Security Stories

Security Stories

Discover the unique, inspiring, and often amusing stories behind what it takes to lead cybersecurity efforts in an organization. The Security Stories podcast features interviews with a diverse range of guests, each sharing their leadership experiences for the benefit of others in the cybersecurity industry. Discover more at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/securitystories.html

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July 19, 2021 80 min

Our guest today is Stuart Peck,  director of cybersecurity strategy for Zero Day Lab. Stuart talks to Hazel about his various career roles within threat intelligence, social engineering and incident response.  We also talk about how he went from a non technical background to a technical one, and overcoming imposter syndrome in the process. 

Stuart then talks about how preparing your mentality for a data breach is an incredibly impo...

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The past week has been a lot for people in the security industry. Last Friday in the US, people were just about to clock off for what would hopefully be a relaxing Fourth of July long weekend. Only for cybercriminals to have other plans.

This episode contains the audio from a recent live stream, where Hazel sat down with Cisco Talos’ US Outreach Team lead Nick Biasini. We talked about the unfolding events surrounding the REvil ranso...

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Joining today's episode are not one, but two distinguished guests. First of all, we have Dug Song, Cisco's Chief Security Strategy Officer. Dug is the founder of Duo Security which was acquired by Cisco in 2018, and he is one of the industry’s most passionate and outspoken voices about building inclusive cultures. 

We're also joined by Gene Hall, Vice President of Security Marketing at Cisco. Gene is a veteran of Cisco ...

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Today's guest is Tanya Janca (@shehackspurple), founder and CEO of We Hack Purple, an online learning academy, community and weekly podcast that revolves around teaching everyone to create secure software. She’s also the best selling author of 'Alice and Bob Learn Application Security'.

We chat about Tanya's career journey and the various hats she's collected  (there are many!) - as well as being a founder an...

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Our guest today is Al Huger,  Vice President of Cisco’s security platform and response. Al is a well known figure in the vulnerability space, and has developed several patents for cloud managed threat products which hunt down malware. He is also a three time veteran of building security companies, and successfully selling them to large organizations, including Cisco.

In this interview there is a huge amount of useful advice for any...

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On today’s show our guest is Helen Patton, CISO Advisor for Cisco Duo. Previously, Helen was an Executive Director at JP Morgan Chase, and CISO for Ohio State University.

Helen talks candidly about these two wildly different experiences—as well as how to know when it's time to leave a company, resilience in the age of Covid and killer hornets, and how the CISO role is likely to develop over the next three years.

In the virtual st...

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Today's episode is a little different from our usual format. In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness month, we welcome three leaders from Cisco Talos to join Hazel, Ben and Sana for a discussion on mental health, stress and burnout - specifically in the security and threat intelligence industry, although there are things that we discuss that could be relevant beyond that. 

Joining us are Matt Watchinski, Vice President of Ta...

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We welcome back Talos guests Nick Biasini and Edmund Brumaghin discuss their latest research on the rising cases of collaboration app abuse, and how cyber criminals have come up with new ways of using them as an entry point into organizations. They also share lots of advice on how people can protect themselves from this increasing trend. You can read more about their research on the Talos blog.

In the studio, Ben shares the origin s...

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We're delighted to have Tazin Khan as our guest this week. Tazin is a data privacy advocate and founder of the Cyber Collective, a community-centered organization that seeks to help people understand the ways data and privacy impact them, and empower them to learn more about their data privacy rights. Cyber Collective is the first and only women of color-owned data ethics, privacy, and cybersecurity research organization.

In wh...

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After a bit of a break, Security Stories is back! And we're back with a brand new lineup. Joining Hazel and Ben in the virtual pod booth is Sana Yousuf, a Cisco security marketing leader and storyteller, responsible for a diverse set of threat-focused products and solutions that bring our security platform to life. She is a diversity and inclusion evangelist and author of research reports.

In this episode, we'll get to know...

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We're joined today by Wade Baker, co-founder of Cyentia Institute (@wadebaker) and Wolfgang Goerlich (@jwgoerlich), Advisory CISO at Cisco, for a fun discussion on security outcomes.

Wade and Wolf dissect the results from Cisco's 2021 Security Outcomes Study, which seeks to answer the ultimate question, "What actually works in cybersecurity?" using random sampling and statistical analysis. 

Together, we discu...

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On today's show we welcome two guests onto the pod. First up is Esmond Kane, CISO of Steward Health care. Esmond spoke to Hazel and told her what it was like (and still is like) to be on the front lines of the pandemic, and how security is playing a part in helping the fight back against COVID-19. 

Esmond also gets pretty deep in describing what the role of a security leader is today, and we also learn how Sherlock Holmes and D...

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For our final episode of 2020, we're joined by two very special guests. First up is Fareedah Shaheed, CEO and founder of security consulting company Sekuva. As a serial entrepreneur, Fareedah has just embarked on a brand new path, which she reveals during our chat. 

Fareedah has also just been named on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, which identifies those who are  making waves in technology. She has such a fascinating story, from gro...

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In today's episode we're delighted to welcome Chloé Messdaghi, an infosec advocate and activist who is working to create a safe space for underrepresented groups within the industry.

Chloé is the CEO and founder of We are Hackerz, as well as the cofounder of Hacking is not a crime, Women of Security and The Hacker Book Club, and she is also VP of Strategy at Point3 Security.

We chat about the growing issue of burnout and how ...

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Our guest today is one of the security industry's most prolific video bloggers, Javvad Malik. Javvad has a signature fresh and light hearted take on security, and during this interview he talks about how he found his own voice. He also has plenty of advice for our audience on how to put a great presentation together to keep your audience engaged.

In addition, Javvad's story on how he got into the security industry, and the p...

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"Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them."

That Star Trek Spock quote is relevant in more ways than one today, because in this episode we meet Gabriel Gumbs, Chief Innovation Officer at Spirion, a company which specialises in data and security privacy.  Gabe's role is to lead the charge on where data security is going next, which includes the evolution of what Gabe lovingl...

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On today's episode we’re heading into the murky waters of online manipulation campaigns, and particularly how they’re used to try and influence political elections. 

To do that, we welcome back Theresa Payton, the first female CIO of the White House and author of 'Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth'. We also welcome for the first time, Nick Biasini. Nick is a threat researcher wit...

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On today's episode, Hazel and Noureen are joined by Leticia Gammill, Cisco’s Channel leader for Canada and Latin America, and Matt Watchinski, Vice President of Cisco Talos.  

Together, we share our first hand experiences and stories on the impact of diversity in cybersecurity.  There are some brilliant insights here about where companies can find diverse talent, beyond the usual recruitment channels. 

We also discuss how organiz...

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In the first of four special episodes being released during the month of October, today's episode is all about cybersecurity careers.

Hazel, Ben and Noureen are joined by guests Mitch Neff and Corien Vermaak, for a discussion on how we all got our starts in the cybersecurity industry. As it turns out, none of us took a conventional path! We also talk about the people and the mentors that helped us along the way, including some p...

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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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