On this week’s CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast, we’re pointing fingers at practitioners, not vendors, for promoting the FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) scare-a-thon.
This episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and founder of Spark Media Solutions and Mike Johnson. Our guest this week is Eddie Contreras (@CISOEdwardC), CISO, Frost Bank.
Thanks to this week’s podcast sponsor Trend Micro
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On this week’s episode
Why is everyone talking about this now?
On LinkedIn, Ron C. of CoreSolutions Software said, “Cybersecurity is no longer just a technical problem. It’s now more of a people problem! So why aren’t businesses prioritizing security awareness training for their staff?” There was a massive response and mixed agreement. Regardless, are we falling short on security awareness training? Is it not effective? Is it too complicated to pull off? Is the cost not justified? More importantly, has security awareness training had any impact?
Hey, you’re a CISO, what’s your take on this?
accidentalciso on our reddit channel, r/cisoseries, asks, How does a security professional know if “CISO truly is the right career goal for them? I don’t think the reality of the role is consistent with what one might think early on in their career.” What was it about the CISO role that makes a security professional want to pursue it and how does that previous perception of what a CISO did counter or align with what was really experienced?
It’s time to play, “What’s Worse?!”
Is there a worst type of attack?
Ask a CISO
James Dobra, Bromium, asks, “Are security organizations guilty of using FUD internally, e.g. with the board and with users, while complaining that vendors use it too much?” Does FUD happen internally? Do security teams do it to get the money they want and/or shame users into submission?
On August 30, 2019, white hat hacker Tavis Ormandy discovered a vulnerability in a LastPass browser extension. This was a vulnerability, not a breach and was very quickly remedied without damage. But it still causes chills when the last bastion of password security reveals its Achilles heel. It’s like seeing your family doctor contract a terminal disease.
But for CISOs, this might be a good thing. Password complacency and sloppy security hygiene are the scourge of security specialists everywhere. A SaaS-based password manager that uses hashes and salts to remove the existence of physical passwords in their own vaults, is still a highly proactive solution.
But the life of an IT security specialist involves talking to average users about their password security obligations. Highlighting the strength of password management apps while simultaneously reinforcing the need for people to update their browsers and password habits helps drive home the idea that cyberhygiene is an individual professional obligation, and not a job for the help desk.
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First 90 Days of a CISO
Both Mike and our guest, Ed, are second time CISOs in their first 90 days at the role. We review what mistakes they made the first time as a CISO that they’re actively avoiding this time. Are there any hurdles that are simply unavoidable and they’re just going to have to face it like any new CISO would.