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CISO Stories Podcast: Hacking Your Way Into Cybersecurity

CISO Stories Podcast: Hacking Your Way Into Cybersecurity

August 11, 2021 |

Kerissa Varma is Group Chief Information Security Officer of Old Mutual Limited, one of the largest financial services organizations on the African continent. Kerissa joins the show to discuss the cybersecurity skills shortage and her initiative to recruit brilliant minds from across an array of fields who have skill sets applicable to cybersecurity, but they might not even know it – check it out…

Kerissa Varma
About the Guest

Kerissa Varma

Chief Information Security Officer at Old Mutual Limited

Kerissa Varma is the Group Chief Information Security Officer of Old Mutual Limited, one of the largest financial services organizations on the African continent with a vast footprint across 13 African Markets. She manages Information Security and Business Resilience with dispersed teams across Africa. 

Kerissa has a demonstrated history of building and scaling security capabilities in a number of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, transport, government, and financial services, and is a passionate advocate for technology and security.

About the Hosts

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About the Host

Sam Curry

Chief Security Officer at Cybereason

Sam Curry (@samjcurry) is CSO at Cybereason and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute.  Previously, Sam was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product.

Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.

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About the Host

Todd Fitzgerald

Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd Fitzgerald (@securityfitz) has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. 

Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. 

Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.

CISO Stories Podcast

About The CISO Stories Podcast


The Cybersecurity Collaborative, in conjunction with Cybereason, is proud to present the CISO Stories Podcast. Each week CISO Stories takes a deep dive on security leadership with top security professionals from across the public and private sectors who share their insights and expertise with the community.

The Cybersecurity Collaborative is a unique membership community enabling cybersecurity leaders to work together in a trusted environment. To learn more, visit: https://www.securityweekly.com/csc.

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CISO Stories Podcast: Hacking Your Way Into Cybersecurity

August 11, 2021 |

Kerissa Varma is Group Chief Information Security Officer of Old Mutual Limited, one of the largest financial services organizations on the African continent. Kerissa joins the show to discuss the cybersecurity skills shortage and her initiative to recruit brilliant minds from across an array of fields who have skill sets applicable to cybersecurity, but they might not even know it – check it out…

Kerissa Varma
About the Guest

Kerissa Varma

Chief Information Security Officer at Old Mutual Limited

Kerissa Varma is the Group Chief Information Security Officer of Old Mutual Limited, one of the largest financial services organizations on the African continent with a vast footprint across 13 African Markets. She manages Information Security and Business Resilience with dispersed teams across Africa. 

Kerissa has a demonstrated history of building and scaling security capabilities in a number of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, transport, government, and financial services, and is a passionate advocate for technology and security.

About the Hosts

sam-hex-hs
About the Host

Sam Curry

Chief Security Officer at Cybereason

Sam Curry (@samjcurry) is CSO at Cybereason and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute.  Previously, Sam was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product.

Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.

todd-fitzgerald-hex-hs
About the Host

Todd Fitzgerald

Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd Fitzgerald (@securityfitz) has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. 

Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. 

Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.

CISO Stories Podcast

About The CISO Stories Podcast


The Cybersecurity Collaborative, in conjunction with Cybereason, is proud to present the CISO Stories Podcast. Each week CISO Stories takes a deep dive on security leadership with top security professionals from across the public and private sectors who share their insights and expertise with the community.

The Cybersecurity Collaborative is a unique membership community enabling cybersecurity leaders to work together in a trusted environment. To learn more, visit: https://www.securityweekly.com/csc.

All Episodes of CISO Stories Podcast

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