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Welcome to the Security Intelligence Podcast, where we discuss cyber security industry analysis, tips and success stories. Join co-hosts Pam Cobb and David Moulton, security thought leaders and industry professionals as they discuss their experiences and expertise on the latest trends and developments in enterprise security. For even more security content, visit 095940


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Welcome to the Security Intelligence Podcast, where we discuss cyber security industry analysis, tips and success stories. Join co-hosts Pam Cobb and David Moulton, security thought leaders and industry professionals as they discuss their experiences and expertise on the latest trends and developments in enterprise security. For even more security content, visit 095940




Developing a Cloud Security Strategy

“Every cloud conversation should be also a security conversation,” says Anna Van Wassenaer, Cloud Business Development Leader, Europe, for IBM Security Services. Abhijit Chakravorty, Partner & Cloud Security Competency Leader for IBM Security, joins Van Wassenaer for a conversation about why cloud strategy should go hand-in-hand with a security strategy. The conversation covers the cloud threat landscape; balancing CISO, CIO and developer objectives for cloud migration; and advice on where...


Training with Chaos Engineering

"The idea of chaos engineering is essentially to help test resilience before an accident happens," says Itzik Kotler, co-founder and CTO of SafeBreach. Kotler joins Matthew Dobbs, Chief Integration Architect for the IBM Security Command Center, for a conversation about the value of testing systems and people through "dynamic but controlled chaos." They discuss training for the shifting adversary landscape and TTPs, who benefits from chaos engineering training, and what makes for a good...


Time Is (Still) Money and Other Findings from the 2020 Cost of a Data Breach Report

What are the top findings from the Cost of a Data Breach Report 2020? Charles DeBeck, a cyber threat intelligence expert with IBM X‑Force IRIS, talks about what drives costs higher for some organizations. "We observed a growing divide between organizations that were well prepared and organizations that weren't," DeBeck says. DeBeck covers more highlights from the report, including top root causes such as cloud misconfiguration and compromised credentials. He also shares what the study found...


Security Highlights from IBM Think Digital 2020

The threat landscape has changed as a result of the global pandemic. What does that mean for organizations and their employees? How can leaders "manage through chaos" successfully? Hosts Pam Cobb and David Moulton reflect on these questions by drawing on insights from speakers at IBM Think Digital 2020. See the full sessions referenced in the episode: Address New Cybersecurity Risks - Detect & Respond to Accelerating Threats -...


Contextualizing Zero Trust

As digital transformation accelerates, so does the importance of verification. "I think it's become more important right now to ensure the right person has access to the right data and apps at the right time under the right circumstances," says Aarti Borkar, Vice President, OM, for IBM Security. "And to me that's Zero Trust." Borkar returns to the podcast to explore the connection between verification, context and successful applications of Zero Trust — or in other words, "Never trust,...


Recent Activity from ITG16, a North Korean Threat Group

"APT groups jump at the chance to take advantage of people's emotions," says Ryan Castillo, an analyst on the threat hunt and discovery team within IBM X‑Force IRIS. One such advanced persistent threat (APT) group has recently been detected mining the "treasure trove of COVID-19 lures" activated by overall uncertainty and misinformation in the face of the global pandemic. Castillo and Joshua Chung, a strategic cyber intel analyst for IBM X-Force IRIS, join the hosts to discuss recent...


Consumer Identity and Access Management (CIAM): Reducing Friction Without Reducing Security

If you introduced yourself at a dinner party and a short time later the host forgot your name, maybe you'd be confused and a little frustrated. The same goes for consumers when interacting with a brand, signing up or verifying their identity. "That kind of experience is something we see on a regular basis in many consumer applications where you're asking for information that isn't necessary or maybe you already have and should not be asking again," says Sean Brown, Program Director for IBM's...


Exploring the Impact of the ITG08 Threat Group

ITG08, which shares overlap with the group FIN6, is a financially motivated threat group known for currently targeting e-commerce platforms. Chris Caridi from IBM's Threat Intelligence Production Team and Ole Villadsen from the Threat Hunt and Discovery team of IBM X-Force IRIS join the hosts to explore research around the threat group. The conversation covers a discussion of advanced persistent threats (APTs); ITG08's tools, techniques and procedures (TTPs); and how organizations can...


Creating AI Without Bias

Human beings have inherent biases. That's all the more reason to make an effort to be "consciously unbiased" when developing artificial intelligence (AI). "When we build AI technology for mission-critical applications like security...we don't get to use that excuse of being unconsciously biased," said Aarti Borkar, Vice President of OM for IBM Security. Borkar joined the podcast for a conversation about steps in developing unbiased AI, why subject matter experts are instrumental in the...


Current Trends In The Threat Intelligence Landscape

Every year, IBM Security releases the X-Force Threat Intelligence Index. When asked what finding surprised him most from the 2020 report, Charles DeBeck, senior cyber threat intelligence researcher, highlighted OT security. "We saw threat actors in 2019 much more actively targeting the operational technology field than we saw in any previous year," he said. At the same time that threat actors are leveraging new targets, previously identified trends continue to have traction: ransomware,...


Verify To Simplify: Demystifying Zero Trust

Nearly a decade ago, Forrester championed the concept of "Zero Trust." Fast forward to today, and the industry is seeing a confluence of technology and strategy that has pushed Zero Trust from the theoretical realm into the practical. In brief terms, Zero Trust boils down to "never trust, always verify." Forrester analyst Chase Cunningham joins the podcast to dig into the depths behind that definition, including how the concept evolved, why the journey towards Zero Trust needs to begin with...


Gender Diversity in Security

"It's work to put together and come up with a diverse panel," co-host Pam Cobb observes about her work in the cybersecurity industry. "And diversity here is not just male and female. It is backgrounds and ways of thinking, and all of the different ways that we think of diversity." Bestselling author and entrepreneur Jane Frankland, whose company Cyber Security Capital focuses on gender inclusion in science, joins the podcast for a discussion about diversity in cybersecurity, particularly...


Cyber Resilience for State and Local Governments

"State and local governments’ IT infrastructure is currently in a state of what we would call transformative change...making information technology now a primary medium for citizens to interact with their local government," explains Claire Zaboeva, an expert in identifying and assessing cyber-based threats for IBM X-Force IRIS. For all the benefits these changes bring, there's a flip side: there are now more vectors for threat actors to conduct malicious activities within government...


Ransomware and Operating Under Maximum Pressure

Recovering from a ransomware attack isn't like paying your electric bill; there's no guarantee that the lights suddenly come back on. How, then, should organizations like municipalities and hospitals plan to remediate in the case of a ransomware attack — or better yet, take preventative security measures? Matthew DeFir and Robert Gates, both members of the IBM X-Force IRIS team, share their advice on how organizations can prevent ransomware attacks. They discuss why attackers choose moments...


Cloud Security and the Road to Transformation

Cloud is not the ultimate destination; it's the path to an end goal. "The idea of cloud is to get you a modern architecture," says Vikram Chhabra, who leads product management for IBM Security Services with a focus on cloud and infrastructure security. "The destination is transformation to help you innovate and drive modern experiences for your end customers." Chhabra identifies multiple challenges as CISOs steer their businesses down this path to a modern architecture: talent, cloud...


Are You Prepared to Respond to a Destructive Malware Attack?

What’s the difference between a destructive attack and a traditional breach? “Destructive malware is malicious software that has the capability to render an effective system inoperable and also challenges reconstitution,” explains Charles DeBeck, a senior cyber threat intelligence researcher at IBM X-Force IRIS. A kind of attack originally associated with nation-states, new research suggests an expanding trend in who is employing destructive attacks, and where. Wendi Whitmore, director of...


Adapting to Evolving Data Privacy Regulations

As regulations such as GDPR and CCPA go into effect around the world, organizations are seeing the impact of data privacy laws on their businesses. As recent headlines show, fines are one possible impact, but they shouldn't be the only impetus to review privacy compliance and run through incident response plans. "It really comes down to a matter of trust," says Monica Dubeau, privacy program director for IBM Security. "You need your clients to trust you. You want your clients to trust you....


What Factors Contribute to the Cost of a Data Breach?

On average, according to the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report, it takes 279 days to contain a data breach, up from 266 days last year. "I think it's true we're getting better identifying data breaches," says Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of the Ponemon Institute. However, at the same time as organizations improve their security postures, cybercriminals are becoming stealthier. While factors such as a lack of preparedness or third-party risk can amplify the cost of a data breach,...


The Evolving Security Operations Center

"I think we've really seen the concept of a SOC grow and evolve over the past 10 years or so," says Emma Bickerstaffe, Senior Research Analyst at the Information Security Forum. As your business and the threat landscape change, how do you keep pace with your security operations center (SOC)? Bickerstaffe and Jamie Cowper, Product Marketing Manager at IBM Security, join the podcast for a discussion about building and enhancing a SOC, or "the eyes and ears of an organization." They cover...


Reducing Third Party Risk

"We, as CISOs, and as risk management practitioners, and as risk executives, have to be aware that a risk rating vendor isn't the entire answer to our risk posture," says Shamla Naidoo, a Managing Partner at IBM Security who was most recently the global CISO for IBM. "It is a part of the answer, not the entire answer." Naidoo joins David to discuss taking a 360 degree view of third party risk. They explore why risk rating reports are the beginning of risk management but not the end; why...