CISO Tradecraft

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October 17, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: New Kid in Town with Rebecca Mossman

When you first start a cybersecurity job, or hire someone into a cybersecurity job, there is a window of opportunity to see things with a new perspective.  In this episode, we’re privileged to share ideas with Rebecca Mossman, a successful cybersecurity leader who has led successfully a number of teams in her career.  We’ll examine relationships, stakeholders, setting priorities, communication, and knowing when to call something “done” and move on to the next task.

October 10, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) misconfiguration is what took out Facebook on 4 October.  Most IT folks don't understand how BGP works.  This episode helps you gain a better understanding of the protocol that creates routing tables to move information from one end of the Internet to the other.  We'll explain how Autonomous Systems (AS) share BGP route information, what should happen when things go right, and then examine what likely went wrong at Facebook and how you might be able to prepare for potential problems in advance before they occur.

October 1, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Cyberlaw Musings with Mark Rasch

This is a special treat.  On this episode of CISO Tradecraft you can hear Mark D. Rasch, JD, discuss legal and security topics that he's encountered in his more than 30 years of experience in cybersecurity law.  We look into ransomware, reportable breaches, the appropriateness (or lack thereof) of certain legal statues, and finish with some actionable advice for CISOs and security leaders that you really need to hear.

September 24, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Effective Meetings

We've all suffered through horrible meetings that felt like a total waste of time.  As a security leader, you'll be convening your fair share of meetings with your staff.  Don't be "that boss" who can't run an effective meeting.  This episode shows ways you can ensure your meetings are both efficient and effective, result in actionable tasking, and keep people coming back for more because you showed respect for their time and their ideas.  And we even practice what we preach -- this episode ends early.


Harvard Meeting Cost Calculator Link

OSS Simple Sabotage Manual Link

September 17, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: More Risky Business with FAIR

In our 31 July 2021 Episode 42, Risky Business, we covered the basics of risk and risk assessment. This part 2 episode gets into the practical application of risk management using the FAIR model, or Factor Analysis of Information Risk. We explain key risk terminology and walk through examples of how to express risk using this model, as well as creating a meaningful way to explain to executives that is actionable.


Risk Matrix Example: Link

One Page FAIR Model: Link

Measuring & Managing Information Risk: Link

FAIR Wiki: Link

September 10, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Crisis Leadership with G Mark Hardy‘s 9/11 Experience

Have you ever faced a crisis?  How well did you do?  You should always want to improve your skills in case another happens.  On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, G. Mark Hardy shares some of his experiences as the on-scene commander for the military first responders at the World Trade Center, and expands that into a set of skills and attributes that you can cultivate to become a more effective crisis response leader in your role as a cybersecurity professional.



  • 5 Leadership Skills Link
  • How to Combat a Crisis Link
  • Manage a Crisis Link
  • Lessons in Crisis Leadership Link
  • Creative Leadership Guidebook Link
  • Financial Interest in Situations Link
  • G Mark Hardy Ground Zero Video 1 of 2 Link
  • G Mark Hardy Ground Zero Video 2 of 2 Link
September 3, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Protecting your Crown Jewels with Roselle Safran

Traditional risk models focus on calculating loss frequency and magnitude, but don't go far enough in terms of modeling the most important assets in our organization, known as "crown jewels." This episode of CISO Tradecraft is a fascinating interview with the CEO and founder of a startup focusing on crown jewel analysis -- Roselle Safran. We'll look into how making this a part of your portfolio helps put the "C" in CISO by showing your understanding of the business in which you work. We'll also extend our discussion to challenges faced by women in cybersecurity, and encouragement for women (and others) to enter our exciting profession.

August 27, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Intro to Docker Containers and Kubernetes (K8s)

Containers are a lightweight technology that allows applications to deploy to a number of different host Operating Systems without having to make any modifications at all to the code.  As a result, we're been seeing a big increase in the use of Docker, Kubernetes, and other tools deployed by enterprises.  In this episode, we'll cover the fundamentals of containers, Docker, orchestration tools such as Kubernetes, and provide you with knowledge to understand this environment, and maybe even tempt you to create your own container to test your skill.

Major links referenced in the show

  • Container Architecture Link
  • Kubernetes Diagrams Link
  • Kubernetes Glossary Link
  • Kubernetes Primer Link

Special Thanks to our podcast Sponsor, CyberGRX

August 20, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Cyber Deception with Kevin Fiscus

Join CISO Tradecraft for a fascinating discussion on how to build cyber traps for the bad guys that really work.  By creating a deceptive environment that "booby-trap" your networks with fake services, enticing resources, and make-believe traffic, we can create a high-fidelity, low-noise intrusion sensor system -- no legitimate user would ever try these.  Improve your SOC efficiency by actively engaging with intruders rather than sifting through false positives.  There's a lot to learn here, and Kevin Fiscus offers a promise of more to come.  By listening to this episode you will learn:

  • What is cyber deception?
  • What problem does cyber deception solve?
  • How do cyber deception technologies work?
  • Why is deception more effective than other detection and response technologies?

If you would like to learn more about Cyber Deception, then be sure to check out these great resources:

  • Kevin’s YouTube channel, Take Back the Advantage Link
  • The Mitre Engage Matrix Link
  • SANS SEC 550 Link

Special Thanks to our podcast Sponsor, CyberGRX

August 13, 2021  

CISO Tradecraft: Third Party Risk Management

On today’s episode, we bring in Scott Fairbrother to help tackle key questions with Third Party Risk Management:

  • How do you identify which vendors pose the highest risk to your business?
  • How do you see which vendor’s security controls protect against threats? 
  • How do you validate their risk profiles by scanning, dark web monitoring or other techniques to correlate what attackers are seeing and acting upon?
  • Do you have an understanding of how to improve risk mitigation in your third-party ecosystem?

Special Thanks to our podcast Sponsor, CyberGRX

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