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This podcast is about successful cyber leaders and their toughest lessons in the cyber battlegrounds. Remember, it's a Hard Knock life!


The views expressed are those of the individuals only and do not represent RunSafe policy or positioning.

Lessons from the School of Cyber Hard Knocks Joe Saunders

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This podcast is about successful cyber leaders and their toughest lessons in the cyber battlegrounds. Remember, it's a Hard Knock life!


The views expressed are those of the individuals only and do not represent RunSafe policy or positioning.

    Suzanne Kelly: The Other Side of Fear

    Suzanne Kelly: The Other Side of Fear

    Today's guest is Suzanne Kelly, CEO/Producer of The Cipher Brief.


    "If we are afraid of failure, we will never succeed." In this episode, Suzanne discusses the vision and creation behind the Cipher Brief, the top national security issues we are currently facing, the threat that China poses, her book: "Master of War: Blackwater USA’s Erik Prince and the Business of War", if cyber offensive work should be outsourced, the Cyber Initiatives Group, ransomware attacks on critical infrastructure, what keeps her up at night, and as always, her toughest lesson learned. 


    #nationalsecurity #cybersecurity #ransomware

    • 27 min
    Bryan Ware: The People and the Problem

    Bryan Ware: The People and the Problem

    Today's Guest is Bryan Ware, founder and CEO of Next5.


    "The best defense is a good offense." In this episode, Bryan discusses his current role at Next5, the history behind co-founding Digital Sandbox, how to approach low probability events with high consequences, his work at CISA, the past, present, and future of cybersecurity, election systems' security, AI, and as always, his toughest lesson learned. 


    #softwaresupplychainsecurity #ransomware #protectingcriticalinfrastructuresecurity #electionsystemssecurity #nationalsecurity

    • 31 min
    Vijaya Kaza: Security is a Business Enabler

    Vijaya Kaza: Security is a Business Enabler

    Today's Guest is Vijaya Kaza, Chief Security Officer, Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety at Airbnb.


    In this episode, Vijaya discusses her current role and duties at Airbnb and as a board member at Knock, the importance of automation and AI, relevant use cases, best practices, and where improvements are needed within these fields, how gender impacts working in the technology field, the importance of who you know, what keeps her up at night, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.

    • 28 min
    Duncan Woodbury: No Checkbox Security, Please

    Duncan Woodbury: No Checkbox Security, Please

    Today's Guest is Duncan Woodbury, Founder and CEO of Dream Team.


    One part entrepreneur, one part security researcher. In this episode, Duncan discusses what he's doing today, some of the major cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure, the dangers of recovery time from an attack, the difference between protecting OT vs. IT, why red teaming and pen-testing are so important, what keeps him up at night, how he got into the field, the cyberBoat Challenge, and of course, his toughest lesson learned. 


    #supplychainsecurity #exploits #criticalinfrastructure

    • 36 min
    Dr. Rebecca Wynn: Pay It Forward

    Dr. Rebecca Wynn: Pay It Forward

    Today's Guest is Dr. Rebecca Wynn, Global Cybersecurity & Strategy Consulting at Click Solutions Group.


    "How can we be a part of the fabric without disturbing the fabric?" In this episode, Rebecca discusses how she defines the role of a CISO, how she believes we should "push the envelope of cybersecurity", working with companies that have experienced data breaches, what it takes to build a good security team, how to best interact with board members, future trends in technology, and of course, her toughest lesson learned. 

    • 51 min
    Harold Smith: Do Right By Your Customer

    Harold Smith: Do Right By Your Customer

    Today's Guest is Harold Smith, CEO of Monkton, Inc.


    "Too focused on the WHAT IF and not focused on WHAT WE CAN DO." In this episode, Harold discusses how Monkton brings mobility to the military and DoD, some use case examples, the certification process, his background and current work in mobile applications, how enterprise mobile security has changed over the years, and as always, his toughest lesson learned. 

    • 34 min

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