The Hilt

The Hilt

Cybersecurity can seem complicated, especially for organizations without a 24/7 security team on staff. Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos in a journey to demystify cybersecurity, covering hot topics, intriguing interviews, and business insights. Whether you're passionate about cybersecurity or simply looking to learn more, The Hilt can help you get a handle on cybersecurity.


June 28, 2021 31 mins

What exactly is the Presidential Executive Order 14028?

Former Director of White House Cybersecurity, Rob Knake, breaks down the May 12, 2021 Executive Order by the Biden Administration, outlining the reasons and potential impact of new cybersecurity requirements, how Executive Order 14028 will be implemented, and what organizations who provide products or services to Federal agencies will need to know.

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As organizations become more aware of the need for stronger cybersecurity, they are searching for security IT professionals who not only have the technical acumen, but also the ability to effectively communicate needs and solutions to non-technical stakeholders.

Defendify Co-Founder, Rob Simopoulos, speaks with Dr. Lori Sussman of the University of Southern Maine’s Technology and Cybersecurity program, about what skills employers ar...

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Industrial manufacturing is rapidly connecting the factory floor to the cloud, but as digital transformation becomes reality, how will Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) teams work together to understand, build, and maintain a comprehensive security posture across people, process and technology?

Defendify Co-Founder, Rob Simopoulos, uncovers some of the answers with Aron Semle, CTO of HighByte, a le...

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How concerned are you of the cybersecurity component of your projects? 46% of integrators surveyed earlier in 2020 by the NSCA said they are not interested in cybersecurity, but with new regulations rolling out in June of 2020, contractors, AV and systems integrators must now include cybersecurity in all projects:

"If you sell it, you'll need to secure it."

Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos interv...

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Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on a special episode of The Hilt! In this episode, Rob leads a panel of National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) members on their perspectives of cybersecurity issues impacting systems integrators and small businesses today. Brandon Conick, Christina DeBono, and Randy Johnson are all forward-thinking leaders in the systems integration industry who have led successful cybersecurity pro...

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Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on The Hilt! In this episode, Rob leads a discussion with Nate Jalbert, Cybersecurity Instructor at the Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) and two of his students, Quinn and Maxim. Their conversation covers the cybersecurity program at PATHS—the first CTE program in the state of Maine focused solely on cybersecurity—and students’ experiences. Cybersecurity is a booming field cu...

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Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on The Hilt! In this episode, Rob speaks with Sid Bose, attorney with Ice Miller’s Data Security and Privacy Group. Their discussion hones in on the legal aspects of cybersecurity for Small Business.

Sid Bose is an attorney in Ice Miller's Data Security and Privacy group. With an information systems and security background, Sid counsels clients on various data security and privacy issues...

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Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on The Hilt with special guest Justin Riehl of CastleHill Managed Risk Solutions. Their conversation looks at how small businesses are increasingly under review by their larger customers, vendors, and partners. In this episode, Rob and Justin explore third-party risk assessments and the importance of being prepared as a small business.

Justin is a Principal Consultant and Managing Princi...

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Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos on The Hilt! In this episode, Rob speaks with Ginny Lee, Founder and Managing Partner of a boutique privacy law firm and former privacy leader at several Fortune 500 companies, discussing the ways privacy and cybersecurity intersect and what that means for Small Business.

Previously, Ginny was Head of Global Data Privacy and Director, Senior Corporate Counsel at ServiceNow and befor...

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Join Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos with the inaugural episode of Defendify's podcast, The Hilt, where he speaks with Rob Knake, who served as Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council. In this role, Knake was responsible for the development of Presidential policy on cybersecurity, and built and managed federal processes for cyber incident response and vulnerability management.

Rob Knake's ext...

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