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July 6, 2020
Covid 19 has changed 2020 in unprecedented ways in how we work, live our lives, and measure Cyber Risk. Listen to Episode #141 of Task Force 7 Radio as the Cyber Growth Leader from Willis Towers Watson, Tom Finan and Co-Host Andy Bonillo dive into how the "Cyber Security Superheroes" are working together to manage the human element during the pandemic. As claims data shows, effective Cyber Risk prevention and mitigation is largely a people problem. In response, companies need to assess and analyze the elements of their cultures that shape both positive and negative cyber attitudes and behaviors that makes the human element one of the largest risks to a company.
June 29, 2020
Life is filled with opportunities that if recognized can be life changing. Larsen Jensen not only recognized his opportunities, but earned them, and took advantage of them. Listen to Episode #140 of Task Force 7 Radio as we dive into how Larsen Jensen went from 2-time Olympic Medalist to the battlefield as a US Navy Seal to an Entrepreneur and Cybersecurity investor. Larsen shares his amazing life lessons that are transferable to everyone's life. Tune in and listen to advice on how to transition from the military to the private sector, what investors are looking for, and how life as an Olympian shapes you.
June 22, 2020
CISO's are constantly striving to build effective enterprise cybersecurity programs to keep their companies out of the headlines. Listen to Chief Research Officer and Strategist of Malicious Streams, Inc, Joel Yonts talk about how to build an effective Cyber Security program on Episode #139 of Task Force 7 Radio. Mr. Yonts also gave CISO's advice on how to stay relevant with the board, the impacts of getting Incident Response wrong, emerging threats with SaaS, and the future of forensics on Artificial Intelligence systems.
June 15, 2020
The Associate Professor of Cyber Security Management at Lynn University, Dr. George Antoniou, appears on Episode #138 of TF7 Radio to explain what IoT really is, what are the benefits of IoT, and how IoT is currently being utilized in Healthcare, Transportation, Fashion and Wearables, and Home Automation. Dr. Antoniou also breaks down what the challenges are to keeping IoT safe from Cyber Security attacks, what types of risks are introduced into the environment by using this emerging technology, and how he sees IoT being used by millions of people in to the future. All this and much, much more on Episode #138 of Task Force 7 Radio!
June 8, 2020
Former 8200 Colonel and current Co-Founder and Chief Engineering Officer of Mitiga, Ariel Parnes appears on Episode #137 to talk about the role of 8200 in the Israeli ecosystem, why 8200 is so unique and respected, and how the leaders of 8200 foster innovation in a military setting. Parnes also talks about how 8200 retains talent in a competitive environment, what were the biggest lessons that he learned from 8200, and what adversaries he thinks pose the biggest threats to legitimate businesses. All this and much, much more on Episode #137 of Task Force 7 Radio.
June 1, 2020
In this special episode of TF7 Radio, we have Three Tier I Cyber Security guests on the show that are set to appear at what is the first event of a four part Series at the University of Oklahoma on Global Risks and Threats. Our first guest, Thomas Finan, served as a Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Counsel with DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. Tom is also the former Staff Director and Counsel for the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment with the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. Cheemin Bo Lin is the CEO and President of Peritus Partners. She is one of the 2019 “Top 50 Board of Directors" in the US, named “Top 100 CEOs in STEM”, named “Most influential Woman in Silicon Valley,” and inducted into the “Hall of Fame for Women in Technology.” Dr. Shad Satterthwaite is the Director for Executive Business Programs in Aerospace and Defense, and is a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.
May 25, 2020
Is China an enemy or a competitor to the United States? Former Director of the NSA and the former Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Michael Rogers weighs in on this topic and much more on Episode #111 of TF7 Radio! Admiral Michael Rogers reviews China's 100 year strategy, what it means to the United States, and what the U.S. should do in the coming years to mitigate any threat to our national security. In light of even more recent cyber attacks against U.S. Government military officials by groups allegedly sponsored by the Chinese Government, Admiral Rogers lays out what he thinks the United States strategy should be to ensure a fair playing field across the global stage. Admiral Rogers also talks about what it was like to lead U.S. Cyber Command, what the U.S. needs to do about election security, and he explains how leaving the government and working in the private sector over the last 18 months has affected his views on Cyber Security in the United States.
May 20, 2020
Many people in the Cyber Security profession aspire to be the Chief Information Security Executive of their organization some day. Listen to the Chief Information Security Officer of Ciena, Andy Bonillo describe his journey from humble beginnings to becoming a CISO on Episode #114 of Task Force 7 Radio. Mr. Bonillo talks about how the totality of the learnings throughout his life and his experiences as a police officer and Secret Service Agent helped to shape his Information Security career. He also talks about his transition from the government to the private sector and provides some sound advice for government employees who are looking to do the same.
May 18, 2020
Global Cyber Security Leader and Author Michael Oberlaender appears on Episode #135 of TF7 Radio to talk about how CISO’s can succeed in the Cyber Security industry. Oberlaender, a frequent speaker and well-versed Cyber Security expert with experience across several different verticals, talks specifically about Information Security Strategy, Tactics, and Leadership that can make the difference for any organization’s Chief Security Officer. Oberlaender describes some of the most important mistakes when identifying and responding to some of the most recent high profile breaches, breaks down the different threat actors involved, provides some examples of their tools, tactics, and procedures, and unpacks some specific strategies to combat the bad guys. All this and much, much more on this Episode #135 of Task Forde 7 Radio.
May 11, 2020
Global Business Information Security Officer at CBRE, Patrick Benoit, appears on Episode #134 to talk about how professionals looking to get into Cyber Security, as well as professionals already in Cyber Security can use non-technical skills to significantly propel their career forward. Patrick talks about the importance of influence and persuasion with getting both the technology and the business moving to accomplish a common mission, what the key areas of process and improvement are that make the BISO role important and successful within the business, and how the role of the security executive is evolving. Patrick also opines on the pros and cons to professional certifications, why the demand for cybersecurity professionals is outpacing the supply, and if artificial intelligence and machine learning will affect the “shortage” of talent in cybersecurity. All this and much, much more on Episode #134 of Task Force 7 Radio.
May 4, 2020
The Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Visionworks, Mr. Sean Walls breaks down the Top 5 Foundational Programs every CISO should prioritize to be successful. Mr. Walls also talks about what how to build an Information Security Program, how compliance can help drive your security posture, and what he has learned from the COVID-19 crisis. Walls also unpacks the difference between Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, what is the true value of a Third Party Risk Assessment, and how companies should better leverage emerging technologies to better defend against Cyber Threats. We close the show by asking Mr. Walls what are the three things an organization can do to better protect themselves from Cyber Security Threats. All this and much more on Episode #133 of Task Force 7 Radio.
April 28, 2020
Ariel Evans, the CEO of Cyber Innovative Technologies and Author of the new book, "Managing Cyber Risk" appears on Episode #82 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how to measure Cyber Risk on your digital assets. Evans, who is an expert in measuring and mitigating cyber risk in organizations, talks about how to identify your digital assets, what types of cyber risk maturity models companies should be embracing, and how you should calculate the financial exposure and regulatory risk of a specific digital asset. Evans also defines cyber resiliency, why you should use a digital asset approach to cyber resiliency, and how a company can become more cyber resilient by implementing a proper risk prioritization strategy.
April 27, 2020
Ranulf Green, the Head of Context Information Security's US based Cyber Security Consultancy Business, appears on Episode #132 of Task Force 7 Radio to break down the risks of using cloud based collaboration and teleconferencing systems, what due diligence companies should perform to assess the security of cloud based services, and whether or not the recent pandemic complicates your current cloud migration plan. Ranulf also explains the security benefits for cloud vs. on premise infrastructures, what are the most important things to secure when architecting a cloud infrastructure, and how you should manage account credentials for cloud services. Ranulf helped define a hybrid cloud infrastructure, what additional security impacts this architecture can have, and how supply chain attacks can affect a cloud deployment. All this and much more on Episode #132 of Task Force 7 Radio.
April 20, 2020
Cyber Security Legal Expert and Senior Fellow with the Center of Intelligence and National Security at the University of Oklahoma, Adriana Sanford appears on Ep. #131 of TF7 Radio to unpack a variety of different concerns across the cyber security space as a result of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sanford talks about the current request to telecommunications carriers to provide users location data for pandemic research and what that means both from a legal perspective and a security perspective. Sanford also breaks down Uber's recent lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles regarding handing over the location and other data about their scooter rentals. And she also opines on topics everyone is asking about: can your COVID-19 disposition affect your work status, whether or not businesses can legally check your temperature without your consent, and whether or not they are required to notify you if they shared your location or medical data with a government agency.
April 13, 2020
Founder of Walrus Security and Professor of Computer Science at New York University, Mr. Michael Walfish appears on Episode #130 of Task Force 7 Radio to discuss his extensive research and development with secure system designs, verifiable sourcing, and probabilistic proofs. Walfish discusses any current uses of probabilistic proofs, if they are currently in use and commercialized, and what future applications may look like. Walfish also discussed the problem of business email compromise (BEC) and how it often leads to payment fraud, how to protect yourself against this type of fraud, and what type of best practices companies should implement to mitigate this type of cyber crime.
April 6, 2020
The Founder of Rabbit Seventy7 and Host of Down the Security Rabbit Hole Podcast, Rafal Los appears on Episode #129 of TF7 Radio to talk about the skill sets a CISO should have, what types of skills are most important, and at what point is it important for information security professionals to pivot in order to continue progressing in their career. Mr. Los also spoke about the greatest turning points in Cyber Security over the last 20 years, what he thinks was the biggest non-technology evolution has been over the last two decades, as well as what has been the most revolutionary technology in the space. All this and much, much more on Episode #129 of Task Force 7 Radio.
March 30, 2020
The CEO of Cyber Risk International and Advisor to CISO’s around the world, Mr. Paul Dwyer appears on Episode #128 to talk about how the enormous challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic are affecting the Cyber Security Industry. Mr. Dwyer also spoke about the importance of basic cyber hygiene defenses, what constitutes cyber hygiene, and how these defenses can stop most cyber attacks. Host George Rettas also asked Mr. Dwyer what he thought about information from social media and the major news outlets and how Cyber Security plays a part in controlling the information, the narrative, and eventually our democracy. Is our democracy in the hands of Cyber Threat Actors? Mr. Dwyer also opined on why it is important for a CISO to understand geopolitical issues and what role geopolitics plays in Global Cyber Security policy. The pair wrapped up the show in third segment by talking about ways to protect children from online predators.
March 23, 2020
One of the most well known professionals and arguably the most connected individual in the Cyber Security Industry, the Chairman and Founder of SINET, Robert Rodriguez appears on Episode #127 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how he is facilitating immensely successful partnerships between the private sector, the public sector, and academia to combat cyber threats across the globe. Rodriguez talks about how important these partnerships are, how they advance innovation in the cyber market, and how he creates value for the cyber community on a daily basis. He also opines on how he raises awareness among so many different entities in the Cyber Security ecosystem and what entrepreneurs should be thinking about when they start their companies. All this and much, much more on Episode #127 of Task Force 7 Radio.
March 16, 2020
The Former Deputy Assistant Director of the United States Secret Service and the first Presidentially Appointed White House Technology Liaison to the Obama Administration, Dr. Ron Layton appears on Episode #126 of Task Force 7 Radio to give his opinion perspective on the history, future and advice on how to deploy a converged physical and cyber security model. He discusses leadership during the 4th industrial revolution, his journey into law enforcement and eventually to being one of the top leaders in the Secret Service. All this and much, much more on Episode #126 of Task Force Radio.
March 12, 2020
Former FBI Agent and current Chief Information Security Officer of Cyxtera, Leo Taddeo appears on Episode #107 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how the Cyber Threat has changed over the years, why it's getting harder for enterprises to manage Cyber Risks, and why organizations can't depend on the government to protect them from Cyber Threats. Taddeo also opined on what he thinks are the biggest threats out there, what are some of the technology challenges enterprises are facing, and he explains what Zero Trust means and if it is an effective approach to Cyber Security. Taddeo also explains where he sees the Cyber Security market headed, how the shortage of Cyber Security professionals has impacted the market, what organizations should be doing to prioritize spending, and whether or not all the new regulatory compliance laws are improving the security posture of regulated companies.
March 9, 2020
The President of CyberSourcing and Advisor to Task Force 7 Inc., Jay VanDerwerken appears on Episode #125 of Task Force 7 Radio to get his opinion on whether the unprecedented jobs forecast for the Cyber Security market is accurate, what we should do about the Cyber Security workforce shortage in the US, and find out whether or not we will ever be able to staff all the unfilled positions that currently exist. Jay also opined on whether or not he thinks that people are leaving the Cyber Security industry faster than employers are attracting new talent, and whether or not the inability for companies to staff Cyber Security positions on a mass scale is contributing to a threat to the National Security of the United States. All this and much, much more on Episode #125 of Task Force Radio.
March 2, 2020
Award winning entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the most influential Cyber Security Professionals in the world, Mrs. Jane Frankland, appears on Episode #124 of Task Force 7 Radio to explain what the real implications are to organizations who fail to attract women into the Cyber Security Industry. Mrs. Frankland speaks with great authority and in specific detail on how gender bias manifests itself in technology cultures, what can leadership and hiring managers do to create more equality in the workforce, and what are the clear benefits of having a gender diverse team in your organization. There are currently millions of unfilled jobs in Cyber Security around the globe. Is it possible to meet this unprecedented demand for talent without attracting more women into Cyber Security roles? Find out on Episode #124 of Task Force 7 Radio!
February 24, 2020
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackOps Partners Corporation, Casey Fleming appears on Episode #123 of Task Force 7 Radio to speak directly to the new developments concerning our nation’s counterintelligence apparatus and the impact they are having on the Cyber Security industry. Mr. Fleming breaks down why the new Counterintelligence Strategy for the next two years from 2020 to 2022 is so important, and how these new developments will affect our nations Cyber Security posture. Host George Rettas asks Mr. Fleming about how the bad guys are using emerging technologies to attack our infrastructure, and what this means to both the commercial and academic industries in the United States. He also provides analysis on Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper's recent comments during his trip to Europe, as well as NCSC Director William Evanina's recent public remarks on the Chinese theft of intellectual property from the Unites States.
February 17, 2020
As cyber threats continue to get more sophisticated around the globe, Senior Managing Director and Head of Cyber Security for the Americas at FTI Consulting, Ms. Jordan Rae Kelly appears on Episode #122 of TF7 Radio to talk about what the U.S. needs to do to secure critical infrastructure and protect our citizens privacy. Ms. Kelly also spoke about election security, what she learned from her experiences with the 2016 elections, and what we need to do to make sure the 2020 elections are stable and free from tampering. From the enterprise perspective, Ms. Kelly opined on how organizations can ensure that they are sufficiently protecting their intellectual property and the PII of their employees and customers, and how the demand for transparency through government regulation will change the way companies operate and respond to cyber security incidents.
February 10, 2020
CNBC Cyber Security Reporter Kate Fazzini appears on Episode #121 of Task Force 7 Radio to break down what actually went down with the mobile app used at the recent Iowa DNC Caucus. The technical problems with the app, the lax election security that was discovered following the vote, and the chaos that has ensued has yet again raised concerns about the stability and security of the 2020 Presidential Election. In the second segment Fazzini also reviews the recent Senate Report on Election Security, what's new in the report, and whether or not there will be any action taken from the reports recommendations. And in the final segment, Fazzini lays out what she knows about the Jeff Bezos cell phone hack, how Bezos's phone was compromised, and what we know about the involvement of the Saudi Intelligence Services in the targeted attack. All this and much, much more on Episode #121 of Task Force 7 Radio.
February 4, 2020
With our special guest, Dr. Magda Chelly, we are going to define the problem with attracting women into the Cyber Security space and discuss what we need to do moving forward to solve this problem which is driving the Cyber Security Talent Crisis across the globe. I am also going to give an overview of the Uber Breach and what is going with that beleaguered company.
February 3, 2020
Author and National Security Expert Tyler Cohen Wood appears on Episode #120 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about her efforts in getting more women into STEM related jobs and getting girls interested in STEM careers early on in their lives. Tyler also covered a wide a variety of Cyber Security Topics, including why she thinks people are still falling for phishing scams, what are some of the biggest Cyber Security challenges businesses are facing today, and what people can do to enhance their own Cyber Security at home by protecting themselves, their children, and their own family members. She gave her opinion on what countries are the biggest national security threats, what people can do to protect their privacy on the internet and when using social media accounts, and how social media has impacted businesses and the economy.
January 28, 2020
In the first segment of the show, Host George Rettas provides analysis on last week's announcement by the FBI recommending that all Americans reboot their office and home routers to mitigate a nation state threat from the Russian Government. Then Senior Product Manager of DFLabs, John Moran appears on the show to level set the incident response problems and the desire for organizations to decrease the mean time to mitigating cyber attacks when they are detected. Moran level sets the incident response environment, talks about how the talent crisis has effected the ability of organizations to respond to incidents, and lays out how the orchestration and automation of the incident response process can help your organization defend itself against attacks that are getting more sophisticated in nature every day.
January 27, 2020
Max Deighton, the North America Lead for Context and Henry Prince, Senior Security Consultant for Context both join Episode #119 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the importance and value of conducting Red Team exercises. The duo unpacks what red teaming really means, what are the rules of engagement when bringing an adversarial mindset to a problem, and how open source intelligence can be used to conduct successful exercises. Deighton and Prince also explain what sophisticated criminals do with all the data that they steal, the role of password managers are in preventing wider exposure to your internet presence, and how the use of multi-factor authentication is still a valid defense protocol to decrease your chances of being victimized by cyber organized crime groups.
January 20, 2020
Dr. George Antoniou, Associate Professor of Cyber Security Management at Lynn University joins Episode #118 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about what the next generation CISO looks like. Dr. Antoniou unpacks the changing role of the CISO, what the CISO position might look like in 20 years, and what is driving all the recent changes to the position. Dr. Antoniou also broke down what he considers to be key attributes of a successful CISO. He discusses what kind of experience they should have, what kind of education would put them in the best position to succeed, and whether or not soft skills are important in the CISO position. And lastly, Dr. Antoniou discusses one of the hottest debated issues in the information security industry: Should the CISO be a technologist or a business manager? All this and much, much more on Episode #118 of Task Force 7 Radio.
January 13, 2020
Partner and Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, Paul Ferrillo joins Episode #117 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about what Board Members should be asking their CISO's, how they should prepare themselves for these discussions, and how often and for how long should these briefings last. Mr. Ferrillo detailed the state of the cyber security ecosystem in 2020, what does the conflict with Iran mean to Cyber Security professionals, and what companies can do to protect themselves from a rampant ransomeware epidemic. All this and much, much more on Episode #117 of Task Force 7 Radio.
January 6, 2020
The CEO and Co-Founder of Verodin, Chris Key appears on Episode #116 of Task Force 7 Radio to about the use of instrumentation, the quantification of Cyber Risk in financial terms, and why organization's investment in technology controls are only performing at 25%. Mr. Key also spoke about the false assumptions cyber security professionals often make on the technology they implement, how to get business leaders aligned closer with the security mission, and what to expect with talent crisis, migration to the cloud, and election security in 2020. All this and much, much more on Episode #116 of Task Force 7 Radio.
December 30, 2019
The Chief Executive Officer, Josh Lefkowitz and Chief Strategy Officer, Chris Camacho of Flashpoint join Episode #115 of Task Force 7 Radio to recap some of the most talked about Cyber Security Topics of 2019. From the spread of Ransomeware, to the emphasis on the Insider Threat, to the push for Cyber Fusion Center models, Lefkowitz and Camacho unpack the most interesting topics of the year. The duo also spoke about the difference between government and commercial cyber models, what happened in the dark web cyber underground over the last twelve months, what cryptocurrencies the criminals prefer using, and how government entities are dealing with election security. All this and much, much more on Episode #115 of Task Force 7 Radio.
December 23, 2019
December 17, 2019
Dr. Gary McGraw, renowned American Computer Scientist and Vice President of Security Technology at Synopsys talks about his efforts around the Building Security in Maturity Model (BSIMM) project conducted over years of software security drama with over 109 of the world's leading companies across various different sectors and he explains why Security at the design phase of software is so vitally important. Dr. McGraw also talks about his new study with numerous CISO's around the country to evaluate how information security is approached from a financial, compliance, technology, and business enabler perspective in their respective organizations. Host George Rettas also provides his analysis on the new Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report that states that The Office of the Interior is in disarray when it comes to their Cyber Security Posture almost 3 years after the OPM breach.
December 16, 2019
Application Security expert Samir Sherif joins Episode #113 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the importance of Application Security and role quality Development Security Operations plays in the National Security of the United States. Mr. Sherif unpacks this complex domain and explains in ordinary terms why listeners should be interested and concerned about application security. He provides his opinion on whether or not organizations are prioritizing and funding application security properly, the challenges of creating a convergent culture in cyber security operations, and if engineers in the technology space should continue to be in charge of patching operations across the lines of business. Mr. Sherif also opines on what it takes to be an application security engineer, the status of talent available to fill ASM roles across the industry, and how companies should manage the risks of running develop shops in countries that we do not necessarily trust.
December 9, 2019
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BlackOps Partners Corporation, Casey Fleming appears on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about China, what kind of threat they pose to the United States, and their competitive economic strategy of "they must live, we must die" as a world power. Fleming talks about the Great Power Competition; Asymmetric Hybrid Warfare, how it's being utilized today, and what that means to the United States; the Gray Zone and how the U.S. needs to learn to operate in it; Cybersecurity as a National Security Threat; Security Strategy and how it integrates into our overall competitive strategy; how Economic Espionage has damaged America's role as the world's lone super power; and turning Intellectual Property theft protection into competitive advantage on the global stage. All this and much, much more on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio.
December 2, 2019
Is China an enemy or a competitor to the United States? Former Director of the NSA and the former Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Admiral Michael Rogers weighs in on this topic and much more on Episode #111 of TF7 Radio! Admiral Michael Rogers reviews China's 100 year strategy, what it means to the United States, and what the U.S. should do in the coming years to mitigate any threat to our national security. In light of even more recent cyber attacks against U.S. Government military officials by groups allegedly sponsored by the Chinese Government, Admiral Rogers lays out what he thinks the United States strategy should be to ensure a fair playing field across the global stage. Admiral Rogers also talks about what it was like to lead U.S. Cyber Command, what the U.S. needs to do about election security, and he explains how leaving the government and working in the private sector over the last 18 months has affected his views on Cyber Security in the United States.
November 25, 2019
Frank Kim, CEO of ThinkSec, taps into his experience as a CISO Advisory Consultant to talk about how CISO's measure the success of their programs and how security leaders communicate their posture to Boards and Executive Leadership Committees. He also talks about how CISO's build their business cases to reflect their cyber security strategies. Kim unpacks what metrics make sense for different organizations, how to set goals around the pillars of your strategy, and how CISO's should use Cyber Security to assist their organizations with their digital transformation. All this and much, much more with the CEO of ThinkSec, Frank Kim on Episode #110 of Task Force 7 Radio!
November 20, 2019
Former NSA TAO Officer, and the Chief of Outreach at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, Dr. Michael Klipstein appears on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio to discuss why Information Operations are so easy to conduct by Nation States and how they have become so dangerous to the National Security of the United States. Host George Rettas and Dr. Klipstein discuss why Cyber Security has become one of the top National Security issues that most western countries face, how the United States has taken a stand of "Defending Forward" and what that means in terms of U.S. Cyber policy. Dr. Klipstein talks about how the Russian Government has excelled at Information Operations, what lessons they have taken from China's long term strategy; how hostilities via the Internet are creating new "norms" across the globe; how SouthCom is approaching Cyber Security Operations; and how the United States and its allies should be sharing intelligence information.
November 18, 2019
CNBC Cyber Security Reporter Kate Fazzini speaks with TF7 Radio Host George Rettas about this year's annual financial sector war games, what type of attacks the financial sector drilled on, and what was different about this year's Quantum Dawn exercise than in previous years. Fazzini also discussed how effective these war gaming exercises are, the risks of U.S. firms exposing too much information to overseas entities, and what the main concern was during the energy sector war games. The pair also discussed the recent departure of the Capital One CISO, whether or not CISO's are being treated fairly when breaches occur, and how the perils of being a CISO in a high profile company are changing every day.
November 11, 2019
The Managing Director of the Digital Security and Risk Search Practice at Quantum Search Partners, Mr. Stephen Spagnuolo appears on Episode #108 of Task Force 7 Radio to give you the inside scoop on what is really going on with the Cyber Security job market. Mr. Spagnuolo unpacks the importance of networking, how to network, and sets realistic expectations on how long it really takes to build a formidable professional network in the Cyber Security business. He also talks about the disproportional number of low to mid level jobs that are available on the market compared to senior level positions that are posted, what important trends he is seeing in the recruiting space, he addressed the old argument about the importance, or lack thereof, of technical certifications, and he weighed in on if there was any validity in the notion that there can be “too many moves” on one’s CV. Don't miss Stephen Spanuolo on Episode #108 of Task Force 7 Radio!
November 4, 2019
Former FBI Agent and current Chief Information Security Officer of Cyxtera, Leo Taddeo appears on Episode #107 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how the Cyber Threat has changed over the years, why it's getting harder for enterprises to manage Cyber Risks, and why organizations can't depend on the government to protect them from Cyber Threats. Taddeo also opined on what he thinks are the biggest threats out there, what are some of the technology challenges enterprises are facing, and he explains what Zero Trust means and if it is an effective approach to Cyber Security. Taddeo also explains where he sees the Cyber Security market headed, how the shortage of Cyber Security professionals has impacted the market, what organizations should be doing to prioritize spending, and whether or not all the new regulatory compliance laws are improving the security posture of regulated companies.
October 28, 2019
The co-founders of the new startup Strike Ready, Yasir Khalid and Anurag Gurtu, appear on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio to to talk about how artificial intelligence will assist in solving some of the most significant Cyber Security Challenges in the industry today. They also give their opinion on how AI is going to assist organized crime groups and nation states in carrying out more sophisticated attacks. And ultimately they provide their opinions on who will benefit the most from the advent of AI, the good guys or the bad guys. The pair discuss the recent trend in some parts of the industry to declare defense in depth dead, as well as the challenges organizations face with alert overload and the overwhelming amount of information and data they intake from dozens of intel feeds on a daily basis. Don't miss the jam packed interview on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio!
October 21, 2019
Because the Cyber Security Industry is so Tech heavy, we often overlook the human side of Cyber Security. Author, Mentor, and Board Advisor Mark De Rijk appears on Episode #105 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how his passions led him to mentor young people on how to navigate their Cyber Security careers, his goals to educate 1 million people on the importance of Cyber Security, and why giving back to the Cyber Security community is so important to him. De Rijk is a self made entrepreneur who grew up in a rough neighborhood and has no formal education beyond high school. Yet, his passion for life and influencing the masses has brought him to start his own successful business as a professional Cyber Security advisor to a great many people. Don't miss this inspiring interview with someone who focuses on self reflection, personal impact, and life's journey to guide his career decisions in a very complex Cyber Security environment.
October 14, 2019
Jody Westby, professional blogger for Forbes magazine, appears on Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how the European Union is handling the challenges they face in the Cyber Security industry. She speaks about the current NIS Directives, the EU Cyber Security Act, and the requirements that are driving these initiatives. Westby also addresses these initiatives in great specificity as they relate to “Other Essential Operators” (OES) and “Digital Service Providers" (DSP). She also opines on whether or not the United States should be paying more attention to EU Cyber Security Initiatives, why U.S. companies aren't paying attention to the EU Cyber Security Act, and she reviews the risks to U.S. domination of Cyber Security on a global stage. Westby wraps up the third segment of the show by addressing what threats the NIS Directives present to U.S. businesses, what impact the Directives with have on U.S. companies, and what U.S. companies can do to prepare for them.
October 7, 2019
Former Secret Service Agent, Computer Forensic Expert, and founder of the security company Cyber Forensics, Gus Dimitrelos appears on Episode #103 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk to our audience about real life scenarios where Cyber Forensic Investigations have determined the outcome of trials where the defendants have been accused of some of the most heinous crimes. Listen as Dimitrelos describes the importance of computer forensics, cellular triangulation, and cell phone forensics in proving, and in some cases disproving, allegations of kidnapping, aggravated assault, murder, and acts of terrorism. Dimitrelos also gives his view on the privacy vs. security debate around cell phone encryption technology, what Apple is doing to thwart authorities from conducting forensics on their phones, and whats more secure: Apple IOS or Windows operating systems. All this and much, much more on Episode #103 of Task Force 7 Radio - the Voice of Cyber Security.
September 30, 2019
Former McKinsey and Goldman Executive, and Independent Cyber Security Consultant Dorothy Hill joins Guest Host Andrew Bonillo to discuss the challenges of protecting yourself and your organization against Cyber Security threats at both the personal and enterprise levels. Hill unpacks the complex nature of the current Cyber Security market, the skills needed to navigate a Cyber Security Career, and the diverse opportunities that are currently present in the global Cyber Security industry. Hill also discusses the evolution of bad actors, how emerging encryption technologies have changed the game, the role of standards and certifications in a mature Cyber Security Programs, how companies respond to and recover from cyber events, and much, much more on Episode #102 of Task Force 7 Radio.
September 27, 2019
Co-Hosts and former Secret Service Agents Tom Pageler and Andy Bonillo join Host George Rettas in analyzing calls from Democrat Presidential Candidates to strengthen election security. Will the lack of confidence in our election system lead to more political turmoil in the United States? The trio also unpack the world of underground criminal contractors, the increase in sextortion attempts, the battle between good and evil for cyber security talent, and how cyber organized crime groups are colluding and collaborating like Fortune 500 Companies, without all the red tape. How will private sector security companies keep up with their adversaries? And finally, Huawei, a Chinese company accused of using their technology for spying purposes, threatens to bring down the Five Eye Alliance as the UK seems to lean towards using the company to build their 5G networks. What will this mean for the future of intelligence sharing for the most important intelligence alliance in the free world?
September 23, 2019
The Vice President of the North American Cybersecurity Practice of CapGemini, Drew Morefield, joins Guest Host Andrew Bonillo Hosts to give our audience an inside view of the challenging world of Cyber Security sales. Morefield explains his path in Cyber Security sales to delivery, the importance of recovery, and advice for anyone getting into the sales game and how trust is the most important thing to preserve to be successful. If you are interested in Cyber Security Sales, or just want to gain a new appreciation for these professionals who are "in the grind" every day, this is the episode for you.
September 16, 2019
Chief Security Architect and Cyber Security Researcher Rich Wickersham, joins Hosts George Rettas and Andrew Bonillo to talk about how Nation State Groups and Organized Crime Organizations are using social media platforms like LinkedIn to target users of the system for nefarious purposes. Wickersham explains how targeting occurs on social media platforms and how users can better protect themselves from adversaries who wish to exploit vulnerabilities in their profiles, as well as their professional lives. He goes into detail on how bad guys can use TUA AI models to mine unauthenticated users of LinkedIn to gather information and data that can later be used to blackmail them or attack the businesses they work for. Wickersham also gave his opinion on the recent announcement by LinkedIn that they have purged their system of approximately 21 million accounts, as well as his opinion of the traditional social media attract, retain, monetize (ARM) model.
September 9, 2019
The Chairman of the InfraGard Technology Committee, Alain Espinosa, appears on Episode no 99 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the alarming proliferation of ransomware, how ransomware actually spreads, how criminals choose their ransomware targets, what to do if you become a victim of ransomware, and how to prevent ransomeware from being introduced into your network. Espinosa stays on the cyber crime topic by also talking about business email compromises (BECs), and what types of BEC scams exist, how criminals use BEC scams to commit crimes, what do do if you are a victim of a BEC scam, and how you can prevent business email compromises from wreaking havoc on your business. And in the last segment of the show Espinosa talks about what executives can do to protect their data when traveling internationally and gives recommendations on what protocols are best when they return home. All this and much, much more on Episode no 99 of Task Force 7 Radio
September 2, 2019
William Beer, Partner with EY's Cyber Security Advisory Services, talks about how the Cyber Security Domain can work to enable business in the Digital Transformation Era. Beer gives his expert opinion on the digital and FinTech driven disruption and transformation occurring across the industry, what kind of new technologies he is seeing in the digital space that are disruptive and what kind of impact are they having on the Cyber Security industry, and he discusses the challenges he sees his clients facing today in the Cyber Security Space. Beer also talks about Digital Trust, the importance of speed and agility in Cyber Security, and the importance of managing Third and Fourth Party Risk. In the first segment, Host George Rettas analyzes the recent tariffs imposed on China by President Trump for continuing to steal billions of dollars of IP from United States' companies.
August 30, 2019
CNBC Reporter and author of the new Cyber Security book "Kingdom of Lies", Kate Fazzini appears on Episode #86 of Task Force 7 Radio to discuss the latest accusations by City of Baltimore Officials that the NSA is to blame for the recent ransomeware attack that has crippled their city. Fazzini also talks about the Cyber Security issues in the Mueller Report, election security, the role social media companies play in our national security, and how history has shown us that some Cyber Security practitioners are not very effective at their jobs. Host George Rettas also gets into a detailed discussion with Fazzini about 5G emerging technologies, Huawei, how the controversial company is driving discord between Five Eye nations, and how Cyber Security plays into the recent trade talks between the United States and China. All this and much, much more on Episode #86 of Task Force 7 Radio!
August 26, 2019
In this episode of Task Force 7 Radio, Jamal Hartenstein, the IT Security Program Manager at KAI Partners talks about the important relationship between judges, lawyers, and cybersecurity professionals. He also delves into the difference between data privacy and data security and how both large and small organizations in both the public and private sectors approach implementing their Cyber Security programs differently. Jamal spoke about what his favorite blockchain projects and the current dilemmas with immutability versus the right to be forgotten, and the relationship these technologies have to data privacy and cyber security law. And Hosts George Rettas and Andrew Bonillo discussed with Jamal the importance of local law enforcement understanding current local, state, and federal cyber laws and what role cyber security plays in execution of local law enforcement, as well as the effects Executive Orders have on the Cyber Security Industry.
August 19, 2019
Pedram Amini, the Chief Technology Officer of InQuest, appears on Episode no 97 of Task Force 7 Radio to give listeners an inside view of the world of a hacker. Amini starts off by defining a hacker, a vulnerability, an exploit, reverse engineering and fuzzing to give the audience a common foundation for the discussion. In the second and third segments of the show, he gets into specifics regarding the economics of the underground vulnerability markets, what are the hardest and easiest platforms to compromise, how he successfully launched and exited his startup Jumpshot, and what his job at InQuest entails today. Amini wrapped up the dialogue by providing insight into the risks associated with emerging technologies like self driving cars, the dangers of Cyber Warfare and capabilities of Nation State Actors in the world, and the ever so important topic of election security.
August 12, 2019
Ed Cabrera, the Chief Cyber Security Officer of Trend Micro, appears on Episode #96 of TF7 Radio to discuss the risks, threats, and vulnerabilities Cyber Security Professionals are facing today. Cabrera gets into details about the who, what, where, how, and why of specific threat actor groups and discusses the value of actionable intelligence. Cabrera talks about the importance of Cyber Security awareness in every corporate culture, as well as the role compliance has in increasing an organization's defense in depth security posture. Cabrera dives into the Cyber Security Talent Crisis and the workforce skills gap the industry is currently facing. And lastly, he discusses how threat research drives innovation and the creation of disruptive technologies.
July 29, 2019
Guest Host Andy Bonillo interviews Special Guest Devon Bryan, the Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for the National IT Organization of the Federal Reserve System, about the urgency in increasing diversity in the Cyber Security industry. Bryan gives his opinion on the diversity of the person vs. the diversity of thought in tackling the complex Cyber Security Threats Fortune 500 companies are facing today. Today, there's much to be said for diversity of thought and diversity of perspective in tackling the threats from cyberspace but Bryan explains what else is needed for Cyber Security teams to be successful. He opines on best practices, innovative processes and technologies he prefers, and opines on wether or not diversity problem is more acute in certain critical infrastructures and sectors. Don't miss Devon Bryan, Co-founder of the International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals (ICMCP) on Episode #94 of TF7 Radio.
July 22, 2019
TF7 Radio Host George Rettas provides news and analysis on the hack of Russia's elite Federal Security Service, the Cyber Threats arising out of the increasing tensions between the United States and Iran, why Vietnam is quietly avoiding doing business with the Chinese tech giant Huawei, and how CEO's and other executives are ignoring the Cyber Security strategies and recommendations from Security Chiefs in organizations all over the United States. All this and much more on Episode #93 of Task Force 7 Radio.
July 15, 2019
In this exclusive interview, Guest Host Andy Bonillo talks to the President and CEO of Secure Systems Innovation Corporation (SSIC), John Frazzini about a big announcement SSIC made today that will affect the way Cyber Risk is measured into the foreseeable future. Frazzini talks about how the Insurance industry is set to disrupt the Cyber Security industry as well as his company's efforts to understand the effectiveness of Cyber Security controls, including how a company can accurately measure their Return on Investment. Frazzini also talks about how he sees businesses managing Cyber Risk in the future, the various models and approaches that seek to understand Cyber Risk in financial terms, and if it is now possible to understand the impacts of Cyber incidents before they happen. Frazzini wraps up by explaining how companies will have to adjust their strategies to become more effective in managing and mitigating Cyber Risk to their environments.
July 10, 2019
Alain Espinosa, the Director of Security Operations for Online Business Systems and a Board Member for the Infragard National Members Alliance, appears on Task Force 7 Radio to talk about his experiences as a minority climbing the cyber security ranks, what kinds of leadership styles work the best in the Information Security space, and what the top Cyber Security threats are that Cyber Security professionals face in today's complex and ever changing landscape. Alain explains his role at Infragard and how this public/private partnership between the FBI and the Cyber Security community works. He also discusses his own leadership style, how important soft skills are in the technology space, and what we need to do to invest in the next generation of cyber security professionals. And for the entire third segment of the show, Alain breaks down today's top cyber threats around IoT, account takeovers, phishing, social engineering, event and crisis management, and malware.
July 8, 2019
This week's episode features one of the most well connected and influential Cyber Security Professionals in the world, Steve Durbin, on the show. Steve is currently the Managing Director of the Information Security Forum, an independent, not-for-profit organization with a membership comprising many of the world’s leading organizations featured on the Fortune 500 and Forbes 2000 lists. Steve appears on Episode #91 of TF7Radio to talk about who in the organization should own Cyber Risk, how we should define the role of the CEO in Cyber Security, and how executives should posture Cyber Security as a growth enabler. Steve also spoke about what CEO's should be prioritizing in terms of the organization's Cyber Security strategy, what are some of the top-down cultural changes that need to be implemented in order to create a resilient culture, and how to drive transformational change to make Cyber Security everyone's responsibility. All this and much more on Episode #91 of TF7Radio!
July 1, 2019
The Vice President of Security Research for SpyCloud, Eric Murphy, joins Episode #90 of TF7Radio to talk about the underground world of Account Takeover Fraud, how criminals collaborate to take control of your online accounts, and what can be done to protect yourself and your company from this ever increasing risk to your money, your loyalty rewards/points, your PII and identity information, and your access to your employer's network. Murphy unpacks account takeover fraud in a way that everyone can understand what it means to you and the consequences it could have on your daily life. He also advises our audience what it really means to get a notification letter from a retailer that your identity has been compromised and explains the difference between account takeover (ATO) and identity theft. Murphy also breaks down ATO prevention methods that can be used on the enterprise front using comprehensive intelligence gathering methods and proactive security models.
June 24, 2019
Longtime Publicist, Strategist and Producer of Google's "Power On" Film Series, Ngoc Nguyen makes an appearance on Episode #89 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about her career and her work promoting women in STEAM fields. Ngoc talks about she applied her expertise as a publicist and a producer towards opportunities where her unique skillset and wide network is fully incorporated in bringing issues attracting women to STEAM fields to light. Ngoc talks extensively about her most recent project, "Power On" where she produced an anthology of five cinematic short films that used technology as the narrative centerpiece for each film. All this and much, much more on Episode #89 of Task Force 7 Radio.
June 20, 2019
Guest Rick Geritz, the CEO and Founder of Life Journey, talks about how his company is employing scalable mentoring technologies to reach out to our youth and to build the Cyber Security Generation of professionals that are going to be responsible for securing our countries and our way of life. Geritz also talks about the massive amount of money pouring into the Cyber Security market and gives his take on whether or not this trend is going to continue through 2018. Also, Host George Rettas opens up the show by giving his take on the sense of urgency around building a strong cyber security defense in depth posture in America and announces Task Force 7 Technologies, a company aimed at being the premier Cyber Security Professional Network around the world.
June 17, 2019
Julian Waits, one of the most experienced Cyber Security Executives in the industry, appears on Episode #88 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how a properly defined Threat Hunting Operation should be defined and run. He also tells the audience what he thinks is the biggest problem in Cyber Security today, he opines on where Insider Threat Operations should lie in the IS organization, and if more data is always better when it comes to predictive analytics. Host George Rettas also asks Julian how important it is for an analyst to be able to visualize data to be able to process it real time, how next generation security tools go about prioritization, if it is really feasible to achieve real time identification and mitigation of cyber threats, and if scalability continues to be one of the biggest problems for tooling in large organizations. The duo also tackles the issue of centralizing the data analytics efforts of the AML, Fraud, and Security domains.
June 10, 2019
CNBC Cyber Security Reporter and author of the new book, "Kingdom of Lies", Kate Fazzini joins TF7 Radio once again to talk with Host George Rettas about the biggest problems facing corporate Cyber Security teams today. Fazzini also provided her opinion on why government agencies are struggling with Cyber Security, how we need to better train our workforce to defend against Cyber Security attacks, and what are some of the biggest mistakes Cyber Security companies make with their marketing efforts. Fazzini lets the audience know what inspired her to write her new book, whether or not Cyber Security conferences are still a valuable training tool, and what we should do to attract more women into the Cyber Security workforce. All this and much, much more on Episode #87 of Task Force 7 Radio.
June 3, 2019
CNBC Reporter and author of the new Cyber Security book "Kingdom of Lies", Kate Fazzini appears on Episode #86 of Task Force 7 Radio to discuss the latest accusations by City of Baltimore Officials that the NSA is to blame for the recent ransomeware attack that has crippled their city. Fazzini also talks about the Cyber Security issues in the Mueller Report, election security, the role social media companies play in our national security, and how history has shown us that some Cyber Security practitioners are not very effective at their jobs. Host George Rettas also gets into a detailed discussion with Fazzini about 5G emerging technologies, Huawei, how the controversial company is driving discord between Five Eye nations, and how Cyber Security plays into the recent trade talks between the United States and China. All this and much, much more on Episode #86 of Task Force 7 Radio!
May 27, 2019
William Beer, Partner with EY's Cyber Security Advisory Services, talks about how the Cyber Security Domain can work to enable business in the Digital Transformation Era. Beer gives his expert opinion on the digital and FinTech driven disruption and transformation occurring across the industry, what kind of new technologies he is seeing in the digital space that are disruptive and what kind of impact are they having on the Cyber Security industry, and he discusses the challenges he sees his clients facing today in the Cyber Security Space. Beer also talks about Digital Trust, the importance of speed and agility in Cyber Security, and the importance of managing Third and Fourth Party Risk. In the first segment, Host George Rettas analyzes the recent tariffs imposed on China by President Trump for continuing to steal billions of dollars of IP from United States' companies.
May 20, 2019
Former NSA TAO Officer, and the Chief of Outreach at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point, Dr. Michael Klipstein appears on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio to discuss why Information Operations are so easy to conduct by Nation States and how they have become so dangerous to the National Security of the United States. Host George Rettas and Dr. Klipstein discuss why Cyber Security has become one of the top National Security issues that most western countries face, how the United States has taken a stand of "Defending Forward" and what that means in terms of U.S. Cyber policy. Dr. Klipstein talks about how the Russian Government has excelled at Information Operations, what lessons they have taken from China's long term strategy; how hostilities via the Internet are creating new "norms" across the globe; how SouthCom is approaching Cyber Security Operations; and how the United States and its allies should be sharing intelligence information.
May 13, 2019
Twenty-seven year veteran of the United States Navy, Former Navy SEAL, and Founder of the Gethin Group, Ronald Mahrs appears on this week's episode of TF7 Radio to talk about the importance of behavioral risk & coaching in cyber security, assessing human capital risks, and why organizations should invest in protecting its reputation and interests when it comes to personnel selection. Mahrs also talked about what kinds of people problems he has seen during his special operations career and how the screening process is essential to choosing the right personnel to handle sensitive data in your organization. Mahrs provides insight into how the assessment & selection of Special Operations leaders translates to the private sector and how the assessment process is used to identify workforce strengths and potential vulnerabilities that can be used as a predictive tool for performance.
May 6, 2019
Professor David Schwed, the Director of the Cybersecurity Program at the Katz School of Science and Health at Yeshiva University, appears on Episode #83 of TF7Radio to discuss the security of blockchain technology. Professor Schwed talks about the main attack vectors and tactics that are used to compromise blockchain based assets, the methods used to achieve secure cold transactions vs. hot transactions, what are the most underplayed or unaddressed security vulnerabilities with blockchain technology, and is it possible to have both security and convenience at the same time. Professor Schwed also discussed how security has changed over the evolution and adoption of crypto, what are some of the challenges with the API keys for exchange connectivity, and he explains the differences between how bitcoin effectuates multi-sig vs. how ERC20 does it with smart contracts. Learn everything you need to know about blockchain security on this week's episode of TF7 Radio!
April 29, 2019
Ariel Evans, the CEO of Cyber Innovative Technologies and Author of the new book, "Managing Cyber Risk" appears on Episode #82 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how to measure Cyber Risk on your digital assets. Evans, who is an expert in measuring and mitigating cyber risk in organizations, talks about how to identify your digital assets, what types of cyber risk maturity models companies should be embracing, and how you should calculate the financial exposure and regulatory risk of a specific digital asset. Evans also defines cyber resiliency, why you should use a digital asset approach to cyber resiliency, and how a company can become more cyber resilient by implementing a proper risk prioritization strategy. She wraps up the show by talking about what professionals should be thinking about when measuring the efficacy of a cyber security program, how you should calculate these metrics, and how to properly use them properly with key stakeholders.
April 24, 2019
It's the episode everyone has been waiting for! One of the most sought after Cyber Security Executive Recruiters in the world, Matt Comyns of Caldwell Partners, appears on Episode #51 of TF7 Radio to talk about how Cyber Security Executives can differentiate themselves when competing for senior positions, how much time executives should spend searching for a job externally vs. internally, and how they can create more opportunities for themselves during a time when the talent crisis rages on. Comyns also talks with host George Rettas on how executives should work with recruiters, what are the best recruiting and retention practices employers should follow to win the talent war, and whether or not in a time where the CISO seems more and more to be the fall person in a thankless job, whether or not the CISO position has turned into a dead end job. Don't miss this episode of Task Force 7 Radio, the Voice of Cyber Security!
April 22, 2019
The Founder and Managing Partner of Boldstart, Ed Sim joins Task Force 7 Radio to talk about how he applies a First Check for Enterprise Technology Entrepreneurs, how he identifies pain in a new startup, and what's hot in the Cyber Security VC market. Sim also gives him opinion on if emerging technologies being built with security in mind, what are the basic cyber security threats and concepts that companies should be worried about, and if smaller companies are at a disadvantage relative to bigger companies in terms of rolling out mature cyber security products and services. And the big question everyone in the VC market is talking about: Is the Cyber Security Industry in a bubble? All this and much, much more on Episode #81 of Task Force 7 Radio!
April 15, 2019
The Chief Analytics Officer of Secure Systems Innovation Corporation, Robert Vescio appears on Episode #80 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the economics of measuring and mitigating Cyber Risk. Vescio goes into detail on what he views are the biggest gaps in Cyber Risk Management today, what he thinks Boards wants to know about Cyber Risk, and how CISO's need to change the way they think about Cyber Risk Management. Vescio also talks about the importance of putting a cost to specific cyber incidents, how to overcome the perception that there isn't enough data available to executives to understand the economics of Cyber Risk, and how the industry needs to transform the way it thinks about risk management. He also goes into the specific modules and value proposition of his patented proprietary tool, X-Analytics and how executives are using the tool to size and scope risk in ways that have never been done before. All this and much much more on Episode #80 of TF7 Radio!
April 8, 2019
This week's TF7 Cyber Security Expert Panel discusses all the hype around the crowded solutions market and analyzes the true effectiveness that so many products are having on organization's defense in depth security posture. The Chief Security Officer of Bitgo, Thomas Pageler, the Chief Information Security Officer of Ciena, Andrew Bonillo, and the Chief Security Officer of the National Australia Bank, David Fairman, make up the this week's expert panel. They join TF7 Radio Host George Rettas to discuss the Cyber Security industries fear driven solutions market, how convergent security models in Australia are gaining attention, how companies currently share cyber intelligence with the government and the Five Eye Alliance, and current state of election security around the world. All this and much, much more on Episode #79 of Task Force 7 Radio.
April 1, 2019
Dan Lohrmann, Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor appears on Episode #78 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about his annual security predictions piece that he does every year for Government Technology Magazine. Lohrmann talks about the top ten security predictions for 2019, what predictions have already come true, and what we should expect to happen in the cyber security space moving into the future. Lohrmann also talks about what disagreements experts and vendors are having regarding the direction of cyber security into the future, what is top of mind for most public sector CIO's for 2019, and he reviews the Top Ten Priority List for the National Association of State CIO's. In the final segment, Lohrmann gives his thoughts on the cyber security talent shortage, the hardest jobs to fill, and how job seekers can obtain a position in cyber security. All this and much more on Episode #78 of Task Force 7 Radio.
March 25, 2019
Former Seal Team 6 member and current Chief Security Officer of OnyxCTS, Marcus A. Capone, joins Episode #77 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the convergence of logical and physical security, the obstacles to organizational change, and the consequences of not having end to end optics when it comes to protecting your organization's assets. Capone talks with TF7 Radio hosts about his experiences as a Seal Team 6 Operator, what it takes to be successful both in the military and in business, and if the leadership skills exhibited in military service easily transfer to the private sector when veterans make a transition to senior executive positions. Capone also described how Seal Team 6 members train for Cyber Security events, how important Cyber Hygiene is, and how accountability and support play into the team concept. This and much more on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio.
March 18, 2019
Omar Khawaja, the Chief Information Security Officer for Highmark Health, appears on Episode #76 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the biggest challenges for CISO's in the industry today, what keeps him up at night, and how he deals with what has become one of the stressful jobs in the country today. Khawaja talks about the importance of leadership, how he manages his time as the chief executive of his organization, and how important it is to balance both tactical and strategic objectives with the limited amount of time he has every day. Khawaja gives valuable insight into the most effective controls he has implemented in his environment, how the talent war is affecting his attrition rate, how he attracts and retains talent for his organization, and how he prioritizes risk when dealing with third party business partners. All this and much much more on this week's episode of Task Force Radio - the Voice of Cyber Security.
March 12, 2019
Do we need a "Moonshot" to solve the Cyber Conundrum? Guest Peter Chronis, the Chief Information Security Officer of Turner, tells the audience why we need a cyber security moonshot to create a new comprehensive strategy to improve security in the digital age. Host George Rettas reviews the recent U.S. Sanctions against Russia and what that means for the America's defense in depth security posture.
March 11, 2019
Special guest Ben Brooks, Special Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Veteran and current Vice President of Cyber Security consulting firm Beryllium, appears on Episode #75 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the importance of the NIST Framework, what gaps need to be filled to defend against the ever increasing sophistication of cyber attacks, the security of cloud infrastructures, and the impact of artificial intelligence on the cyber security industry. Brooks also gives his opinion on whether or not the United States is in a Cyber War, what the average person can do strengthen their personal cyber security posture, and why skills and experiences learned from the military translate so well to the cyber security industry. All this and more on this week's episode of Task Force 7 Radio - the Voice of Cyber Security.
March 4, 2019
Host George Rettas and Co-Hosts Tom Pageler and Andy Bonillo break down some of the main themes of the RSA Conference happening out in San Francisco, California this week. They also provide analysis on companies around the world who are choosing to sue their employees who fall for phishing attacks. And a new cyber security law in Thailand that gives the government total control over the internet has privacy rights activist reeling over the wide range of power the new legislation gives the government. All this and much more on this weeks Episode of Task Force 7 Radio - the Voice of Cyber Security.
February 25, 2019
Co-Hosts and former Secret Service Agents Tom Pageler and Andy Bonillo join Host George Rettas in analyzing calls from Democrat Presidential Candidates to strengthen election security. Will the lack of confidence in our election system lead to more political turmoil in the United States? The trio also unpack the world of underground criminal contractors, the increase in sextortion attempts, the battle between good and evil for cyber security talent, and how cyber organized crime groups are colluding and collaborating like Fortune 500 Companies, without all the red tape. How will private sector security companies keep up with their adversaries? And finally, Huawei, a Chinese company accused of using their technology for spying purposes, threatens to bring down the Five Eye Alliance as the UK seems to lean towards using the company to build their 5G networks. What will this mean for the future of intelligence sharing for the most important intelligence alliance in the free world?
February 18, 2019
In the third segment of Episode #72, Host George Rettas and Guest Host and Chief Security Officer of BitGo, Thomas Pageler discuss one of the great mysteries in Cyber Security over the last year: What happened to the 143 million records stolen in the September, 2017 Equifax Breach? The Cyber Security duo also talk about Google's payout of $3.4 Million dollars in Bug Bounty awards for the year 2018, Apple's decision to award a 14 year old for discovering a Group FaceTime Exploit, and a researcher who refuses to help Apple mitigate a vulnerability he discovered in their MacOS system because he doesn't agree with their Bug Bounty policies. The hosts also unpack the situation around the vulnerability of Israel's voting system, they discuss Twitter and Facebook's responsibility in weeding out foreign intelligence agencies who intend on influencing elections of free countries, and they discuss what the United States should do to prevent foreign interference in our election process.
February 14, 2019
Host George Rettas talks with Special Guest Thomas Pageler, former Secret Service Agent and current CSO of Neustar, on the future of Bug Bounties in light of the new Uber revelations. Host George Rettas also kicks off the show with an analysis on a new tax surcharge on California companies that will negatively affect Silicon Valley Cyber Security Companies from innovating and becoming successful.
February 11, 2019
Host George Rettas and Co-Host Thomas Pageler review a variety of Cyber Security current events in the news, including the recent reported death of Gerry Cotten, the CEO of Quadriga who died unexpectedly in India on December 9th of last year. It is reported that Cotten held the majority of the $250 million in assets from 115,000 Quadriga users in cold wallets. He was the only person who held the keys to access a reported $190 million dollars in crypto currency. Rettas and Pageler also talk about the possibility of E-Voting coming to the U.S. and how the recent government sponsored bug bounties in Switzerland could impact E-Voting in other countries, as well as bug bounty business. The Cyber Security Radio Hosts also talk about the scare tactics used by vendors, the affects the government shutdown has had on the cyber security posture of various government agencies, and lastly they take a look at physical security as an effective mitigating control moving into the future.
February 4, 2019
Cyber Security Legal Expert and CNN Commentator Dr. Adriana Sanford joins Episode #70 of Task Force 7 Radio to discuss how EU countries are passing and aggressively enforcing regulatory laws that are affecting the way U.S. Big Tech companies are doing business there. Dr. Sanford and Host George Rettas also discuss the legality of simply posting a photo of your children on social media in some European countries, they compare EU laws to the privacy laws in the United States, they discuss France's tough approach to U.S. Tech companies doing business in their country, and they talk about what type of exposure U.S. companies have for non-compliance. Dr. Sanford also discusses how privacy professionals should prioritize their efforts to compliance, what the effort to establish some regulatory uniformity and harmony looks like, what countries are seeing the highest rate of enforcement actions, and what companies in the U.S. need to be aware of moving into 2019.
January 28, 2019
The Principal Market Growth Strategist for General Dynamics Mission Systems for Cybersecurity, and the IFSEC #2 Global Cyber Security Influencer for 2018, Mr. Chuck Brooks, joins Episode #69 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk all things Cyber Security. Brooks explains the challenges from transitioning from the public sector to the private sector, what his thoughts are on the militarization of cyber security, and the difference between roles in cyber security in the public sector vs. the private sector. Brooks also talks about how emerging threats are affecting businesses, how companies are combating the threats around IoT, Cloud, Mobile, and Third Party risks, and how new technologies being deployed as mitigating controls are introducing new threats into the environment. Brooks also gives his thoughts on the talent crisis and provides career advice to professionals seeking to enter the Cyber Security field.
January 23, 2019
Karim Toubba, the CEO of Kenna Security, discusses why the root cause of so many breaches are coming back to unpatched systems, what companies should do when they learn they are vulnerable to the same type of attacks that are crippling other organizations in the news, and he provides his analysis of how effective tactics used by companies have been thus far in mitigating known vulnerabilities in their systems. Toubba also gives his thoughts on how close we are to automating the remediation of vulnerabilities, how effective are the most popular vulnerability scanning tools used in the marketplace, and how organizations need to properly evaluate risk to understand their real priorities. Host George Rettas also provides commentary on the crippling ransomware attack on the City of Atlanta and the public safety consequences they will face if they decide not to pay the ransom to the attackers.
January 21, 2019
Former Naval Officer, Silicon Valley Executive and Entrepreneur, and current Vice President of Cyber Security of the Institute of World Politics, Dean Lane joins Episode #68 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the intersection of politics and Cyber Security. Lane explains what the Institute of World Politics is, what their mission is, and what kind of Cyber Security certificates they offer now for people both currently working in Cyber Security or looking to enter the Cyber Security profession. Lane also takes us through his storied career as both a practitioner and consultant, a naval officer and an entrepreneur, and now as a Cyber Security Executive who is helping to train future Cyber Security professionals in an industry that is experiencing a huge talent crisis. To wrap up the third segment Lane explains what his view of Intelligence is and how he views the value of intelligence both in business and in politics.
January 14, 2019
Dr. Rebecca Wynn, the Head of Information Security & Data Protection for the Matrix Medical Network, appears on Episode #67 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about some of the most notable global privacy events around the world over the last year. Dr. Wynn gives her thoughts on the recent high profile breaches from a privacy perspective, she reviews the problems facing Facebook, and gives her opinion on Apple's new marketing push to promote themselves as leaders in the privacy space when it comes to users privacy on their IPhones. Dr. Wynn also reviews significant privacy legislations in the United States, EMEA, and APAC and she speaks more in depth on privacy issues and legislation on countries like China and Germany. To wrap on the episode, Dr. Wynn talks about the possibility of overregulation and what privacy executives should be looking to do going into 2019.
January 7, 2019
Fred Kneip, The CEO of CyberGRX and Scott Schneider, the Chief Revenue Officer of CyberGRX both join this episode of Task Force 7 Radio to give an in-depth overview of the cyber security threats and challenges companies face through their third party relationships. These experts opine on the current state of third party cyber risk management, the common problems that most third party risk management programs are experiencing, what's driving the need for enhanced TPCRM programs today, and how companies are structuring their strategy to mitigate third party risk. Kneip and Schneider also explain what level of diligence needs to be performed on each third party and how to determine which control failures could impact you the most, as well as what are the most common mistakes they are seeing in this space. They also give their advice to smaller companies that are being inundated with security questions from the potential clients they want to do business with.
December 31, 2018
Marci McCarthy, the CEO and President of the very popular information security executive networking and relationship-marketing firm T.E.N., appears on Episode #65 of TF7 Radio to talk about what Cyber Security skills are in most demand, how important soft skills are in climbing the corporate ladder, and what she is doing to raise the number of minorities and women in the Cyber Security Industry. McCarthy also gives her views on the convoluted solution market, how important personal relationships are in business, and what she sees ahead for 2019 on the regulatory landscape. Don't miss what one of the most connected and respected professionals in the Cyber Security Industry has to say, right here on Episode #65 of Task Force 7 Radio.
December 26, 2018
Director of KPMG's Cyber Security Advisory Services, Richard Kessler, breaks down how a Unified Governance Model can help executives implement effective Cyber Security Strategy in any size of organization. Kessler explains why so many business executives view their engagement with Cyber Security professionals as a challenge instead of an enabler to their business, and lays out a strategy for cyber security executives to overcome those perceptions to engage their peers in Risk, Big Data, Digital Transformation, and other areas to become a trusted broker and partner with the global heads of their peer domains. Kessler discusses why Change Management is so important to organizations, how a thorough understanding of Data Security and Governance can mature your program and even accelerate your career, and why implementing an Agile Enterprise is so imperative to a successful Cyber Security Strategy.
December 24, 2018
Intelligence is arguably the most valuable capability of any Cyber Security Organization. Levi Gundert, former Secret Service Agent and current Vice President of Intelligence and Risk at Recorded Future, joins Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the right way to build a Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Program, how to avoid common mistakes when building your first CTI program, and how CISO's should measure the efficacy of their intelligence program once they are up and running. Levi also covers how Cyber Security Teams should be measuring risk, how to steer clear of compliance driven intelligence models, and how digital transformations are affecting the enterprise. For those of you looking to make a transition into the Cyber Security Field, Levi opines on what he looks for when he hires intelligence analysts and what young professionals can learn from his career path to Director of one of the most prominent Cyber Intelligence Services in the world at Recorded Future.
December 17, 2018
One of the most experienced and prolific Cyber Investigations Professionals in the world, Mr. Paul Cavicchia, joins Episode #63 of Task Force 7 Radio to talk about the importance of implementing a proactive enterprise wide intelligence function, the process of fusing different kinds of intelligence together to get unique optics into threats to your firm, and how intelligence and investigative reporting should be formatted to promote a risk discussion with line of business executives who routinely make critical business decisions for the firm. Host George Rettas also leveraged Cavicchia's storied career by asking him how he pivoted from Law Enforcement to the private sector, what kind of skills law enforcement officers should emphasize when seeking to make the transition from the public sector the private sector, and how law enforcement officers can leverage their unique skills sets to solve problems and mitigate risks for large Fortune 500 companies.
December 10, 2018
Tomas Maldonado, the Chief Information Security Officer of International Flavors and Fragrances, joins Host George Rettas on Episode #62 of Task Force 7 Radio to share what CISO's around the world are sharing with their Boards, what the recent breaches mean to the industry, and what CISO's should do to navigate a very convoluted vendor market. Maldonado, a very experienced Tier I Cyber Security Professional, also explains what motivated him to get into the Cyber Security Field, how CISO jobs in different sectors vary, and what types of struggles CISO's face as the lead executive of Information Security in both large and small organizations alike.
December 8, 2018
In this TF7 EXTRA Special Episode, Host George Rettas tells you all you need to know about the Quora Breach and opines on some risks to your data that very few news outlets are talking about. Tune in to get briefed on all the information that has been made public today and listen to Rettas break down the main talking points of the breach in a few short minutes.
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