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Business Security Weekly #84

Recorded May 7, 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 .
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    Interview: Elizabeth Wharton, Senior Attorney

    Elizabeth Wharton
    is a Senior Attorney specializing in the development and scale of drone, smart city, autonomous vehicle, and other emerging technologies.
    Ms. Wharton is a policy and transaction attorney specializing in the development and scale of drone, smart city, autonomous vehicle, and other emerging technologies. She serves as a Senior Assistant City Attorney advising a major international airport and large metropolitan city on technology-related projects and public policy matters. Ms. Wharton has presented on IoT, drone, and aviation cybersecurity issues at national and international conferences including SXSW 2018, ShmooCon, Airports Council International-North America 2018 Legal Affairs, DEFCON 24 IoT Village, BSides Las Vegas, Georgia Drone Summit, and GSMA Global Innovation Forum (IoT, Big Data, and Smart Cities). Ms. Wharton hosts the “Buzz Off with Lawyer Liz” radio show on America’s Web Radio and “Lawyer Liz” podcast, a weekly discussion with industry and legal experts on drones, IoT, and other technology issues. She is the President of the Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and a member of Business Executives for National Security. She serves as a mentor for CyberLaunch VC’s startup accelerator, advising selected early stage machine learning and information security companies. Ms. Wharton also volunteers with high school robotics teams and STEM competitions.

    Article Discussion on Leadership, Communication, and Innovation

    The Work Required to Have an Opinion

    • “... If you can argue better than the smartest person who holds the opposite view, that is when you are entitled to hold a certain view.”
    • Consider the work it takes to truly hold an opinion
    • The difference between testing well and applying the lessons, in context

    Why Email Is So Stressful, Even Though It’s Not Actually That Time-Consuming

    • Are you spending an average of 4.1 hours a day handling email?
    • Are you always stressed about the sheer number of messages?
    • Yes leads to more work
    • Saying no isn’t as challenging as it seems
    • What is your focus, and what is your priority - ignore the rest

    How Great Leaders Simplify Decision-Making (And Just Get Stuff Done)

    • “Bias for action”
    • Get the right information at the right time
    • Surround yourself with people who you trust to break it down
    • Get over the fear of failure
    • Structure... get simple


    • Motion is often mistaken for action; direction counts
    • Scheduling time to think (deep work, making, etc.)
    • Prioritization - generate momentum
    • Get ruthless about saying no and do non-critical tasks as quickly as possible (without creating more work for yourself)
    • Know the value of your time so you invest properly

    How to Cure a Bad Case of Metric Fixation

    • “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted”
    • How much time are you spending on measurement and reporting?
    • The problem is not metrics as much as “fixation”
    • “This fixation values numerical indicators over judgment informed by experience and talent; it equates transparency with accountability; and it holds that rewarding people based on their measured performance is the best way to motivate them.”
    • As a result: focus on the wrong things, try to simplify too much, strip meaning away

    Tracking Security Innovation

    PE's US cybersecurity push resumes in 2018 after last year's lull

    Carbon Black IPO Success

    Trusted Key raised $3M in “Seed”

    Namogoo raised $15M Series B

    IronNet Cybersecurity raised $78M Series B

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