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Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance & Identity at Microsoft, talks with cybersecurity thought leaders and influential industry experts about the trends shaping the cyber landscape and what should be top-of-mind for the C-suite and other key decision makers. Ann and her guests explore the risk and promise of tools and systems powered by AI, IoT, machine learning, and other emerging technology, as well as the impact on how humans work, communicate, consume information, and live in this era of digital transformation.

Please note, the opinions expressed by guests on this podcast are their own and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect opinions of, Microsoft or Ann Johnson.

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Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance & Identity at Microsoft, talks with cybersecurity thought leaders and influential industry experts about the trends shaping the cyber landscape and what should be top-of-mind for the C-suite and other key decision makers. Ann and her guests explore the risk and promise of tools and systems powered by AI, IoT, machine learning, and other emerging technology, as well as the impact on how humans work, communicate, consume information, and live in this era of digital transformation.

Please note, the opinions expressed by guests on this podcast are their own and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect opinions of, Microsoft or Ann Johnson.

    Taking a “when, not if” approach to cybersecurity

    Taking a “when, not if” approach to cybersecurity

    Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, speaks with Executive Vice President and Head of Mandiant Intelligence at FireEye, Sandra Joyce. With the U.S. election upon us, misinformation is at a fever pitch as bad actors aim to disrupt and erode confidence in our democratic system. Ann and Sandra discuss the relationship between attribution and accountability in these scenarios, the rise of ransomware as a national security issue, and how understanding the scale of the threat landscape can help organizations respond—swiftly and thoroughly—to a breach.

    • 31 min
    Amplifying cybersecurity’s diverse voices to strengthen the industry: Part 2

    Amplifying cybersecurity’s diverse voices to strengthen the industry: Part 2

    Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, discusses diversity in cybersecurity with Camille Stewart, head of security policy and election integrity for Android and Google Play, and Lauren Zabierek, executive director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Camille and Lauren, whose #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign amplifies Black practitioners in tech, share insights on how organizations and individuals can identify blindspots, encourage uncomfortable dialogue, and nurture inclusivity in the industry. Listen to the second episode in this two-part discussion on how excluding diverse voices weakens our approach to security on a national scale, as well as the vulnerabilities we risk when bias is baked into technology.

    • 25 min
    Amplifying cybersecurity’s diverse voices to strengthen the industry: Part 1

    Amplifying cybersecurity’s diverse voices to strengthen the industry: Part 1

    ? Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, discusses diversity in cybersecurity with Camille Stewart, head of security policy and election integrity for Android and Google Play, and Lauren Zabierek, executive director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Camille and Lauren, whose #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign amplifies Black practitioners in tech, share insights on how organizations and individuals can identify blindspots, encourage uncomfortable dialogue, and nurture inclusivity in the industry. Listen to the first episode in this two-part discussion on how excluding diverse voices weakens our approach to security on a national scale, as well as the vulnerabilities we risk when bias is baked into technology.

    • 24 min
    Fortifying security strategies with a cyber mindset

    Fortifying security strategies with a cyber mindset

    Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, and Jules Okafor, CEO/founder of RevolutionCyber and diversity and anti-racism influencer, discuss the attitudes that keep the cybersecurity industry from fully realizing its potential. Jules presents her cyber mindset perspective, urging security professionals to prioritize value and positive outcomes for customers, not just technology sales. Join their talk about how by truly listening—not scrambling for an easy button—the industry also can make meaningful progress in changing behaviors, sustaining difficult conversations, and becoming more inclusive.

    • 36 min
    Working Through It: Operational Resilience in the Face of Disaster

    Working Through It: Operational Resilience in the Face of Disaster

    Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, shares a conversation with Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer, to talk about his role in the company’s response to the pandemic. Ann and Bret usher in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a discussion about the new rules of engagement for a largely remote workforce and the pressures it places on many companies. Hear their perspectives on the importance of data and the modern CISO to security, productivity, and employee wellness.

    Cybersecurity Becomes A Business Imperative

    Cybersecurity Becomes A Business Imperative

    Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, talks about perceptions of cybersecurity with information security researcher, political scientist, author, and Fulbright Scholar Tarah Wheeler. They dive into how security and risk management have ascended within organizations, as well as the importance of looking beyond cybercrime to the people most affected by the fallout. Their conversation considers the physics of encryption vs. the right to data privacy, imposter syndrome in the cybersecurity community, and what people do when given power and anonymity.

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