Security Stories

Security Stories

Discover the unique, strange, and often hilarious stories behind what it takes to lead cybersecurity efforts in an organization. Developed by Cisco, Security Stories is an interview-based podcast full of insights from those who are carving a path in this weird and wonderful industry. Discover more at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/securitystories.html... Show More

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September 21, 2020 70 min

Today we chat to Chris Leach, senior CISO Advisor at Cisco. From his background as an accountant (which he hated!) to venturing into cybersecurity ("I had to learn to speak in bits and bytes, after only speaking in 1s and 0s"), he has a fascinating story to share. 

Chris also has some brilliant insights into how to be a great leader and role model for your team, and he has some really poignant thoughts on resiliency, bounci...

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We almost called this episode "Robocop 4: The future of security law enforcement", but we actually hope that movie happens so we didn't want to jinx it...

But security law is our prime directive today, as on this episode we have an interview with Tanya Forsheit, partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and co-chair of the firm's privacy & data security group. Tanya is considered one of the world's leading...

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In a break from our usual format, today I wanted to bring you highlights of some of my favorite interviews with security leaders so far. 

There's a definite theme to the clips I've chosen - it's all about what we can do to help each other. There are ideas here about some of the things that we can do to make sure the cybersecurity industry becomes more accessible in the future, in terms of attracting talent from more pla...

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Election security is right up there as one of the most important discussions of our lifetime. To quote fictional president Dr Josiah Bartlet, "Decisions are made by those who show up" and so protecting people's right to show up and be heard, is fundamental. That's what this episode is all about.

We have Matt Olney, Director of Talos Threat intelligence and Interdiction joining us today, to talk about his paper, ‘What...

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We're joined this week by Quentyn Taylor, CISO for Canon Europe. Odds are that you might have had your hands on a Canon camera or printer at one point in your life, and if you’ve ever had a security related query about their products in Europe, it’s Quentyn’s team who you would have spoken to. That's because as well as protecting Canon, the cybersecurity team are also customer centric, which is a really interesting story.

Qu...

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In this episode we chat to Andy Ellis, who, on the very day we interviewed him, was celebrating his 20th anniversary as the Chief Security Officer for Akamai. We cover many topics - from taking down the "booth babe" culture at RSA, to fighting for more representation and diversity on cyber panels, to how he eliminated the password at his organization and built a Zero Trust network, before that became a thing.  

Andy also sha...

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This episode of Security Stories is a little different from usual, but for good reason! With the help of some very special guests, we take a comprehensive look back at the Not Petya cyber attack, the Sandworm hackers, and the context behind this act of cyber warfare. 

First to join us is Noureen Njoroge, a senior cybersecurity engineer and threat intelligence analyst at Cisco. Noureen is a passionate advocate for women and minoritie...

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In this episode we meet Marene Allison, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Johnson & Johnson.  We talk about her life journey, from graduating from West Point Military Academy in the first class to include women, to then becoming a special agent in the FBI in undercover drug and counterterrorism operations, to how she’s built a diverse  cybersecurity team and program at J & J. It's one of Hazel'...

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On today's show we have a brilliant interview with a famous, altruistic Irishman who wears cool glasses and has a nice variety of white hats.  

Nope, it's not Bono, but are lucky enough to have Brian Honan as our guest on this episode. We cover a wide variety of topics including the genesis of the Irish Emergency Response Team, his thoughts on why companies get such a bad hounding when they suffer a data breach, running a co...

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In this episode we meet Masha Sedova, co-founder of Elevate Security, a company which uses data and behavioral analytics to help organizations build a strong security culture.  Masha was recently announced as finalist for the 2020 Innovation Sandbox Award at RSA, which tells you something about how unique and interesting her solution is.  

We also chat about certain challenges that she faced setting her company up, and also what it&...

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Meet Mark Weatherford, who has one of the most impressive cybersecurity CVs we’ve ever seen! Learn how he created the U.S Navy’s first ever Red Team, and how he was hired by Arnold Schwarzenegger to help "change the way California did technology".  

Mark also talks about how he worked with many different groups to get laws passed to formerly establish a security program for the first time in several US states…And we talk abo...

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In the latest episode of Cisco's Security Stories, we have the incredible fortune to speak to Theresa Payton, who was named one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security by Security Magazine and is one of the most respected authorities on security and intelligence operations. 

Theresa was the first female CIO of The White House, taking up the post in George W Bush’s second term. We chat about what life was really like wo...

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Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs at Cisco Duo, joins us for the latest episode of Security Stories. Wendy discusses how we can involve users in our security practices, rather than blaming them when they fall foul of the rules. And she comes up with a unique idea for shaking up the security industry.

Also in this episode, Ben has some handy tips for remote workers and how we can all play our part to ensure the security and privac...

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Welcome to the first episode of our new fortnightly podcast, Security Stories. A podcast by the Cisco Security team, we use storytelling to talk about the past, present and future of cybersecurity. 

On this episode, our special guest is Mick Jenkins MBE, CISO for Brunel University London, former army officer and soldier, and author of several spy novels including The Kompromat Kill. Mick talks about his life, career, and how he has ...

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