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Conversations that help business leaders make sense of new technologies coming out of the lab and into the marketplace. Hosted by Laurel Ruma, from MIT Technology Review.

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Conversations that help business leaders make sense of new technologies coming out of the lab and into the marketplace. Hosted by Laurel Ruma, from MIT Technology Review.

    Leading With a Security-First Mentality

    Leading With a Security-First Mentality

    As technology rapidly develops, the number of security and privacy concerns will only continue to grow. In this episode, we look at how companies can build cybersecurity into their business strategies—instead of scrambling to respond when a breach happens.
    Even with danger lurking around the corner, today’s guest, cybersecurity expert Ann Cavoukian, argues that companies are turning a blind eye to security and privacy issues until it is too late. Cavoukian is the executive director of the Global Privacy and Security by Design Centre, as well as a senior fellow of the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University. She’s worked closely with the government in Canada as well as private companies on the best way to defend against security attacks.
    Cavoukian also says that privacy is vital to our society and an indispensable form of freedom, and that developments such as facial recognition technology are among the most egregious breaches of that freedom.
    Business Lab is hosted by Laura Ruma, director of insights, the custom publishing division of MIT Technology Review. The show is a production of MIT Technology Review, with production help from Collective Next. Music is by Merlean, from Epidemic Sound. 
    Show notes and links
    Ann Cavoukian, Ryerson University
    Global Privacy and Security by Design
    “Microsoft presents Dr. Ann Cavoukian on privacy and your business,” YouTube
    “Dr Ann Cavoukian – Privacy By Design,” YouTube
    “Will Privacy First Be The New Normal? An Interview With Privacy Guru, Dr. Ann Cavoukian,” by Hessie Jones, Forbes
    “Dr. Ann Cavoukian: Why Big Business Should Proactively Build for Privacy,” by Hessie Jones, Forbes

    • 28 min
    Securing the Internet of Things and Your Workplace

    Securing the Internet of Things and Your Workplace

    In this episode, we look at the need to secure the internet of things, physical workspaces, and the products companies make. From planes to children’s toys to oil rigs, more connected devices are vulnerable to attack than ever before.
    Ken Munro is an internet-of things security researcher, penetration tester, and writer with two decades of experience in the security industry. He is also the founder of security services company Pen Test Partners.
    Munro helps expose the vulnerabilities in items we use every day, and he discusses some of the most important skills that cybersecurity experts can have, why companies are at risk for physical security breaches, and something he calls “supersystemic flaws.” 
    Business Lab is hosted by Laurel Ruma, director of Insights, the custom publishing division of MIT Technology Review. The show is a production of MIT Technology Review, with production help from Collective Next. Music is by Merlean, from Epidemic Sound.

    Ken Munro, on Twitter
    Ken Munro, Pen Test Partners
    “Kids Tracker Watches: CloudPets, exploiting athletes and hijacking reality TV,” Pen Test Partners Security Blog
    “Think you’ve had a breach? Top 5 things to do,” Pen Test Partners Security Blog
     “Internet of Things Security,” a TEDx presentation by Ken Munro

    • 37 min
    Cybersecurity in 2020: The rise of the CISO

    Cybersecurity in 2020: The rise of the CISO

    As the new year (and new decade) begins, one thing is certain: cybersecurity will continue to have an increasing impact on business, for better or worse. In this episode, we hear from Stephanie Balaouras, a cybersecurity expert who has spoken to thousands of customers over her 15 years at Forrester Research. She is the vice president and group director of security and risk research, as well as infrastructure and operations research.
    Balaouras makes the case that all businesses should have a chief information security officer, or CISO, as the world of cyberthreats becomes more intricate and perilous. "Even companies that have a CISO should take a hard look at how high in the organization they report," Balaouras says. "Do they have the right budget? Do they have enough staff? Have you given them the right span of control?"
    Balaouras also reviews some of the biggest cybersecurity trends in 2019 and makes predictions for 2020.
    Business Lab is hosted by Laurel Ruma, director of Insights, the custom publishing division of MIT Technology Review. The show is a production of MIT Technology Review, with production help from Collective Next. Music by Merlean, from Epidemic Sound.
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    https://www.forrester.com/Stephanie-Balaouras
    https://go.forrester.com/blogs/category/cybersecurity/
    https://go.forrester.com/blogs/a-cisos-guide-to-leading-change/
    https://www.forrester.com/report/The+Biggest+Trends+Shaping+Enterprise+Risk+Management+In+2020/-/E-RES148895
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNYcRa1JWuA

    • 53 min
    Marissa Mayer on the Rise of Women Technology Leaders

    Marissa Mayer on the Rise of Women Technology Leaders

    From 1999 to 2012, Marissa Mayer was one of the most public faces at Google, where she helped to build the company’s core search and advertising platforms. From 2012 to 2017 she steered Yahoo! through its final years as an independent business. In other words, she’s spent a long time at the center of the Silicon Valley whirlwind. 
    In this special episode, Business Lab host Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau asks Mayer how conditions for women technology leaders have changed during her career. The conversation quickly turns to the thinking behind Mayer's 2013 decision to put an end to Yahoo's fairly permissive policy around working from home and how she dealt with the blowback from that decision on social media and the technology press. Mayer sys that if a leader is trying to foster a stronger culture inside their company, they can’t worry too much about what everyone outside the company is saying about them.
    Mayer goes on to speak about her new company, Lumi Labs, where she says engineers are looking for everyday consumer applications for the latest artificial intelligence techniques. And ultimately the conversation returns to the question of how technology companies can move closer to gender parity, and why the drive to recruit more women into technical roles has to come from the very top.
    This episode is sponsored by (ISC)2. With more than 140,000 global members, (ISC)2 is the world's largest non-profit membership association of certified cybersecurity professionals. It offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic programmatic approach to security.

    • 32 min
    The Importance of Hackers: Analyst Keren Elazari

    The Importance of Hackers: Analyst Keren Elazari

    The development of cyber security is interwoven with the evolution of the hacker community. Keren Elazari, cyber security analyst and senior researcher at the Tel Aviv University Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, educated the world in her 2014 TED talk on the importance of cultivating friendly hackers for the protection of the internet. Today, she researches the most pressing cyber security threats, and how to prevent these breaches.

    In this episode, Elazari shares her story of becoming a hacker as a young woman in Israel and speaks of the empowerment she gained through becoming an important player in the global community of hackers. She explains how businesses, organizations, and governments now collaborate with helpful hackers by creating bug bounty programs and other initiatives. Elazari explains tips for what companies should be looking for in way of cyber threats.

    Business Lab is hosted by Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review. The show is produced by Katherine Gorman, with editorial help from Emily Townsend and Mindy Blodgett. Music by Merlean, from Epidemic Sound.

    • 34 min
    The Evolution of Cybersecurity: Veracode's Chris Wysopal

    The Evolution of Cybersecurity: Veracode's Chris Wysopal

    In this episode: How the development of cybersecurity arose and how that history created a world rife with invasions.
    Chris Wysopal, CTO and cofounder of Veracode, sat in the first row for the advent of cyber defense. In fact, as the Vulnerability Researcher at the seminal hacker think tank the L0pht, he has worked for decades to demand more secure technology from influential tech companies.

    In this episode Wysopal shares his work in the early years of cybersecurity, including when he testified in front of the 1998 Senate on computer security. At that time, he urged the adoption of regulations on large companies like Microsoft in order to enforce accountability and the development of thoughtful,safer code that protects consumer privacy. These initial concerns have only grown, as there is still little enforcement against code and firmware that allows for breaches.

    Business Lab is hosted by Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review. The show is produced by Collective Next. Music by Merlean, from Epidemic Sound.

    • 29 min

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