ES Episode156

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Recorded October 2, 2019 at G-Unit Studios in Rhode Island!

Episode Audio


  • Paul Asadoorian
    Embedded device security researcher, security podcaster, and CEO of Active Countermeasures .
  • John Strand
    Security analyst, Founder of Black Hills Information Security, and CTO of Offensive Countermeasures.
  • Matt Alderman
    CEO at Security Weekly, Strategic Advisor, and Wizard of Entrepreneurship
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    Interview: Paul Claxton, Elite Holding, Co., Valiant Consulting, and Reciprocity ROI, LLC

    Paul Claxton is the COO & Managing Partner at Elite Holding, Co.

    I have a history containing almost 20 years of professional successes as Honorably discharged U.S. Marine & accomplished visionary Technology Leader with strong experience in operations management, business development (sales hunter mentality), marketing, SaaS applications, solution delivery, project management. Excellent leader skilled at developing & maintaining relationships at all levels. I know what it takes to create high-morale environments & foster rooms for well-oiled,machine-like teams who function in highly efficient manners. This approach has not only been something I have adopted over the years in the way I do things, but it has been a requirement during my time in the Marines. I function best in high-pressure situations when I am left to decisively appropriate creative solutions to existing problems, & using the solutions in creating clarity & structure around chaotic situations. I am a businessman with access to financial platforms & resources to scale LEAN as I am an advocate of the bootstrapped startup approach.

    As a 3 year entrepreneur, 20 year business executive and market expert, some of my accolades and accomplishments include:

    • Produced opportunity for a 500 attendee, 50 booth exhibit Minneapolis Cyber Security Conference where I arranged for 2 people from my companies to speak on the conference panel next to an FBI keynote speaker and other panel speakers from Land O' Lakes, Varde Partners and Stratosphere Networks.
    • Producing a 100 million dollar purchasing opportunity for venture capital funds
    • Scaling businesses from zero to over 20k in revenue within just a couple months
    • Scaling businesses in all operational areas
    • Secured approval for the teaming contract vehicle with the US Navy
    • Nominated for 2018 Entrepreneur Awards
    • Recognized in the Business Journal
    • Highly decorated Marine Veteran
    • International Entrepreneur with clients as far as South Africa
    • I consult on business acquisitions as well
    • Well known in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and San Diego
    • Multiple podcasts and video interviews on leadership and entrepreneurship
    • Being nominated for Small Business Awards of 2019 by Corporate Vision Magazine;

    Segment Topic:
    Social Engineering, Private Contractor Cyber Security, Information and Data Management

    Segment Description:
    Discussing the top cyber security threats for chief operations officers and chief marketing officer/chief information security officers. With regards to the top cyber security threats, Phishing/Social Engineering, Insider Threats such as Private Contractors/Employees, and Data leakage/Information and Data Management

    Segment Resources:
    2019 Cyber Security Conference. Reciprocity ROI, LLC and Valiant Consulting, Inc. with FBI Keynote Speaker in Attendance (click arrow in top right of screen to open video)

    Interview: Matt Wyckhouse, Finite State

    Matt Wyckhouse is the Co Founder & CEO at Finite State

    More than 15 years of experience developing advanced software to support offensive and defensive cyber operations led Matt Wyckhouse to co-found Finite State in 2017 to focus on the unique challenges of cybersecurity in the IoT era. Matt spent most of his career at Battelle, the world’s largest private R&D company, where he was the technical founder and CTO of Battelle’s Cyber Innovations Business Unit. In this role, Matt oversaw dozens of intelligence and security programs supporting strategic global missions, many of which were focused on discovering vulnerabilities in IoT and other embedded devices. Through that experience, he saw how devastating IoT device attacks can be, which is especially concerning given the explosive growth of IoT. Matt has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University.

    Segment Description:
    Supply chain security in the IoT era