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At the Edge

An ITSP column and podcast series with Sean Martin, CISSP

Cybercrime is pushing us here.
Vendor marketing is pushing us here.
It's time we turn the tables.

We're selling cybersecurity insincerely, buying it indiscriminately, and deploying it ineffectively.

My goal with this column is to bring transparency to the operational aspects of cybersecurity, breaking down the communications surrounding the methods, services, and technologies that the information security industry offers up for the latest in protecting our businesses and our society.

I'll take select briefings from vendors, exploring where their solutions best fit, how their solutions can be operationalized, and call the industry out when confusing, or otherwise misleading, messaging is put out for the world to see and hear.

We're all sitting here #AtTheEdge and have a huge decision to make: which direction will you take? Will you play it safe, turn back, and move away from the edge? Will you accept the risk, take a leap of faith, and jump over the cliff? Or, will you hedge your bet, and see what happens, and follow the edge to watch what others do?

Or, is there an alternative we're not yet aware of? If so, perhaps we can uncover it here.

At any rate, hopefully this column and the conversations we have here can help with your decision.

-Sean Martin

Latest Episode

Why Do We Have A National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

A conversation with Daniel Eliot | Director of Small Business Education at the National Cyber Security Alliance

In the first of three episodes, Sean Martin is joined by Marco Ciappelli, and these co-founders have the distinct pleasure of chatting with Daniel Elliot on the show. Daniel is the director of small business education at the NCSA and gives an overview of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, as well as the value of sharing cybersecurity responsibility — from the consumer to the large enterprise and from the boardroom to the break room.

Upcoming Episodes

DEFCON Villages and Villagers: Building up and Giving Back to the Community
Guest: Kirsten Sireci Renner from Novetta and the CarHackingVillage
Co-Host: Marco Ciappelli

What is National CyberSecurity Awareness and Why Should We Care? (multiple episodes)
Guest: Daniel Eliot, National Cyber Security Alliance
Co-Host: Marco Ciappelli

Black Hat: A Look Back and a View to the Future
Guest: Steve Wylie, GM at Black Hat
Co-Host: Marco Ciappelli

When Hackers Connect with Society, What Happens?
Guests: @JR0ch17 (researcher), @hateshaped (researcher), and Sam Houston (Bugcrowd)
Co-Host: Marco Ciappelli

DevSecOps: The History and Future of App Security Analysis
Guest: Nollaig Heffernan, Waratek

The Value of Workflows in Application Security Testing
Guest: Dinis Cruz, CISO, PhotoBox Group

Operationalizing Vulnerability Management with Workflows, APIs, and Automation
Guests: Dearbhail Kirwan and David Kennefick from Edgescan

Future Topics of Interest

Application Security and Dev(Sec)Ops
Identity Management and Access Control
Ethical Security and Marketing
Privacy and Trust
Impact of Brexit on the InfoSec Market
InfoSec Market, Venture Capital, and Investments
Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Securely Procuring Business Applications
Third-Party Risk Management
Social Engineering and End User Awareness Training
Mobile Security and the Internet of Things in the Workplace
Risk Assessments and Cyber Insurance


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