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When Ransomware Strikes Our Towns | In The News With Michael Echols and Edward Block

By Sean Martin & Marco Ciappelli

Guests:
- Michael Echols
, CEO, IACI International Association of Certified ISAOs and former Director, Cyber Joint Program Management Office, US Dept. of Homeland Security
- Edward Block, Practicing Attorney, Foley Gardere, and former Chief Information Security Officer, State of Texas

Many small town and cities across the grand state of Texas have had better days. Much better days, in fact. There have been many articles highlighting the recent ransomware attacks to successfully compromise more than nearly two dozen Texan towns.

We had many questions to ask our two guests — both of whom have a direct and deep understanding of these types of attacks, the readiness of this specific region, and the potential threats looking in other similar regions across the United States. Have a listen to hear their thoughts on this situation.

An InfoSec Community Q&A With Francesco Cipollone

By Sean Martin & Marco Ciappelli

Guest: Francesco Cipollone

As part of our In The News series, in this episode, we connect with Francesco Cipollone to host a Q&A session where the questions were driven by the InfoSec community. The questions asked were presented to Francesco via social media and Francesco selected 3 questions to respond to in this episode. These are the people and their questions: Jim Manico [@manicode ] | John Opdenakker‏ [@j_opdenakker] | Tanya Janca [@shehackspurple].

It's Here! The EU CyberSecurity Act | An In The News Dialogue With Raluca Saceanu And Elena Steinke

By Sean Martin

Guests: Raluca Saceanu | Elena Steinke

The other day I came across a blog post talking about the impact the EU CyberSecurity Act could have now that it is officially “in force” as of Thursday, the 27th of June, 2019. To dig deeper into this topic, I connected with Elena Steinke and asked her to join me and the author of the blog post, Raluca Saceanu, for a quick chat.

The State Of CyberSecurity And Innovation In Ireland And The EU | A Dialogue With Brendan Bonner & John Durcan

By Sean Martin

Guests: Brendan Bonner | John Durcan

Wouldn’t it be good if we could cross the business-to-cybersecurity bridge such that we all have a good picture for what’s important for the business — and ultimately for humanity and the societies for which we create? This is the main driver underneath a two-part conversation I had earlier this year with Brendan Bonner, Chief Technologist — Technology, Content and Business Services at IDA Ireland, and John Durcan, Senior Technologist at Enterprise Ireland.

Reverse Engineering BlueKeep: What You Need To Know To Prepare

By Sean Martin

Guests: Scott Scheferman | Rick McElroy | @JaGoTu

I recently came across a post from Scott Scheferman about the BlueKeep vulnerability and patch that intrigued me. After a few attempts to bring together a few folks, I was able to pull in Rick McElroy and @JaGoTu to join Scott and I for a chat about what’s real with respect to this threat. Needless to say, this group did not disappoint.

During our nearly-one-hour chat, we cover tons of stuff and there’s a lot to absorb here. I would encourage you to take the time to learn from this conversation and then apply what you’ve learned to your infosec program. And, if you value the community, take a moment to share this with a few of your peers to help them out.

National Cyber Security Alliance's CyberSecure My Business And ITSPmagazine: A Conversation With Daniel Eliot

By Sean Martin & Marco Ciappelli
A conversation with Daniel Eliot

Today’s episode is a very special one as we get to connect with our good friend, Daniel Eliot, Director of Education & Strategic Initiatives at National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) where he is responsible for building and maintaining NCSA’s newest initiative, CyberSecure My Business. During our quick chat, Marco and Sean discuss our recent partnership announcement and what’s to come during National Small Business Week.

Inspiration is what is needed to inspire change

By Marco Ciappelli & Selena Templeton

Here at ITSPmagazine, we are always looking for inspiration, muses and revelations. It is what drives us and what usually makes for a good story to tell. For me and Selena, on a sunny Southern California morning, inspiration came in the form of four young students that together make the CyberAegis Aether, an all-girls middle school cybersecurity team from San Diego that is competing in the Cyber Patriot National Finals.

What Are We Teaching The Next Generation – What’s Possible Or Just How To Set Up A Firewall?

By Sean Martin & Selena Templeton

In this episode of The Academy, Sean and Selena are joined by Ken Westin from Elastic (and formerly from Splunk) to talk about all things educational in the field of cybersecurity – including training the next generation, bringing the community together, and speaking at security events to raise awareness. Ken has a varied background and brings a lot of expertise to the table in this conversation!

Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu and ITSPmagazine: A conversation with WSC CEO Mari Galloway

By Selena Templeton & Marco Ciappelli

Today’s episode is a special one: We have a fun chat with Mari Galloway, CEO of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, to kick off and introduce ITSPmagazine’s strategic partnership with WSC! In this short conversation, we get to know a bit about Mari (she’s a Sr. Security Architect for a large casino in Las Vegas), the organization (a nonprofit dedicated to women in cybersecurity), and why we decided to partner with each other.

RSA Conference San Francisco 2019 | A Friendlier Place?

By Thom Langford

This year, RSA Conference seemed to take a clear shift towards a more friendly and inclusive event, especially in the areas of diversity and wellness. Thom Langford, founder of (TL)2 Security Ltd. and friend of ITSPmagazine, gives his perspective of what has changed at this year’s InfoSec conference.

Are We Honestly Trying To Fill The InfoSec Jobs Gap? Or Is Our Ego Stopping Us?

By Sean Martin

Today I am joined by two long-time cyber professionals doing great things to help fill the cyber talent pool with candidates from all walks of life: Julian Waits from Devo and ICMCP, and Ed Moyle from The Prelude Institute. InfoSec isn’t the first industry faced with a shortage in the workforce, so we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Listen in as we talk through some of the scenarios to uncover how we might learn from other industries and roles, such as that of nursing.

RSAC 2019 | Be An Ally, Not an Asshole

By Selena Templeton

Having entered the cybersecurity space just three years ago, no one was more surprised than Selena Templeton to find herself speaking at RSA Conference 2019. In this recap, she shares her experience joining with Karen Worstell, W Risk Group founder, to talk about “Cybersecurity’s Dirty Little Secret and Talent Grenade: Burnout,other sessions on mental health in cybersecurity, and the overall feeling of camaraderie, openness, healthiness, and mutual support at the conference.

RSA Conference San Francisco 2019 | Fulfilling Our Mission of Supporting the Community At The Intersection Of IT Security And Society

By Sean Martin

After nearly a few decades in the InfoSec industry, Sean Martin has a deep look back at RSA Conference in San Francisco to see how things have changed, what was top-of-mind this year, and how the community aspect of the conference this year made for one of the best events yet for Sean, the ITSPmagazine team, and the publication overall.

Chats On The Road To RSAC 2019 | Why Industrial IoT Security Is Really about Saving Lives | With Galina Antova and Emily Miller

By Sean Martin | Co-host Marco Ciappelli

In this podcast we spoke with two experts deeply entrenched in the world of industrial control systems and critical infrastructure. Galina Antova and Emily Miller join Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli to give us a view of the state of security for this slice of society while connecting the dots to their RSA Conference panel, Why Industrial IoT Security Is Really about Saving Lives.

Chats On The Road To RSAC 2019 | From Dystopia to Opportunity: Stories from the Future of Cybersecurity | With Keren Elazari and Amit Elazari

By Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli

In this podcast we get to know two fantastic women in the cybersecurity community: a friendly hacker and a lawyer, who also happen to be sisters whose individual careers have inspired one another. We hope that they will inspire many young people to pursue their passion and hopefully a career in InfoSec, as a hacker, as a lawyer, as a psychologist, as a researcher, or whatever their dream may be.

Experts Corner Webcast: What Does It Take To Operationalize A SOAR?

By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge

The primary goal with this webcast discussion is to highlight the value of a SOAR (security orchestration automation and response) platform/model in order to help companies figure out how best to operationalize it as part of their security management programs. The key point here is “operationalize” … who should be involved, what do they need in place in order to succeed (tech/process/people, both within and outside of the platform), and what can they expect from an operational benefit perspective.

Chats On The Road To RSAC 2019 | Why The Role Of CISO Sucks And What We Should Do to Fix It! | With Gary Hayslip And Rick McElroy

By Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli

On today's podcast, we want to share with you what motivated them to present this talk to such a large audience. They/we believe that people are ready to make changes and, as leaders in the space, CISOs need to take the matter into their own hands — starting by helping each other. It’s time to peel back the cover, have these conversations, and collaborate with their peers while being a good role model to their team.

Marriott Breach: 500 Million Guests' Data Is Stolen: Why Did It Happen And What's The Impact?

By Sean Martin

Guests: Colin Bastable | Matt Mosley

News broke this morning about a breach taking place at Marriott that exposed the data of 500 million (yes, half a billion) guests.

I took some time to dig into this situation, speaking with two security professionals with thoughts on the matter: Colin Bastable from Lucy Security, and Matt Mosley from Tevora.