Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson

Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson

Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance & Identity at Microsoft, talks with cybersecurity thought leaders and influential industry experts about the trends shaping the cyber landscape and what should be top-of-mind for the C-suite and other key decision makers. Ann and her guests explore the risk and promise of tools and systems powered by AI, IoT, machine learning, and other emerging technology, as well as the impact on how humans work, communicate, consume information, and live in this era of digital transformation. Please note, the opinions expressed by guests on this podcast are their own and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect opinions of, Microsoft or Ann Johnson.

Recent Episodes

Ep 96 | 4.30.24

Talent Development in the Cyber Era

Robyn Frye, Vice President at Workday join’s Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Robin has spent the last 20 years working in security and compliance consulting and is currently the Vice President of Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, and Compliance at Workday. Robyn shares her background, growing up in Silicon Valley and her journey into cybersecurity. The conversation touches on the significance of mentorship and sponsorship in career growth, with Robyn providing practical advice on how individuals can seek out mentors and sponsors to support their professional development. Ann and Robyn provide insights into the current landscape of cybersecurity and offer actionable strategies for promoting diversity, inclusion, and talent development within organizations.

Ep 95 | 4.16.24

Insights from LinkedIn's CISO

Geoff Belknap, Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Engineering at LinkedIn join’s Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Before his tenure at LinkedIn, Jeff was instrumental in fortifying the defenses at Slack, ensuring that both physical and digital assets remained impervious to malicious intent. With a track record of leadership roles in various technology firms, he's been at the forefront of shaping industry standards and best practices. Ann and Geoff discuss the intersection of AI and cybersecurity talent, highlighting its potential impact on the industry, the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance in high-stress roles like cybersecurity, and how diverse perspectives are essential for building robust security programs.

Ep 94 | 4.2.24

Nurturing Trust in Cybersecurity

Jason Healey, founding scholar and director for cyber efforts at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs join’s Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Jason is a seasoned speaker, analyst, and author, boasting extensive expertise in cybersecurity and risk management across diverse sectors including think tanks, finance, the White House, military, intelligence, and academia. Jason highlights the importance of frameworks for understanding complex issues like AI's role in cybersecurity and shares his reasons for optimism in the field, such as advancements in secure design and the potential benefits of cloud technology. Jason and Ann also discuss the evolution of cybersecurity, the role of diplomacy in addressing cyber threats, and the importance of building alliances in defending against cyber-attacks.

Ep 93 | 3.19.24

Inside the Smashing Security Podcast

Podcaster, writer, and information security consultant Carole Theriault, along with award-winning cybersecurity public speaker, podcaster, blogger, and analyst Graham Cluley, join Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Graham and Carole are hosts of the Smashing Security podcast, which offers a helpful and hilarious take on tech SNAFUs, chat about cybercrime, hacking, online privacy, and more. Carole, Graham, and Ann discuss the story behind how the podcast came to be, cybersecurity trends they are currently tracking, and how individuals and business leaders can better protect digital systems.

Ep 92 | 3.5.24

Keren Elazari on the Hacker Mindset

Keren Elazari, internationally recognized security analyst, researcher, author, and speaker, joins Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Keren writes about emerging cyber security issues and is a frequent commentator on national & international broadcast media and the press. Her TED talk has helped shape the global conversation about hackers and their growing role in our digital society and has been viewed by millions around the world. Ann and Keren discuss how a hacker mindset can help protect data and systems, the maturity of deepfake videos versus deepfake audio and being able to work with cybersecurity AI systems.

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Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson
Ann Johnson
Ann Johnson, CVP of Security, Compliance and Identity at Microsoft, oversees the long-term security investment and partnership strategies helping organizations become operationally resilient and unlock capabilities of Microsoft's intelligent cloud and next generation AI. From the way we tackle cyber threats to the language we use, Ann encourages the industry to get outside its comfort zones to expand how we address the evolving threat landscape.
Schedule: Tuesdays
Credits: Executive Producer is Bruce Bracken, Co-Executive Producer is Greg Ormsby, Producer is Rob Petrillo. Production Manager is Max Solomon, Scheduling and Administrative Support is Annalisa McBride, and our Audio Engineer (and magician) is none other than The Great Rich Cerbini.
Creator: Microsoft
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