Welcome to “Lessons from the School of Security Hard Knocks,” a compelling podcast where global leaders share their most challenging lessons from the security domain. Join host Joe Saunders, founder and CEO of RunSafe Security, as he engages with esteemed guest speakers who unveil insights gained from navigating the toughest security scenarios. Subscribe now and get new episodes delivered to your inbox as soon as they go live!

Vijaya Kaza: “Security is a Business Enabler”

Today’s Guest is Vijaya Kaza, Chief Security Officer, Head of Engineering & Data Science for Trust & Safety at Airbnb.

In this episode, Vijaya discusses her current role and duties at airbnb and as a board member at Knock, the importance of automation and AI, relevant use cases, best practices, and where improvements are needed within these fields, how gender impacts working in the technology field, the importance of who you know, what keeps her up at night, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.

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Duncan Woodbury: “No Checkbox Security, Please”

Today’s Guest is Duncan Woodbury, Founder and CEO of Dream Team.

One part entrepreneur, one part security researcher. In this episode, Duncan discusses what he’s doing today, some of the major cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure, the dangers of recovery time from an attack, the difference between protecting OT vs. IT, why red teaming and pen-testing are so important, what keeps him up at night, how he got into the field, the cyberBoat Challenge, and of course, his toughest lesson learned.

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Dr. Rebecca Wynn: “Pay It Forward”

Today’s Guest is Dr. Rebecca Wynn, Global Cybersecurity & Strategy Consulting at Click Solutions Group.

“How can we be a part of the fabric without disturbing the fabric?” In this episode, Rebecca discusses how she defines the role of a CISO, how she believes we should “push the envelope of cybersecurity”, working with companies that have experienced data breaches, what it takes to build a good security team, how to best interact with board members, future trends in technology, and of course, her toughest lesson learned.

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Michael Shinn: “Check the Spark Plugs”

Today’s Guest is Michael Shinn, CEO of Atomicorp.

“Being compliant is not the same thing as being secure.” In this episode Michael discusses the background of his company, the daily challenges they take on, his knowledge around federal regulations, his previous work in the White House, his first computer, what keeps him up at night, and of course, his toughest lesson learned.

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Harold Smith: “Do Right By Your Customer”

Today’s Guest is Harold Smith, CEO of Monkton, Inc.

“Too focused on the WHAT IF and not focused on WHAT WE CAN DO.” In this episode, Harold discusses how Monkton brings mobility to the military and DoD, some use case examples, the certification process, his background and current work in mobile applications, how enterprise mobile security has changed over the years, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.

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Tina Williams-Koroma: “Crap Turns Into Fertilizer”

Today’s Guest is Tina Williams-Koroma, Owner/President of TCecure, LLC.

“I see challenges as opportunities.” What does a life-long entrepreneur look like? Look no further! In this episode, Tina discusses how to deal with breaks, Governor Hogan’s Cybersecurity Summit, patterns to better address critical infrastructure, how all of her degrees aid her current role, her book: “Our Father’s Business: Pick Up the Mission, Then Drop the Mic”, what keeps her up at night, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.

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Jim Routh: “Downstream Consequences”

Today’s Guest is Jim Routh, Advisor & Investor at SYN Ventures.

While stepping away from full-time CISO duties, Jim Routh hasn’t slowed down. In this episode, Jim tells us what he’s been doing since leaving Mass Mutual, what he looks for when engaging with new companies, why he began working with startups. He also discusses the differences between serving as the CISO of larger versus a smaller organizations, his unique hiring strategy, the greatest needs from the private sector, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.

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Lucian Niemeyer: “Building Cyber Security”

Today’s Guest is Lucian Niemeyer, CEO of Building Cyber Security.

Cyber risks, ransomware, and attackers! Oh my! In this episode, Lucian discusses his organization, the blending of IT and OT, the gravity of our current cybersecurity situation, the morals around ransome, how to reduce ransomware attacks, what keeps him up at night, and you guessed it, his toughest lesson learned.

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Heather Dahl: “Keep Flying the Plane”

Today’s Guest is Heather Dahl, CEO of Indicio.tech.

Broadcast journalist turned tech CEO? What could be cooler? This week’s episode features Heather Dahl, CEO of Indicio.tech. In this episode we learn about the founding of Endicio, decentralized identity, where regulators are doing well and where they need improvement, how Heather’s early career as a broadcast journalist led to her current role, and as always, her toughest lesson learned.

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Dan Doney: “Digital Currency, Blockchain, and Distributed Ledgers”

Today’s Guest is Dan Doney, CEO of Securrency.

Want to better understand the connection between blockchain and cryptocurrency? Craving a wealth of information? In this episode, Dan discusses how he founded his company, Securrency, what they do, his foundations in security, what markets are right for cryptocurrency, the most important facts to know about blockchain, the geopolitical implications of cryptocurrency, the future of blockchain, what keeps him up at night, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.

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Scott King: “Don’t Rush to Judgment”

Today’s Guest is Scott King, VP & CISO at Encore Capital.

Are you thinking about entering the cybersecurity field? Then this is the episode for you! Scott discusses his background and transition to his new role as CISO, the biggest trends in the industry right now (HINT: ransomware attacks!), the best procedures for vulnerability and crisis management, the importance of ISACs, the appeal of working in this industry, and as always, his toughest lesson learned.

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Nick Andersen: “Everyone is a Target”

Today’s Guest is Nick Andersen, CISO at Lumen Technologies.

Want to hear from someone who has managed security risk from all angles? Look no further than Nick Andersen. In this episode, Nick discusses Lumen Technologies and his role there, operating under the assumption of an inevitable attack, his work with CESER within the DOE, the recent ransomware attacks, the recent Executive Order, our nation’s top cybersecurity priorities, how he got his start, and of course, his toughest lesson learned.

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