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 email@example.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
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
- Where’s Brad going and what’s he talking about?
- Where’s Evan going and what’s he talking about?
- What is the Project Bacon (or SecurityStudio) Roadshow?
[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.
Here’s our news for this week:
- Duo Indicted in $10m Tech Support Scam Case – https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/duo-indicted-in-10m-tech-support/
- Smart TVs, Subscription Services Leak Data to Facebook, Google – https://threatpost.com/smart-tvs-leak-data/148482/
- Payouts From Insurance Policies May Fuel Ransomware Attacks – https://www.securityweek.com/payouts-insurance-policies-may-fuel-ransomware-attacks
- State employees authorized courthouse ‘penetration,’ urged sheriff not to make burglary arrests, records show – https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/crime-and-courts/2019/09/18/iowa-courts-dallas-county-courthouse-coalfire-contract-judicial-branch-test-security-ia-crime-arrest/2356047001/
[Brad] There you have it. We talked about a lot!
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Talk to you all again next week!