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Working as a cybersecurity researcher and industry analyst | Cyber Work Podcast

7 June 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

French Caldwell of The Analyst Syndicate talks about his role as founder and chief researcher of the group. We also talk about Caldwell’s time at Gartner research, and his passion for cybersecurity research as a whole.

00:00 - Intro
03:43 - Caldwell’s background in cybersecurity
07:25 - Knowledge management
09:55 - Protecting digital trash
12:33 - Risk assessment and day-to-day work life
18:00 - How has research changed since 1999?
22:48 - Founding The Analyst Syndicate
26:45 - What is your day like at the Syndicate?
28:11 - What is your research like now?
29:33 - Disruptive technology and public policy
31:09 - Disruptive trends
34:30 - Advice to students in disruptive technologies
38:58 - Tell us about your simulator
46:22 - Cyberterrorism and risk to municipalities and hospitals
50:18 - Learn more about Caldwell and the Syndicate
51:54 - Outro

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– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

French Caldwell is the leading strategist and thought leader in RegTech, including GRC and ESG, cybersecurity, social and digital risks and regulation and the impact of disruptive technologies on policy and strategy. He is a former Gartner Fellow, and following Gartner he became the global head of marketing at a Silicon Valley firm that delivers regtech solutions for governance, risk and compliance analytics and reporting. Skilled at the alignment of strategy, communications, technology, processes, analysis, policy and people to improve business and mission outcomes. Experienced at advising senior executives and corporate directors on disruptive technology, strategic risk management, cybersecurity and public policy issues.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Healthcare cybersecurity issues and legacy health systems | Cyber Work Podcast

24 May 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

Dirk Schrader of New Net Technologies talks about healthcare security and legacy systems. We discuss the millions of pieces of health data left out in the open, the issues with closing these holes and the need for professional legacy system-whisperers.

0:00 - Intro
2:56 - What drew Dirk to security
4:46 - Did your Dad’s role inspire you?
5:55 - Stepping stones to your current job
9:35 - What is it like to be a security research manager
14:38 - Unprotected healthcare records
21:50 - Unprotected systems in the U.S.
25:20 - Using better security in hospitals
31:55 - Logistical issues of security for hospitals
37:48 - Best solution for hospital cybersecurity
39:30 - How to prepare for change
42:32 - What skills do you need for this work?
46:00 - Will people pursue these changes?
49:40 - Projects Dirk’s working on
52:10 - Outro

Learn cybersecurity for free with our new hands-on Cyber Work Applied series. Whether you want to learn how cross-site scripting attacks work, set up a man-in-the-middle attack or walk through major breaches like Equifax, Infosec instructors will teach you these skills and show you how they apply to real-world scenarios.  Best of all — it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Dirk Schrader is the global VP of New Net Technologies (NNT). A native of Germany, Dirk’s work focusses on advancing cyber resilience as a sophisticated, new approach to tackle cyberattacks faced by governments and organizations of all sizes for the handling of change and vulnerability as the two main issues to address in information security.

Dirk has worked on cybersecurity projects around the globe, including more than four years in Dubai. He has published numerous articles in German and English about the need to address change and vulnerability to achieve cyber resilience, drawing on his experience and certifications as CISSP (ISC²) and CISM (ISACA). His recent work includes research in the area of medical devices, where he found hundreds of systems unprotected in the public internet, allowing access to sensitive patient data. This is going to be the topic of today’s episode, and we’re also going to talk about unprotected or poorly protected legacy systems in general, and how we start to build some coverage over this vast swath of unprotected information.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Project management careers in the military and private sector | Cyber Work Podcast

17 May 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

Ginny Morton, project management professional at Dell and veteran in the U.S. Army, takes us through the practice of cybersecurity project management in both for-profit and military sectors on today’s episode. We talk about Scrum and Agile certifications, building the best team for the project and tapping into your personal power in your work. 

0:00 - Intro
2:04 - Origin story
4:47 - What does a cybersecurity project manager do?
6:10 - Average work day as a project manager
7:40 - Best and worst parts of project management
9:30 - How does a PM improve cybersecurity work?
10:40 - Dell team management
12:50 - Being the team’s first manager
14:36 - Best project management certifications
21:02 - PM work for Dell versus the military
23:00 - Military clearances for PM work
24:08 - Skills and experiences necessary for high-level PM
22:52 - Skills and interests for a successful career
27:04 - Tips for those who want to transition careers
27:38 - Changes to PM work during COVID
28:40 - Adjustments to work from home
29:55 - Will PM work change?
31:04 - Outro

Learn cybersecurity for free with our new hands-on Cyber Work Applied series. Whether you want to learn how cross-site scripting attacks work, set up a man-in-the-middle attack or walk through major breaches like Equifax, Infosec instructors will teach you these skills and show you how they apply to real-world scenarios.  Best of all — it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Ginny Morton is a senior cyber security advisor, program management at Dell, and has spent much of her career in the project management space for cybersecurity, previously working at TekSystems and in both the Texas Army National Guard and the U.S. Army.

Our recent guest, project manager Jackie Olshack, recommended Morton for the show, and as we had a ton of people tune in to see Jackie’s episode, we realize that our listeners are passionate about learning more about project management in IT and cyber as a career path, so I’m looking forward to talking with Morton about her career path as well as the unique aspects of doing project management work on a federal/military level.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Data governance strategy in 2021 | Cyber Work Podcast

10 May 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

This episode we welcome Rita Gurevich, CEO and founder of Sphere Technology Solutions. She talks about what it’s like to start her own company, why it is important to know your assets when setting policy, and what skills and experiences set applicants apart when they look to hire. Plus, she has plenty of data governance strategies to chat about. 

0:00​ - Intro
2:47​ - Origin story
4:51​ - The creation of Sphere
7:14​ - Working solo at Sphere
9:12​ - What would you change going back?
10:30​ - Pricing your business activities
12:36​ - Average day as a CEO
13:32​ - Favorite parts of the job
14:50​ - What is data governance?
17:40​ - Factors driving data growth
19:28​ - First steps to form data strategy
22:07​ - Data governance best practices
23:40​ - Time frame to get a master inventory
25:17​ - What does good data governance do
26:12​ - Skills I need for data governance and management
27:47​ - Importance of collaboration and mentorship
30:26​ - Skills and experiences for Sphere candidates
32:48​ - Tips to get into cybersecurity work
34:06​ - Outro

Learn cybersecurity for free with our new hands-on Cyber Work Applied series. Whether you want to learn how cross-site scripting attacks work, set up a man-in-the-middle attack or walk through major breaches like Equifax, Infosec instructors will teach you these skills and show you how they apply to real-world scenarios.  Best of all — it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

As the CEO and Founder of Sphere, Rita Gurevich is charged with leading the strategic growth of the organization in providing business critical governance, security and compliance solutions to customers spanning multiple geographic locations and industry verticals.

Gurevich founded Sphere after gaining a massive amount of experience in a short time period during the Lehman bankruptcy, the economic downturn of 2008, and the enhanced regulatory environment that dominated the industry. Being in a unique position from this experience, Gurevich founded Sphere as a single contributor, and worked strategically to grow the company into the entity it is today.

Gurevich is the recipient of multiple honors and awards including recognition from her Entrepreneurial skills from Ernst & Young, and SmartCEO, along with being on the 40 Under 40 list in 2017. In addition, Gurevich sits on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Technology Council.

This week’s topic is data governance strategies in 2021. As more of what we do goes online and into the cloud, and as more people need access to information, making sure that entrance points aren’t more accessible than they need to be is more important than ever. We’re going to talk about the issues around this topic, and also job strategies for people who want to do this type of work.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Lessons cybersecurity can learn from physical security | Cyber Work Podcast

3 May 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

This episode we welcome Jeff Schmidt of Covail to discuss security and risk management, working at the FBI to create the InfraGard program, and what cybersecurity can learn from physical security controls and fire safety and protection.

0:00 - Intro
2:30 - Origin story
4:31 - Stepping stones throughout career
8:00 - Average work day
12:14 - Learning from physical security
17:18 - Deficiencies in detection
22:17 - Which security practices need to change?
24:15 - How massive would this change be?
27:37 - Skills needed for real-time detection
32:00 - Strategies to get into cybersecurity
34:30 - Final words on the industry
37:16 - What is Covail?
38:40 - Outro

Learn cybersecurity for free with our new hands-on Cyber Work Applied series. Whether you want to learn how cross-site scripting attacks work, set up a man-in-the-middle attack or walk through major breaches like Equifax, Infosec instructors will teach you these skills and show you how they apply to real-world scenarios.  Best of all — it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Jeff Schmidt, VP and Chief Cyber Security Innovator at Covail is an accomplished cybersecurity expert with a background in security and risk management. He founded JAS Global Advisors LLC, a security consulting firm in Chicago, and Authis, a provider of innovative risk-managed identity services for the financial sector. Jeff is a board member for Delta Risk LLC. In 1998, he worked with the FBI to create the InfraGard program, receiving commendations from the Attorney General and the Director of the FBI. He is an adjunct professor of systems security engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology and a Zurich Cyber Risk Fellow, Cyber Statecraft Initiative, at The Atlantic Council. Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems and an MBA from the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.

Jeff came to us with an intriguing topic. He proposes what he calls a Detect, Defend, and Respond Posture in Cybersecurity, and postulates that cybersecurity can learn lessons from “the mature sciences of physical security and fire protection.” No matter how you’re securing your system now, there’s often room for improvement, and always room for taking in new ideas, so let’s take a closer look!

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Supporting economic advancement among women in cybersecurity | Cyber Work Podcast

26 April 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

Christina Van Houten talks about [email protected] and women in cybersecurity on this week's episode. We discuss tactics for bringing more women and diverse candidates into cybersecurity, the importance of a well-balanced and skills-diverse team, and how the work of Chief Strategy Officer is like an ever-evolving game of Tetris! 

0:00 - Intro
2:30 - Van Houten's origin story
4:13 - Strategies cybersecurity was lacking
7:05 - Accomplishments that helped bolster her career
13:46 - Average day as chief strategy officer
18:03 - Entering cybersecurity in different ways
20:37 - [email protected] and trying to help
26:27 - Bringing more women into cybersecurity
29:20 - Making careers accessible to women
34:14 - Diversifying upper management 
36:22 - Success stories mentoring women
41:01 - [email protected] book and men in cybersecurity
46:33 - Roadblocks women in cybersecurity face
50:47 - Projects from Mimecast
54:37 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Christina Van Houten is a veteran of the enterprise technology industry, having spent two decades with some of the world’s largest firms, including Oracle, IBM and Infor Global Solutions as well as Netezza and ProfitLogic, the entrepreneurial companies that were acquired by them. Currently, Christina is chief strategy officer for Mimecast, a global leader in cybersecurity, where she leads product management, market strategy, corporate development, and M&A. She also serves on the board of directors for TechTarget and has been involved as an advisory board member of several emerging technology firms. In 2017, Christina launched [email protected], a resource platform dedicated to the economic advancement and self-reliance of women and girls around the world.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Supply-chain security and servant leadership | Cyber Work Podcast

19 April 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

In this episode we explore supply-chain security with Manish Gupta. We’re going to learn about risks and cyberattacks related to the continuous integration/continuous deployment or CI/CD pipeline, which, given high-profile attacks like SolarWinds, will give us plenty to discuss this week!

0:00 - Intro
2:21 - Manish's origin story
4:58 - Major career stepping stones
8:45 - Lessons when ahead of the curve
11:21 - Average day as a servant leader CEO
14:54 - Concerns with supply chain security
21:22 - Federal supply chain action
26:20 - What supply chain policy should focus on
28:40 - Skills needed for supply chain jobs
32:48 - What should be on my resume?
34:03 - Showing supply chain aptitude
36:04 - Future projects
38:29 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Manish Gupta is the founder and CEO of ShiftLeft, an innovator in automated application security and the leader in application security for developers. He previously served as the chief product and strategy officer at FireEye, where he helped grow the company from approximately $70 million to more than $700 million in revenue, growing the product portfolio from two to more than 20 products. Before that he was vice president of product management for Cisco’s $2 billion security portfolio. He also served as a  vice president/general manager at McAfee and iPolicy networks.

Manish has an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, MS in engineering from the University of Maryland and a BS in engineering from the Delhi College of Engineering.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

What does a digital forensic investigator do in the government? | Cyber Work Podcast

12 April 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

Digital forensics professional Ondrej Krehel talks about the work of digital forensics in federal and government locations, the things he learned during a months-long attempt at decrypting a well-secured Swiss bank file and why finishing the research beats any degree you could ever have.

0:00 - Intro
2:11 - Ondrej's cybersecurity journal
5:33 - Career stepping stones
9:55 - The Swiss job
16:02 - Chasing the learning and experience
20:01 - Digital forensics on a government and federal scale
28:07 - Forensics collaboration on a case
30:46 - Favorite work stories
31:33 - How to improve infrastructure security
36:01 - Skills needed to enter digital forensics in government
41:31 - Unheard activities of digital forensics
43:48 - Where do I get work experience?
47:05 - Tips for digital forensic job hunters
52:19 - Work with LIFARS
57:50 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Ondrej Krehel is a Digital forensics and cybersecurity professional. His background includes time with special cyber operations, cyber warfare and offensive missions and a court expert witness. His Forensic Investigation matters have received attention from Forbes, CNN, NBC, BBC, ABC, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

As you can see, Ondrej has a deep background in digital forensics and ethical hacking. He tells us about time spent as a guest lecturer at the FBI Training Academy, the current state of digital forensics in a federal and government context and gives us some info about how that realm differs from similar work done in for-profit or private companies.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Your beginner cybersecurity career questions, answered! | Cyber Work Live

5 April 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

Whether you’re looking for first-time work in the cybersecurity field, still studying the basics or considering a career change, you might feel overwhelmed with choices. How do you know you have the right knowledge? How do you make yourself stand out in the resume pile? How do you get jobs that require experience without having any experience?

Join a panel of past Cyber Work Podcast guests including Gene Yoo, CEO of Resecurity, and the expert brought in by Sony to triage the 2014 hack; Mari Galloway, co-founder of Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu and Victor “Vic” Malloy, General Manager, CyberTexas.

They provide top-notch cybersecurity career advice for novices, including questions from Cyber Work Live viewers.

0:00 - Intro
3:38 - I'm tech-savvy. Where do I begin?
10:55 - Figuring out the field for you
19:16 - Returning to cybersecurity at 68
23:30 - Finding a cybersecurity mentor
29:39 - Non-technical roles in the industry
36:21 - Breaking into the industry
43:46 - Standout resume and interview
51:31 - Is a certification necessary?
56:50 - Related skills beginners should have
1:04:35 - Outro

This episode was recorded live on March 25, 2021. Want to join the next Cyber Work Live and get your career questions answered? See upcoming events here: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/events/

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Defending the grid: From water supply hacks to nation-state attacks | Cyber Work Podcast

29 March 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

This episode we welcome back Emily Miller of Mocana to discuss infrastructure security! We discuss the water supply hack in Oldsmar, Fla., the state of the nation’s cybersecurity infrastructure and brainstorm a TikTok musical that will make infrastructure security the next Hamilton! 

0:00 - Intro
3:02 - The last two years
5:54 - The impact of COVID
10:10 - The Florida hack
15:50 - Scope and scale of safety systems
18:50 - State and local government responses
23:20 - Logistical issues of security for infrastructure
26:45 - Ideal solutions to security 
31:33 - How to improve infrastructure security
39:42 - Aiming toward state and local government 
43:20 - Skills to learn for this work
48:13 - Future proofing this role
52:54 - Work and upcoming projects
55:55 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free!

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/​

– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Miller is the Vice President of Critical Infrastructure and National Security with Mocana Corporation. Miller has over 15 years of experience protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure in both physical and cybersecurity, focusing on control systems, industrial IoT and other operational technology. Prior to joining Mocana, Miller was a federal employee with the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT).  

On our previous episode back in early 2019, Miller and I talked about IoT security and infrastructure security, and how strengthening IoT and the security systems of our electrical, water and internet infrastructures isn’t just good business, it’s saving lives.

In the last two years, these issues have become even more noticeable and pronounced. Earlier this year, hackers were able to break into the network of a water purification system in a small town in Florida. By changing cleaning and purification levels in the town’s water supply, they could have realistically poisoned the whole town. Miller and I will be discussing not only how to address the problems we have now, but to help the new generation of cybersecurity professionals lead the charge to reverse a 50+ year trend of neglect against our country’s vital infrastructure, from power grids to roads.

About Infosec

Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

How to become a cybersecurity project manager | Cyber Work Podcast

22 March 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

This episode we chat with Jackie Olshack, a project management professional, about the role of project management in cybersecurity. We break down the specific functions of some major project management certifications, discuss things you can do tonight to start your project management training and hear why every security breach story on CNN is a cause for reflection.

0:00 - Intro
3:09 - Getting into cybersecurity project management
4:30 - What does a cybersecurity project manager do?
5:56 - Identity access management
8:35 - Average day for a project manager
9:57 - Managing project resources
11:36 - Getting into project management
12:54 - What happens without a project manager?
14:30 - Highs and lows of the job
17:22 - Training needed for the role
20:18 - What is identity access management?
24:12 - Preferred job experiences
28:02 - Interests and skills to succeed
31:17 - Where do I begin with tech lingo?
33:18 - What can I do to change careers?
35:00 - Has remote work changed workflow?
35:55 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/​
– Save your spot for the first ever Cyber Work LIVE: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/webinar/cyber-work-live-your-novice-cybersecurity-questions-answered/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Jackie Olshack worked almost 20 years as legal secretary/paralegal for multiple patent corporate law firms. In the late 1990s, she began to recognize it was becoming harder to break the ceiling on her $58,000 salary as more and more attorneys were typing their own documents, managing their own calendars and making their own travel arrangements, putting the future of her career in jeopardy. After some introspection, she decided to go back to college and pursue a science degree with plans to go to law school to become a patent attorney — but couldn’t get her LSAT higher to get into even a fourth-tier law school. She now proudly thanks all the law schools that turned her down, preventing the dreaded $150,000-$200,000 law school debt she would have incurred. She is now an analytical, top performing SAFe trained senior project management professional with 14+ years of experience managing and implementing IT programs and projects successfully.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

How to become a security awareness manager | Cyber Work Podcast

15 March 2021 at 07:00
By: Infosec

Today we're talking about security awareness, specifically about the role of a security awareness manager, with Tiffany Franklin of Optiv. We talk about the importance of C-suite buy-in to a security awareness program, how to create challenging phishing simulators without making employees feel like victims of a gotcha attack and how being a fifth-grade math teacher can make you a better security awareness manager. 

0:00 - Intro
2:13 - Getting into cybersecurity
3:57 - Instructional design and technology
4:58 - Primary responsibilities in her role
6:38 - Security awareness work
9:40 - What is the division of work?
11:55 - Skills needed for this role
15:04 - Helping people when they fail
17:12 - Daily tasks
18:15 - Highs and lows of the job
22:00 - COVID phishing emails
22:40 - GoDaddy phishing and ethics
26:20 - Creating security awareness campaigns
31:14 - Optimal combo of tech and savvy
34:20 - How to get into cybersecurity
37:10 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

– Learn cybersecurity with our FREE Cyber Work Applied training series: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/learn/​
– Save your spot for the first ever Cyber Work LIVE: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/webinar/cyber-work-live-your-novice-cybersecurity-questions-answered/
– View Cyber Work Podcast transcripts and additional episodes: https://www.infosecinstitute.com/podcast

Tiffany Franklin has over 13 years’ experience as a learning and development professional and is currently a Manager of Cybersecurity Education at Optiv. Tiffany and her team develop solutions that address the unique challenges of global organizations facing a wide array of cybersecurity risks, including security awareness training program courses, simulated phishing attacks, and training reinforcement materials. She has a background in education and has a Masters in Instructional Design & Technology.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Working at The Analyst Syndicate, AI ethics and sneaking into DARPA | Cyber Work Podcast

8 March 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

Diana Kelley of The Analyst Syndicate is on the podcast to chat about her 25-year-long career in security. She touches on artificial intelligence and machine learning ethics, sneaking into DARPA in the '70s and much more.

0:00 - Intro
3:14 - Getting into cybersecurity
11:51 - Cybersecurity changes in the past 25 years
15:34 - Choosing exciting cybersecurity projects
19:49 - What is The Analyst Syndicate?
23:00 - Editorial process at The Analyst Syndicate
26:26 - Changes in security from the pandemic
32:22 - Combating fatigue at home
34:35 - Digital transformation
39:25 - Bringing more women into cybersecurity
43:08 - Tips for hiring managers
46:16 - Using AI and ML ethically
51:50 - Tips to get into cybersecurity
55:15 - Kelley's next projects
56:18 - Learn more about Kelley
57:08 - Outro

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Diana Kelley’s security career spans over 30 years. She is co-founder and CTO of SecurityCurve and donates much of her time to volunteer work in the cybersecurity community, including serving on the ACM Ethics & Plagiarism Committee, as CTO and board member at Sightline Security, board member and Inclusion Working Group champion at WiCyS, cybersecurity committee advisor at CompTIA, Advisory Council, Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, Bridgewater State University and RSAC US Program Committee. Kelley produces the #MyCyberWhy series and is the host of BrightTALK’s The (Security) Balancing Act and co-host of the Your Everyday Cyber podcast. She is also a principal consulting analyst at TechVision Research and a member of The Analyst Syndicate. She was the Cybersecurity Field CTO for Microsoft, global executive security advisor at IBM Security, GM at Symantec, VP at Burton Group (now Gartner) and a manager at KPMG. She is a popular keynote speaker, the co-author of the books "Practical Cybersecurity Architecture" and "Cryptographic Libraries for Developers," has been a lecturer at Boston College's Masters program in cybersecurity, the EWF 2020 Executive of the Year and one of Cybersecurity Ventures 100 Fascinating Females Fighting Cybercrime.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with  skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Working at Google: Security, anti-abuse and artificial intelligence

1 March 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

Elie Bursztein joins us on today’s episode to talk all about his role as chief research lead for anti-abuse at Google! Along with Infosec Founder Jack Koziol and Cyber Work Podcast host Chris Sienko, they discuss the difference between the practices of security and anti-abuse, the difference between protecting Google the company and Gmail the product, and the aspects of security and anti-abuse that AI will never be able to do.

0:00​ - Intro
2:35 - Starting a career in cybersecurity
12:57 - Entering the industry today
19:09​ - Career progression
42:18​ - Tech and academia collaboration for anti-abuse research
52:26​ - Getting hired in anti-abuse and cybersecurity
1:01:09​ - Future of machine learning as AI hacking
1:16:26 - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

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Elie Bursztein leads the Security and Anti-Abuse Research team at Google. He focuses on deep learning and cryptography research, and among many other accomplishments, broke SHA-1. His website, elie.net, is packed with informative articles and online talks he’s given over the years, a veritable master-class for any cybersecurity aspirants. He also describes himself as a wearer of berets and a purveyor of magic tricks in his spare time.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 update: Everything you need to know

25 February 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

CompTIA’s Security+, the most popular cybersecurity certification in the world, is getting an overhaul for 2021! The updated exam (from SY0-501 to SY0-601) re-aligns the certification to match the most in-demand entry-level cybersecurity skills and trends of 2021.

Get insights into the changes directly from the source, Patrick Lane, Director of Products at CompTIA, as he explains how Security+ is evolving to remain the “go-to” certification for anyone trying to break into cybersecurity.

0:00​ - Intro
4:10 - What is the CompTIA Security+ certification?
5:05​ - Security+ baseline technical skills
16:00​ - Security+ helps solve an industry problem
21:35​ - Security+ job roles
31:45​ - Job role skills and exam release
37:35​ - CompITA Cybersecurity Career Pathway
47:27​ - SY0-601 vs SY0-501: 6 big changes
52:10 - Security+ exam details
56:48- Live Q&A
1:02:13 - Outro

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Patrick directs IT workforce skills certifications for CompTIA, including Security+, PenTest+, CySA+ and CASP+. He assisted the U.S. National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) to create the “Lock Down Your Login” campaign to promote multi-factor authentication nationwide. He has implemented a wide variety of IT projects, including an intranet and help desk for 11,000 end users. Patrick is an Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) lifetime member, born and raised on U.S. military bases, and has authored and co-authored multiple books, including “Hack Proofing Linux: A Guide to Open Source Security.”

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Launch your cybersecurity career by finding a mentor

22 February 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

Learn how mentors in the cybersecurity community can help launch your career on today’s episode featuring Mike Gentile, the Founder and CEO of CISOSHARE. Mike discusses the CyberForward program, which creates a mentorship and support system for new students of cybersecurity — often those with diverse cultural or economic backgrounds! CyberForward addresses not just skills training, but quality of life issues that might prevent entrance to the security field. If you’re feeling blocked and unsure how to enter the industry, you’ll really want to hear this episode!

0:00​ - Intro 
2:24 - Starting a career in cybersecurity
5:39​ - Creating CISOHandbook.com
7:35 - What is CISOSHARE?
9:38​ - What is CyberForward?
11:15​ - Thoughts on the cybersecurity skills gap 
17:40​ - Mentoring students through CyberForward
25:13​ - The training value system is broken
29:33 - Creating a network of support
32:44 - Helping the “beaten down” break through
36:52 - What’s next for CyberForward?
39:15 - Advice for getting started in cybersecurity
43:28​ - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

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Mike Gentile is the Founder, President and CEO of CISOSHARE, headquartered in San Clemente, CA. He has led the company since inception to become a global leader in security program services and solutions. Initially an experiment, the CISOSHARE culture centers around learning and teaching to make the confusing security discipline understandable.

In 2019, Mike founded CyberForward Academy by CISOSHARE using this learning and teaching culture to address both the cybersecurity resource shortage and the livable wage gap issues felt in many communities. This partner-enabled professional development program identifies and then rapidly develops effective job-ready cybersecurity professionals.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Malware analyst careers: Getting hired and building your skills

15 February 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

What does a malware analyst do? Find out on today’s episode featuring Dr. Richard Ford, Chief Technology Officer of Cyren. Richard talks about breaking into the field, whether a computer science degree is or isn’t essential for the role, and an early program he wrote to brag about his high score to his classmates!

0:00​ - Intro
2:30 - Richard’s cybersecurity origin story
6:07​ - Being an IBM anti-malware researcher in the 90s
9:18​ - How malware has evolved
11:27​ - Major career milestones
18:14​ - Two types of malware analysts
21:42​ - How to get hired as an entry-level analyst
25:45​ - Day-to-day malware analyst tasks
29:40 - Transitioning to an analyst role without any experience
34:30 - What does Cyren do?
37:25​ - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series Cyber Work Applied? Tune in every other week as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

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Dr. Richard Ford is the Chief Technology Officer of Cyren. He has over 25 years’ experience in computer security, working with both offensive and defensive technology solutions. During his career, Ford has held positions with Forcepoint, Virus Bulletin, IBM Research, Command Software Systems and NTT Verio. Dr. Ford has also worked in academia, having held an endowed chair in Computer Security, and worked as Head of the Computer Sciences and Cybersecurity Department at the Florida Institute of Technology. Ford holds a bachelor’s, master’s and D.Phil. in Physics from the University of Oxford. In addition to his work, he is an accomplished jazz flutist and instrument rated private pilot.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Gamification: Making cybersecurity training fun for everyone

8 February 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

We’re making cybersecurity training fun with today’s episode, which is all about gamification! Jessica Gulick of Katczy discusses the Wicked6 Cyber Games, the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, and the ways in which cyber games could rise to the ranks of other televised esports.

0:00​ - Intro 
2:16​ - Starting in cybersecurity after 9/11
3:28​ - Major career milestones so far
7:08​ - Day to day duties as a CEO 
11:00​ - Cybersecurity burnout and ongoing learning
13:16​ - Let’s dig into gamification!
19:11​ - How to design deeper gamification 
22:32 - Selling gamification to leadership
28:45 - Wiked6 Cyber Games
35:10 - Gamified security awareness campaigns
37:42​ - Can gamification help grow the talent panel
42:05​ - Working with the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu
49:58​ - What’s next for these gamified cyber events?
52:20​ - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series called Cyber Work Applied? Tune in as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

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Jessica Gulick is CEO of Katzcy, a woman-owned growth firm specializing in cybersecurity marketing and cyber games. She is also President of the Board at the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, a 501c3 dedicated to advancing women in cyber careers. Jessica is a 20-year veteran in the cybersecurity industry and a CISSP.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

Moving up in cybersecurity: From help desk to FireEye to CEO

1 February 2021 at 08:00
By: Infosec

From working the help desk to becoming FireEye’s Chief Security Strategist and founding his own company Kolide, Jason Meller has a wealth of experience to share about moving up the cybersecurity ladder. On today’s episode, he discusses his security journey, including working one of the best help desk jobs of all time, bluescreening his friends in the Wild West days of the Internet and sharing advice for up-and-coming cybersecurity professionals.

0:00​ - Intro 
2:22​ - Pixar movie Soul and finding his "spark"
6:40​ - The Wild West of cybersecurity
7:56​ - Working at the best help desk ever
12:13​ - Becoming a cyber threat analyst
18:02​ - The importance of soft skills
21:23​ - Becoming a chief security strategist at FireEye
24:38​ - Working solo vs in a team
25:55​ - Adding a new superpower with your talents
28:03​ - Should you leave your job?
31:10​ - Exploring the psychology of security
36:34​ - Security veterans and mentorship
40:30​ - What is Kolide?
44:30​ - The new work/life balance of security
46:40​ - Outro

Have you seen our new, hands-on training series called Cyber Work Applied? Tune in as expert Infosec instructors teach you a new cybersecurity skill and show you how that skill applies to real-world scenarios. You’ll learn how to carry out different cyberattacks, practice using common cybersecurity tools, follow along with walkthroughs of how major breaches occurred, and more. And it's free! Click the link below to get started.

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Jason Meller is the CEO and founder of Kolide. Jason has dedicated his career to building products and tools that enable security experts to successfully defend western interests from sophisticated and organized global cyber threats. He started his security and product career at GE's elite computer incident response team, led by Richard Bejtlich (the father of modern network security monitoring). From there, Jason moved to the legendary Mandiant corporation (acquired by FireEye) quickly working his way up from an entry level analyst position to becoming the Chief Security Strategist. As Chief Security Strategist at FireEye, Jason was responsible for rapidly building products and services with an engineering strike team to facilitate and grow high-profile partnerships and key strategic initiatives.

About Infosec
Infosec believes knowledge is power when fighting cybercrime. We help IT and security professionals advance their careers with skills development and certifications while empowering all employees with security awareness and privacy training to stay cyber-safe at work and home. It’s our mission to equip all organizations and individuals with the know-how and confidence to outsmart cybercrime. Learn more at infosecinstitute.com.

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