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Ep 20 | 10.3.21

Cloud configuration security: Breaking the endless cycle.

Moving to the cloud creates a tremendous opportunity to get security right and reduce the risk of data breach. But most cloud security initiatives get underway after services are deployed in the cloud. It’s frustrating when major breaches resulting from basic mistakes, like S3 buckets left unsecured or secrets exposed. Continually checking for risky configurations and unusual behavior in cloud logs is a requirement, but there is an opportunity to be proactive. What if you could configure your security and access controls as you set up cloud infrastructure? The CyberWire's Rick Howard speaks with Hash Table members Kevin Ford of North Dakota State government and Steve Winterfeld of Akamai, as well as sponsor Sysdig's Omer Azaria to discuss how security teams are adopting Infrastructure as Code (IaC) security as part of their overall cloud security strategy to reduce risk.

Ep 19 | 9.26.21

Why it’s time for cybersecurity to go mainstream.

The commonly held, idealized picture of technology is that tech makes our lives easier, safer, and better in just about every respect. But an unintended consequence of that picture is an unjustified assumption that companies will sell more products if they serve the public interest, and that may not be so. On the consumer side, personal technology investments are often a race to the price bottom, with little attention paid to the security of the products we buy. Vendors may enjoy less scrutiny and accountability, but that's not necessarily in the consumers' interest. Good things almost always come when technology steps out of the shadows and into the light of the mainstream. It’s time that happened in cybersecurity, where everyone, from suppliers to consumers, has a role to play. In this episode of CyberWire-X, knowledgeable representatives across that spectrum to learn what they have to say about risk, accountability, and, above all, transparency. Guest Dr. Georgianna Shea from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies shares her insights with the CyberWire's Rick Howard, and Sponsor Tanium's CISO for the Americas Chris Hallenbeck joins the CyberWire's Dave Bittner to discuss achievable steps the government, private sector, and the broader public can take to start moving the needle on cybersecurity.

Ep 18 | 8.22.21

From board advisor to board member: evolution of the modern CISO.

The recent frequency of ransomware attacks and heightened visibility of supply chain risks has garnered the attention of executive teams and boards of directors for companies of all sizes, across all industries. For CISOs, these recent events have significantly amplified the importance of establishing and maintaining effective relationships and lines of communication with boards of directors. CISOs are now spending more time than ever engaging, reporting, and answering to boards regarding questions around where their organization is on the cyber risk spectrum. For CISOs, this heightened risk environment presents both a challenge and an opportunity. In this episode of CyberWire-X, guest ret. Major General Zan Vautrinot and Sponsor JM Search's Jamey Cummings joins the CyberWire's Rick Howard to discuss how today’s CISOs are challenged to develop an ever-expanding skill set to effectively execute in their role while also satisfying concerns and areas of interest of their board of directors. Jamey will also discuss how the evolving role of the CISO is unlocking opportunities for CISOs to elevate their stature, and can open the door for them to serve in board roles as companies are increasingly prioritizing information security and technology risk management skills for their directors.

Ep 17 | 8.1.21

Behavioral transparency – the patterns within.

President Biden's Cyber Executive Order includes provision for a software bill of materials in government contracts. It's a critical and necessary first measure for protecting the software supply chain. To defend against cyber attacks like the ones that affected SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline, organizations also need transparency about the way the software in their supply chain behaves–how, and with whom, that software engages in and outside of their networks. In this episode of CyberWire-X, we explore how behavior transparency can give organizations an advantage by distinguishing between expected noise and indications of compromise..Guest and CyberWire Podcast Partner Caleb Barlow shares his insights with the CyberWire's Rick Howard, and Ben Higgins and Ted Driggs from sponsor ExtraHop offer their thoughts to the CyberWire's Dave Bittner.

Ep 16 | 7.25.21

Is enhanced hardware security the answer to ransomware?

With the recent onslaught of ransomware attacks across healthcare institutions, critical infrastructure, and the public sector, it's clear that ransomware isn’t going anywhere. But given how common ransomware attacks have become, how is it that we've been unable to put a stop to them? Companies often overlook the role that hardware security plays in meeting this challenge, and that oversight has become a bad actor's dream. Michael Nordquist speaks about the recent surge in ransomware attacks, and how strong hardware security, combined with software security and personnel security awareness, can be the answer to the industry’s prayers. In this episode of CyberWire-X, guest Steve Winterfeld from Akamai shares his insights with the CyberWire's Rick Howard, and Michael Nordquist of sponsor Intel offers his thoughts to the CyberWire's Dave Bittner.

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