An InfoSec Life

An ITSP column and podcast series with Sean Martin, CISSP

"We are all responsible for our own cybersafety. No vendor, service provider, nor government entity will (be able to) save us."


Tune in for episodes... whenever Sean can find the time to produce them!

We're Born. We Live. We Work. We Die. Technology Is There With Us Along The Way.

We can all agree that technology has had a tremendous impact on our society and our everyday lives. Most of the time, we find it has made our lives easier; sometimes, however, not so much. The average tech consumer does not know how their gadget works nor what it takes to bring them the digital experience they've grown to expect. What matters to most is that their "things" are easy to use, convenient, efficient, and, more recently, ‘secure’.

With An InfoSec Life, we take a moment to explore the intersection of society and technology. Here you'll find InfoSec professionals explaining how they view the work they do, how technology changes the way they live, how it impacts humanity, and vice versa. Our mission is to humanize the technology and processes that IT security professionals employ as they have devoted their livelihoods to protecting the world’s systems and information. We’ll find out what keeps them up at night, and how they tackle new challenges on a daily basis - both professionally and personally. What drives them to impact society through technology? It's all here in An InfoSec Life.

See And Hear Sean Live During His Experts Panel At Black Hat USA 2017

Do you have a risk management champion at your company? Why not?

Having been a CISO for a fortune 100, a mid-tier enterprise, and a smaller 3rd-party vendor, Jack Jones of the FAIR Institute tells Sean Martin how organizations can successfully begin to approach risk and apply proven risk management principles. It all starts with a common set of terminology and is lead by a champion within the organization. As a CISO, proper risk management can be used to change the binary conversation surrounding InfoSec into one that leads the business toward better decision making and away from simply blaming a CISO for some cyber risk exposure.

Are We Selling - And Therefore Buying - Information Security Wrong?

Rick McElroy from Carbon Black and Ted Harrington from Independent Security Evaluators sit down with ITSPmagazine's Sean Martin to discuss threat modeling, infosec planning, cutting through the marketing noise, the need to trust but verify, the value of assess and measure, and how critical it is to focus on the things that matter.

The Moral Compass: Autonomous vehicles… whose life is worth more?

When software determines how autonomous vehicles behave - both in normal situations and in life-and-death situations - what can we expect as a society. What will these vehicles “know” about us, the other vehicles, and the the passengers in the surrounding area such that moral decisions can be made on the fly? Will we have control over this moral compass - or are we set to live in a world controlled by machines and software? Ashwin Krishnan, SVP of product and strategy at HyTrust chats about this new world with ITSPmagazine's Sean Martin.

Jeremiah Grossman shares his personal advice about living - and even dying - at the intersection of IT Security & Society. 

Jeremiah Grossman, Chief of Security Strategy at SentinelOne, talks with Sean Martin from ITSPmagazine about living our lives securely - and passing on securely - as the digital world continues to evolve. Get Jeremiah's personal tips on home network security, password management, and more, in this exclusive ITSPmagazine An InfoSec Life interview. If you've never heard of someone getting "chipped".... tune in here to learn more.

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John Pendleton, Core Security, chats about being Cyber-Aware and the need for early Cyber Education

John Pendleton, Regional Sales Director, Core Security, chats with ITSPmagazine's editor-in-chief, Sean Martin. Here are a few points discussed during the conversation:
- The Internet of things and connected device risk
- Privacy concerns for society's willingness to share personal information
- The need to embrace diversity and promote education and cyberawareness, early and often
- Is a lack of funding putting small businesses at cybersecurity risk? Can the community help?
- The value of ISSA local meeting and other community-oriented associations


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