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Cyber Rants - The Refreshingly Real Cybersecurity Podcast

Cyber Rants - The Refreshingly Real Cybersecurity Podcast

Join three longtime cybersecurity professionals and their guests as they rant, rave, and tell you the nitty-gritty of cybersecurity that nobody else talks about in their fancy marketing materials and trade show giveaways, all so you can protect your organization from cyber criminals. This cybersecurity podcast even pairs well with the international best-selling book "Cyber Rants: Forbidden Secrets and Slightly Embellished Truths About Corporate Cybersecurity Programs, Frameworks, and Best Practices." Zach Fuller, Mike Rotondo, and Lauro Chavez have fun, try not to take life too seriously, and definitely don't hold anything back when it comes to cybersecurity and compliance!

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Episode #78 - Dispelling Misconceptions About the Cloud

Cloud services can offer tremendous benefits and cloud computing environments have become a standard across all industries. However, marketing hype leads consumers to believe that "the cloud is secure" by default and that someone else is taking responsibility for their protection. Too many people are quick to adopt cloud services without truly understanding the risks. This week, the guys discuss the risks and considerations around cloud services to help you ask the right questions and make wise decisions when moving to new technology environments.

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2022-09-27
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Episode #77 - It's Ransomware Season!

Ransomware can infect your on-premise or cloud environments at any given time but we've noticed that ransomware attacks seem to spike during certain times of the year. This week, the guys talk about how ransomware can be deployed on your devices, how to prevent ransomware attacks, and even some horror stories from how ransomware has impacted major networks.


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2022-09-13
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Episode #76 - The Almighty Enterprise Cyber Risk Assessment

It's cyber risk assessment season! This is the time of year when many organizations seem to perform their annual cyber risk assessment. Unfortunately, the standard methods often result in limited visibility. This week, the guys discuss a more holistic risk assessment approach to make your cybersecurity program stronger than ever.

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2022-08-29
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Episode #75 - Off the Cuff Rants of The Week!

This week, the guys discuss some cybersecurity trends, tips, and words to the wise that are timely and relevant in today's technology-centric world! They discuss: 

Are attacks ramping up and if so, why?The pros and cons of spending your cybersecurity budget on Black Hat and DefConWhy you need specific objectives in your penetration testing, not just the numbersThe wrong and right way to establish vendor relationshipsAnd more! 

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2022-08-15
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Episode #74 - An Expert's Approach to Attracting & Retaining the Best Technology Professionals

Does your company recruit IT and cybersecurity staff with the same methods used to fill other positions? If so, don't miss this episode. This week, the guys welcome Cammas Freeman, an expert on finding and retaining the best technology professionals. Cammas shares a unique approach for recruiting the best talent, using a methodology that saves a tremendous amount of time and money. She also shares tips to build a strong culture for less turnover.


To Connect With Cammas:
Cammas Freeman
Founder & Executive Talent Strategist
stackrocktalent.com
[email protected]
208.412.6781

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2022-08-01
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Episode #73 - Backup and Recovery with Mr. Backup Himself - W. Curtis Preston

Cyber criminals are heavily focused on compromising backups so their attacks are as crushing and painful as possible for the victims. Good backups and the ability to quickly restore are a critical part of every infosec program but many organizations still treat backups as an afterthought. This week, the guys welcome the recognized authority on data backup W. Curtis Preston (aka. Mr. Backup) to reveal the backup and recovery trends he is noticing, tips organizations can implement to minimize risk, and what to look for in a backup solution.

For More On  W. Curtis Preston:
LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrbackup/
Restore It All Podcast - https://www.backupcentral.com
Free Book by W. Curtis Preston: Modern Data Protection - https://www.druva.com/ebook

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2022-07-25
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Episode #72 - More Fun with PCI DSS Compliance!

This week, the guys discuss one of their favorite topics, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS)! Companies that transmit, process, or store credit card data need to be compliant but PCI has its own nuances. What level of PCI compliance do you need? How do you determine what is in scope? How do you work with auditors? The guys answer these questions and more, plus share some wizard-like tactics to help you maneuver through the PCI requirements.


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2022-07-11
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Episode #71 - Managing Cybersecurity in a Changing Economy

Inflation and other economic factors are affecting companies large and small. Some organizations are cutting budgets but still have security and compliance requirements to maintain. This week, the guys discuss what organizations can do if they need to reduce spending, how to get the most bang for your buck, plus mistakes you don't want to make during turbulent times. 

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2022-07-05
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Episode #70 - Securing Complex Organizations and Subsidiaries

Building and managing a cybersecurity program can be confusing for organizations with multiple product lines, subsidiaries, or industry divisions. How do you manage security across all business units? What can you do to set standards that are followed by the entire organization? How do you control the quality of the cyber risk management practices through different cultures? This week, the guys answer these questions and more, discussing the various aspects of implementing, assessing, managing, and normalizing cybersecurity across a complex organization. 

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2022-06-20
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Episode #69 - News, Notes, and... Goodwill Hacking?

This week, the guys reconvene after a mini-hiatus and talk about some topics and tips in the news today such as 

Goodwill Ransomware HackingSafe Browsing - the hidden dangers people need to knowA word to the wise about Wordpress (even though they supposedly "don't talk about wordpress")


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2022-06-06
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Episode #68 - Cybersecurity Offense - Can you hack back?

Is there really such a thing as "offense" in cybersecurity? This week, the guys discuss how it's possible to proactively protect organizations against criminals and how to identify potential attacks so you can stop them before it's too late. They share the realities of offensive cybersecurity and "hacking back."

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2022-05-16
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Episode #67 - Cybersecurity That Grows Your Revenue!

Think that cybersecurity is all about protecting data and achieving compliance? Think again! This week the guys share real-world examples about companies using cybersecurity to grow revenue, create a competitive advantage, and become market leaders! Learn how to use your cybersecurity program to create an outstanding return on investment!


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2022-05-10
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Episode #66 - Dissecting Cybersecurity Frameworks - Part 2

This week, the guys continue to walk through the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, by discussing the Detect, Respond, and Recover control categories. They rant about logging, SIEMs, and incident response when you're facing a worst case scenario.

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2022-05-02
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Episode #65 - Dissecting Cybersecurity Frameworks - Part 1

A cybersecurity framework is the foundation of any good cyber risk management program but many people are not familiar with what a framework really is and what they include. This week the guys reveal the importance of following an industry-recognized cybersecurity framework and begin walking through the National Institute of Standards & Technology Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) as an example. You'll understand why cyber risk management is not a mystical "make it up as you go" approach but a methodical process with easy to access, readily available guidance.

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2022-04-19
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Episode #64 - Healthcare Cybersecurity and the Wonders of HIPAA Compliance

This week, the guys discuss cybersecurity for healthcare companies. From medical facilities and laboratories, to MedTech, benefits companies, and healthcare services firms, the medical world faces its own set of challenges. The guys share thoughts and strategies around HIPAA compliance, dealing with deprecated medical technologies, and assessment practices to protect your healthcare company.

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2022-04-11
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Episode #63 - Physical Security Controls for Data Protection & Compliance

This week the guys discuss physical security controls (and lasers) to ensure that your organization is both secure and compliant! Cybersecurity doesn't stop at technology implementation. If you follow NIST 800-171, CMMC, PCI-DSS, or a number of other compliance requirements, you'll need to physically secure your premises to protect systems and data. Hear what the guys have to say about implementing physical security controls.

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2022-04-05
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Episode #62 - Eric Adams, FedRAMP Expert

This week, the guys are joined by Eric Adams, experienced CISO and FedRAMP Strategist discuss what precisely is FedRAMP, why should organizations consider it for their structure, and the steps to make it happen. 


Follow Eric on LinkedIn Here - https://www.linkedin.com/in/eadams2/
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2022-03-28
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Episode #61 - Wild and Wacky Headlines

This week, the guys deviate a little from the usual format and discuss some of the latest trends in Cybersecurity, and rant on what's on their minds, no matter how off-topic it may be!

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2022-03-15
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Episode #60 MSSP vs. vCISO vs. Cybersecurity Program Development

It's a wild market for cybersecurity services, often confusing buyers and selling companies less than ideal solutions. The question is, what cybersecurity services are the best fit for your organization's needs? This week, the guys discuss the pros and cons of the common services to help you understand the best fit. From Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) and Virtual Chief Information Security Officers (vCISO), to remote security teams and tailored Cybersecurity Program Development solutions, this episode covers the critical considerations for selecting the right cybersecurity service partner.


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2022-03-07
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Episode #59 - Getting The Most from Your Cyber Security Provider

It is important to know what you're getting into when you invest in a cybersecurity services firm to help with security and compliance! There are critical considerations and points you must know in order to get the most from your cybersecurity services company. 

This week, the guys discuss how to properly engage your cybersecurity firm to make sure your initiatives are met. They also share insights about what a cybersecurity company cannot do for you, plus how much time you or your team should expect to spend.

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2022-02-28
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Episode #58 - Red Team Testing & Other Colorful Methods

What do you think of when you hear "Red Team vs. Blue Team"? Board or video games, military exercises, or cybersecurity terms? This week the guys discuss Red Teaming as it relates to cybersecurity and penetration tests, when Red Team Testing is an appropriate method and when other colors are better, plus the critical considerations you need to think through before engaging a cybersecurity firm to perform a Red Team Penetration Test.

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2022-02-21
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Episode #57 - People > Robots

In today's Cybersecurity Gold Rush, we see so many new technology products claiming to solve the world's problems and companies promoting the newest trend of the week. However, are the new tools and products really measuring up? What can technologies really do for you and when do you need the human element? This week, the guys discuss where tools provide great benefits and where they come up short, requiring the hands-on work of a cyber professional.


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2022-02-14
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Episode #56 - Compliance and Security with a Remote Workforce

The transition to a remote workforce has left many companies wondering how they'll achieve compliance with various requirements like CMMC, ISO 27001, and SOC 2. Meanwhile, remote workers have made it easier than ever for cyber criminals to attack. This week, the guys discuss securing a remote workforce and meeting compliance requirements, sharing principles that work across companies of all sizes.

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2022-01-31
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Episode #55 - The Joys of IR Plans & Security Questionnaires

This week the guys discuss some of the bigger cybersecurity struggles for mid-market and emerging companies. Developing an effective incident response plan is a major challenge and when done incorrectly, can cause a lot of damage. The guys also share struggles SaaS companies face when they're inundated with cybersecurity questionnaires that are holding up the sales process.


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2022-01-17
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Episode #54 - What Our Crystal Ball Says About 2022

This week the guys reunite for the first episode of 2022 by taking a look into the future. With their crystal ball of predictions, the guys look into the future of cybersecurity, ranting about potential trends, exploits, and tips for you to stay ahead in the new year! Plus, they share some housekeeping tips and how to "tidy up" your cyber risk management program in the new year.


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2022-01-10
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Episode #53 - Cyber Insurance - Can I Be Protected?

Cyber insurance is a critical part of any risk management program and something that every company must have. Finding the right policy with the proper coverage can be tricky and the major insurance companies are not always the best fit. This week the guys talk with cyber insurance expert, Tony Robbins, about the fundamentals you must know to properly protect your organization. They cover how to identify a good insurer, what questions to ask when getting your policy, and how cyber insurance must correspond with your incident response plan. 

Contact Tony Robbins at [email protected]


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2021-12-20
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Episode #52: The Vast Capabilities of Open Source Intelligence

Cyber criminals can learn more about you than you ever realized. Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) often exposes information that you didn't realize was available to the public. Cyber criminals use OSINT to find weak spots in cybersecurity and exploit employees through social engineering. This week, the guys unwrap the fact that while Open Source Intelligence can be detrimental in the wrong hands, there are tools and methodologies that can be used to better protect your organization. 


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2021-12-13
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Episode #51 - The Who's Who of Cybersecurity

If your organization is growing and is getting ready to build its own InfoSec team, this week's episode is for you. The guys discuss the "Who's Who" of cybersecurity, explaining the key players that growing organizations need when maturing their cybersecurity programs. From Chief Information Security Officers to Architects, Engineers, and Project Managers, the guys share who's who in each position, plus the required skill sets, responsibilities, and proper staffing models.


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2021-12-06
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Episode #50 - Compliance Vs. Security

Is being compliant the same as being secure? If you're meeting all the requirements, are you adequately protected? This week, the guys discuss the differences, nuances and overlaps between cybersecurity and compliance, plus how you can simplify alignment to multiple compliance requirements.  

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2021-11-22
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Episode #49 - Translating Cyber Risk to Dollars and Cents

Are your executives and board members struggling to understand cyber risk?  This week, the guys are joined by David Moon of Arx Nimbus, a company that turns cyber risk into the language that all business leaders understand. David shares how they translate cybersecurity into financial metrics that allow organizations to make better risk management decisions. The guys discuss how companies can create tremendous clarity around cyber risk, resulting in better support and resource allocation.

For more information on Arx Nimbus, visit  https://www.arxnimbus.com

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2021-11-15
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Episode #48: What's Going Well in Cybersecurity Today? More than you might think...

This week the guys discuss the good steps forward that are making the cybersecurity industry strong, from awareness to technologies, education to growing the workforce. They share the silver linings in the turmoil, plus some areas for improvement in the industry.

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2021-11-08
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Episode #47 - Small Business Cybersecurity with David Baker

This week, the guys welcome a new member to the team, longtime technology professional, David Baker! They discuss his experience in helping small businesses with IT and security, plus the challenges SMBs are facing with new cybersecurity and compliance requirements. This episode is perfect for any businesses struggling with stepping into today's IT and cybersecurity standards.


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2021-11-01
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Episode #46 - Wireless Pen Testing is both Awesome and Revealing

This week, the guys discuss wireless penetration testing and explain many of the common findings that are revealed through the testing process. They provide an indepth look at how wireless penetration testing works and why certain organizations should make it a part of their annual cyber risk assessment process. If you're wondering about the risks associated with your wireless environment, this is not an episode to miss!


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2021-10-26
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Episode #45 - Cyber Crime - Do People Care?

There is a lot of news about cyber attacks but the big question is, "Do people actually care?" This week the guys rant about cyber crime and how it affects people and companies who often don't care until it's too late. Through real-life examples, horror stories, and tips to help you stay protected, this episode is not one to miss! 

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2021-10-19
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Episode #44: What Is Silent Sector?

This week the guys share what Silent Sector is all about, from the origins of the company to what makes the services and methodologies stand apart. The guys share their "why" behind what they do and what they are working to change in the world of cybersecurity. This episode is perfect for anyone wanting to know about Silent Sector at a deeper level.

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2021-10-11
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Episode #43 - Top 5 Tips for Personal Cyber Protection

This week, the guys share simple tips that individuals and very small businesses can use to protect themselves and their data from cyber criminals, even without any technical background or experience! These are the basic cybersecurity measures that everyone should follow.

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2021-09-27
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Episode #42 - Lessons and Silver Linings of the COVID Pandemic

This week the guys share what they saw in the cybersecurity and IT industries from the start of COVID to the current day. They share what went poorly as well as lessons learned and why our Nation's cybersecurity will come out stronger than pre-COVID.

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2021-09-13
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Episode #41 - Both Sides of the Vendor Vetting Process

For some organizations, vendor vetting for cyber risk management is a process that runs like a well-oiled machine. For most, it's a tedious and challenging nightmare. This week, the guys discuss the vendor vetting process from both sides, vetting your vendors and navigating the vetting process of your prospects. They share how organizations of all sizes can use the vetting process to their advantage. 

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2021-09-02
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Episode #40 - Protect Your People From Themselves

This week, the guys discuss technical controls to protect your employees and protect your company from its own employees. From honest mistakes to gross negligence and malicious activity, proper protections minimize employee related cyber risk. The guys also share tips for configuring and issuing devices to your team members, which is especially critical for those working from home. 

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2021-08-30
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Episode #39 - Combining Passion and Career with Heather Monthie, PhD

This week, the guys welcome Heather Monthie, PhD, who's illustrious career has blended her passions for cybersecurity, aviation, and education. She has been an integral part of K-12 and university education systems, developing STEM programs that build a stronger technology workforce.

Heather shares her insight about the world of cybersecurity education, plus valuable advice and resources for anyone looking to work toward a career in technology.  


Learn more about Heather: www.heathermonthie.com.

Find her podcast: www.CyberCoffeeTalk.com

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2021-08-16
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Episode #38 - The Joy of Cybersecurity Policies!

Nobody loves cybersecurity governance documentation like we do! This week, the guys discuss cybersecurity policies and why the proper policies make all the difference for security, compliance, and audits. Plus, learn what documents are most important, why the "one size fits all" cybersecurity policy templates don't work, and how to build documentation to your exact needs. 


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2021-08-10
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Episode #37 Keeping Your Data... Your Data

From PII and PHI to intellectual property and sensitive business information, the guys talk about how to keep your sensitive data from leaking to the outside world. 
While there is no single answer, they cover both technology and governance tips to keep your data where it belongs. Plus they rant to everyone, "Don't be a data hoarder!"


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2021-08-02
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Episode #36 - Covering the "What Ifs" with Incident Response Planning

What's the difference between having an Incident Response Plan and just "winging it"? This week the guys talk about their real world cybersecurity incidents and share their knowledge about proper planning and preparation. Learn what goes into incident response planning, who should be involved, and how to ensure everyone is on the same page for quick response and minimizing damage during a cyber attack.


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2021-07-26
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Episode #35 - Cyber Risk Assessments: Everything You Never Thought You Wanted To Know!

This week, the guys take a deep dive into the intricate world of Cyber Risk Assessments. They cover best practices from choosing an industry recognized cybersecurity framework, to scoping and preparing for your cyber risk assessment, plus how to make cybersecurity standards like NIST, CSF, and CIS Controls work for your company. 

They discuss how these assessments work for different purposes and what to expect when you're planning for your first Cyber Risk Assessment.

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2021-07-12
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Episode #34 - Cybersecurity for Credit Unions, Banks, Insurance, and FinTech

 Cybersecurity is critical for financial services organizations but many mid-market and emerging companies struggle tremendously with their cyber risk management programs.

This week, the guys talk about cybersecurity programs for financial institutions, sharing specific considerations for the industry including staffing, risk assessment, penetration testing, and compliance. Financial services companies are an attractive and highly targeted sector for cyber criminals. It is also an industry where Zach, Mike, and Lauro have a deep history


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2021-07-06
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Episode #33: PCI Compliance - Do's and Don'ts

This week, the guys talk about a topic that everyone loves, PCI (Payment Card Industry) Compliance! They rant about PCI-DSS compliance levels and standards, plus what first timers need to consider when preparing for a PCI audit. They share tips about how to make your PCI compliance process simpler throughout the year and how to deal with the QSA (auditor), especially when the auditor doesn't understand your environment. 

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2021-06-28
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Episode #32 - Healthcare Cybersecurity

This week, the guys discuss cybersecurity for healthcare organizations. They dispel the myth that healthcare cybersecurity is completely unique while also sharing the healthcare nuances that don't apply as frequently in other industries. From healthcare risk assessment to policies, HIPAA compliance, and even physical intrusion testing, the guys share their experience and points of view on healthcare cyber risk management. 


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2021-06-21
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Episode #31: How to start a career in cybersecurity.

There's no "right way" to get started in cybersecurity but there are a lot of different paths. This week, the guys talk about their career paths starting from the ancient IT world and moving into modern day cybersecurity disciplines. They share some of the most important skill sets that you rarely hear about, plus tips and tricks to succeed.

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2021-06-14
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Episode 30 - Beware of these Top 10 Cybersecurity Myths

Zach and Lauro discuss 10 common cybersecurity myths that are causing business leaders to make poor decisions and making companies an easy target for cyber criminals. They clear up these myths and share how you can be better informed if you hear something that doesn't sound quite right. 


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2021-06-01
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Episode #29 - Social Engineering: Minimize the Exposure of Human Error

This week, the guys discuss Social Engineering - the most common way cyber criminals get access to their targets. They discuss the controls smart companies are implementing to prevent their staff from falling for cyber criminal scams and how to minimize exposure resulting from human error. 

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2021-05-17
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