6 episodes

Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Bret Arsenault, chats with his CISO peers and industry leaders about the biggest challenges in cybersecurity today, plus practical guidance for security practitioners. Be sure to listen in and follow us!
Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault Microsoft

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Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Bret Arsenault, chats with his CISO peers and industry leaders about the biggest challenges in cybersecurity today, plus practical guidance for security practitioners. Be sure to listen in and follow us!
Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    Developing Influential Security Leaders: Roland Cloutier, TikTok

    Developing Influential Security Leaders: Roland Cloutier, TikTok

    There are plenty of ways for a leader to measure success – productivity, growth of a department, increased team moral, you name it! But in the case of this episode’s guest, he always has one metric in the back of his mind: how many people under his leadership have eventually worked their way up to become CISOs.
    In this episode, Microsoft CISO Bret Arsenault sits down with TikTok CSO, Roland Cloutier. Together they speak about how Roland’s career in the military granted him the discipline to excel in the world of cybersecurity and the leadership skills to provide opportunities for those around him to find just as much success. 

    In This Episode You Will Learn: 

    Why convergence of an organization’s tech teams is crucial for lasting security

    Why value chain risk assessment is critical in understanding and protecting your business

    How Roland considers his role as a driving force in the culture of security


    Some Questions We Ask: 

    How do you identify future demands when growing your team and workforce?

    What facets of Roland’s military training carried over into his role as CSO at TikTok?

    How has the role of CISO changed in the past decade?

     
    Resources:
    Becoming a Global Chief Security Executive Officer: A How to Guide for Next Generation Security Leaders
    Say it with Charts
    Roland Cloutier’s LinkedIn
    Bret Arsenault’s LinkedIn

    Related:
    Listen to: Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
    Listen to: Security Unlocked

    Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    • 33 min
    Building a Stronger Security Team: Geoff Belknap, LinkedIn

    Building a Stronger Security Team: Geoff Belknap, LinkedIn

    It’s said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, but under the proper management – management with a keen eye towards investing in its own people – there is no such thing as a weak link, only an opportunity for growth.  
    In this episode, Microsoft CISO Bret Arsenault talks with Geoff Belknap, colleague and fellow CISO at LinkedIn, about what it means to build a team, not of experts, but of intrepid thinkers willing to learn something new and invest in themselves to grow. 

    In This Episode You Will Learn: 

    Why investing in people without a ‘necessary’ skill can be more beneficial than hiring someone who checks all the boxes 

    Why focusing on yourself, in whatever way that manifests, is so crucial to a successful team 

    How security is fundamentally an interdisciplinary field 


    Some Questions We Ask: 

    How do we solve the gender gap in the industry? 

    What are some of the things Geoff has learned over the past year? 

    How do you promote employees and team members investing in themselves? 


    Resources: 
    Geoff Belknap’s LinkedIn
    Brett Arsenault’s LinkedIn

    Related:
    Listen to: Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
    Listen to: Security Unlocked

    Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    • 34 min
    Leading an Inclusive Workforce: Emma Smith, Vodafone

    Leading an Inclusive Workforce: Emma Smith, Vodafone

    There’s truth in the sentiment, “teamwork makes the dream work.” When team members don’t feel included or heard in their environment, they’re not going to do their best work, so it’s up to managers, supervisors, and even global security directors to foster a workplace and culture that doesn’t allow anyone to be silenced. 
    On this episode, Microsoft’s CISO, Bret Arsenault, sits with his friend and peer, Emma Smith, Director of Global Cybersecurity for Vodafone. Throughout the conversation, they discuss returning to in-person work after over a year of being remote and some of the inherent difficulties that come with the change, especially as they relate to inclusivity.

    In This Episode You Will Learn: 

    How focusing on digital society, inclusion for all, and the planet allows for practical actions

    Why 5G is so important for a hybrid workforce

    Why Emma and Bret support eliminating passwords


    Some Questions We Ask: 

    How does Emma look at inclusion initiatives from an industry perspective? 

    What is ‘withstander’ training and why is it crucial for effective leadership? 

    What are Emma’s three points of wisdom for security practitioners? 

     
    Resources:
    Emma Smith’s LinkedIn
    Brett Arsenault’s LinkedIn

    Related:
    Listen to: Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
    Listen to: Security Unlocked

    Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    • 35 min
    The Human Side of Hybrid Work with Amy Coleman

    The Human Side of Hybrid Work with Amy Coleman

    Behind all the innovations at Microsoft are teams of incredibly talented people - over 100,000 incredibly talented people to be exact - spread across 100 countries. With such a large workforce, it was no small feat for Microsoft to pivot into remote work when the pandemic began. Following the transition, discussions have examined how these changes impacted the business and affected the bottom line, but at the forefront of many conversations is the focus on the human element. 
    In this episode, host Bret Arsenault is joined by Amy Coleman, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President, Human Resources & Corporate Functions. Amy talks with Bret about her unique perspective of the corporate landscape, how she’s been able to foster success for the hundreds of thousands of employees she oversees, and what she’s learned by being a member of Microsoft’s Covid Response Team.  

    In This Episode You Will Learn: 

    Why coming back to the office may work better in stages

    How HR looks through the noise in surveys and analytics to find employee sentiment

    Amy’s first three steps in putting together a hybrid plan for the workplace


    Some Questions We Ask: 

    How do you create a return-to-office plan that works for over 100,000 people? 

    How is Microsoft looking at the future of work? 

    How should managers be trained for this new future of work?  

     
    Resources: 
    Amy Coleman’s LinkedIn
    Brett Arsenault’s LinkedIn

    Related:
    Listen to: Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
    Listen to: Security Unlocked

    Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    • 30 min
    Securing Hybrid Work: Venki Krishnababu, lululemon

    Securing Hybrid Work: Venki Krishnababu, lululemon

    Lululemon has been on the forefront of athleisure wear since its founding in 1998, but while many of its customers look at it exclusively as a fashion brand, at a deeper level this fashion empire is bolstered by a well thought-out and maintained digital infrastructure that relies on a hard working team to run it.  
    On today’s episode, Microsoft CISO Bret Arsenault sits down with Venki Krishnababu, SVP of Global Technology Services at Lululemon, to discuss the ways in which technology plays into the brand. Venki explains how he led a seamless transition into the remote work landscape caused by the pandemic, and how he’s using the experiences of the past year to influence future growth in the company. 

     In This Episode You Will Learn: 

    Why Venki feels so passionately about leading with empathy 

    Why Venki saw moving to remote work as only the tip of the iceberg; and how he handled what laid below

    Specific tools and practices that have lead to Venki’s success 


    Some Questions We Ask: 

    What is the biggest lesson learned during the pandemic? 

    How does one facilitate effective management during this time? 

    How does Lululemon view the future of in-person versus remote work? 


    Resources: 
    Venki Krishnababu’s LinkedIn
    Brett Arsenault’s LinkedIn

    Related:
    Listen to: Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
    Listen to: Security Unlocked

    Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    • 31 min
    Securing the Cloud With Mark Russinovich

    Securing the Cloud With Mark Russinovich

    Something special can happen when you bring brilliant people together for a conversation, and over the course of this limited series we’re bringing you six incredible discussions between the top minds in the tech industry to prove it. For our inaugural episode of Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault, Bret sits down with Microsoft’s Mark Russinovich to have a conversation as colleagues and friends. What ensued was an in-depth conversation about the intricacies of digital information security and the vital role of the cloud. 
    As the Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft’s Azure, Mark has a unique perspective on cloud technologies and offers insight into the changes that have occurred over the past few years due to advancing technology and the unique challenges brought about during the coronavirus pandemic. 

    In This Episode You Will Learn: 

    The initialism FFUUEE and why it’s important in understanding people’s resistance to adopting newer security capabilities 

    Mark Russinovich’s three points of advice for those looking to become more secure 

    Theories on improving MFA adoption across the board 


    Some Questions We Ask: 

    How do we think of cloud security now versus ten years ago? 

    What does a leading engineer think of moving toward a hybrid workforce? 

    How do you find and screen potential new team members in a remote world? 


    Resources: 
    Mark Russinovich’s LinkedIn
    Brett Arsenault’s LinkedIn

    Related:
    Listen to: Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
    Listen to: Security Unlocked

    Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

nicfill ,

A must listen for all security leaders

Great podcast. Facinating to get both practical guidance and the historical context from the leaders of one of the planet's biggest tech companies.

cisoNYC ,

Just ok

The one with Roland was really good the others have been hit and miss.

Frogstar5 ,

Great new cybersecurity podcast!

It’s awesome to hear Bret talk cloud security with Mark Russinovich, a true pioneer. Looking forward to hearing who’s next up for an interview! This show’s well worth your time.

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