The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 69 Show Notes – Who does what?

After last week’s BSOD on Brad’s laptop…

We were 50+ minutes into last week’s podcast when Windows said no more. The operating system crash brought episode 68 to a dead halt before we had a chance to cover the last part of our Roles and Responsibilities series. So, instead of two parts, we’re doing three. This is how it all worked out:

I’m excited about this episode because it hits close to home. It should hit close to home with everyone!

RSA Conference

We’ll also talk about last week’s RSA Conference in this show. SecurityStudio sent seven people to the conference this year, and here are some highlights we will discuss:

  • The theme for the conference this year was “Human Element”.

  • Roughly 36,000 attendees this year.
  • San Francisco’s State of Emergency, mid-conference
  • The money grab was alive and well (literally).

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  • SecurityStudio’s first appearance as a sponsor.

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    • Gave away 1,000 free, signed copies of UNSECURITY.

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    • We became known as counterculture (which was super cool).
    • The theme “Mission before $” was born and etched onto each book.
    • We made (at least) 961 new friends.

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Overall, the RSA Conference was a great experience for everyone and a huge success for SecurityStudio.

On to this week’s show notes…


SHOW NOTES – Episode 69

Date: Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Opening
    • What’s up?
    • One thing.
  • RSA Conference
  • Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (Part 3 of 3)
    • Last week, quick recap of roles and responsibilities (at work).
    • People are creatures of habit.
    • SIMPLIFY – What are things we can do?
    • At home:
      • Information security, privacy, and safety cannot be separated.
      • Parent
      • Spouse
      • Children
    • What should every “normal” person know about information security?
    • The importance of definition, formality, and communication.
  • News
Opening

[Evan] Hi again UNSECURITY podcast listeners! My name is Evan Francen and this is episode 69. The date is March 2nd, 2020. Joining me in studio is my co-host, Brad Nigh. Good morning Brad!

[Brad] Rumor has it, he’s been working hard on some IR work. Let’s see if he’s in the mood to talk this morning.

[Evan] It’s great to be back in the office and good to be here. We have a really good show for our listeners this week, but before we dive in, let’s catch up. Brad, tell me about your week.

Catching up

Some back and forth happens here.

[Evan] I’m behind on just about everything. Hoping for a good catch-up week!

RSA Conference

[Evan] So, there was this RSA Conference thingy last week. Let’s talk about it.

RSA Conference discussion. What we learned and what we wish we hadn’t.

[Evan] We’ll invite some of the interesting people from RSA to join us a future guests.

Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (Part 3 of 3) – Micro Level (at home)

[Evan] OK. So last week, we had a nice visit from the BSOD genie. Probably a good thing because we were going sort of long anyway. We originally planned two episode for Roles and Responsibilities, but instead we’ve got three now. No big deal. I’m looking forward to this talk with you Brad! What do you think about the series thus far?

[Brad] His opinions…

Last week, quick recap of roles and responsibilities (at work).

[Evan] We’ve talked about roles and responsibilities at a macro level and we’ve talked about roles and responsibilities within an organization. Now, let’s talk about roles and responsibilities at home. I know that you and I both are very conscious of information security at home.

Roles and Responsibilities at Home:

  • People are creatures of habit.
  • SIMPLIFY – What are things we can do?
  • Information security, privacy, and safety cannot be separated.
  • Roles
    • Parent
    • Spouse
    • Children
  • What should every “normal” person know about information security?
  • The importance of definition, formality, and communication.

[Evan] Great conversation. These things will all be covered in our book, and I’m really looking forward to finishing it with you. This book could help tons of people! Alright, as usual, let’s get to some news.

News

[Evan] Here’s what we’ve got for news this week:

Bonus, maybe a future episode; This breast cancer advocate says she discovered a Facebook flaw that put the health data of millions at riskhttps://www.cnn.com/2020/02/29/health/andrea-downing-facebook-data-breach-wellness-trnd/index.html

Closing

[Evan] There you have it. Episode 69. It’s good to be home this week.

[Evan] Thank you to our listeners, we love hearing from you. If you’ve got something to say, email us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you would rather do the whole social thing, we tweet sometimes. I’m @evanfrancen, and Brad’s @BradNigh. Check out @studiosecurity and @FRSecure frequently. They’re always posting good things! Is FRSecure out at SecureWorld North Carolina this week? Lots going on and lots of chatter!

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

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 68 Show Notes – Who does what?

Trying to get back to posting show notes on Fridays. We’ll see…

The Week

It’s been another amazing week at SecurityStudio and FRSecure! I was in the office all week, so I got to see some of the magic first hand. You’d be amazed, truly.

OUR PEOPLE ARE INCREDIBLE! (yes, I shouted that).

Some of the things that come to mind right now:

  • Discussions and meetings with awesome people like Chris Roberts, Steve Hawkins, Mike Johnson, Augustine Doe, Jeremy Swenson, and Devin Harris this week. Each of them is awesome in their own way. Had lots of meetings this week, but these are the ones that stand out right now. Giving them all shout outs. They are wonderful people.
  • Brad’s kickin’ butt on some new service offerings, including a new CMMC readiness assessment. Checked out his executive summary report mock-up, and it’s sweet!
  • One of our analysts, “Ben” (he’s been on the podcast show before) has discovered some (16ish) significant potential/confirmed breaches of data in his research. Learning a ton about responsible disclosure. 😉
  • Lunch with John Harmon, FRSecure’s president on Thursday was incredible. We ate some sweet BBQ and talked strategy. This dude has some great ideas and I’m pumped about what he’s up to!
  • Ryan (“cola”) Cloutier is a machine. Opening doors, making a difference in education (K-12 & higher ed), and taking things global (UK, Australia, APAC, etc.). Letting this guy do his thing.
  • The marketing stuff and coordination for RSA next week is all set, thanks to the leadership of Andy Forsberg. This dude’s got in under control! There are seven SecurityStudio people heading out to RSA next week and we’ve all got brand new blue Nike’s and brand new blue branded T-shirts, not to mention 1,000 books to give away, and all the details. Excited to go have some fun with this group next week! (P.S. I think I got Andy hooked on Rockstar Energy drinks. I’m a bad influence, and I’m sorry.)

I could write something about every person here. The ALL pour their heart and soul into our mission of fixing this broken industry. They ALL understand that information security isn’t about information or security as much as it is about people. There are no words to describe the experience of working on this mission with this amazing group!

Breathe

OK, enough braggin’ for now, we got a podcast to do.

In last week’s show, Brad and I discussed the topic of information security roles and responsibilities at a macro level. We gave our opinions about the role of government, the role of business, the role of schools, etc. This week, we’re going to take the same topic and apply it at a micro level.

This is sure to be a great discussion!


SHOW NOTES – Episode 68

Date: Monday, February 24th, 2020

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Opening
    • What’s up?
    • One thing.
  • Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (Part 2 of 2)
    • Last week, quick recap of roles and responsibilities at a macro level.
    • The importance of definition, formality, and communication.
    • SIMPLIFY and operationalize.
    • At work:
      • Executive Management
      • CISO (or similar), two jobs.
      • IT
      • Legal
      • Everyone else.
    • At home:
      • Information security, privacy, and safety cannot be separated.
      • Parent
      • Spouse
      • Children
    • What are things we can do to simplify and operationalize?
    • What should every “normal” person know about information security?
  • News
Opening

[Brad] Good morning UNSECURITY podcast listeners! I’m Brad Nigh and this is episode 68. The date is February 24th, 2020. Joining me in studio is my co-host, Brad Nigh. Good morning Evan!

[Evan] Stuff and things…

[Brad] We have a great show planned today. Before we dive in, let’s catch up. Crazy week behind us and another crazy one ahead! What’s going on?

Catching up

Some back and forth happens here.

[Brad] Wow! Alright, let’s shift gears now a little. Last week, we talked about information security roles and responsibilities. Not the most exciting topic, but an absolutely critical one for sure! We’re approaching this topic from two different perspectives, from a macro level and a micro level. Last week was part one, the macro level. This week is part two, the micro level. You ready to get started?

[Evan] For sure.

Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (Part 1 of 2) – Micro Level

[Brad] You mentioned that we’re working on this book together. It’s a book focused on simplifying and operationalizing information security for underserved markets like state/local government, schools (K-12 and higher ed), small businesses, and individuals. Part of all this is understanding who does what, or at least who should be doing what. We started last week with our opinions about the importance of defining roles and responsibilities for governments, businesses, schools, etc. Now, let’s take it down to a more practical level.

We’ll share our opinions this week on the following:

  • How important is it to define, formalize, and communicate information security roles and responsibilities?
  • If we haven’t defined, formalized, or communicated information security roles and responsibilities, where should we start?
  • Why is it important to simplify information security, and how can I do it?
  • What does operationalizing information security look like and how can I accomplish this?
  • Roles and Responsibilities at Work:
    • Executive Management
    • CISO (or similar), two jobs.
    • IT
    • Legal
    • Everyone else.
  • Roles and Responsibilities at Home:
    • Information security, privacy, and safety cannot be separated.
    • Parent
    • Spouse
    • Children
  • What are things we can do to simplify and operationalize information security at home?
  • What should every “normal” person know about information security?

[Brad] Great conversation. We could have taken any one of these subtopics and devoted an entire show to it. I’m really looking forward to finishing this book with you. This book could help tons of people! Alright, as usual, let’s get to some news.

News

[Brad] Here’s what we’ve got for news this week:

Closing

[Brad] There you have it. Episode 68. Good talk today. Got any parting words?

[Evan] It’s a secret.

[Brad] Thank you to our listeners, we love hearing from you. If you’ve got something to say, email us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you would rather do the whole social thing, we tweet sometimes. I’m @BradNigh and Evan’s @evanfrancen. Be sure to watch social media for news from RSA! SecurityStudio will be tweeting and LinkedInning all week! Check out @studiosecurity frequently. FRSecure’s Twitter handle is @FRSecure, and they’re sure to have some good things too. Especially the week after next when FRSecure is out at SecureWorld North Carolina. Lots going on and lots of chatter!

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

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 67 Show Notes – Who does what?

Did you even notice that I skipped posting show notes for last week’s podcast? Time got away from us. Sometimes our day job gets in the way. No matter. We recorded a pretty good show for you last week anyway, and you can catch a listen here.

We’re almost back on track this week.

Here we go…


SHOW NOTES – Episode 67

Date: Monday, February 17th, 2020

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Opening
    • What’s up?
    • One thing.
  • Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (Part 1 of 2)
    • How important are information security roles and responsibilities?
    • Is it important to define them formally, or do people just know?
    • Roles and responsibilities at a macro level.
      • Government(s).
      • Business(es).
        • B2C.
        • Employer(s).
      • School(s).
      • Consumer(s)/citizen(s)
    • Ideas for making things better.
    • Part 2 – Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (micro-level).
  • News
Opening

[Evan] Howdy. Welcome to episode 67 of the UNSECURITY Podcast. Today is February 17th, 2020 and this angelic voice you’re hearing is me, Evan Francen. Joining me in studio today is my security bestie, Brad Nigh. Good morning Brad!

[Brad] Hopefully he got some sleep and he’s ready to impart some of his wisdom!

[Evan] We have a great show planned today. Before we dive in, let’s catch up. As usual, I want to know how you’re doing and what you’re up to. Give it to me.

Catching up

Some back and forth happens here.

[Evan] Let’s see if you prepped for today’s show. I want you to share one information security truth. Pick any one you want.

[Brad] Shares a truth.

[Evan] Boom! Hashtag truth. Here’s one that’s on my mind…

[Evan] This weekend I was doing some work on our book. For those of you who don’t know yet, we are writing a really cool book. There are two purposes for the book. The first is to simplify information security, and the second is to operationalize information security in underserved markets. Underserved markets are state/local government, schools (K-12 and higher ed), small businesses, and individuals. How do we embed information security in such a way that it becomes a normal part of everyday life and a competitive advantage?

This book is being written by me, Brad, and Ryan (aka “cola”).

I’m just about done with my initial outline, which are really just thoughts. Soon, we’ll get going full speed with these guys. We’ll be collaborating big time!

Anyway, here’s why this is relevant to today’s podcast. As I was writing, I had a thought. One of the foundational components of information security is understanding and implementing roles and responsibilities. This leads to an idea of doing a two-part series. In part one (today), I’d like to discuss information security roles and responsibilities at a macro level. In part two (next week), we can discuss information security roles and responsibilities at a micro level. You game?

[Brad] Brad’s almost always game. He’s one of the most collaborative and easy-going security guys I know!

Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (Part 1 of 2) – Macro Level

We’ll share opinions on these things:

  • How important are information security roles and responsibilities?
  • Is it important to define them formally, or do people just know?
  • Roles and responsibilities at a macro level.
    • Government(s).
    • Business(es).
      • B2C.
      • Employer(s).
    • School(s).
    • Consumer(s)/citizen(s)
  • Ideas for making things better.
  • Part 2 – Information Security Roles and Responsibilities (micro-level).

[Evan] Good discussion man! We take so many of these things for granted. Good things for us to keep in mind as we continue down the path of writing our book.

[Brad] Brad is Brad.

[Evan] Let’s cover some news now.

News

[Evan] I’ve got a few goodies today:

Closing

[Evan] There you have it. Episode 67. Always great chatting with you Brad! Got any parting words?

[Brad] Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t…

[Evan] Thank you to our listeners, we love hearing from you. If you’ve got something to say, email us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you would rather do the whole social thing, we tweet sometimes. I’m @evanfrancen and Brad’s @BradNigh. If you like company stuff, we work for SecurityStudio (@studiosecurity) and FRSecure (@FRSecure). The company people post good things from time to time too!

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

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 65 Show Notes – Money Grab

Another week down. Damn, a whole month is down! January is already in the books.

While I’ve got you here, help us out with our mission. We’re busting our tails off doing our part to fix the broken information security industry. We’re striving and doing these things:

  • Setting a common information security language that can be spoken by everyone; the S2Score.
  • Developing and delivering simple (but effective and credible) information security risk assessments for the under-served (SMBs, state and local government, K-12, etc.):
  • Developing and delivering simple (but effective and credible) tools to help the under-served do information security better.
  • Teaching and mentoring others for free. The FRSecure CISSP Mentor Program is in it’s 11th year! We started with six students in 2010, last year we had 532, and this year we had more than 540 enrollments within the first 24 hours! Check it out and enroll here.

What can you do to help? Simple. You can help in (at least) three ways:

  • Do your own S2Org and S2Me assessments.
  • Contribute your opinions and feedback (after all, we’re all in this together).
  • Spread the word. Tell others. Tell them about the S2Org and S2Me assessments and tell them about the FREE FRSecure CISSP Mentor Program!

OK, on to the show…

February is already upon us, and RSA is just around the corner. Speaking of RSA, let’s talk about our industry’s money grab in this week’s episode. Let’s also discuss tips for talking to the board of directors about information security stuff .

This will be fun!

Alright, on to the show notes. This is my (Evan) show to lead and these (below) are my notes.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 65

Date: Monday, February 2nd, 2020

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Opening
    • Normal Stuff
    • Got Mail?
  • The Money Grab
    • It’s alive and well – everybody wants your $$$.
    • The Bad Guys Of Course
    • The “Good Guys” Too?
  • Talking to the Board
    • Tips
    • Recent Experiences
  • News
Opening

[Evan] Alright, welcome! This is Evan Francen, this is episode 65 of the UNSECURITY Podcast, and the date is February 3rd, 2020. In studio with me is none other than Mr. Brad Nigh. Howdy Brad.

[Brad] We’ll see how awake he is on an early Monday morning.

[Evan] I’m curious, are you a morning person or a night person?

[Brad] I don’t know what he’ll say here…

[Evan] We’ve got a great show planned for you today. Lots to talk about, for sure! We’re going to talk about this industry’s money grab and we’ll cover some tips for speaking to the board of directors. Before we dig in, Brad, how you doing?

Quick Catch-up Talk

[Evan] Alright. Well, let’s get to it. Let’s talk about the money grab in this industry. In case you didn’t know, I’m referring to the information security industry. You have the something that everybody wants. The bad guys, the good guys, and everyone in between. They all want your money. Collectively, I call this the “money grab” and we’re going to discuss this. I want to discuss this because I don’t want you losing your hard earned money to some crook and I don’t want you to piss it away on something that doesn’t do what you thought.

Discussion about the Money Grab

The money grab is alive and well. Everybody wants your $$$. Everybody.

  • The Bad Guys Of Course
    • The 2018 cybercrime industry was worth at least $1.5 trillion
    • There is no low that’s too low.

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  • The “Good Guys” Too?
    • Gartner estimated that 2019 industry spending was $124 billion in 2019, and by some estimated it’s expected to grow to more than $170 billion by 2022. NOTE: this is for context only and not to imply that this is wasted spending.
    • FUD (scare the sh*t out of you) and Sex Sell (buzzwords, new blinky lights, etc.)
    • Seems like everybody is fighting for your money.
      • Conferences (RSA, Black Hat, etc.)
      • Companies (borderline extortion, crappy advise, etc.)
    • We’re (FRSecure and SecurityStudio) human too. Mission over money, does it keep us honest?

[Evan] It’s a dangerous world and people (non-information security people are confused). I wonder how much of this is on purpose. The enterprise organizations can afford to make mistakes, but the smaller players are left in the cold and they’re suffering because they often miss the basics, the fundamentals. I feel bad for the under-served markets, especially SMBs. This is our primary focus. OK, on that note…

Discussion about talking boards of directors and executive management

[Evan] Brad, you and I have had the privilege on many occasions to talk to boards and executives. What tips do we have?

Some good back and forth discussion I’m sure…

After a while, let’s do some news.

News

[Evan] I’ve only got two stories to discuss today, but I think they’re interesting ones:

Closing

[Evan] OK, that’s it. Episode 65 is in the bag. Brad, you’ve got any ideas for next week’s show yet?

[Brad] Maybe he does, maybe he doesn’t…

[Evan] Thank you to our listeners, we love hearing from you. If you’ve got something to say, email us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you would rather do the whole social thing, we tweet sometimes. I’m @evanfrancen and Brad’s @BradNigh. If you like company stuff, we work for SecurityStudio (@studiosecurity) and FRSecure (@FRSecure). The company people post good things from time to time too!

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

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 48 Show Notes

OK. Late again. I’ve been busy, and so has Brad.

Most of my highlights from last week are written/posted in #S2Roashow Recap – Week One. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. 😉 There’s a recap of the BSides Harrisburg Conference (their first one ever), a recap of the Cybersecurity Awareness Summit, and our reviews of some of the best BBQ in Central PA. You need to check out who the winner was!

As far as Brad is concerned, I haven’t seen him much lately. I’ve been on the road, and I think he’s been on the road too. Actually, he’s on the road during this week’s show! It’s a very busy time of year for all of us at SecurityStudio (me) and FRSecure (Brad).

Let’s get to it, eh?


SHOW NOTES – Episode 48

Date: Monday, October 7th, 2019

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Roadshow Recap – Week One
  • More vCISO Talk
  • This Week & The News

[Evan] – Hey oh. It’s me, Evan Francen. This is episode 48 of the UNSECURITY Podcast and the date is Monday, October 7th, 2019. Brad’s on a plane somewhere maybe, or maybe he’s in a hotel somewhere. I don’t know. All, I know if that he couldn’t make it because he’s really, really busy. In Brad’s place this morning is my good friend, John Harmon. Care to say “hi” John?

[John] John is a leader and has the liberty to say what he wants. 😉

[Evan] So, this was sort of last minute. I texted Brad on Friday night to ask if he wanted me to write the show notes. He responded that he’s going to be in San Diego, doing a board of directors presentation for a customer. Planning isn’t my strong suit, so I went to my bullpen. There I find my ace reliever, John Harmon. Glad you’re here John!

[John] John’s probably glad to be here, but it’s early. He might not be awake yet.

[Evan] Last week was week one of the SecurityStudio Roadshow (#S2Roadshow). You and I were in Pennsylvania, spreading some security love/truth. I wrote about the week on my blog, but who reads anymore? Let’s talk about it here. Cool?

[John] You’ll love John. He’s agreeable and great at rolling with it.

Roadshow Recap – Week One Discussion

Refer to https://evanfrancen.com/the-securitystudio-roadshow-week1/ for more information.

[Evan] It was a fun week, a productive week, and a very successful week. One of the most popular topics on the show is the topic of vCISO, or virtual Chief Information Security Officer. We receive emails every week from listeners asking good questions. This past week was no exception.

The questions were:

  1. Can you help me with some vCISO materials? 
  2. Like a framework of where to start?

This is a good opportunity to discuss this because we have a guest too. John has hired numerous vCISOs over the years, so his perspective will be great!

Maybe we’ll mention the book that Brad and I are starting…

More vCISO Talk

[Evan] Let’s talk briefly about where the SecurityStudio Roadshow takes us this week, then get to some news.

This Week & The News

[Evan] Where are you going to be this week John?

[John] John will tell us about his week (and hopefully where he might grab some BBQ). He might ask me about mine. We’ll see.

News

Only three news articles to talk about this week, even though there are 1000s to choose from:

Closing

[Evan] There you have it. We’ve got another busy week ahead! Fixing a broken industry is a helluva lot of work. I’ll see if Brad is up for talking about the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) next week. Interesting stuff happening there.

Thank you to our loyal listeners! Thank you for your tips and feedback. Send us your wisdom, questions, advice, whatever, by email  at unsecurity@protonmail.com. If you’re the social type, socialize with us on Twitter, I’m @evanfrancen and John’s @HarmonJohn. Also, follow SecurityStudio (@studiosecurity) and the #S2Roadshow hashtag.

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

#S2Roadshow Recap – Week One

Central Pennsylvania

We’re happy to report that the information security community in Central Pennsylvania is alive and well!

Partners

One goal of the SecurityStudio Roadshow is to get out and meet new partners. We want to meet them, understand their businesses, and help them grow their information security consulting practices using simple, fundamental, and compliant solutions (S2Score, S2Org, S2Vendor, and S2Team/S2Me).

We met some amazing people and companies this week. We’re expecting as many as four new partners from Central Pennsylvania coming from this leg of the roadshow! Stay tuned for the announcements coming soon!

Keep up with our progress on Twitter, using the #S2Roadshow hashtag. We’re entertaining dammit!

BSides Harrisburg

In addition to meeting new potential SecurityStudio partners, John (Harmon) and I attended the inaugural BSides Harrisburg Conference on Wednesday (10/2). The event was held at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology downtown, and the organizers did a great job!

SPECIAL SHOUTOUT to Julie Goolsby. Julie is the Director of Professional Development Programs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and she was instrumental in coordinating everything for the event. She is patient, responsive, and incredibly effective.

I’m sure there were others who helped Julie, but we coordinated with her the most.

There were ~300 – 400 people at the conference (my guess), and maybe a dozen vendors. I didn’t speak until 10am, so John and I took in the Opening Remarks and the Keynote. The Keynote was presented by Ken Bechtel, a very well-respected Malware/Threat Researcher with more than 30 years under his belt. I shuddered when he mentioned boot sector viruses of the 90s. I started my (paid) career cleaning boot sector viruses from Windows 3.1 machines.

Ken has been around for a long time and he’s got a boatload of wisdom to share. Crazy how much he’s seen and how many malware packages he’s reversed. Most people haven’t heard of Ken because he’s one of those behind the scenes kind of guys. Sort of like me. He and I are both most comfortable in a dark room behind a keyboard somewhere. After his talk, we spent 30 minutes or so sharing stories and laughs.

NOTE: Ken informed me that he’s in the market for more/new work. Get in touch with him if you’d like to inquire. Here’s his LinkedIn Profile.

My Talk

This was one of those talks where I didn’t choose the title, but one of our marketing folks did. The title was “WANTED – People Committed to Solving our Information Security Language Problem”. Alright, let’s do it!

Finished my slides in a small coffee shop in Columbia, PA. SHOUTOUT to Café 301 in Columbia, a great little coffee shop in downtown. Good coffee and a great place to finish presentation slides.

My talk was in the event auditorium. There’s this slight fear of giving a talk in a large room (or in this case auditorium) and having a small audience. Thankfully, attendance was good, and it looked like the place was almost full. Phew! The talk was also livestreamed I hear.

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SIDE NOTE: The very first talk I gave after starting FRSecure in 2008(ish) was at a conference in Bloomington, MN. This was my first ever talk, so I prepped thoroughly. I was early to the venue. I got to my room early. I got setup early. I was raring to go! One problem. Nobody came. Zero attendance. A good dose of humble pie, but ever since that day, I’ve said to myself, “as long as there’s more than zero, it’s a good day for a talk”.

I think the talk went well. There were awesome questions, and there was a dozen or so people who came up to talk with me afterwards. If you’re interested, a copy of my presentation can be downloaded here. If you want to watch the video, BSides live-streamed it, and you can also see it here.

Back to the Conference

We spent the remainder of the conference roaming the floor, striking up conversations, and attending other people’s talks. The two talks that I particularly enjoyed, so more SHOUTOUTS:

  • Rae Baker’s Open Source Intelligence 101: Finding Information on Anyone was a great introduction to OSINT. Really enjoyable presentation, and she nailed it!
  • Brandon Keath’s Hacking Yourself First, Penetration Testing for the Blue Teams: Part 2 was great. I had to miss Part 1 because I was in Rae’s talk. Brandon knows what he’s talking about and I really liked his dry humor. Good stuff.

We wrapped up the day with a few more introductions to potential partners, then headed off for BBQ (reviews below) and hotel work.

BSides Harrisburg was a GREAT CONFERENCE.

Cybersecurity Awareness Summit

Thursday’s agenda included attendance at the Cybersecurity Awareness Summit. This summit was also held at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. The theme for this conference was “Caring and Sharing to Safeguard Our Citizens. Cross-collaboration Among Government & Education Makes Pennsylvania Safer & More Secure.

I sat through the following:

  • Welcome– Eric Darr, PhD, President Harrisburg University
  • Opening Remarks– John MacMillan, Deputy Secretary for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Commonwealth of PA
  • Security Challenges Confronting Government and Schools and Benefits to Collaboration & NASCIO’s Cybersecurity State of the States Report– Erik Avakian, CISSP, CRISC, CISA, CISM, CGCIO, ITILv3, Chief Information Security Officer Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Srini Subramanian, Risk and Financial Advisory Lead, Deloitte
  • CISA: Cybersecurity Resources for State and Local Governments– Benjamin Gilbert, Cybersecurity Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

I will be PC in my feedback, although I don’t really want to. Mr. MacMillan is a very sharp dresser. Mr. Avakian has a nearly impossible job and needs more help. If Mr. Subramanian would have said “cyber” one more time, my head would have exploded. Mr. Gilbert was a good guy who used a helluva lot of acronyms.

I have a ton of respect for state CISOs. They do very hard work in a (sometimes) very hostile environment with less support.

RANT: Somehow, we’ve gone from using the words information security to cybersecurity to just “cyber”. Information security is NOT “cyber”. I get it, “cyber” sounds a lot cooler. Maybe using “cyber” helps you sell more $*!%. Certainly, the hipsters are impressed by the word. The truth is, using “cyber” as a reference to information security is NOT helping. Words matter. Use a dictionary.

I’m a stickler for this because I’ve been part of this army, and we’ve fought very hard to make information security a business issue, NOT just an IT issue.

OK, off the soap box now.

Benjamin Gilbert did a great job showing us all that CISA has to offer. They are trying to do everything for everyone though. This will get very expensive (to taxpayers) and will be less than optimal (wait lists, skill shortages, etc.). CISA provides a lot of value, but it would be nicer to see them do one or two things really well versus doing a whole bunch of things sort of half-assed.

This conference was very well attended and overall it was great. Seriously, it was.

BBQ Reviews

A roadshow isn’t a roadshow without a heathy dose of BBQ, or lots of doses of BBQ. John and I promise to eat at all the best BBQ places we can find during our travels and provide you with the lowdown. It’s the toughest part of our job, but you can count on us. We’re in it to win it!

We rate each BBQ joint we try on four characteristics on a scale of 1 (sucks) – 10 (best); Atmosphere, Service, Portions/Value, and Taste. The overall rating is the average of the four.

Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse – Overall: 6.75

  • Atmosphere – 9
  • Service – 6
  • Portion/Value – 6
  • Taste – 6

Our first stop after landing in Philadelphia was Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse. The BBQ was good, but not great. The best thing about the place was the really cool atmosphere.

Mission BBQ – Overall: 8

  • Atmosphere – 7
  • Service – 10
  • Portion/Value – 7
  • Taste – 8

We ate at Mission BBQ in Harrisburg in the evening of the first day. I wasn’t that excited for it because I knew it was part of a chain, but it was the closest BBQ joint to where we were staying. The staff was AMAZING. I can’t remember ever getting better service that we did at this place.

The cashier asked us if this was our first time at Mission BBQ. We said it was, then she proceeded to tell us all about the menu and how they make their BBQ.

Once our order was ready, the lady behind the counter asked us if it was our first time at Mission BBQ. We said it was, then she proceeded to tell us all about the sauces and how to help ourselves.

After we sat down to eat, another lady came by our table three or four times to make sure we had everything we needed. She cleared our table for us too (even though this was a self-service joint).

The service was exceptional, so I rate it a 10. The food was good too, the best being the jalapeno cheddar sausage.

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Redd’s BBQ – Overall: 7.25

  • Atmosphere – 8
  • Service – 5
  • Portion/Value – 9
  • Taste – 7

After almost 24 hours without BBQ, we made the drive from Harrisburg to Carlisle on Wednesday night. We enjoyed some good (again, not great) BBQ at Redd’s BBQ. The atmosphere was pretty good and the portions were large. Service was so-so; the waitresses spent more time chatting with each other than they did helping their customers. Overall, this was good BBQ and it was worth the drive.

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Shakedown BBQ – Overall: N/A

  • Atmosphere – N/A
  • Service – N/A
  • Portion/Value – N/A
  • Taste – N/A

The disappointment of our BBQ adventure came when we made the drive out to Grantville only to find the Shakedown BBQ was closed. This was one place that came most recommended from the people we talked to at BSides. Before making the drive, we confirmed that the place would be open, both online and through a friend of the owner. They were supposed to open at 11am on Thursday, and we got there at 11:15. A paper plate was hung on the front door saying they were closed. Ugh.

Divine Swine – Overall: 8.5 – #S2Roadshow Week 1 Champ

  • Atmosphere – 7
  • Service – 8
  • Portion/Value – 10
  • Taste – 9

After the Shakedown BBQ disappointment, we swung over to Manheim, where we found Divine Swine. This place takes the crown as the #S2Roadshow Week 1 BBQ Champ. The best tasting BBQ we had on the trip and huge portions. If you’re in the area, you have to visit this place!

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Maybe we’re BBQ snobs, maybe not. One thing is certain, we enjoyed all of the BBQ we ate, and we’re pumped for next week’s adventures.

Next Week’s #S2Roadshow

I’ll be heading to Orange County, California. I’m speaking to the fine folks at the Orange County Chapter of ISACA on Tuesday. I’ve got a bunch of great meetings on Wednesday and Thursday with some potential partners and other security folks. If you’re in the area, let’s hook up. We can talk security and grab some BBQ. If you’ve got some BBQ recommendations, let me have ‘em!

John will be in Madison, Wisconsin speaking at an event hosted by Applied Tech. He’s going to be joined by Steve Krause, SecurityStudio’s Partner Manager. If you’re in that area, go hang out with John. I think he’s funner than I am.

Stay tuned for next week’s #S2Roadshow update! You can follow us on Twitter (@evanfrancen, @HarmonJohn, @StudioSecurity, and the #S2Roadshow hashtag) and on LinkedIn.

The SecurityStudio Roadshow

Introduction

OK, we’re doing this roadshow. Publicly, we call it the SecurityStudio Roadshow. Internally, we call it “Project Bacon”. Who doesn’t like bacon?

This is a short article to tell you about the SecurityStudio Roadshow and what we’re trying to accomplish with it. The first phase of the #S2Roadshow kicks off at the BSides Harrisburg (PA) Conference on October 2nd and ends with the RSA Conference in February, 2020.

Purpose

We’re on a mission. Our mission is to fix the broken information security industry. Say what?! Yeah, we know. It’s a big mission. Two things come to mind right away:

  1. Where do we start?
  2. How do we start?

We need to start where we’ll have the greatest positive impact on our industry and we need to start with people who are closest to the problem.

Where do we start

We start with information security fundamentals. If you hired me as your CISO, the very first thing I would do is an information security risk assessment. Considering that maybe ~90% of organizations in the United States fail to do this fundamental exercise reinforces the notion that this is where we’ll start.

SecurityStudio developed the S2Org information security risk assessment, and it’s already been used by more than 1,500 companies. We’ll start with the S2Org assessment and we’ll offer it for free.

The S2Org is SIMPLE, FUNDAMENTLAL, and COMPLIANT. More about this later.

How do we start

We start by making friends. We’ll get on the road and we’ll meet them where they are. The #S2Roadshow! We’ll travel the country recruiting people for our cause. We’re recruiting partners and end users. Partners use our tools to attract new customers and help their existing ones. End users can use our tools for free to address their fundamental information security needs.

Keep Up

We invite you to join us on the road, either in person or online. If you’ll be at one of the various events we’ll be at, come say “hi”! Tell us how we can help you and/or join us. For those of you who can’t be where we are, follow us on my personal blog, on Twitter, and/or LinkedIn.

It’s going to be one helluva ride, and we’re excited to share it with you! We’ll meet a bunch of cool people, establish some great new relationships, and make a lot of progress on the mission!

I’ll post daily updates here. This will sort of be my #S2Roadshow journal.

Want to know more about SecurityStudio, check us out online; https://securitystudio.com. Get your S2Score, become a partner, or help us with our mission!

Oh yeah, one more thing.  We’ll be hunting down the best BBQ joints while we’re on the road. We’ll eat and we’ll review. It’s hard to be a security guy on the road.

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 47 Show Notes

Here we go. The show notes for episode 47 of the UNSECURITY Podcast.

I’m writing these during the Vikings/Bears game on Sunday. Skol Vikings! Yeah, whatever, I’m late, but I’ve got excuses. I’m late because things are sort of crazy at home right now. I’ll try to explain:

  • I was in Bulgaria for a week (several weeks ago). My sleep was thrown off a little because Bulgaria is 8 hours ahead of us.
  • My wife was in China for 10 days. This means that I was left to my own devices (not usually a good idea), and I had no backup for my 14 year-old daughter’s manipulation. Seemed like there were more kids at my house than normal. I don’t know. The house is still standing, so that’s a win.
  • In the middle of this, I decided to quit smoking on Wednesday. After 30 years of 1-1/2 packs a day, I’m done. This is day four, and the withdrawals are a challenge (my PC word for it).
  • My wife got back last night, and now her sleep is all wonky. She was 13 hours ahead.

So, let’s give this thing a go, shall we?

Last week was a blur, but I think we did some really good things! Brad spent the latter part of the week offsite with FRSecure’s Senior Management Team (SMT), doing some strategic planning. I spent most of my time working on some timely SecurityStudio stuff:

  • Next week’s launch of S2Org.
  • SecurityStudio Partner Jumpstart
  • Roadshow preparation, hard to believe that we (me and John Harmon) hit the road next week already.

Do you know what we’re doing on the #S2Roadshow? Did you know that we’re using the “#S2Roadshow” hashtag? Do you know what S2Org is? Don’t worry if you don’t, we know we’ve got a lot of preaching to do!

Friday was highlighted by a great meeting with Minnetonka School District representatives (Mike Dronen, Executive Director of Technology and Dave Eisenmann, Director of Instructional Technology), Ryan Cloutier (repeat podcast guest and Chairperson of the Consortium of School Networking Cyber Security Advisory Panel), and Ivan Peev (SecurityStudio’s VP of Product Development). We discussed how we can work together to create a free S2Teen product for students and parents. There will be some great things coming out of this (eventually).

If you missed episode 46 of the UNSECURITY Podcast, here it is.

OK. Show notes…


SHOW NOTES – Episode 47

Date: Monday, September 30th, 2019

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Fundamentals
  • Roadshow
  • Parents and Kids

[Evan] – Let’s do this. I’m Evan Francen, it’s Monday, September 30th, and this is episode 47 of the UNSECURITY Podcast. My guy Brad Nigh is here with me. Hey Brad!

[Brad] You know Brad. He’ll say something because he’s nice like that.

[Evan] I know you were offsite with the FRSecure Senior Management Team (or SMT) the last half of the week. I love how you guys set an example by working hard and playing hard. How was it?

[Brad] Cool things.

[Evan] So, late last week, I had this meeting. It was the first time I’d met this guy who runs the information security program for a VERY important organization. I can’t share the name because I don’t like to out people like that. Anyway, he has many years of information security experience and seemed like he had all the right things to say. As the discussion progressed, I could sort of sense that he and I didn’t see security the same way exactly.

He knew all the acronyms and threw them around like candy at a parade. He’s also very well connected and dropped a lot of names. We knew some of the same people, but this was the first time he and I had met each other. He went on to say how they’ve built a good foundation for their security program, and now they want to take things to the next level.

One thing that became obvious is we don’t think about the foundation or fundamentals the same way. Let’s talk about this.

[Brad] He’ll agree because he likes to talk about these things.

Fundamentals Discussion

Things to discuss:

  1. What is information security?
  2. What is risk?
  3. If I hire you to “do” information security for me, what is the first thing you would do?
  4. What percentage of SMBs…?
  5. Discuss last week’s discussion

[Evan] The basics man. How many breaches do we see where it’s just the missing basics? 

[Brad] Something…

[Evan] Complexity is the enemy. We’ve all heard it before. Really, this is what the SecurityStudio Roadshow is about.

Roadshow Discussion

  • Was called “Project Bacon”.
  • Mike Dronen brought me some bacon!
  • This week is Harrisburg, PA BSides
  • Hashtag #S2Roadshow

[Evan] Quickly, let’s talk parents, kids, security, privacy, and safety. Maybe we can devote a whole show to this in the future. Maybe we can get a guest to join us.

Parents and Kids Discussion

[Evan] Alright. That’s a lot to take in. Good discussion Brad. We could take any one of these topics and make it an entire show.

News

Here’s our news for this week:

Closing

[Evan] There you have it. I’ll be checking in regularly from the road. We have a mission dammit! Stay tuned. Hope you’ll follow along.

Thank you to our loyal listeners! Shout out to Kevin! Thank you for your tips and feedback. We’re working on it. For the rest of you, send us your feedback by email  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!

The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 46 Show Notes

Here we go, we’re on week 46 (already)!

Hard to believe how far we’ve come over the past 45 weeks. Our first podcast was recorded over a Zoom Web conference on a Sunday afternoon. Brad was at home and so was I. We kept up the Sunday routine for a while, at least until our wives requested their Sunday afternoons back. Thank God, because the quality of those early podcasts sucked, and we needed to up our game.

Anyway, there’s a story here. Maybe a story for another day.

This has been another incredible week.

The week started with a Sunday evening trip to Washington D.C. for a Monday afternoon meeting.

The highlight on Tuesday was participation in the 2019 Minnesota IT Symposium at the Mall of America. I had the privilege to participate on a panel with two really awesome information security leaders; Judy Hatchett (VP, Information Security & CISO at Fairview Health Services) and David Young (CISO at Medica). The panel was moderated by my good friend (and SecurityStudio board member) Nick Hernandez. It was an amazing discussion, and it was an honor to share the stage with these guys.

Wednesday was an office day, trying to catch up. It doesn’t seem healthy to process so many emails in such a short period of time.

Thursday was arguably the highlight of the week. FRSecure held their 4th Hacks & Hops event. More than 200 friends and partners gathered at U.S. Bank Stadium to talk about security incident response. After the keynote, I was joined by some incredible information security peers; Jadee Hanson (CISO and VP of Information Systems at Code 42), Bill Boeck (Senior VP, Insurance and Claims Counsel at Lockton Companies), and our very own Oscar Minks (FRSecure’s Director of Technical Solutions and Services).

We discussed the importance of incident response planning, cyber insurance, shared some personal stories, and fielded some great questions from the audience.

One or our attendees summed it up well in his LinkedIn post after the event.

There is an incredible amount of work that goes into arranging an event like this. FRSecure’s Jess Kooiman led the charge, with a significant amount of help from Brandon Matis, Andy Forsberg, Christy Kleve, Renay Rutter, and McKenzie Adams.

Friday wrapped with some good SecurityStudio meetings, including one with Tyler Olson (Founder and CEO of SHYLD Academy). He’s got a good thing going there!

Great week and tons going on. I hope you had a great week too. If you’d like to share your week, get in touch with me or Brad. You can find us at unsecurity@protonmail.com. We’d love to hear your successes and/or help if we can.

If you missed episode 44 of the UNSECURITY Podcast, here it is.

OK. Show notes…


Just a quick note. Brad’s super busy, so these are his show notes written by me (Evan).

SHOW NOTES – Episode 46

Date: Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Show Topics:

Our topics this week:

  • Hacks & Hops Recap
  • Upcoming Speaking Engagements
    • Our upcoming talks
    • The SecurityStudio Roadshow
  • Mental Health
  • Industry News

[Brad] – Hi there, welcome to episode 46 of UNSECURITY Podcast. I’m Brad Nigh and joining me in studio is Evan. This is two weeks in a row where we’ve been together in studio. Want to say “hi” Evan?

[Evan] We record the show at 6:45am on Mondays. Who knows what sort of mood I’ll be in.

[Brad] Sheesh, we have another jam-packed show this week. I need to stop Evan from writing the show notes!

[Evan] Yeah, probably.

[Brad] Another crazy, but great week around here. One of the highlights from this past week was our Hacks and Hops event. Let’s talk about it and share some thoughts, especially for the listeners who couldn’t make their way to U.S. Bank Stadium on Thursday.

Hacks & Hops Recap and Discussion

[Brad] It was a great event! I didn’t mind helping you out with the joke you couldn’t remember either. Your welcome.

[Evan] I was stuck. Why are jokes so hard for me to remember?

[Brad] You and I have a bunch of talks coming up, and you’ve got the Project Bacon roadshow too. We’re going to be all over the place.

[Evan] We do. It’s exciting to spread the word, and we hope that we’re helping people along the way.

Upcoming Speaking Engagements Discussion

[Brad] This will be good. One of the things that you mentioned at the beginning of your Hacks & Hops keynote was the mental health. This is a topic that isn’t discussed as much as it should be.

[Evan] Yeah, we need to shine a brighter light on this.

[Brad] You wore a Mental Health Hackers t-shirt and gave some statistics. Let’s talk about Mental Health Hackers, the statistics you shared, and how this hits home for us here at FRSecure.

Mental Health Discussion

We could spend an entire series talking about the importance of mental health in our information security industry, but for now we’ll keep it fairly short.

[Brad] Talking about mental health openly is important. We are all in this together, and we all need to take a more active role in supporting each other.

[Brad] OK, as is the custom, we close this thing out with some news. Here’s the industry newsy things to discuss briefly this week.

News

Here’s our news for this week:

Closing

[Brad] There you have it. We talked about a lot!

Always grateful for our our loyal listeners. We love your feedback and 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 @BradNigh and Evan’s @evanfrancen.

Talk to you all again next week!