CISO Series Podcast

By David Spark, Mike Johnson, and Andy Ellis

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Formerly named CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast. Discussions, tips, and debates from security practitioners and vendors on how to work better together to improve security for themselves and everyone else.

Episode Date
We Got This Far Without Hiring a Prompt Engineer
Dec 05, 2023
Ugh, Lawyers Take All the Fun Out of Surviving a Cyberattack (LIVE in Las Vegas)
Nov 28, 2023
Dear Abby: Should I Sell to a CISO During a Cyberattack? (LIVE in Mountain View)
Nov 21, 2023
We’re Not Home. Please Leave Your Company’s Data After the Beep
Nov 14, 2023
Hey, Let’s Merge Our Technical Debt With Your Understaffed Security Team! (LIVE in Miami)
Nov 07, 2023
I Taught DeNiro Security Theater, I Can Teach You.
Oct 31, 2023
A CEO’s Guide To Ignoring Your Security Program (LIVE in Santa Monica)
Oct 24, 2023
Security Awareness Lifecycle: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out
Oct 17, 2023
Threats In SaaS Are Closer Than They Appear
Oct 10, 2023
We Can Name 50 CISOs. Let’s Give Them an Award!
Oct 03, 2023
C is for C-Suite, Except If You’re a CISO
Sep 26, 2023
Part Man. Part Machine. All CISO. (Live in D.C.)
Sep 19, 2023
Is This Just Bad Or “Call The Feds” Bad?
Sep 12, 2023
Giving Slack Slack Will Lead Your Teams to Discord
Sep 05, 2023
Please Take Some Pens and Our Company Data On Your Way Out
Aug 29, 2023
If You Care About Security, Maybe This Guilt Tactic Will Work
Aug 22, 2023
5 Years Required to Write a Better Job Description
Aug 15, 2023
When Do I Fix the Toilet Myself or Call the Plumber?
Aug 08, 2023
Cyber Advice So Generic, You’ll Assume It Came from ChatGPT
Aug 01, 2023
Vendors Are From Mars. Their Security Is From Venus.
Jul 25, 2023
We're So Special Gartner Hasn't Even Thought Of Our Category Yet
Jul 18, 2023
Who’s in Charge of Stopping Stupid Ideas? (LIVE in Tel Aviv)
Jul 11, 2023
Password Rules Make Us Feel More Secure
Jun 27, 2023
Make Them a Passwordless Offer They Can’t Refuse (LIVE in Denver)
Jun 20, 2023
After a Breach, Security and Privacy Are Very Important to Us
Jun 13, 2023
Your Lips Say “No,” But I’m Not Listening
Jun 06, 2023
Failure Is The Likely Option
May 30, 2023
A Fireman? A Princess? How About a CISO?
May 23, 2023
I’ve Got Plenty of Risk If You Want More
May 16, 2023
What Kind of Challenges Do You Foresee In Firing Me?
May 09, 2023
I Wouldn’t Trust Everything You Read… On My Resume
May 02, 2023
Can’t You Just Pop Out of Zeus’ Head a Fully Formed Security Professional?
Apr 25, 2023
We’d Secure Our Data If We Knew Where It Was
Apr 18, 2023
Our Security Tool Can Do Everything But Mitigate Risk
Apr 11, 2023
No Need for Chaos Engineering Since Our Architecture Is Always Failing
Apr 04, 2023
Why Aren’t You On Slack Where I Can Interrupt You?
Mar 28, 2023
Fast Track Burnout for Your Cyber Team with Layoffs
Mar 21, 2023
We Look for Candidates Who Already Know Everything
Mar 14, 2023
We're Experts At Telling You To Fix Your Problems
Mar 07, 2023
_Saying_ “We’re 100% Secure” Is Not the Problem
Feb 28, 2023
This Unwanted Cold Call Made Possible Thanks to This Month’s Sales Quota
Feb 21, 2023
Adversaries Beef Up Their Shiny Object Distraction Campaign
Feb 14, 2023
21 “Dark Side”-Approved Ways to Threaten Your Prospects
Feb 07, 2023
Let’s Pretend We’re Getting Hacked. Who Wants to Panic First?
Jan 31, 2023
Today’s Agenda: When Will This Meeting End?
Jan 24, 2023
Your Password Is Too Long. Please Shorten It.
Jan 17, 2023
Stir in a Little Merger and Acquisition, and Voilà, You’re a Target
Jan 10, 2023
We’re Here. We’re Highly Unqualified. Get Used To It
Jan 03, 2023
Sound Security Advice That’s Perfect to Ignore
Dec 13, 2022
They’re Young, Green, and Very Hackable
Dec 06, 2022
Entry Level Position Available. 15+ Years Experience Required.
Nov 29, 2022
Get All the Stress You Want, With None of the Authority
Nov 22, 2022
We Built This City on Outdated Software
Nov 15, 2022
Wrong Answers to Revealing Interview Questions
Nov 08, 2022
Don’t Make Me Explain This, Because I Can’t
Nov 01, 2022
Where’s the “Single Pane of Glass” to My Level of Stress
Oct 25, 2022
Cyber Sales ABCs: Always Be Creepy
Oct 18, 2022
We Take Security and Privacy Seriously… Seriously
Oct 11, 2022
How to Be a Security Vendor CISOs Can’t Ignore
Oct 04, 2022
I Pity the Fool Who Builds a Homogeneous Cyber A-Team
Sep 27, 2022
The Cybersecurity Hamster Wheel of Getting Nothing Done
Sep 20, 2022
Who Do You Need to Trust When You Build a Zero Trust Architecture?
Sep 13, 2022
The Best Interview Questions and the Answers You Want to Run From
Sep 06, 2022
But I Spent All This Money. Why Are You Still Ignoring Me?
Aug 30, 2022
It’s OK to Look Like a Cyber Hero. Just Don’t Act Like One.
Aug 23, 2022
How to Market “Zero Trust” Without Making CISOs Cringe
Aug 16, 2022
When Good Decisions Go Bad
Aug 09, 2022
When Does an Exaggeration Become a Lie?
Aug 02, 2022
Yuck! Now Everyone Has Touched My Data.
Jul 26, 2022
“Bad” Security Practices That Really Aren’t All that Bad
Jul 19, 2022
How Many Forms of ID Do I Need to Buy This Gift Card?
Jul 12, 2022
Why Does Your Privacy Matter If I’m Paying You?
Jul 05, 2022
It Sure Is Fun to Complain About Security Vendors
Jun 28, 2022
What Does It Cost to Prove Security Is Working?
Jun 21, 2022
I Have So Little. Just Let Me Control Access to the Mail Server.
Jun 14, 2022
Security as a Profit Center? You’re Kidding, Right?
Jun 07, 2022
Finding That Perfect Time to Quit Your Job
May 31, 2022
Gartner Creates Another Category for Everyone to Ignore
May 24, 2022
A Look Back at Foolish Security Policies of Past and Present
May 17, 2022
Decommission Our Legacy Tech or Just Shut Down the Business?
May 10, 2022
Life’s Certainties: Death, Taxes, and Violating Security Policies
May 03, 2022
Is It a Promotion or a Red Flag Telling You To Get Out?
Apr 26, 2022
It’s a Great Job, But I’m Alone and Terrified
Apr 19, 2022
Instead of Increased Cybersecurity, Could We Just Order Less Risk?
Apr 12, 2022
Why CISOs Avoid the Dreaded “Request a Demo” Button
Apr 05, 2022
What’s Next in Cybersecurity? Look at Last Year and Expect More
Mar 29, 2022
Are You Attending the “What to Worry About Next” Security Conference?
Mar 22, 2022
It's BAAAACK! The Return of “We Could Have Stopped That Breach”
Mar 15, 2022
How to Be So Awesome CISOs Can’t Ignore You
Mar 08, 2022
Attract the Best Candidates with Crappy Benefits and Low Pay
Mar 01, 2022
If the Network Is Up, Somebody Is Violating Our Acceptable Use Policy
Feb 22, 2022
What We Lack In Security We'll Make Up in School Spirit
Feb 15, 2022
What's the Least Annoying Way to Follow Up with a CISO?
Feb 08, 2022
Why Ignoring Most of Your Vulnerabilities Is the Best Strategy
Feb 01, 2022
Why We Quickly Reject 95% of All Applicants
Jan 25, 2022
Security So Good Your Users Won't Use It
Jan 18, 2022
We've Never Taken On So Much Risk
Jan 11, 2022
The Perfect Gift for a Cyber Crook
Jan 04, 2022
"I Love Being Monitored Online," Said No Employee Ever
Dec 21, 2021
If We Don't Talk About Cyber Risk, Will It Go Away?
Dec 14, 2021
After a Breach It's Really Easy to Calculate Risk
Dec 07, 2021
I’ve Got Zero Trust In My Understanding of Zero Trust
Nov 30, 2021
We’re Very Good at SAYING We Care About Diversity
Nov 23, 2021
Chances Are We'll Be Attacked the Day Before Your Vacation
Nov 16, 2021
Did You Get My Last Email? This One Has a Joke In It.
Nov 09, 2021
Hackers of the World Unite… When We Can Agree on a Time
Nov 02, 2021
Is Our CISO Doing a Good Job? Our CISO Doesn't Even Know.
Oct 26, 2021
BONUS Episode: Innovation Spotlight
Oct 22, 2021
We Want to Hire Honest People Who Think Like Criminals
Oct 19, 2021
A Quick Way to Tell Which Vendors You Should Avoid
Oct 12, 2021
The Ostrich Approach To Vulnerability Management
Oct 05, 2021
Sorry, We’re Full. We Can’t Take Any More Market Segments
Sep 28, 2021
What's the ROI of Nothing Happening?
Sep 21, 2021
Could We Speak To Your CISO To Confirm He Received the Cupcakes?
Sep 14, 2021
Make Your Friends Jealous with Our Hand-Crafted Passwords
Sep 07, 2021
Are You Asking "How Secure Are We?" or "How Insecure Am I?"
Aug 31, 2021
Tips to Finding an Incompetent Overpriced Cybersecurity Consultant
Aug 24, 2021
We Shame Others Because We're So Right About Everything
Aug 17, 2021
Will You Accept "My Bad" As Our Breach Response?
Aug 10, 2021
I'll Show You My Risk Profile If You Show Me Yours
Jul 29, 2021
How Much Charisma Do I Need to Push My Team to the Edge?
Jul 27, 2021
How Would You Like Your Cloud Misconfigured?
Jul 20, 2021
It’s Only a Matter of Time Before We Lose Your Data
Jul 13, 2021
His Credentials Say “Yes” But His Behavior Says “No Way”
Jul 06, 2021
We’re Experts at Finding Everything You’re Doing Wrong
Jun 29, 2021
Hey Old Man, Go Rotate Your Own Passwords
Jun 22, 2021
How CISOs Make It Worse for Other CISOs
Jun 15, 2021
Excuse Me, What Bribes Do You Accept?
Jun 08, 2021
Holy Crap! We’ve Been Doing This for Three Years!
Jun 01, 2021
Something Stinks In Here. I Think It’s Your Code.
May 25, 2021
Our Top Ten List of Vendors That Aren’t You
May 18, 2021
Do We Have to Let the CISO Sit With Us?
May 07, 2021
Why Commute When You Can Stay Home and Be Overworked?
May 04, 2021
Pushing This to the Top Of Your Inbox So You Can Delete It Again
Apr 27, 2021
OK, I Get It. You’re All Special Snowflakes.
Apr 20, 2021
What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Network Breach
Apr 13, 2021
We Recommend a “Know the Right People” Certification
Apr 06, 2021
My Backup Plan Is Hoping My Cloud Provider Has a Backup Plan
Mar 30, 2021
Patches? Yes, We Need Stinkin' Patches!
Mar 23, 2021
I Think Possibly Maybe We've Solved Diversity in Cybersecurity
Mar 16, 2021
Unnecessary Research Reveals CISOs Hate Cold Calls
Mar 09, 2021
One Day You'll Grow Up to Know Less Than You Do Now
Mar 02, 2021
Would You Look at that Unrealistic Licensing Deal?
Feb 23, 2021
This Is the Year I'm Going to Lose Weight and Care About Security
Feb 16, 2021
Please Accept This Not-a-Bribe Gift as an Act of Desperation
Feb 09, 2021
Foul! That Interview Question Is Unfair
Feb 02, 2021
Why Do We Fire the CISO? Tradition!
Jan 26, 2021
Click This Link to Fail a Phishing Test
Jan 19, 2021
Our "Hope It Doesn't Happen to Me" Security Strategy
Jan 12, 2021
Hey Reseller, What's the "Value" You're Adding?
Jan 05, 2021
The People Closest to You Will Hurt You
Dec 15, 2020
When Should You Stop Trusting Your CISO?
Dec 08, 2020
Why Is 'Pay the Ransom' In Next Year's Budget?
Dec 01, 2020
We're 90% Confident We've Lost All Confidence
Nov 24, 2020
Networks Wobble But They Don't Fall Down
Nov 17, 2020
Why Don't Cybercriminals Attack When It's Convenient for Me?
Nov 10, 2020
Archaeologists Dig Up the Remains of An Optimistic CISO
Oct 27, 2020
Can a Robot Be Concerned About Your Privacy?
Oct 20, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: Innovators Spotlight
Oct 18, 2020
A Phish So Insidious You Can't Help But Be Jealous
Oct 13, 2020
Whether It's Vulnerabilities or Children, We Like to Pick Favorites
Oct 06, 2020
I Want to, but... I Just Can't Trust Your Single Pane of Glass
Sep 29, 2020
Security Is Suffering From DevOps FOMO
Sep 22, 2020
Enjoying My Blissful Ignorance of Cyber Vulnerabilities
Sep 15, 2020
Tell Me We're Secure So I Can Go Back to Ignoring Security
Sep 08, 2020
Request a Demo of Our Inability to Post a Demo
Sep 01, 2020
The "Do What We Tell You" Technique Isn't Working
Aug 25, 2020
Set It. Forget It. Reset It. Repeat.
Aug 18, 2020
I Need Resources to Free Up My Resources
Aug 11, 2020
We're Not Fooled By Your Diversity Theater
Aug 04, 2020
How to Tell If Your CISO Sucks at Their Job
Jul 28, 2020
How Will the Candidate Respond to "What's Worse?!"
Jul 21, 2020
"I LOVE Cold Calls", Said the CISO on Opposite Day
Jul 14, 2020
NYTimes Critic Called Our Security Theater "Unconvincing"
Jul 07, 2020
Why Am I Working Harder During This Pandemic?
Jun 30, 2020
I Have the Perfect Job for You (But Probably Not)
Jun 23, 2020
We Compensate Our Low Paying CISO Jobs with High Stress
Jun 16, 2020
Keep Pouring. I'll Tell You When I've Had Enough Security.
Jun 09, 2020
Facebook Personality Quiz Asks, "What's Your Favorite Password?"
Jun 02, 2020
Great Security Program! Too Bad We Can't Implement It.
May 26, 2020
We Promoted the Competition and Still Won
May 19, 2020
Three Years Experience Required for Sub-Entry Level Positions
May 12, 2020
LOOK! Freshmen CISOs. Get Ready to POUNCE!
May 05, 2020
Cleaning Those Tough to Reach Digital Identity Stains
Apr 28, 2020
Let's Just Dump On Zoom's Security and Offer No Solutions
Apr 21, 2020
We've Got a Dozen Features. Only Two Work.
Apr 14, 2020
Let's Ask CISOs If They're Concerned About Data Security
Apr 07, 2020
I Don't Need Anymore Advice On How To Work Remotely
Mar 31, 2020
The Department of "No, Thank You"
Mar 24, 2020
We Pick the Best Security Awareness Programs for Your Staff to Ignore
Mar 17, 2020
Buy Our Product. We Have No Idea What We're Selling.
Mar 10, 2020
We're Market Leaders in Customer Confusion
Mar 03, 2020
Last Chance to Vote for "Most Stressed-Out CISO"
Feb 25, 2020
Let's Blow Our Entire Marketing Budget at RSA
Feb 18, 2020
Empowered! Working Together to Pile on the Cyber Guilt
Feb 11, 2020
You're Mistaken. I'm Not Annoying. It's Chutzpah.
Feb 04, 2020
Revisiting a Whole Career of Cyber Screw Ups
Jan 28, 2020
Debunking the Misused "Chased By Bear" Cybersecurity Metaphor
Jan 21, 2020
We Put the FUN in InFunSec
Jan 14, 2020
We Lower the Security and Pass the Savings on to You
Jan 07, 2020
Ah, Here's The Problem. You've Got a Leaky CEO.
Dec 17, 2019
Trust Me, We're Using "Advanced" AI
Dec 10, 2019
Isn't That Adorable? Our Little CISO Has An Opinion.
Dec 03, 2019
Rest Assured, We're Confident Our Security Sucks
Nov 26, 2019
What Security Advice Will Your Family Ignore?
Nov 19, 2019
Do's And Don'ts of Trashing Your Competition
Nov 12, 2019
Get Out! The FUD Is Coming from the Inside
Nov 05, 2019
Say It Loud! I Didn't Read the Privacy Policy and I'm Proud!
Oct 29, 2019
I'll See Your Gated Whitepaper and Raise You One Fake Email Address
Oct 22, 2019
Rated #1 in Irresponsible Security Journalism
Oct 15, 2019
Cybercrimes Solved in an Hour or Your Next One's Free
Oct 08, 2019
Mapping Unsolvable Problems to Unattainable Solutions
Oct 01, 2019
Wait… What? Good News in Cybersecurity?
Sep 24, 2019
Serious Hackers Wear TWO Black Hoodies
Sep 17, 2019
CISO Confessions: "It's Not You. It's Me."
Sep 10, 2019
Getting Over Our "Security ≠ Compliance" Obsession
Sep 03, 2019
Open this Email for an Exclusive Look at Our Clickable Web Links
Aug 27, 2019
Like Fine Wine Our Vendor BS Meter Gets Better with Age
Aug 20, 2019
If Capital One Listened to Our Podcast They Still Would Have Been Breached
Aug 13, 2019
Improve Security By Hiring People Who Know Everything
Aug 06, 2019
Just Click "Accept" As We Explain Informed Consent
Jul 30, 2019
Who Are the Perfect Targets for Ransomware?
Jul 23, 2019
Passwords So Good You Can't Help But Reuse Them
Jul 16, 2019
Please Don't Investigate Our Impeccable Risk Predictions
Jul 01, 2019
CISO Series One Year Review
Jun 25, 2019
Worst Question Award Goes to "How Secure Are We?"
Jun 20, 2019
You're Not Going Anywhere Until You Clean Up That Cyber Mess
Jun 18, 2019
We Take Privacy, Not Our CISO, Seriously
Jun 11, 2019
Do These Jeans Make My Vulnerabilities Look Too Big?
Jun 03, 2019
Great Demo! Let's Schedule a Time to Ignore Your Follow Up
May 28, 2019
We Unleash Our Military Grade InfoSec BS Detector
May 21, 2019
What's Worse?! "Culture of No" or No Culture?
May 11, 2019
Our "What Not to Do" Security Selling Secret
May 06, 2019
We're Gonna Run These Pen Test Exercises Until You Turn Purple
Apr 30, 2019
Vulnerability Management
Apr 25, 2019
I'm Humbled to Tell You About My Prestigious Award
Apr 23, 2019
No Shirt. No Security. No Merger.
Apr 16, 2019
Machine Learning Failures
Apr 10, 2019
All Aboard the 5G Paranoia Train
Apr 09, 2019
Do You Know the Secret Cybersecurity Handshake?
Apr 02, 2019
If At First You Don't Succeed, There's Always Blackmail
Mar 26, 2019
When Abusing Our Privacy, Does Size Matter?
Mar 18, 2019
We’re Releasing Security Studies of Made Up Numbers
Mar 12, 2019
A Pesticide-Free Podcast Made with 'All Natural' Intelligence
Mar 03, 2019
You Get a Private Network! You Get a Private Network!
Feb 26, 2019
Productivity Tip! Get More Done By Refusing To Do Anything
Feb 19, 2019
We’re 99% Sure Our Malware Protection Will Fail 1% of the Time
Feb 12, 2019
We're Selling Your Data at Unbeatable Prices
Feb 05, 2019
We're the Ellen of Cybersecurity Podcasts
Jan 28, 2019
Introducing Defense in Depth: Security Metrics
Jan 24, 2019
You're the Expert, You Figure Out Our Software
Jan 22, 2019
Get Out! The Data Leak Is Coming from the Inside
Jan 15, 2019
Shoving Money Down Security's Bottomless Pit
Jan 08, 2019
Real Housewives of Cybersecurity
Dec 17, 2018
America's Next Top Data Privacy Violator
Dec 10, 2018
A 'Single Pane of Glass' for Ignoring Vendor Pitches
Dec 04, 2018
The Latest Unnecessary Stats on Marginal Security Threats
Nov 26, 2018
We Turn Our Backs on Cybersecurity Rock Stars
Nov 19, 2018
We'd Feel Safer if This Legitimate Email Was a Phishing Attack
Nov 13, 2018
Is This a Vendor Dinner or an Escape Room?
Nov 05, 2018
STAND BACK! We're Plugging In USB Drives We Found on the Ground
Oct 30, 2018
We Get to Know Our Bodies and Our Security Program
Oct 23, 2018
Why it’s Critical for CISOs to Proactively Engage with Vendors
Oct 17, 2018
CHEAT! Best Practices to Win at Monopoly and Security
Oct 16, 2018
We Acknowledge We've Received and Are Ignoring Your Support Ticket
Oct 09, 2018
How to Help Your Best Employees Leave
Oct 02, 2018
I Wish I Didn't Post That... But I'm Glad I Did
Sep 25, 2018
Our All White Male Panel Discusses Diversity in Cybersecurity
Sep 18, 2018
Our Latest Product Release Includes Shiny New Security Vulnerabilities
Sep 10, 2018
Security Made the Mess. They Should Clean It Up.
Aug 27, 2018
BONUS: What's So Awesome About Being a CISO?
Aug 23, 2018
Job Opportunity: Unqualified AND Underpaid
Aug 21, 2018
How CISOs Stay Current When They're Ignoring Vendor Pitches
Aug 14, 2018
Use Your CRM. CISOs Are Tired of Repeating Themselves.
Aug 06, 2018
Ultra Enhanced Deluxe AI with a Drop of Retsyn
Jul 31, 2018
How to Choose a Bad Security Product
Jul 24, 2018
We Have the Silver Bullet for BS Detection
Jul 17, 2018
Is Password2 More Secure Than Password1?
Jul 10, 2018
Stop Asking CISOs if They Care about Security
Jul 03, 2018
Katy Perry Recommends Two-Factor Authentication
Jun 26, 2018
Your ‘Go-To Source’ for Unnecessary Cyber Terror Alerts
Jun 19, 2018
CISOs Don’t Care About Your Funny Sales Pitch
Jun 13, 2018
Security Vendors Buy Their First Pack of Condoms
Jun 04, 2018
A Privacy Policy Written in English (Introducing the CISO/Security Vendor Relationship Podcast with Mike Johnson and David Spark)
Jun 01, 2018