Service and Sacrifice – Happy Birthday USMC

Today marks the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corps (USMC).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARINES!

  • To the greatest fighting force on the planet.
  • To the faithful men and women who serve our country with bravery only they can fathom.
  • To the “Jarheads”, “Devil Dogs”, “Teufel Hunden”,  and “Leathernecks” who give all so others can have.

Quick History

The storied history of the USMC began on November 10th 1775, when Captain Samuel Nicholas gathered two battalions of Continental Marines in accordance with the Continental Marine Act of 1775. Less than six months after being formed, these brave men set out on their first amphibious assault, the successful Raid of Nassau (March 1–10, 1776).

Our beloved USMC has fought in (at least) twenty-eight armed conflicts including:

  • Revolutionary War
  • Quasi-War with France
  • Barbary Wars
  • War of 1812
  • Creek-Seminole Indian War
  • Mexican War
  • Civil War-Union
  • Spanish-American War
  • Samoa (1899)
  • Boxer Rebellion
  • Nicaragua (1912)
  • Mexico (1914)
  • Dominican Republic (1916-1920)
  • Haiti (1915-1934)
  • Nicaragua (1926-1933)
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Korean War
  • Dominican Republic (1965)
  • Vietnam War
  • Lebanon (1982-1984)
  • Grenada (1983)
  • Persian Gulf (1988) (Oil Platforms)
  • Panama (1989)
  • Persian Gulf War (1990-1991)
  • Somalia (1992-1994)
  • Afghanistan (2001-2015)
  • Iraq (2003-2016)

From 1775 to 2015, more than 41,000 Marines have made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the battlefield. Additionally, more than 200,000 have been wounded (Source: Marine Corps University). The fact that these numbers are as low as they are is a testament to Marine dedication, training, effectiveness and lethality. Regardless of the numbers, let’s not forget that each one of these soldiers was a father, mother, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, brother, sister, and/or friend. It’s our duty as citizens of this great country to ensure their sacrifices were not made in vain; that their sacrifices might live on through our own acts of service to others.

My Marine Corps Story (brief)

I was born in the Naval Hospital Philadelphia to two Marine Corps parents. My father served in active duty from 1957/8 until retirement in 1978, and my mother also served. Although her active Marine Corps duty was not as long as my father’s, her duties (raising me and keeping my father in line) was a helluva lot more challenging. I’m an only child who grew up on base (Camp Pendleton and Quantico).

Although I didn’t serve directly in the Marine Corps myself, the Marine Corps culture is a huge part of who I am. The Marines, my mother and my father taught me so many good things about the right way to live. Things like respect, discipline, work ethic, drive, mission, etc. I am forever grateful!

Happy Birthday

So, Happy Birthday Marines!

There are no words to describe how grateful I am. Regardless of how many people express gratitude for your service consciously, the gratitude is in their subconscious every time they exercise a constitutional right, walk down a street, eat a warm meal, embrace a family member, or do anything made possible by your service. Thank you for standing guard day and night for me, my family, and all Americans. I don’t take you or your sacrifices for granted, and I pray I never will.

The USMC always serves faithfully, rightfully earning their motto, Semper fidelis. Saying you’re faithful is one thing, demonstrating it through blood, sweat, and tears for 245 years is something entirely different.

Good People Didn’t Vote For Your Guy

The truth:

There were hundreds of thousands, maybe millions, of worthy people who didn’t vote for “your guy”.

Demonize as you will, but here’s a reminder of some things.

People who voted for the other guy are NOT bad people. Sure, there are bad apples in any large group, but the vast majority of Americans are not bad people.

These people are NOT:

  • “ill”
  • “sick”
  • “dumb”
  • “stupid”
  • “racist”
  • “bigoted”
  • “idiots”
  • “Socialists”
  • “Fascists”
  • or any other demonizing word you want to throw at them.

These people ARE:

  • human beings with basic needs
  • human beings with basic desires
  • human beings with dreams
  • human beings who want to be loved
  • human beings who want to feel grace
  • human beings who have families
  • human beings who have different perspectives (a good thing)
  • human beings who have different beliefs (also a good thing)
  • human beings who have different backgrounds (also a good thing)
  • human beings with many additional things that are beautiful about them.

A failure to recognize these things about other people, especially those who don’t see eye to eye with you, makes you the same thing you rail against (intolerant, bigoted, etc.).

It doesn’t matter who “your guy” is or who “my guy” is. We both (Democrats and Republicans) have players on our team who demonize players on the other team. The lie is that there are two teams to begin with.

There is only ONE team. We are ALL Americans.

The other teams play for China, Russia, Iran, etc. You’d be remiss if you thought otherwise.

The sooner we learn to embrace the good things about us and shed the bad things, the better off our team will be. A team full of players who constantly fight each other doesn’t win (or accomplishing anything meaningful).

So, what are the good things? Go back to the list (above). The greatest of the “good things” is love. Choose and show love. It’s the best thing we’ve got.

 

 

UNSECURITY Podcast – Ep 101 Show Notes – Election Security

Well, it’s already mid-October and the election is 21 days (three weeks) away. Things have never seemed crazier or more divided, at least not in my lifetime. Good fodder for discussion in episode 101 of the UNSECURITY Podcast!

Work-wise things are also crazy, but good. Fourth quarter is always nuts for an information security company, and doesn’t matter is it’s consulting (FRSecure) or SaaS (SecurityStudio). Everyone is running at full capacity and finding life margin is a challenge!

Hope you’re happy and healthy! On the the show; I’m (Evan) leading this show and these are my notes.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 101

Date: Wednesday October 14th, 2020

Episode 101 Topics

  • Opening
  • Catching Up (as per usual)
  • Election Security
  • News
  • Wrapping Up – Shout outs
Opening

[Evan] Hey there, thank you for tuning into this episode of the UNSECURITY Podcast. The date is October 14th, 2020 and this is episode 101. I’m Evan Francen, your host for this show. Joining me is my good friend and co-host Brad Nigh. Good morning Brad.

[Brad] Brad does Brad.

[Evan] I know we’re a day late getting the podcast out again this week, but holy cow we’ve been busy! We’ll try to get back on track next week.

Brad, I want to reiterate how I enjoyed our discussion the past couple of weeks about the social dilemma, a Netflix documentary about social media and its effects on society. Lots to think about. In fact, I’m planning to watch it again this week.

[Brad] He might comment here.

Catching Up

[Evan] So, what’s new? Tell us what a day in the life of Brad looks like.

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] I’ll share some stuff too (probably).

Transition

Election Security

[Evan] As you know, we’re only 20 days from the election. If you haven’t registered to vote yet, you should. Go to vote.gov and check it out. Brad have you registered to vote?

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] I’m registered and ready to cast my ballot! The date is November 3rd.

There’s been much said about election security. A simple Google search of “election security” produces over 2.2 million results! Election security isn’t a new thing, even though it’s been front and center the past few election cycles.

There’s more to election security than protecting voting machines, so let’s talk about this.

Resources

[Evan] There’s a lot more to election security than infrastructure. What about voter intimidation, disinformation, and security after election night? We’re talking about disinformation on Thursday night’s Security Sh*t Show because this is a significant issue in today’s society.

Election Security Discussion

Open discussion

[Evan] Good discussion! Securing an election has never been more difficult. Let’s catchup on some news quick.

News

[Evan] Here are some recent and interesting news stories to talk about.

Wrapping Up – Shout outs

[Evan] Great! Episode 101 is just about complete. Thanks Brad, do you have any shout outs this week?

[Brad] We’ll see.

[Evan] Always grateful for our listeners! We’re behind on email, but we’ll promise to respond soon. Send things to us by email at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you’re the social type, socialize with us on Twitter, I’m @evanfrancen and Brad’s @BradNigh.

Lastly, be sure to follow SecurityStudio (@studiosecurity) and FRSecure (@FRSecure) for more things we do when we do what we do.

That’s it! Talk to you all again next week!

UNSECURITY Podcast – Ep 100 Show Notes – The Social Dilemma Pt2

Hard to believe that this is episode 100 already! I’ll have to write a recap of the journey sometime soon.

Crazy things all over the place here at FRSecure and SecurityStudio. If you’ve been an information security consultant, or if you know one, you know that 4th quarter is a crazy time of year. Turns out, COVID-19 and 2020 is NOT the exception. We’re happily swamped.

Having said all that, we’re a day late getting the podcast out again this week. Not because we didn’t try, but because life and work get in the way sometimes.

Hope you’re happy and healthy! On the the show; Brad’s leading and these are Brad’s notes.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 100

Date: Wednesday October 7th, 2020

Episode 100 Topics

  • Opening
  • Catching Up (as per usual)
  • the social dilemma, Part Two
  • News
  • Wrapping Up – Shout outs
Opening

[Brad] Welcome back! This is episode 100 of the UNSECURITY Podcast, and I’m your host this week, Brad Nigh. Today is October 6th, and joining me this morning as usual is Evan Francen.

[Evan] Talks about how busy things have been

[Brad] Last week we had a really good discussion about The Social Dilemma and we didn’t get to everything so we are doing part 2 today. But before we get going let’s recap our week.

Catching Up

[Evan] Evan’s cool story

[Brad] A recap of my week

Transition

the social dilemma, Part Two

[Brad] Okay let’s pick up where we left off. There are no shortage of takes on the movie, here are some I found interesting.

[Brad] Great discussion here are some news stories

News

[Brad] Here are news stories that caught me eye this week:

Wrapping Up – Shout outs

[Brad] That’s it for episode 100. Thank you Evan, do you have any shout outs this week?

[Evan] We’ll see.

[Brad] Thank you to all our listeners! Thank you to our listeners! Keep the questions and feedback coming. Send things to us by email at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you’re the social type, socialize with us on Twitter, I’m @BradNigh, and Evan is @evanfrancen.

Lastly, be sure to follow SecurityStudio (@studiosecurity) and FRSecure (@FRSecure) for more goodies.
That’s it! Talk to you all again next week!

UNSECURITY Podcast – Ep 99 Show Notes – The Social Dilemma

Happy Tuesday! Here we are again, and lots going on…

The big news (sort of) is the first presidential debate is tonight. I wonder how many people will tune in. Personally, I’m not sure if I will. We’ll see.

A few weeks ago my wife asked me to watch the social dilemma with her on Netflix, so I did. I’d heard about the documentary/movie from some friends, but didn’t get around to watching it until then. Wow!

The opening quote from the movie:

Nothing vast enters the life of mortals without a curse

-Sophocles

He was right. Today, Brad and I will give your our reviews about the social dilemma and talk about our thoughts. These are my (Evan) show notes for episode 99.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 99

Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

Episode 99 Topics

  • Opening
  • Catching Up
  • the social dilemma
  • News
  • Wrapping Up – Shout outs
Opening

[Evan] Good morning everyone. Thanks for tuning in to episode 99 of the UNSECURITY Podcast. Today is September 29th, 2020 and joining me is my co-host and friend Brad Nigh.

Good morning Brad.

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] We’ve got a special show planned for our listeners this week. Brad, you and I both watched the social dilemma on Netflix. It’s a documentary about social media in our society that was released in January. Funny how neither of us had watched it until recently, and now (as of this morning) it’s trending as the #6 most popular video on Netflix. I guess it’s better late to the party than not showing up at all!

Before we jump in, I’m dying to hear your thoughts, let’s catch up quick. This is customary.

Catching Up

[Evan] Brad, how you doing? What’s new?

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] Cue Evan.

Transition

the social dilemma

[Evan] You watched the social dilemma, right?

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] What did you think?

Our review and discussion

  • What if I’m not a social media user/addict, why should I care?
  • We see different realities? Different news feeds?
  • Data (you and I) sold to the highest bidder.
  • Where does this all end if we don’t act (now)?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic

-Arthur C. Clarke

[Evan] If you haven’t seen the social dilemma yet, I highly suggest you do. Sit down, spend the hour and a half, and consider it all. If you’ve got a spouse, invite them to watch it with you. If you’ve got teenage kids, see if you can peel them away from their phones long enough too.

We’ve got to do more about this, and we’ve got to move much quicker than we are.

[Evan] OK, news. Let’s do some quick news stories.

News

[Evan] Three news stories to talk about briefly this week:

Wrapping Up – Shout outs

[Evan] OK. That’s about it. Episode 99 is almost a wrap. Brad, any shout outs this week?

[Brad] Shout out…

[Evan] We’re very grateful for our listeners and we love hearing from you. Send us messages by email at unsecurity@protonmail.com or check us out on Twitter, @UnsecurityP.

If you wanna socialize with me or Brad directly, we dare you! I’m @evanfrancen, and Brad’s @BradNigh. We work for people and if you want to follow those people, SecurityStudio is @studiosecurity and FRSecure is @FRSecure.

That’s it, talk you all again next week!

UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 98 Show Notes

Here we are again, another Tuesday, and another episode of the UNSECURITY Podcast!

Tons going on, as usual.

Last week we released a couple new FREE things at SecurityStudio:

  • Work From Home Security Policy Template – Located at the bottom of our S2Team page. If you don’t know what S2Team is, you should definitely take a look. If you just want the template and don’t care, here it is.
  • Ransomware Recovery Contract – A simple contract between executive management and IT to ensure accountability for ransomware recovery. Executive management likes it because they finally know what to ask for, and IT likes it because they can use it to show they’re doing what they should/can to prevent a prolonged ransomware outage. I’ve uploaded the contract to my site here.

ADDED: Brad reminded me on the show that FRSecure made a free Incident Response Plan Template available last week. Take a look. It’s really, really good (and free)!

Other goings on include developing and improvement of new services (including the release of SecurityStudio v3.9 and an incident response capability assessment), continued collaboration with great partners, a few speaking engagements, episode 19 of the Security Shit Show, deployment of S2Team, and other things.

Alright, enough about that. Let’s get to the show notes, shall we? These are my (Evan) notes.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 98

Date: Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

Episode 98 Topics

  • Opening
  • Catching Up
  • Accountability
  • News
  • Wrapping Up – Shout outs
Opening

[Evan] Good morning everyone. Thanks for tuning in to episode 98 of the UNSECURITY Podcast. Today is September 22nd, 2020 and joining me is my co-host and friend Brad Nigh.

Good morning Brad.

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] I think we have a good show planned for listeners this week. This episode is all about accountability. I’d like to discuss how accountability works in information security, who should be accountable for what, and give some tips for improving accountability where we work and in the world around us.

Lots to cover on the topic of accountability. Before we jump in, quick catchup with Brad.

Catching Up

[Evan] Brad, how you doing? What’s new?

[Brad] Cue Brad.

[Evan] Cue Evan.

Transition

Accountability

[Evan] Alright, let’s talk about accountability, or maybe the lack of accountability, in information security. This has been a topic that’s been dominating my thoughts again for the past couple weeks. I say “again” because this isn’t the first time we’ve talked about it.

During an episode of the Security Shit Show a couple weeks ago, I think it was episode 18, we were talking about ransomware. The talk was great, but the frustration we all felt was apparent. Why do we keep doing the same things over and over again? Why don’t people do the basics? My take was the lack of accountability. So, I drafted a Ransomware Recovery Contract to help.

Have you seen the Ransomware Recovery Contract?

[Brad] Cue Brad (I’m sort of springing this on him).

[Evan] So, the greater issue of accountability in general. Let’s talk about it here, for our benefit and the benefit of our listeners.

  • The importance of accountability.
    • Repeating the same mistakes over and over.
    • Safe to assume people know?
    • People die now.
  • When to define accountability.
  • Who’s ultimately accountable for what?
    • In tech – buggy software, social media (see the social dilemma), etc.
    • Big organizations.
    • Small organizations.
    • Public organizations.
    • School districts.
  • Examples of accountability disfunction.
  • Examples of good accountability.
  • What to do about it.
    • Get out ahead. Better now than never (or later).
    • Will CEOs be personally liable someday?

[Evan] This is a deep subject with much to be said. Everything moves so fast, and sadly accountability is severely lagging behind.

[Evan] For listeners who are wondering about us doing a series titled “Politics and Information Security”, it’s still being considered. We just have to put it all together.

[Evan] OK, news. Let’s do some quick news stories.

News

[Evan] Three news stories to talk about briefly this week:

Wrapping Up – Shout outs

[Evan] OK. That’s about it. Episode 98 is almost a wrap. Brad, any shout outs this week?

[Brad] Shout out…

[Evan] We’re very grateful for our listeners and we love hearing from you. Send us messages by email at unsecurity@protonmail.com or check us out on Twitter, @UnsecurityP.

If you wanna socialize with me or Brad directly, we dare you! I’m @evanfrancen, and Brad’s @BradNigh. We work for people and if you want to follow those people, SecurityStudio is @studiosecurity and FRSecure is @FRSecure.

That’s it, talk you all again next week!

You Don’t Know Me

Let’s cut through the bullshit. You don’t know me, and I don’t know you.

Here’s why this is important; despite us not knowing each other, I will judge you and you will judge me. This is human nature. We make our judgements based on information we have available and our own historical perspective (or world view). Judgement might not be overt, but you and I are always engaging in making judgements. You might think this is a bad thing, but it’s not. Judgement, by itself, is nothing more than:

  • the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
  • an opinion or estimate so formed
  • the capacity for judging: discernment
  • a proposition stating something believed or asserted

Judgement is good. When you judge me or I you, this could be a good thing; however, it’s only good without bias (unlikely).

Bias is a one-sided, closed-minded, and destructive mindset. Bias doesn’t discriminate, but it leads to discrimination. Look at the definitions of “bias”, “racism”, and “discrimination” for a second.

We can conclude that judgement is good, bias (and racism and discrimination) is bad.

The point

You don’t know me; therefore, if you were to judge me, what would your judgment be based on? If you don’t get to know me, you’d have to judge based on superficial things like how I look, the vehicle(s) I drive, how I dress, etc.

What if I told you these things about me?

  • I’m white/Caucasian.
  • I’m a man.
  • I have a long beard.
  • I drive an F250 pickup truck.
  • I drive a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
  • I live in a small town.
  • I have a good job.
  • I am licensed to carry a firearm.
  • I go to church every Sunday.

Would you think that I’m some sort of right-wing nut job? Would you treat me like one?

How about you? Let’s say:

  • You’re black/African American.
  • You’re a man.
  • You look “normal”, but you’re not clean shaven.
  • You’re middle-aged.
  • You’ve never been married.
  • You have plenty of money.
  • You wear nice clothes.
  • You drive nice sports cars.
  • You didn’t graduate high school.
  • You grew up in New Orleans

Would I think you’re a drug dealer, a thug, or involved in some sort of criminal activity? Would I treat you like you were?

God, I hope not!

In both cases, these judgements are 100% wrong! Like not even close. The judgements are wrong because they are biased.

Me, I am not some right-wing whacko. I despise most of what they stand for and I would never consider doing some of the things they do. Despite this, I can see how someone would mistake me for one. I look the way I look and like the things I like because I do. That’s it, nothing more and nothing less. I hate hatred in all its forms and have a genuinely deep love for people. I don’t just love people like me either, I love people from all walks, all backgrounds, and all beliefs. People who aren’t like me fascinate me.

About the only time I don’t love people is when I must share the road with them, but I’m told that’s sort of normal(ish).

The second person I referenced is Tyler Perry. He is an amazing man with an incredibly inspiring story. Rising from where he did to where he is now is a miraculous journey. He’s impacted thousands (maybe millions) of people across the globe with his works and his story. If you don’t know his story, I’d suggest you read up on him. He grew from a very troubled youth (shitty father figure, attempted suicide, child molestation, etc.) to become a tremendously successful actor, writer, producer, comedian, and director. In my opinion, he’s one of the most inspiring men alive today.

So, again, bias is bad. Put your bias to death as much as you are able.

What to work on

Here are some of the things I will work on to kill my own bias. I can’t change the world, but I can work on me. Here’s my pledge (to myself as much as anyone else):

  1. I will give people the benefit of the doubt. If I don’t know something to be true, instead or going the shitty route, I’ll take the good path in my thoughts and feelings toward others.
  2. I will seek other people’s perspectives. I don’t know what it’s like to be someone else. A person’s perspective is their reality. Understanding their reality and validating it where possible will go a long way towards killing my own biases.
  3. I will listen to people more. We’re all quick to offer advice and stories about the things we’re passionate about. I’ll do better at hearing these things from other people. Who knows, maybe I’ll learn a bunch.
  4. I will embrace the uniqueness in people. We all belong to people groups, either by birth or by choice. Despite whatever people group we belong to, there are beautifully unique things about each one of us. I want to discover the unique gifts in people and embrace them.
  5. I seek to change people and/or their minds less. You have your beliefs and I have mine. We can each be us.
  6. I’ll be a friend to anyone. This doesn’t mean there aren’t boundaries. All relationships have them, even friendships.
  7. I’ll work to find common ground. You’re not me and I’m not you. You believe certain things and so do I. We’re both human beings and if we can’t find anything more common than that, so be it. We’ll start there.

These are seven things that I’ll work on. I said it earlier, I don’t know you, so I can’t suggest the things you should work on. Only you can determine these things, and (probably) only after deep, honest introspection.

I truly love people, and it saddens me to see us hurt each other like we do.

Memorial Day & Other Things

Memorial Day

We live in the best country in the world. Period.

We all have something to complain about and everybody whines. Some of us do these things more than others, and this is “normal”. It’s not normal when we can’t see the good in things. When we can’t see the good, we’re blind and maybe the blindness comes from our sense of entitlement.

Entitlement is taking advantage of and taking for granted the things that were given to us. Given freely, and not earned.

We all take things for granted, at least I do. I take for granted that I can wake up without soldiers outside my door. I take for granted that I can leave my house and take a walk. I take for granted that I can practice the religion I want, drive the truck I want, go many of the places I want, etc. The list of things I take for granted is long, too long.

These things I take for granted weren’t free and they didn’t magically appear. They were were paid for. Our freedom, our way of life, the good things about us were paid for with sacrifices, sacrifices of blood and death.

Tomorrow is Memorial Day. The day to stop and remember the people who sacrificed for us. We remember the ultimate sacrifices made by some of the best among us. These are men, women, fathers, daughters, wives, husbands, mothers, and sons. They gave, we got.

There are no words to express my gratitude. God bless all who serve in our military, especially those who sacrificed all.

Other Things

This morning I’m writing this post from a coffee shop in a small Wisconsin town. The town is Black River Falls, and the name of the coffee shop is Revolution. We’re still inside the COVID 19 pandemic, but there are signs of hope everywhere.

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We came to Wisconsin for Memorial Day weekend because our neighbors to the East have opened their campgrounds, and we can use the sanity. We’re playing by the rules, being responsible, and for the first time in months, things almost seem right. Whatever “right” is. The picture below is our campsite, with our friends.

While hiking on the first evening, we came across this little fawn. We snapped the picture below while maintaining our distance.

I’m grateful for this amazing country and I’m grateful for all it has to offer; wonderful people, hope, togetherness, beauty, and love. There are so many amazing and good things about our United States (keyword “United”). Again, this is the best country in the world. Period.

UNSECURITY Podcast

We’re not recording anything tomorrow. We’ll pick up the show (Episode 81) on Tuesday (5/26). Both Brad and I are wishing you all the best; the good graces of health, family, etc.

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 45 Show Notes

Welcome back for another quick recap of the week and another dose of UNSECURITY Podcast show notes. Hope you all had a great week!

For last week’s show, Brad was in studio while I was calling in from Sofia, Bulgaria. Brad was joined by Ryan Cloutier, an awesome return guest. As far as I could tell, it was another great show. I had some connectivity issues, but who doesn’t have connectivity issues in Bulgaria? Brad did a great job holding things together while we chatted about issues such as liability and speaking information security with “humans”.

Catch episode 44 here.

I was in Bulgaria to visit members of our SecurityStudio development team, check out the new office, and spend some time planning future releases of the software. Bulgaria is eight hours ahead, so timing with U.S. resources was interesting.

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The trip was very successful and we made significant progress on a number of fronts. While I was halfway around the world, Brad held down the fort. He’s a really good leader and I’m sure he has a bunch of things going on. I didn’t get to check in with him last week, so we’ll ask how he’s doing on the podcast.

Lots of other really cool stuff to share, but I’ll do that in another post or on the show.

Let’s do some show notes now.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 45

Date: Monday, September 16th, 2019

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Catching Up
    • More Mentor Program success
    • Civic duty example
  • vCISO Revisited
  • Book Announcement

[Evan] – Hi folks, welcome to the UNSECURITY Podcast. This is episode 45 and I’m your host, Evan Francen. Brad’s joining me as usual. Hi Brad!

[Brad] Brad politely says hello to me and by proxy all of our listeners. Good Brad.

[Evan] Man, this is two shows in a row where I’m out of studio. Today I’m stuck in Washington, D.C. for a meeting. Only one day, so that’s good. What’s up with you?

[Brad] Stuff and things.

[Evan] We haven’t recorded together in person the last couple of weeks, and I haven’t even been able to catch up with you. You cool if we catchup quick?

[Brad] Brad will probably say “yes”.

[Evan] Alright, let’s start with your week. Tell us what you’ve been up to.

Catching up

  • What Brad’s up to.
  • What I’m up to.
  • We have more Mentor Program success to talk about
  • One of our listeners is setting a great example for all of us in holding his local government accountable for security.

[Evan] Alright, lots of good things. We’re all in this together and there’s a job and place for everyone.

[Brad] Brad’s words of wisdom.

[Evan] We’re always grateful for feedback that we get from listeners. If you’d got some, email us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. One of the more popular topics in the past few months has been that of the virtual Chief Information Security Officer (or vCISO). We’ve received some great questions about how to become a vCISO. A couple of episode ago, we talked about what a good vCISO is, but we didn’t really talk about how to become one. Let’s do that.

How to become a vCISO discussion

  • If you’re new (less experience).
  • If you’re experienced (even existing CISOs)
  • What are the benefits to being a vCISO versus being a FTE CISO?

[Evan] Alright. Good perspective and good discussion. Thank you Brad.

[Brad] Brad’s gotta say something or we’ll have an uncomfortable silence here.

[Evan] OK, last topic before we get into some news. I want to announce something that I’m VERY excited about. You and I are going to write a book, right?

[Brad] Brad confirms. See if you can notice any change in the tone of his voice when he responds.

New book announcement and discussion

There’s a tie in here with vCISO too.

[Evan] I’m pumped about writing with you Brad. What better time than 4th quarter to get started?

[Brad] He’s lived through multiple 4th quarters, so he’ll laugh/cry.

[Evan] Let’s close this thing out with some news, eh?

News

Here’s our news for this week:

Closing

[Evan] There you have it. Thank you for another great show Brad!

A special thank you to our loyal listeners. We love your feedback and sincerely appreciate the fact that you join us each week. Send your feedback to us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you’re the social type, socialize with us on Twitter, I’m @evanfrancen, and Brad’s @BradNigh.

Talk to you all again next week!