There is “no one way” to start and stay in the field of cyber security. Whether you are involved from the military, law enforcement, consulting, or IT services, it doesn’t matter. I have had countless discussions for years with other professionals online, at conferences, or over drinks, which have changed the way I think about cyber security. That is where this podcast comes in. What if I can capture those moments and frank discussions? I want to share the stories from other cyber security leaders and influencers so everyone can learn from their respective journeys and challenges. Why did they take the path they did? Who were their mentors? How did they tackle some of their biggest career challenges? By hearing how the industry leaders and influencers got to where they are and how they overcame some of the problems they faced, I hope to shed light on the path for other professionals. I will discover what motivates them, explore their journey in cyber security, and discuss where they think the industry is going.
#117 – Sara Avery: Go After What You Want
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sara-avery-6aa1587/ (Sara Avery) is a Regional Sales Manager at https://www.zscaler.com/ (Zscaler). She has held various positions over the past 20 years in the Information Technology field and discovered her passion for information security 15 years ago. Her career has largely been spent in sales and account management with a laser focus on my customer's success. Sara's tenured experience in cybersecurity has given her a strong understanding of the complex technology and intelligence required to keep enterprises secure.
From a young age, she was raised to be a strong female and leader. Her mother, along with other trailblazing women, campaigned to start the Equal Rights Amendment in Colorado in the early 1970s. With a passion for helping others, Sara wanted to start a group that would help, mentor, learn and guide women and founded https://www.denverissa.org/women-in-security (Women in Cyber Security, ISSA Denver). Her vision was to find a way to inspire and support women in all areas of information security, as well as develop and mentor the younger female generation for the future of the dynamic and ever-changing world of information security.
In this episode, we discuss her early start with Y2K, why she helped start Women In Security with the Denver ISSA chapter, the evolution of communications with workstyles, getting young girls into STEM, how she is championing equality at work, dealing with gaslighting, mansplaining, and microaggressions, removing the stigma of "the hacker," and so much more!
Where you can find Sara:
https://www.denverissa.org/women-in-security (Women In Security - ISSA Denver)
#116 - Jennifer Brown: This Is A Wakeup Call
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferbrownconsulting/ (Jennifer Brown) is an award-winning entrepreneur, https://jenniferbrownspeaks.com/ (speaker), diversity and inclusion consultant, and author. As the successful founder, president, and https://jenniferbrownconsulting.com/inclusion-the-book/ (CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting), headquartered in New York City, Jennifer is responsible for designing workplace strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. She has harnessed more than 14 years of experience as a world-renowned diversity and inclusion expert through consulting work, keynoting, and thought leadership.
Jennifer has spoken at many top conferences and events such as the International Diversity Forum, the Global DandI Summit, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, the NGLCC International Business and Leadership Conference, the Out and Equal Workplace Summit, Emerging Women, as well as at organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NBA, Google, IBM, and more.
She is the bestselling author of; https://www.amazon.com/Inclusion-Diversity-Workplace-Will-Change/dp/1946384100 (Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change) and a new book; https://www.amazon.com/How-Be-Inclusive-Leader-Belonging/dp/1523085177/ (How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive).
Jennifer is the host of the popular weekly podcast, https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/will-to-change-uncovering-true-stories-diversity-inclusion/id1208603357 (The Will to Change), which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion.
In this episode, we discuss being an ally to underrepresented groups, biases in the workplace, how the COVID crisis has shed a light on diversity, how leadership needs to change the culture, removing harmful processes, finding diverse mentors, the risks to business by not embracing diversity, and so much more.
Where to find Jennifer:
https://jenniferbrownconsulting.lpages.co/community-calls/ (Blog and Website)
#115 - Alyssa Miller: We Are Lacking Empathy
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssam-infosec/ (Alyssa Miller) leads the security strategy for https://www.spglobal.com/ratings/en/ (SandP Global Ratings) as Business Information Security Officer (BISO), connecting corporate security objectives to business initiatives. She blends a unique mix of technical expertise and executive presence to bridge the gap that can often form between security practitioners and business leaders. Her goal is to change how we look at the security of our interconnected way of life and focus attention on defending privacy and cultivating trust.
A native of Milwaukee, Alyssa began her IT career as a programmer for a Wisconsin-based financial software provider. Her security passion quickly shaped her career as she moved into a leadership role within the ethical hacking team, conducting penetration testing and application assessments along with her team.
As a hacker, Alyssa has a passion for security that she evangelizes to business leaders and industry audiences through her work as a cybersecurity professional and through her various public speaking engagements. When not engaged in security research and advocacy, she is also an accomplished soccer referee, guitarist, and photographer.
In this episode, we discuss why she misses conferences, starting with computers at an early age, diversity, equity, and inclusion, the discrimination she has faced, the lack of understanding of privilege, discriminatory hiring practices, how to be an ally, and so much more!
Where you can find Alyssa:
https://alyssasec.com/ (Alyssa In-Security)
#114 – Chloé Messdaghi: How Can We Do Better
https://www.linkedin.com/in/chloemessdaghi/ (Chloé Messdaghi) is the Chief Strategist at https://ittakesahuman.com/ (Point3 Security). In addition to her passion for keeping people safe and empowered both on and offline, she is also interested in increasing the numbers of marginalized genders in information security. She is the Co-Founder of https://www.womenofsecurity.com/ (Women of Security (WoSEC)) and https://www.hackingisnotacrime.org/ (Hacking is NOT a Crime) and the Founder of https://www.wearehackerz.org/ (WeAreHackerz (WomenHackerz)).
Chloé is a keynote speaker at major information security conferences and events and serves as a trusted source for national and sector reporters and editors. She holds a master of science (MS) from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in international relations from the University of California, Davis, as well as a certificate in entrepreneurship from Wharton and other professional certificates.
In this episode, we discuss the adjustment to conferences from home, feeling unwelcome in cybersecurity as a woman, pivotal moments that kept her in security, making real changes in diversity, equity, and inclusion, how biases develop, removing the bro-culture in management, changing the perceptions of hackers, and so much more!
Where you can find Chloé:
https://www.chloemessdaghi.com/ (Personal Page)
#113 – Julian Waits: Diversity of Thought
https://www.linkedin.com/in/julianwaits/ (Julian Waits) is the general manager of cybersecurity at https://www.devo.com/ (Devo Technology). He has over 30 years of experience in senior leadership roles at technology companies, specializing in security, risk, and threat detection.
He serves on several industry boards, including the http://www.icmcponline.com/ (International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP)) and https://www.nist.gov/itl/applied-cybersecurity/nice (National Cybersecurity STEM Education (NICE)), promoting the development of the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.
In this episode, we discuss missing travel, working more in COVID-19, recruiting from non-traditional places, diversity, equity, and inclusion, his start in music before technology, changing people's understanding of differences, removing unconscious biases, his mentors, why language matters, and so much more!
Where you can find Julian:
#112: Douglas Brush - Pain Is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional
This is the last episode in the five-part series on mental health, self-care, and neurodiversity. This will not be the last time I speak about these issues on the podcast. I encourage everyone to take these issues seriously and help remove stigmas and champion differences in the way our brains work.
Cybersecurity professionals spend most of their day focused on the health and wellbeing of the environments in their care. However, the cost of reducing risk and keeping our networks safe often comes at the price of our professionals' mental health. Many InfoSec professionals burn out, suffer from anxiety and depression, and turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, which further exacerbate underlying psychological and physical health issues.
This is an abridged version of one of my public presentations on mental health. My goal is to alleviate the stigma around mental health and stress the importance of open and frank dialogs about this serious issue impacting our community. I will share my journey, reverse engineer the stigma of mental health in business, and look at ways we can hack mental health in productive and meaningful ways.
This podcast's information is not intended or implied as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
We make no representation and assume no responsibility for the accuracy of the information contained in or available through this presentation. THIS IS NOT MEDICAL ADVICE. Please speak to your physician before embarking on any treatment plan.
NEVER DISREGARD PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY SEEKING MEDICAL TREATMENT BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU HEARD ON THIS PODCAST.
Intrigue & Great Education!
I know nothing about cyber security. And, I find this podcast very engaging. Douglas Brush is a host who asks great questions, and he has a wonderful sense of humour. His interview, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, takes you into the fascinating world of a cyber detective. I learned something new, and I was thoroughly entertained. It was like listening to a great spy thriller.