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Business Security Weekly #91

Recorded July 9, 2018 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!


  • Michael Santarcangelo
    Founder of Security Catalyst, author of Into the Breach, and creator of the Straight Talk Framework.
  • Paul Asadoorian
    Embedded device security researcher, security podcaster, and CEO of Active Countermeasures .
  • Announcements

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    Article Discussion on Leadership, Communication, and Innovation

    Technical Experts Need to Get Better at Telling Stories

    • Experts in a technical field are often not skilled practitioners in the craft of communication
    • Plain — which means people can understand — doesn’t diminish your work
    • One idea at a time (build from the foundation)

    Why I Overestimate My Contribution To My Team

    • (We explored how to overcome this on BSW 90)
    • Consider the detail we know about our efforts versus those of others
    • How do you ease the communication?

    How to Get The Upper Hand In Any "Take It Or Leave It" Offer

    • Love the “no-oriented” opener
    • Labels, applied appropriately
    • Close with a label

    How And When To Inform Your Team Of Major Developments In Your Business

    • Transparency is a spectrum
    • Truth isn’t always what it seems, at first
    • Avoid sharing information in real-time
    • Put an end to rumors
    • Use facts

    Why Companies Need to Build a Skills Inventory

    • Do you know what your team is capable of? And what you need?
    • Inventory
    • Organize
    • Analyze
    • Plan

    Interview: Edna Conway, Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Edna Conway
    is the Cisco’s Chief Security Officer.
    Edna Conway currently serves as Cisco’s Chief Security Officer, Global Value Chain, creating clear strategies to deliver secure operating models for the digital economy. She has built new organizations delivering cyber security, compliance, risk management, sustainability and value chain transformation. She drives a comprehensive security architecture across Cisco’s third-party ecosystem.

    She is recognized domestically (US Presidential Commissions) and globally (NATO) as the developer of architectures delivering value chain security, sustainability and resiliency. Her insight is featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies, including Forbes, Fortune, Bloomberg, CIO Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.

    Recognition of her industry leadership includes membership in the Fortune Most Powerful Women community, and awards including: a Fed 100 Award, Stevie “Maverick of the Year Award,” named a Connected World Magazine “Machine to Machine and IOT Trailblazer,” an SC Media Reboot Leadership Award, and CSO of the Year Award at RSA.

    Conway serves or has served on the company’s Cyber-Security Board, Risk and Resiliency Operating Committee, Global Compliance Governance Committee and Eco Board. She also serves as an independent advisor on the Executive Advisory Boards of ADP, LLC ( ADP – Nasdaq), privately held SecurityScorecard, Black Duck Software (acquired by SNPS - Nasdaq), Edge Velocity, PCM-G and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ leading technology industry organization, MassTLC.

    Her work has been featured in a range of publications, analyst reports, and case studies some of which are referenced in her LinkedIn profile. Her discussions on key issues can be found on Conway’s Blog. Twitter: @Edna_Conway.

    Prior to Cisco, Conway was a partner in an international private legal practice and served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Hampshire.

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