You’re Mistaken. I’m Not Annoying. It’s Chutzpah.

We’re pushing just to the edge of irritation on the latest episode of CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in Tel Aviv on the eve of the 2020 Cybertech conference. Special thanks to Glilot Capital for hosting this event.

This episode is hosted by me, David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and founder of Spark Media Solutions and my special guest co-host, Bobby Ford, global CISO for Unilever. Our guest is John Meakin, veteran financial CISO, and currently CISO for Equiniti.

Crowd enjoying the show

Check out all the photos from the event here.

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On this week’s episode

How do you go about discovering new security solutions?

In an article on LinkedIn entitled, “Why do CISOs take a vendor meeting?” Dutch Schwartz, of AWS said that they take meetings per a recommendation of their staff, their peers, or they have an explicit problem that they’ve already researched, or they have known unknowns. Are those the reasons to take a meeting with a security vendor? We discuss what meetings CISOs take, and which ones are the most attractive.

It’s time for “Ask a CISO”

Israel is known for a thriving startup community. But what I always see is cross pollination between Israel and Silicon Valley when it comes to startups. We discuss what Israeli startups can learn from Silicon Valley and vice versa.

What’s Worse?!

We’ve got two rounds. One agreement and one split vote.

It’s time to measure the risk

Five years ago I wrote an article for about the greatest myths of cloud security, The first myth was the cloud is inherently insecure. And the other 19 are ones I’m still hearing today. My conclusion for the whole article was if you can overcome these myths about cloud security, you can reduce risk. In this segment we dispel cloud security myths and explain how the cloud helps reduce risk possibly in ways many of us are not aware.

Close your eyes. Breathe in. It’s time for a little security philosophy.

On this podcast we talk a lot about CISOs needing to understand the business. In a thought-provoking post on Peerlyst, Eh-den Biber, a student of information security at Royal Holloway, University of London, noted that the job of cybsecurity is more than that. It’s about understanding the flow of business and being present in the individuals’ lives and their stories. We discuss the importance of being present in your users’ lives.

It’s time for the audience question speed round

The audience has questions and our CISOs have answers. We get through a lot really quickly.

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.