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 99 | 6.11.24

The Role of Data and AI in Modern Cybersecurity

Rohan Kumar and Shawn Bice join Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Both Corporate Vice Presidents at Microsoft, Shawn, who oversees Microsoft's cloud ecosystem security organization, and Rohan, responsible for security platform, data security, compliance, and governance, share their journeys in technology and the critical role data plays in cybersecurity. The discussion highlights the transformative potential of AI, particularly Generative AI, in automating and augmenting analysts' work, allowing them to focus on critical tasks. They stress the necessity of a platform-based approach to centralize data from various sources, making it easier to manage and analyze. Addressing ethical AI and data use is crucial, and immediate action is needed to mitigate future risks. The episode underscores the increasing complexity of digital environments and the need for scalable, AI-driven solutions to handle the growing volume of data and threats.

Ep 98 | 5.28.24

Navigating Cyber Trends with Alberto Yepez

Alberto Yepez, Co-founder and Managing Director at ForgePoint Capital, joins Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Alberto shares his journey from an engineer at Apple to a pioneering entrepreneur and influential investor in the cybersecurity industry. Ann and Alberto discuss the evolution of cybersecurity, emphasizing the critical role of AI in both enhancing and securing technological infrastructures. Alberto provides insights into the industry's current trends and the renewed optimism following the RSA Conference, highlighting the importance of strategic partnerships and government involvement in fostering a resilient cybersecurity landscape.

Ep 97 | 5.14.24

Cybersecurity in Focus with Katie Jenkins

Katie Jenkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Liberty Mutual, joins Ann on this week's episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. For the past six years, Katie and her team have been responsible for ensuring the protection of company data, defending the brand, and minimizing the business impact of cyber-attacks. At Liberty Mutual Katie is the executive sponsor of multiple DEI programs, such as Women in Technology, and holds advisory roles at several venture capital and private equity firms. She also acts as an advisor and guest lecturer for multiple universities. Ann and Katie discuss how security supports the company mission at Liberty Mutual, the culture of security transformation within Liberty Mutual, and the advice Katie has for her peer leaders.

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.

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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.
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