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Ride the cyber trails with one CISO (Allan Alford) and a diverse group of friends and experts who bring a human perspective to cybersecurity.

The Cyber Ranch Podcast Allan Alford

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Ride the cyber trails with one CISO (Allan Alford) and a diverse group of friends and experts who bring a human perspective to cybersecurity.

    Board Reporting Metrics Pt. 1 w/ Andy Ellis

    Board Reporting Metrics Pt. 1 w/ Andy Ellis

    In this episode, Allan is joined by the CISO at Orca Security, Andy Ellis, to share his thoughts on board reporting metrics. What does the board need to know from a cybersecurity perspective? One of the questions is often: “Are we secure?” Is that even the right question? How much should you talk about compliance? Do you speak of IT assets? What about speaking to specific controls? Listen to this episode to hear the common questions posed by the board and how to answer them with metrics. In some cases, it is teaching them to ask different questions. This episode is a master class in board communication in cybersecurity, and the conversation went into such depth that a Part 2 is already being planned.

    Check out Andy’s previous episode here

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    Life is complex. But it’s not about avoiding challenges or fearing failure. Just ask Simone Biles — the greatest gymnast of all time. Want to learn more about how Simone controls complexity? Watch her video at axonius.com/simone

    Guest Bio:

    Andy Ellis is a visionary technology and business executive with deep expertise in security, managing risk, and leading an inclusive culture. A graduate of MIT and former US Air Force officer, Andy designed, built, and brought to market many of Akamai’s security products, leading the Fortune 1000 company from its start as a content delivery network into an industry powerhouse with a billion-dollar dedicated cybersecurity business. In his twenty year tenure, Andy led Akamai’s information security team from a single individual to a 90+ person team, over 40% of whom were women. In running Akamai’s security program, Andy designed systems, governed risk management, implemented policy, and supported go-to-market functions. Widely respected across the cybersecurity industry for his pragmatic approach to aligning security and business needs, Andy regularly speaks and writes on cybersecurity, leadership, diversity & inclusion, and decision making.


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    • 53 min
    Getting a Seat at “The Table” w/ Brent Deterding

    Getting a Seat at “The Table” w/ Brent Deterding

    “Having a seat at the table doesn’t mean getting your way all the time. It means having a seat and I think that is very important to understand.” - Brent Deterding 

    In this episode, Allan is joined by the CISO at Afni, Brent Deterding, to explore how CISOs can earn and keep their seat at the executive table. Brent was a fan of the Learned Helplessness episode of The Cyber Ranch Podcast with Steve Mancini, and furthered the conversation as it relates to the often espoused topic of CISOs needing a seat at “the table.” Brent discusses the power of shifting your mindset, how lack of confidence has created a cycle of self sabotaging, and ways we can collectively improve our current standing.

     

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    Life is complex. But it’s not about avoiding challenges or fearing failure. Just ask Simone Biles — the greatest gymnast of all time. Want to learn more about how Simone controls complexity? Watch her video at axonius.com/simone

     

    Guest Bio:

    Brent is an Executive CISO whose mission is to enable Afni and its global workforce to support their customers securely and confidently. Prior to being a CISO, for over 20 years, he was a security practitioner with a security vendor specializing in threat detection, incident response, and security strategy. His efforts helped hundreds of organizations detect, respond to, and mitigate attacks.

     

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    • 32 min
    All About SBOMs w/ Chris Castaldo

    All About SBOMs w/ Chris Castaldo

    “Knowing what’s in your software, in your organization, can help you quickly determine if you are impacted by a new vulnerability.” - Chris Castaldo 

    In this episode, Allan is joined by author and CISO, Chris Castaldo, to share his knowledge on Software Bills of Materials (SBOMs) and their potential implications and use. Chris explains the concept and purpose of SBOMs, his tips for signing and securing SBOMs in terms of the CI/CD pipeline, and his thoughts on SBOMs being a roadmap for “bad guys.” Lastly, he shares advice on managing and understanding contracts. 

    Listen to Chris Castado’s previous Cyber Ranch episode here and be sure to grab a copy of his book! 

     

    Guest Bio:

    Chris Castaldo is the author of “Start-up Secure: Baking Cybersecurity into your Company from Founding to Exit”. He is an experienced and industry recognized CISO with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity. Chris is an expert in building cybersecurity programs from the ground up and specializes in applying cybersecurity in start-ups from seed to exit. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute (NSI) at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School.

     

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    • 25 min
    Total Greenfield Innovation w/ Guillaume Ross

    Total Greenfield Innovation w/ Guillaume Ross

    What would you do if you could build your security program from scratch? 

    In this episode, Allan is joined by the Head of Security at Fleet, Guillaume Ross, to talk about his time building out an innovative and out-of-the-box security program and the steps he took to make it all happen. Guillaume walks us through how he developed and maintained a serverless, container based environment, his tips for securing PCs and Macs within a serverless environment, and how to establish department and business buy-in and overall cooperation. Lastly, he details steps to ensure resilience in an ‘everything as code’ security model. 

    Some of what he builds might seem obvious – other parts will genuinely surprise you! 

     

    Guest Bio:

    Guillaume Ross is the Head of Security at Fleet Device Management. He likes securing organizations, clouds, products and more, by refusing to implement the same things that have been tried and failed thousands of times already.

     

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    • 33 min
    Securing Cryptocurrency and NFTs w/ Nick Percoco

    Securing Cryptocurrency and NFTs w/ Nick Percoco

    What are the security implications of cryptocurrency and NFTs and what do we need to know in order to transact safely? In this episode, Allan is joined by the Chief Security Officer at Kraken, Nick Percoco, to talk about securing the cryptocurrency and NFT spaces. Allan and Nick reflect on the events of the Mt. Gox bitcoin breach of 2013, address some of the most common misconceptions about crypto assets, and explore the biggest security challenges users and retail investors face when navigating the space. Lastly, Nick considers what cybersecurity lessons can be drawn from the security practices within the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

     

    Guest Bio:

    Nicholas Percoco has more than 25 years of security & technology experience, and is the Chief Security Officer at Kraken - a global digital asset exchange - where he is responsible for Security, IT, Technical Project Management, Operational Resiliency and Engineering.

     

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    • 28 min
    ”Playing Well With Others” - The Tech Stack w/ Tommy Todd

    ”Playing Well With Others” - The Tech Stack w/ Tommy Todd

    Allan is joined by the Vice President of Security at Code42, Tommy Todd, to talk about how the tech stack can “play well with others”. In this episode, Tommy takes a deep dive into exploring how APIs and automation can help solve our needs in cybersecurity – from incident response to the tech stack. The two discuss how to evaluate security products during a Proof Of Concept (POC) for integration capabilities and tips on addressing ROI concerns.

     

    Guest Bio:

    Tommy Todd has over 20 years of cybersecurity experience, primarily focused on data privacy and data protection strategies. Prior to Code42, he served in security roles at Symantec, Ionic Security, and Optiv as well as many other firms. Throughout his career, he has acted as a leader, mentor, engineer, architect, and consultant to solve difficult data protection challenges. 

     

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    Sponsored by our good friends at  Axonius

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

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Great job Allan! Love the work.

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Allan is the perfect learning leader!

Allan is a brilliant leader with a humble mentality that pushes him to learn more. Love the podcast and the laid back style!

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Solid intro and excited about the upcoming episodes!!!

Allan Alford is a cybersecurity champion! He is well respected throughout the industry and is an exemplary leader, contributor, and mentor. He is abundant in knowledge, charisma, and excitement, so it should be both informative and engaging. I would highly recommend every cybersecurity professional subscribe to this podcast as its content will not disappoint.

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