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We’re patting ourselves on the back on the latest episode of CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in NYC at the coworking space, Rise NYC. It’s hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and founder of Spark Media Solutions and JJ Agha, vp, head of information security at WeWork. Our guest is Mike Wilkes (@eclectiqus), CISO, ASCAP.

David Spark, producer, CISO Series, JJ Agha, vp, head of information security, WeWork, and Mike Wilkes, CISO, ASCAP

Check out all the photos from our NYC recording.

Special thanks to David Raviv and the NY Information Security Meetup group for hosting us at this event.

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On this week’s episode

There’s got to be a better way to handle this

How well are you configuring your controls today and tomorrow? At RSA, I chatted with Adam Glick, CISO, Rocket Software. He said what he’d like is a tool to test the maturity of his deployed controls. How are his controls optimized over time? What does it looks like today vs. a year from now? How are we currently trying to solve that problem and what could be done to improve it?

Hey, you’re a CISO, what’s your take on this?

“Which cybersecurity certification should I get?” It’s a question I see repeated often, especially on Quora and Peerlyst. Your best bet would probably be the one that most employers are looking for. And according to job board searches, conducted by Business News Daily, CISSP is the overwhelming favorite. Do our CISOs prefer certain certifications over others? Is it a requirement for hiring? And what does a security professional with certifications vs. experience tell us about that person?

What’s Worse?!

Split decisions on both and the audience plays along as well.

Is this the best use of my money?

“One of the common complaints I repeatedly hear is that cybersecurity vendors are not solving real problems. They’re just looking to make money. I think that’s a rather unfair blanket statement, but regardless, I hear it a lot.

I think why I hear that so often is that we’re all in the cybersecurity fight together and we need to help each other. Helping each other is often done by participating in the open source community.

Why is it critical to contribute to the open source community?

Um… What do they do?

I read copy that appeared on various booths at RSA 2020. Most are confusing and non-descriptive and don’t appear to assume a pre-existing understanding of cybersecurity.

The expo hall at RSA is filled with security professionals who are already security minded. I honestly don’t know exactly the reaction they’re looking to get or what type of information these vendors are trying to convey.

Audience question speed round

We close out the show with a series of quick answers to audience questions.

David Spark is the founder of CISO Series where he produces and co-hosts many of the shows. Spark is a veteran tech journalist having appeared in dozens of media outlets for almost three decades.