The UNSECURITY Podcast – Episode 80 Show Notes – Zero Trust

We write our show notes either at the end of the week (Friday) or at the very beginning of the next (Sunday). It’s easier to remember the things that happened during the week on Friday than Sunday, that’s for sure! Only one day away (Saturday), and it’s easy to forget all that we did.

Most weeks are crazy, for us at FRSecure and SecurityStudio, and for people in general.

Normal(ish)

Are you feeling like things are slowly returning to normal? I am, and it’s great news! Personally, I don’t like the term “new normal”. I think I don’t like it because I feel like people have twisted it to serve their own desires and/or opinions without any factual basis. Normal is normal, and the greatest abnormality (in my opinion) has been our lack of in-person contact. We’ve been built, or wired, for analog personal interaction. Digital, online interaction will never substitute for it, and the longer we go without it, the more mentally unhealthy we become.

Four Things

Last week was a great week! Four cool things stand out in particular:

  1. Last week’s podcast was awesome! I love every opportunity to chat with Brad, and it’s a blessing to hang out every Monday morning. Recording episode 79 was a great way to kick things off last week. If you missed it, we talked about information security in K12, and you should go catch it.
  2. We made great progress in helping state governments last week! Had a great conversation with Minnesota’s CISO, Rohit Tandon, on Wednesday as we discussed third-party information security risk management. This was followed by the scheduling of a similar meeting with the State of New Mexico and joining the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO) Cybersecurity Committee on Thursday.
  3. Chris Roberts, Ryan Cloutier, and I did Episode #1 of The Security Shit Show on Thursday night. It was a ton of fun hanging out with these guys! We’re planning to do our episodes/shows live every Thursday night at 10pm CDT, record them for future playback, and use he audio for our podcast. It’s definitely entertaining for our viewers/listeners and therapeutic for us. Be sure to tune in if you can!
  4. The Daily inSANITY Check-ins are still going strong, and this past week was great! People supporting each other and helping where we can is what it’s all about. Come join us when you can.

There were many great things about last week, but these were the four that came to mind when I sat down to write these show notes.

Speaking of show notes, let’s get to it! Today we’re going to talk about Zero Trust; what it is, why it’s a hot topic today, and what you should be doing about it.


SHOW NOTES – Episode 80

Date: Monday, May 18th, 2020

Episode 80 Topics

  • Opening
  • Catching Up (as per usual)
  • Zero Trust
  • News
  • Wrapping Up – Shout outs
Opening

[Evan] Hey everyone! Welcome to the UNSECURITY Podcast. This is episode 80, the date is May 18th, 2020, and I’m Evan Francen. With me today is my co-host, Brad Nigh. Good morning Brad!

[Brad] We’ll see what sort of mood Brad is in this morning…

[Evan] We’ve got a good show planned today! There’s this thing called “zero trust” that people are talking about, and I thought it’d be good for you and I to discuss it. Personally, I’ve received a lot of questions about it, and I’m sure you have too Brad. Like always, before we dig in, let’s catch up. What were some highlights for you from last week and how was your weekend?

Catching Up

Quick discussion about last week, last weekend, COVID-19, life, and other stuff.

Zero Trust

[Evan] A simple Google search of Zero Trust turns up “About 691,000,000 results”. A Google search of “Zero Trust” (with quotes) turns up “About 1,940,000 results“. So, clearly there are a lot of people who know what it means, right? Here’s some returns from the first page of search results:

The fact that there are so many “what is zero trust?” search returns might be a hint that people are confused. Let’s tackle this!

Zero Trust Discussion

Let’s try to clear some of the confusion:

  • What is Zero Trust?
  • Is it really new?
  • Is Zero Trust possible?
  • If I want Zero Trust, what do I need to do?
  • What common mistakes should I look out for?

[Evan] Alright. Good talk Brad. Thanks for sharing your insight! I think our listeners have a clearer picture of Zero Trust and what it means to them. If they have additional questions or comments, they can always contact us for more!

News

[Evan] News stuff! What the heck happened in the world last week? Let’s see…

I found four articles that caught my attention. Let’s talk about them!

Wrapping Up – Shout outs

[Evan] Never a shortage of things to talk about in this industry is there? Well, episode 80 of the UNSECURITY Podcast is just about a wrap. Brad, you have any shoutouts?

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

[Evan] Here’s mine…

[Evan] Can’t say enough thanks to our listeners! Crazy how we run into you in all sorts of places. Stay safe and let us know how we can help you. 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. Thinking about coming to hang out at the Daily inSANITY Check-in? You can follow this on Twitter too at @InSanityIn.

There you go, have a great week!

Daily inSANITY Check-in

If you want to join us in our Daily inSANITY Check-ins, you are welcome to! Join us by going here.

Compassion Wins

As you know too well, the COVID-19 pandemic seems to have changed everything. Nothing is the same. We don’t work the same, we don’t shop the same, we don’t entertain the same, and some of us don’t even defecate the same (without toilet paper). No doubt, we’ve endured massive changes to our lives. Compounding the resulting chaos is the uncertainty about our future.

One thing hasn’t changed, and that’s our human compassion.

Through human compassion we will endure together. By our endurance we will prevail together too.

The Start of the Daily inSANITY Check-in

We knew early on, from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, that we’d struggle with mental health. The truth is, some of us have always struggled with mental health. Sanity is precious and need to do all we can to protect it. Rather than sit idly by, and let ourselves blow in the wind, we decided to do something. On March 23rd, six days after FRSecure and SecurityStudio closed our physical offices, we started this thing called the Daily inSANITY Check-In.

Here’s what the Daily inSANITY Check-In is all about:

If you need a break from the chaos, or just want to talk about things, we’re hosting the Daily inSANITY Check-in for these reasons (among others).

Never has the world changed so significantly and affected so many in such a short period. These times are historic, and the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) are not fully known. What we do know is we’ll never be the same. The prominent changes to our lives can force many of us to lose focus and even affect our mental health. Noise generated by the unrelenting media coverage, marketing, and scams only exacerbates our problems.

The purpose of the Daily inSANITY Check-in is to provide a safe place for people to discuss current events, information security things, challenges we’re facing, or whatever else comes to mind. The check-ins are short (30- to- 60-minute) daily meetings with discussion. People are always free to come and go as they please.

This is a joint effort from FRSecure and SecurityStudio, and the host is FRSecure and SecurityStudio CEO, Evan Francen. Joining Evan as co-hosts are Ryan Cloutier, SecurityStudio Principal Security Consultant and Brad Nigh. FRSecure Director of Professional Services & Innovation.

We hope you’ll come join the conversation aimed at restoring and/or maintaining our sanity!

Rules for the Daily inSANITY Check-in are:

  • Be yourself.
  • Respect everyone.
  • Respect opinions.
  • Be kind.

Anyone not playing by the rules is not welcome. Sorry.

Still Going Strong

Today is May 11th, 2020 and we still meet every day. Altogether, we’ve had seventy-nine (79) people visit, and there are many of us who’ve been here since the start. The relationships we’ve built here are real and they’re strong. These solid friendships around our “virtual water cooler” (as it’s been called by some) are incredible, and you’re invited too!

Everyone is welcome to join us. If you need some support or you’ve got some to give, come say “hi”! If you want to share your audio or video, you can. If you don’t, don’t. We’ll welcome you when you come and we’ll be here when you need us!

Sign up here.