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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.

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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.

    #081 – James Patchett: Make Small Businesses Safe

    #081 – James Patchett: Make Small Businesses Safe

    James Patchett is the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. James has spent his career building stronger cities through investments in affordable housing, innovation, and 21st-century infrastructure.

    During his tenure, he has overseen some of the city’s most ambitious projects, including launching a citywide ferry system, developing Mayor de Blasio’s 100,000 jobs plan, and optimizing NYCEDC’s 60 million square feet of real estate.

    Prior to his appointment as NYCEDC President in 2016, James served as chief of staff to Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, where he helped oversee more than 25 city agencies and played a pivotal role in preserving thousands of affordable homes. James holds a BA in Economics from Amherst College and an MBA from Stanford University.

    In this episode, we discuss NYC building a cyber army, economic development through cyber, business accelerators, matching inventors with business coaches, NYC's talent pool, and so much more.

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    #080 – Heather Mahalik: Earn The Tool

    #080 – Heather Mahalik: Earn The Tool

    FOR585: Smartphone Forensic Analysis In-Depth (blank) . To say that digital forensics is central to Heather's life is quite an understatement. Heather has worked on high-stress and high-profile cases, investigating everything from child exploitation to media associated with terrorism. She has helped law enforcement, eDiscovery firms, military, and the federal government extract and manually decode artifacts used in solving investigations around the world.

    Heather began working in digital forensics in 2002, and has been focused on mobile forensics since 2010 - there's hardly a device or platform she hasn't researched or examined or a commercial tool she hasn't used. She also maintains www.smarterforensics.com (www.smarterforensics.com) . Heather is the co-author of Practical Mobile Forensics (1st -4th editions), currently a best seller from Pack't Publishing.

    In this episode, we discuss coming back to law enforcement, cloud forensics, what drives her research, early mentors, the start of cellphone forensics, mobile device threats, developing presentations, and so much more!

    Where you can find Heather:

    Twitter (https://twitter.com/HeatherMahalik)

    LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-mahalik-3615535/)

    SANS (https://www.sans.org/instructors/heather-mahalik)

    Blog (https://smarterforensics.com/blog/)

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    #079 – Mari DeGrazia: Not Just One Technology

    #079 – Mari DeGrazia: Not Just One Technology

    Mari DeGrazia is a senior director in the Cyber Risk practice of Kroll, a division of Duff & Phelps. Over the course of a 12-year career in the computer industry, Mari has become a leader within the digital forensics community. Mari joined Kroll from Verizon Enterprises where she served as Case Lead on various network intrusion and data breach investigations.

    Mari is a strong believer in giving back to the forensic community and has written and released numerous programs/scripts, two of which are used in SANS training. In addition, she has presented her research at several industry conferences, published articles in eForensics Magazine, and was the technical editor for Windows Registry Forensics S.E.

    In this episode, we discuss starting in IT, balancing work and family, self-training, the importance of the DFIR community, cross-training, using AI for detection, cloud security, giving back to the industry, and so much more.

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    #078 – Nadean Tanner: Boil It Down

    #078 – Nadean Tanner: Boil It Down

    When my 7-year-old introduced me to his second-grade class, he put it best: "My Mom teaches the good guys how to keep the bad guys out of their computers. She has a blue lightsaber."

    - Nadean Tanner

    Nadean Tanner is the Senior Manager of Technical Education Programs at Puppet. She is responsible for all things product training from working with internal knowledge sources and the instructional design team to produce modern, engaging knowledge assets to delivering online and onsite classroom sessions.

    Nadean is an experienced instructor and speaker with nearly 20 years' experience in information technology and security training delivery and development. At Rapid7, she taught vulnerability management and network and application assault as well as SQL, Ruby, and API. Before Rapid 7, Nadean taught Security Analytics and Advanced Security Operations Center Management for RSA. She taught cybersecurity and information assurance 8570 classes for the Department of Defense including CISSP at Fort Gordon, Fort Carson, and the Pentagon, and she developed and taught graduate-level computer science courses at Louisiana State University for six years.

    In this episode, we discuss teaching and traveling, communicating technical terms, talking about the basics, writing a book, teaching with humility, knowing when you are an expert, and so much more.

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    #077 – Frank Downs: Know When To Leave

    #077 – Frank Downs: Know When To Leave

    Frank Downs is the director of cybersecurity practices at ISACA. Frank, a 14-year cybersecurity specialist, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, after which he promptly joined the US Department of Defense as a subject matter expert, working with computer networks on a daily basis. Realizing that English and cybersecurity were two very different concepts, he proceeded to obtain a master’s degree in cybersecurity from UMBC, after a pit stop at Johns Hopkins to obtain a master’s degree in Government.

    Eventually, Frank decided to ease the learning process for individuals transitioning from non-technical backgrounds into cybersecurity by becoming a full-time Intelligence and Operations Consultant for multiple federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

    In this episode, we discuss starting in another industry before the DoD, packet capture analysis, doing the work no one else wants to do, knowing when to move into new roles, non-traditional backgrounds, training and certifications, COBIT, and so much more.

    • 48 min
    #076 – Lesley Carhart: You’ve Got to Play the Game

    #076 – Lesley Carhart: You’ve Got to Play the Game

    Lesley Carhart is a Principal Threat Analyst at the Threat Operations Center at Dragos. She is recognized as a subject matter expert in cybersecurity, incident response, and digital forensics, regularly speaking at conferences and universities. She has spent the last 11 years of her 20+ year IT career specializing in information security, with a heavy…

    • 45 min

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