Madison Horn: “Understand the Why”
Today's guest is Madison Horn, CEO of Critical Fault and former US Senate nominee.
In today’s episode, Madison discusses Critical Fault and her role there, how trends in cybersecurity have changed over the past 10 years, her thoughts on the Biden administration’s National Cybersecurity Strategy, the seriousness of China’s threat on critical infrastructure, the biggest threat to our national security, if we are facing a new world order, what cybersecurity issues Congress should focus on, whether she will consider running for office again in the future, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
Candice Frost: “Never Stop Knocking”
Today's guest is Colonel Candice Frost, Adjunct Professor of Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.
In today's episode, Colonel Frost discusses her transition from her military career to the private sector, serving as commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center for USCYBERCOMMAND, how she approaches near term threat horizons vs longer term threat horizons, lessons we can learn from the war in Ukraine, what she looks for in leaders, pressing national security issues, critical infrastructure threats, how we can improve public/private partnerships, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
Teresa Shea: “Trust”
Today's guest is Teresa Shea, President of Oplnet LLC.
In today's episode, Teresa shares how she got involved in signals intelligence, the role universities should play to develop future security leaders in cyber offensive and defensive domains, the differences and similarities between government-sponsored R&D and venture capital, the role threat intelligence plays in cyber operations for defensive purposes, how enterprises can gain insight on offensive methods to inform their security posture, her thoughts on the National Cybersecurity Strategy document, whether she is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of cybersecurity, how someone should prepare for a career in cyber operations, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
Jen Sovada: “People Are Our Best Asset”
Today's guest is Jen Sovada, President of Public Sector at SandboxAQ.
In today's episode, Jen discusses SandboxAQ and her role there, what role quantum computers can play in internet security, what surprises her about her students today, serving as chair of the board of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum, creating a talent management framework, whether she is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of cybersecurity, viewing AI as an opportunity rather than a threat, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
Bob Ackerman: “Technology is Necessary But Insufficient”
Today's guest is Bob Ackerman, Founder & Managing Director of AllegisCyber Capital.
In today's episode, Bob discusses AllegisCyber Capital and his role there, how he got his start, the three things they look for in founders, the market of VC Capital in cybersecurity and the future for IPOs, his thoughts on the the national cybersecurity strategy, the liability shift in critical infrastructure from asset owners to product manufacturers, his thoughts on the future of the United States' cyber resilience, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Robert R. Ackerman Jr. founded AllegisCyber Capital—the world’s first dedicated cyber venture firm—to be “for cyber entrepreneurs by cyber entrepreneurs.”Bobis also the Co-founder of cybersecurity and data science foundry DataTribe, Co-founder of CyberGRX, and Chairman of the annual Global Cyber Innovation Summit—the “Davos of Cybersecurity”—for leading Global 2000 CISOs, cyber innovators, and policy leaders. With a 20+ history in early-stage cybersecurity investing, Bobis titled as one of “Cyber’s Money Men" by major business publications for his experience and leadership in cybersecurity VC investing, named one of “Technology’s Top 100 Investors” by Forbes and featured on Forbes Midas List, and recognized as one of two leading cyber investors in the world by Cyber Defense magazine.
Kiersten Todt: “The Value of People”
Today's guest is Kiersten Todt.
In today's episode, Kiersten discusses her time at CISA and her recent transition from Chief of Staff, how the industry has matured over the agency's lifetime, progress made within cybersecurity and infrastructure, the urgency of solving memory safety, how the government can encourage a liability shift from asset owner/infrastructure provider to product manufacturer, learnings from tabletop exercises, the greatest threat facing cybersecurity today, whether she is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of cybersecurity, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
Patrick O’Brien: “It All Comes Down to Communication”
Today's guest is Patrick O'Brien, Senior Safety and Cybersecurity Engineer at exida.
In today's episode, Patrick discusses exida and his role there, the safety and cybersecurity issues facing industrial systems, the similarities and differences between threat models facing organizations, working on ISA/IEC 62443 and other standards, what role the software development plays in developing standards, his industry's use of SBOM, the most significant cybersecurity threat asset owners face today, whether he is optimistic or pessimistic about the future of cybersecurity, a surprise Penn State football question, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Ralph Langner: “The Importance of Innovation”
Today's guest is Ralph Langner, founder/CEO of Langner, Inc.
In today's episode, Ralph discusses Langner, Inc., his role in what happened at stuxnet, our progress over the years in terms of OT security, motivations to attack OT networks, shifting cyber liability, whether he is optimistic or pessimistic about the cyber protections for cyber physical systems, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Chris Blask: “SBOMs, Supply Chain, and Open Source Software, Oh My!”
Today's guest is Chris Blask, VP of Strategy at Cybeats.
In this episode, Chris discusses Cybeats and his role there, his work with SBOMs, why SBOMs are a corporate asset, the importance of understanding open source software, his work as the chair of ICS-ISAC, the greatest cybersecurity threats currently facing society and why we're not ready to face them, his thoughts on the current national cyber strategy, how he got his start in security, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Bryan Ware: “Cybersecurity is a Soccer Game, Not a Football Game”
Today's first return guest is Bryan Ware, CEO of LookingGlass Cyber.
Today we welcome back our first returning guest, Bryan Ware! In this episode, Bryan discusses his move to CEO of LookingGlass Cyber, founding Next5, competition with China, and then Joe and Bryan dive into some Next5 Matrix Monitor highlights including: the recent Chinese spy balloon, Huawei's patent strategy, his hopes for the next National Cyber Director and the Biden administration, and as always, an all-new toughest lesson learned!
Emily de La Bruyère: “Learn to Say No”
Today's guest is Emily de La Bruyère, co-founder of Horizon Advisory.
In this episode, Emily discusses Horizon Advisory, China's digital strategy, examples of China's influence on supply chain technology, new factors of production and who will benefit the most in this era of digital competition, what the US should do, the implications on China of President Biden's semiconductor ban, implications for Germany, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
David Weston: “Builders and Breakers”
Today's guest is David Weston (aka "DWIZZLE"), Vice President of Enterprise and OS Security at Microsoft.
In this episode, David talks about his role at Microsoft, changes Microsoft has made over the past few years to protect software, their defense in depth outlook, how his earlier career impacts his current work, the greatest security threats facing enterprise customers, his work with TAC, how he got interested in the cyber world, the origins of his "Dwhizzle" name, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Richard Stiennon: “On Cyber Warfare”
Today's guest is Richard Stiennon, Chief Research Analyst at IT-Harvest.
In a nod to Clausewitz and Gaddis, this episode is called On Cyber Warfare. In this episode, Richard discusses founding IT-Harvest and his current role there, the transition to data-driven research, the biggest industry shifts and trends, the threat and the current state of cyber warfare, his feelings towards cyber defense, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Dmitri Alperovitch: “Great Power Competition”
Today's guest is Dmitri Alperovitch, executive chairman at Silverado Policy Accelerator.
In this episode, Dmitri discusses the story behind co-founding CrowdStrike, how threat intelligence has advanced since its founding, his non-profit Silverado Policy Accelerator, the struggle for world order, what the United States can do to reduce the threat against Taiwan, the Biden administration's semi-conductors policy, the importance of chips, his predictions about the future of Russia and Ukraine, Silverado's ecological footprint, his optimism towards the future, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.
Dr. Laurie Williams: “Solving Real Problems”
Today's guest is Dr. Laurie Williams, Distinguished University Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University.
In this episode, Laurie discusses some of the programs she works in as a distinguished university professor in Computer Science at North Carolina State University, her current research projects, developers' role in fixing vulnerabilities, the future of DevOps, the efficacy of scanning tools for detecting vulnerabilities, supply chain issues, benefits of SBOM, today's biggest security threat, how her past experience informs her current work, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.
Thomas Pace: “Once You Commit”
Today's guest is Thomas Pace, founder/CEO of NetRise.
In this episode, Thomas discusses NetRise and his role as founder/CEO, how the approach to OT security has changed, their ideal customer profile, what surprises him about current trends, SBOM, managing software supply chain risk, how he entered the field, the trials of being a founder/CEO, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.