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Mandiant Podcast

Cyber Security Effectiveness

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. Watch the Cyber Security Effectiveness Podcast episodes and more Mandiant content on BrightTalk.

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Recent Episodes

Episode 97 - July 13, 2021
Weaponizing Mandates

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Devon Goforth has been with Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin) since its early startup days in 2015, and had infused his background of electrical engineering, physics, and math with an interest in cyber security. He shares not only how the company and solutions have changed, but also current influences on the threat ecosystem, risks, and hacker trends.

Featuring: Devon Goforth

Devon brings over 15 years of engineering experience and has been with Mandiant Security Validation (formerly Verodin) since 2015.

Episode 96 - June 28, 2021
Who You Gonna Call (In the Event of a Breach)?

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Board members are not only crucial for helping lead a company in the right direction, but nowadays they also offer crucial cyber security guidance. And those with a legal background, like FireEye’s Alexa King, provide an even more valuable perspective in the event of a breach and help organizations mitigate risks as an organization evolves.

Featuring: Alexa King

Alexa is EVP of Corporate & Legal Affairs and Board member for FireEye, where she leads the legal, stock administration, and privacy teams.

Episode 95 - June 21, 2021
Security is Aspirational 

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Having been a board member for technology and cyber security companies since the 90s, Matt Bigge has fine-tuned the art of being an effective board member. He and Brian discuss the evolution of a board member’s role as a company changes, adapting interactions with leadership, and some words of wisdom.

Featuring: Matt Bigge

Matt joined Crosslink in 2016 and focuses on venture investments in enterprise and industrial IT infrastructure, security, and plausible science fiction.

Episode 94 - June 8, 2021
Carrots Lead to the Right Outcomes

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Our focus on board members continues as Kara Nortman, Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and a board member with several technology and cyber security companies, talks about her key responsibilities as a cloud-native specialist, the importance of nurturing positive relationships, and the growing trend of third-party solutions.

Featuring: Kara Nortman

Kara Nortman is a Partner at Upfront Ventures, Southern California’s largest early-stage venture capital firm, with a focus on cyber security and cloud.

Episode 93 - May 24, 2021
The New Old Risk

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The unknown factors of cyber security risk are keeping more CEOs up at night than ever before, and many of them view it as priority number one in areas of the business to address. Jay Leek brings his perspective as former Blackstone CISO, ClearSky Security co-founder, and board member for a number of cyber security companies, where he communicates today’s risks.

Featuring: Jay Leek

Jay Leek, CISM, CISA, CISSP, is a Managing Partner and Co-founder of ClearSky Security. Prior to co-founding ClearSky Security, Leek was the Chief Information Security Officer for Blackstone, where he also worked with their cybersecurity investments and portfolio companies. 

Episode 92 - May 17, 2021
Recognizing Board Superpowers

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As someone who has worked as a FireEye executive and been on a board member for several publicly traded companies, Julie Cullivan has been able to closely witness the dichotomy between the two. She chats with Brian about how board members can influence real cyber security development.

Featuring: Julie Cullivan

For over 25 years, Julie Cullivan has driven transformational go-to-market, technology, security, operational, and acquisition strategy for both public and pre-IPO companies. She serves on the Board of Axon Enterprise, Inc. and on the Board of HeartFlow, Inc.