Cyber Work with Infosec

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Company size (employees)100 to 499
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Originally titled “The Infosec Institute Podcast,” the name changed in late 2018 to “Cyberspeak.” In early 2019 the name was changed to “Cyber Work with Infosec.” Almost 80 episodes have been recorded. With webinars and other related content included in the podcast feed, Cyber Work is fast approaching its 100th episode.
Believing knowledge is the best defense against cybercrime, each week host Chris Sienko sits down with a different industry thought leader and discusses the latest cybersecurity trends, how those trends are affecting the work of infosec professionals while offering tips for those trying to start or advance their careers in the cybersecurity industry.

Some of our favorite guests include Ron Gula, president of Gula Tech Adventures, Ben Johnson, CTO and co-founder of Obsidian Security and Susan Morrow, prolific author and Head of R&D at Avoco Secure.

Host Chris Sienko comes to cybersecurity training via publishing, not knowing a CCNA from a CISSP. By working with expert authors and researchers, his learning curve was swift, and it swung even higher after agreeing to helm the company’s nascent podcast in 2018. Rather than acting as a cybersecurity insider, devolving into in-jokes between host and guest, Sienko structures his interviews with the idea that some viewers use Cyber Work as their first look into the industry, while experienced IT and security pros follow the program to stay up on the latest trends and skills needed to advance their careers.

How we are different

1. Cyber Work is first and foremost focused on cybersecurity career information: Guests have spoken about ATM skimming, hacking “connected” cars, running collaborative simulation exercises to determine what a coordinated cyberattack on infrastructure would look like, and other gripping topics. But at the heart of every episode is the same underlying purpose: how can an aspiring cybersecurity professionals get involved in doing this type of work? Guests know that Chris will be happy to talk about the ramifications of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and coordinated nation-state hacking organizations, but we’re always going to steer it back to the basic questions: could I do this kind of work? And if so, how do I get from where I am now to that point?

2. Cyber Work is a jargon-free zone: Chris goes out of his way to ask to ensure that the guests explain what they do so that even a complete beginner can feel included in the conversation.

3. Cyber Work is passionate about inclusivity and a more diverse cybersecurity industry: After Infosec announced its first round of scholarships for women, minority, veteran, and student candidates, it became clear that the cybersecurity industry needed to hear about the experiences and insights from cybersecurity experts outside of the “default” white male paradigm. The podcast is passionate about this central tenet – cybersecurity of the future will be most resilient and ready to address changing threats if the most diverse selection of voices can be heard to address problems. Security solutions that take into consideration the unique experiences of all users are going to cast a larger net of security than those that assume all users fit the same mold.