The Academy

ISSA International Summit 2019 | Dallas, Texas | An ITSPmagazine Event Coverage

By Sean Martin &  Marco Ciappelli

During our ISSA International Summit in Dallas, Texas, we got to spend some time with our strategic partner, ISSA International, where we were able to tell and listen to many stories throughout the event. This is a sampling of the conversations we captured.

The Academy | A Conversation With Candy Alexander and Jon Oltsik

By Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin

Have a listen to our chat with Candy Alexander, President of ISSA International, and Jon Oltsik, Principal Analyst and Fellow at ESG, as they review some of the latest findings from their research report, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals.

Official Launch Of The Cyber Ireland Cluster | County Cork

By Sean Martin

Guests: Eoin Byrne, Jacky Fox, Pat Larkin

Lead by IDA Ireland with support from Enterprise Ireland and in collaboration with academia, industry, and government, Cyber Ireland officially launched on 20 May, 2019 as the official establishment of a National Cyber Security Cluster in Ireland, hosted at Cork Institute of Technology. In addition to attending the event, I recorded a podcast with some of the board members and captured some pictures as well.

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!

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.

Filling, Not Depleting, The InfoSec Talent Pipeline | Heather Ricciuto — IBM Security

By Sean Martin and Selena Templeton

Sean Martin and Selena Templeton had the great pleasure of sitting down with Heather Ricciuto, Academic Outreach Leader at IBM Security, at this year’s RSA Conference. In this podcast, we talk about all things educational when it comes to attracting and retaining cybersecurity talent. Traditionally, companies like IBM have focused on recruiting from 4-year universities, but how are you going to build a pipeline when you’re recruiting from the same top schools and competing for the same talent?

Chats on the Road to RSA Conference 2019 | Retaining and Growing Cybersecurity Talent: A Proven Model | With Deidre Diamond

By Marco Ciappelli

This is my last podcast for our Chats on the Road to RSA Conference 2019 series. After this we will record literally from the road and from different locations in San Francisco.

First of all, let’s all remember that companies are made of people. You can talk about Artificial Intelligence, digital automation, algorithms, robotics, and all the other amazing things happening in our society, but ultimately none of them come from nothing; they all come from the carbon-based unit that we call humans.

Why Is It So Hard To Break Into The Field Of Cybersecurity?

By Sean Martin

Today I am joined by co-host, Selena Templeton, and we have the pleasure of chatting with Renee Small and Chris Foulon — co-hosts for the Breaking into Security podcast series. Today we’re talking about — you guessed it — why it’s so difficult to break in to the field of cybersecurity. Listen in as Renee and Chris have a lot of great insights on this topic!

A Conversation About The Importance Of Volunteering In The Cybersecurity Community

By Marco Ciappelli | Co-host Selena Templeton
A conversation with Kathleen Smith

On this conversation Selena Templeton will help me dig into a subject that is very dear to Kathleen: the importance of volunteering in the cybersecurity community as an opportunity for learning new technical and non-technical skills that benefit personal growth and support career advancement.

Volunteering is good for the people who do it and for the company that supports it.

To Find InfoSec Talent: Ask Questions—Shut Up—Listen

By Sean Martin

As a long-time recruiter, Kirsten Renner suggests that we may be leveraging processes and technologies to our disadvantage, forgetting about the human element of the whole process. Are you asking the right questions and then shutting up and listening to what the candidates have to say? Or are you hurting yourself in your own recruiting processes?

NPower Stories: A Conversation with Elizabeth Lopez

By Selena Templeton & Sean Martin

ITSPmagazine’s Sean Martin and Selena Templeton chat with Elizabeth Lopez, a graduate of NPower’s Symantec Cyber Career Connection (SC3) program and a Security Operations Associate at KPMG, about her story that starts with a knack for computers and a job at the local library — which led her to NPower, a nonprofit that trains military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

It's Your Community. Let's Work Together To Make It Better.

By Sean Martin

In today’s conversation, Candy Alexander from ISSA International and Jon Oltsik from ESG share how important their 3rd annual global survey on the life and times of cybersecurity professionals is to the InfoSec community, who should get involved, and how the coming findings can help the community help each other to make for a better experience as we all fight the good InfoSec fight.

Changing The DevOps Culture By Shifting Security Left

Three guests join Sean Martin on today’s episode: Tanya Janca (Microsoft), Nicole Becher (NYU/NY-DFS), and Franziska Bühler (Swiss Post). While they are all hailing from different parts of the world, they come together (virtually) on a regular basis, focusing on helping engineering, operations and security teams establish a culture of business-driven security throughout the organization.

Why Do Bug Bounty Hunters Do What They Do? We Asked Them.

By Sean Martin | Co-Host Marco Ciappelli

Are you interested in becoming a bug bounty hunter? Listen in to see if this world of research and responsible disclosure is for you. Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli speak with two penetration testers that double as bug bounty hunters to get their perspective.

Managing Risk At Non-Profits - A Healthy Perspective | With Michael Parisi

There are many challenges that non-profits face and a number of standards they must follow; however, this does not excuse them from having the appropriate security and privacy policies, procedures, practices and controls in place. Michael Parisi, VP, Assurance Strategy & Community Development at HITRUST, leverages his knowledge of the healthcare industry to provide some risk management advice for non-profits operating in any any industry.

NPower Stories: A Conversation with Alex Martinez

By Selena Templeton & Sean Martin

ITSPmagazine’s Sean Martin and Selena Templeton chat with Alex Martinez, a graduate of NPower’s advanced Symantec Cyber Career Connection program and a Triage Analyst at Bloomberg, about his story that starts with a passion for computers at a young age and a thirst for learning — which led him to NPower, a nonprofit that trains military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

Mission accomplished. We are all cyber aware now.

By Marco Ciappelli | Co-host Sean Martin
A conversation with Daniel Eliot

Sean and I recorded three episodes with Daniel because it is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and you need to listen to all of them - in no particular order - to become Cyber Aware Awesome and earn a Cyber Society Pin Badge.

Gosh, it seems like just yesterday when we published the first podcast, and so much has happened since then, that I am honestly struggling to find the words to introduce this final conversation. 

The Most Important Thing For Any Business Is To Stay In Business

By Sean Martin | Co-host Marco Ciappelli
A conversation with Daniel Eliot

In the second of three episodes, Sean Martin is joined by Marco Ciappelli, and these co-founders have the distinct pleasure of chatting with Daniel Elliot. Daniel is the director of small business education at the NCSA and shares some of the misconceptions small and medium sized businesses might have when it comes to protecting their systems, their information, and even their capital from cyber crime and cyber fraud.