Ultra Enhanced Deluxe AI with a Drop of Retsyn – CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast

Just like so many security products are infused with artificial intelligence, we’ve also got plenty of meaningless modifiers to describe this podcast.

On this episode we’ve got:

  • First 90 Days of a CISO. How do you assess talent already there, and how do you prioritize the new hires you need?
  • Please, Enough! No, More! We delve into the overexposure of AI (artificial intelligence) and machine learning. Are they the same thing? And what do CISOs actually want to hear more about on both of these topics?
  • “What’s Worse?!” This is a brand new game where I ask the CISOs to determine which of two really bad security practices is worse.
  • What Do You Think of This Pitch? We’ve got another vendor pitch that the CISOs critique.
  • Ask a CISO. How are CISOs involved in purchase decisions that are not security related (e.g., cloud, networking, infrastructure).

Special thanks to Signal Sciences for sponsoring this episode. If you’re using web application firewalls (WAFs), make sure you read “Three Ways Legacy WAFs Fail,” by their head of research, James Wickett.

As always, the show is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), founder, Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson, CISO, Lyft. Our guest this week is Dennis Leber (@dennisleber), CISO, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Commonwealth of Kentucky and the self proclaimed “Most Interesting Man in Information Security.”

We Want More of ‘What’s Worse?!’

In this episode, I introduced a new segment, a game called “What’s Worse?!” where I introduce two comparably bad security practices and ask the CISOs to debate on which is worse, and why. Fortunately in this episode, the CISOs disagreed on both comparisons posed. I’m eager to challenge CISOs with more “What’s Worse?!” questions. So if you’ve got a good one, please contact me here or on LinkedIn.

I’m also interested in:

  • “Ask a CISO” questions.
  • A vendor pitch you want us to critique.
  • A hot security discussion (please provide a link).
  • A quick security tip.
  • A big industry story and what it means to security professionals.

In all cases, we can mention you and your company name or keep you anonymous. Just let me know which you prefer.

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David Spark

David Spark is a veteran tech journalist with nine years experience covering cybersecurity. He has partnered with Security Boulevard to continue his popular CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Series. Spark is also the founder of the Spark Media Solutions, a B2B content marketing agency for the tech industry. He's a former standup comic, comedy writer for The Second City in Chicago, and San Francisco tour guide.

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