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Mandiant Podcast

Cyber Security Effectiveness Podcast

The Cyber Security Effectiveness Podcast is hosted by FireEye Mandiant CISO Brian Contos (@BrianContos) and produced by FireEye's Katie Billigmeier. Listen to hear from notable guests, innovative leaders, and industry experts on their cyber perspectives, career moves, and the hot topic of security validation.

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Recent Episodes

Episode 85     -     January 12, 2020

From Defense to Offense

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Brian speaks with Bill Crowell, who in his career has held Director roles in many organizations including the National Security Agency (NSA), about political ties to critical infrastructure, tension between CIOs and CISOs, and his recent projects.

Featuring: Bill Crowell

Bill Crowell is a Partner and independent consultant specializing in information technology, security, and intelligence systems. His past roles include being President and CEO of Cylink and Deputy Director at NSA.

Episode 84     -     December 22, 2020

Confronting Security With Data

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Brian chats with Soluble Co-founder and CEO Richard Seiersen, who recently published his second book, The Metrics Manifesto: Confronting Security with Data. They talk security operations, digital transformation, and cybersecurity’s growing presence in executive meetings.

Featuring: Richard Seiersen

Richard Seiersen is Co-Founder and CEO of Soluble and is IANS Faculty. He has served as CISO at GE, Twilio and LendingClub. His books include How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk (2016) and The Metrics Manifesto: Confronting Security with Data (2020).

Episode 83     -     December 17, 2020

Cyber Security Vendors: Then and Now

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Chief Research Analyst and author Richard Stiennon joins the podcast again to discuss his new book, Security Yearbook 2020, in which he characterizes the modern evolving cyber security vendor and the market today.

Featuring: Richard Stiennon

Richard Stiennon is Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest, the firm he founded in 2005 to cover the 2,337 vendors that make up the IT security industry. He writes for Forbes and The Analyst Syndicate and is a member of the advisory board at the Information Governance Initiative. His latest book, Security Yearbook 2020, is available on Amazon.

Episode 82     -     December 1, 2020

Transforming Information Security

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Past podcast guest Kathleen Moriarty returns to share about her new book, Transforming Information Security, in which she declares that security currently is too complex. She and Brian discuss other topics explored, including privacy, encryption, automation, and trends.

Featuring: Kathleen Moriarty

Kathleen Moriarty is Chief Technology Officer at the Center for Internet Security. She has achieved more than two decades of experience driving positive outcomes across technology leadership, project management, large teams, process improvements, internet technology strategy and vision, information security, and operations management. She holds a Master of Science in computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Siena College.

Episode 81     -     November 5, 2020

Securing the Insurance and Finance Industry

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Brian chats with Steven Edwards, Sr. SOC Manager at Globe Life (formerly Torchmark) about cybersecurity in the insurance and finance industry. Steven covers cloud migration, use cases and mistakes he’s learned from, and relaying security strategies to non-technical consumers and members of the board.

Featuring: Steven Edwards

Steven Edwards is an experienced Security Operations Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry.