The People Closest to You Will Hurt You

Insider threats. We know some are malicious, and sometimes it’s the unwitting result of someone trying to do their job. Aren’t you supposed to trust the people you hire?

This episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Mike Johnson. Our sponsored guest this week is Dr. Deanna Caputo, chief scientist for behavioral sciences and cyber security capabilities, senior principal behavioral psychologist for MITRE.

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On this week’s episode

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate

Breaking News! The cybersecurity skills shortage is growing. The ISSA and Enterprise Strategy Group released a report claiming the reason that 70 percent of companies feel that they’re at risk is because of the increased workload for cyber professionals, unfilled open job requisitions, and poor education on the relevant technologies. This discussion appeared on the cybersecurity subreddit and complaints ranged from entry level jobs asking for 3+ years experience (something we’ve discussed many times before), and people with many more years of experience struggling to find a job. Others who were contemplating entering cybersecurity said the discussion was turning them off from entering the field.

There’s supply and demand, yet there’s frustration on both ends. Why aren’t they connecting? What’s going on?”

Are we making this situation better or worse?

What defines “usable security”. We’ve discussed obvious things like trying to make it invisible to the user and just basic user experience. But what’s unique to cybersecurity design that many don’t consider when creating usable security. For example, for phishing there are an endless number of email programs AND we have lots of security awareness training. Could we do away with the awareness training if security was more usable?

What’s Worse?!

Insider threats are no fun, but which one is the worst?

Please, Enough. No, More.

Topic is Insider Threats. What have we heard enough about with insider threats, and what would we like to hear a lot more?

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

What do you do after you get the certification? What are the next steps? Mo Shami reached out to me and mentioned that he was going to announce that he passed his CISSP or Certified Information Systems Security Professional exam. He wanted to share the excitement and I said when you post to LinkedIn ask everyone else what they did right after they passed. Most people ended up just saying congratulations, but a couple suggested more certifications or just research job openings (seems obvious). What should one do after you get the certification?

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.