital world a safer place. Wielding a unique mix of technical vision, marketing, and business acumen, Gabe is shaping the future of data security and protecting the sensitive personal data of customers, colleagues, and communities around the world. Despite having held a range of leadership positions in security technology— including VP of Product Strategy at STEALTHbits and Director of Research & Products at WhiteHat Security—Gabe considers his most valuable experience to be the time he spent on the ground as a security practitioner. Thanks to his intimate understanding of the real issues security professionals face on the front lines, he’s able to identify the core of the problem and c

  • #095 – Shahrokh Shahidzadeh: Education Is a Big Part of IT

    #095 – Shahrokh Shahidzadeh: Education Is a Big Part of IT

    13/07/2020 Duración: 38min (Shahrokh Shahidzadeh) is the CEO of (Acceptto). Shahrokh is a seasoned technologist and leader with 29 years of contribution to modern computer architecture, device identity, platform trust elevation, large IoT initiatives, and ambient intelligence research with more than 25 issued and pending patents. Before Acceptto, Shahrokh was a senior principal technologist contributing to Intel Corporation for 25 years in a variety of leadership positions where he architected and led multiple billion-dollar product initiatives. In this episode, we discuss evolving authentication, SSO and MFA challenges, anomalous behavior detection, enforcing least privilege, his time with Intel, AI and ML, multi-cloud security, securing home users, and so much more. Where you can find Shahrokh: (LinkedIn) (Twitter)

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