The Cyber Rants Podcast

Bringing you cybersecurity insider tips, guidance, news, and rants!

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Episode #90 Supercomputing with Ken Wiley

This week, the guys welcome IT leader Ken Wiley, who shares about cutting-edge work in the field of supercomputing, insights gained from a highly successful IT and cybersecurity career, plus some current tech trends to watch closely. 

For more on Ken and Silverdraft, please see the links below.

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Episode #88 - New Year, New Insights (New You?)

This week, the guys talk about navigating the cybersecurity environment in 2023. From advancements and changes to cybersecurity practices, to economic conditions shifting budget priorities, to advancing your own career, this conversation is the primer for a great year! Start off strong and don't miss this episode!

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Episode #87 - Reshaping Cybersecurity Education with Ed Vasko

This week, the guys welcome cybersecurity expert and entrepreneur, Ed Vasko. Ed shares his insights from decades of experience and reveals a much-needed cybersecurity education model that he has built at Boise State University.  With the cybersecurity industry experiencing a severe talent shortage, Ed is answering the challenge by improving the education model with innovative programs that equip students with real-world, hands-on experience. Regardless of whether you're a student, educator, employer, or tech professional, don't miss this episode!

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Episode #86 - The Hard Truth About What You Can't Outsource

Sorry to say it, but nobody else can secure your organization from the outside. The reality is, every company has a significant amount of work that must be done internally (by real humans) to build an effective cybersecurity and compliance program. Be wise when looking at tools and services implying that they'll take care of your cybersecurity for you. This week, the guys discuss the hands-on internal requirements every company should consider when preparing to build a cybersecurity program for the first time. 

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Episode #85 - What Our Crystal Ball Says About 2023

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

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Episode #84 - Conversations at the Executive and Board Level with guest Caren Shiozaki

This week the guys (and "Skippy the Intern") are joined by special guest, Caren Shiozaki, to discuss cybersecurity considerations among executive teams and boards of directors. Caren shares her experience as a technology executive, insights at the leadership level, and emerging trends that are changing the thought process around cybersecurity and compliance.

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Episode #83 - Cyber Insurance Insights & What You Need to Know

Cyber insurance is critical for risk management and the requirements are changing rapidly. With rate increases averaging 25-45% per year and many companies being declined for coverage altogether, this week the guys get the inside scoop with cyber insurance expert, Adam Guyton. Adam shares some important cyber insurance insights including how to get the most out of your policy, what to look for in your coverage, insurance carrier requirements, how to prepare for your renewal, and more.

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Episode #82 - Developing a Strong Tech Community

This week, the guys welcome Founder and President of the Idaho Technology Council, Jay Larsen. They discuss his journey to building Idaho's premier tech organization, how technology councils help businesses thrive, the traits of a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the benefits technology companies bring to their communities. 

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Episode #81 - An Unreasonable Fear of Cybersecurity Professionals

Unfortunately, there are some IT professionals who feel threatened when a 3rd party cybersecurity team is engaged. While it's the exception rather than the norm, there are both in-house and 3rd party IT professionals who become uncooperative, feeling as if security people are trying to poke holes in their work. While many IT professionals are very accepting of cybersecurity support, it should never be the case that anyone feels threatened. IT and cybersecurity are complementary disciplines. Good professionals not only strengthen the organization, they can even help each other grow in their own careers.  This week, the guys share stories about walls going up and tensions growing, how to break down emotional barriers and eliminate the fear for better collaboration, the different personality types, valid sources of concern among IT professionals, and why nobody should ever feel threatened when their organization brings in quality cybersecurity support.

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Episode #80 - How to Start a Career in Cybersecurity

Thinking about a career in cybersecurity? This week, the guys share their thoughts about getting into the cybersecurity field. They share the pros and cons of the job, training and experience that helps along the way, how to find your first position or two, plus some reasons why cybersecurity is NOT a good career for some people. Chances are, you're probably closer than you realize to landing your first cybersecurity job.

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