Nerd Out! Security Panel Discussion: EP 4: From Football, and Security to Mental Health, COVID, and more.

The Nerd Out! Security Panel Discussion podcast episodes are recurring discussions among our team and our valued guests as we explore the all-hazards threats and risks impacting the United States and internationally. As we seek to help apply a threat-informed, risk-based approach to analysis, preparedness and operations, we hope these podcasts are informative and maybe even a little entertaining.

In this latest episode, Dave Pounder, Bridget Johnson, Travis Moran, and Jon Crosson discuss the latest security matters. Following up on the last episode, the panel discussed the cancellations of NCAA conference fall sports seasons including the increasingly popular College Football schedule. That was a smooth transition into the innovative ways that networks have covered sports and a discussion as to whether there was any type of innovation within the security community. Could organizations replicate security “fans” or “crowd noise” – is that even a thing? And the panel wraps up looking at the challenges within the healthcare sector and talked about how mental health and a future vaccine could impact security or fuel conspiracy theories (and by the way, next week’s Gate 15 Interview will focus on misinformation and disinformation, with discussion on topics from the pandemic to elections).

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  • Bridget Johnson@bridgetcj on Twitter, is the Homeland Security Today Managing Editor, (@HSTodayMag), a security consultant, private eye, Sr. Fellow/Terrorism with the @SalomonCenter, an NPR contributor and has served as a Senior Risk Analyst with Gate 15, where she still contributes. Notably, she is an L.A. woman and avid 49ers fan.
  • Travis Moran is the Vice President of Operations for Welund North America, and a long-time friend to Gate 15, having contributed his perspective to various reports and analyses. A retired law enforcement officer, Travis is a drones expert with experience in security across various critical infrastructure. Email | Website | twitter: @dronin_on
  • Jon Crosson is the Director, Critical Infrastructure-Vital Services for Gate 15. He currently supports the Health-ISAC resilience and medical device security programs and other Gate 15 special projects and initiatives. He has a background as an exercise planner and project manager supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Defense, and U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jon is a veteran of the U.S. Army, where he served as a Field Artillery Officer.

During the discussion, Jon made reference to a valuable new product from the Health-ISAC (@HealthISAC on Twitter), “Information Sharing Best Practices,” which is described as “a workable whitepaper designed for healthcare organizations to download and adjust
into their individual environments… developed in partnership between the Health-ISAC and the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC).” Check it out to see more on Types of Shared Threat Intelligence; Industry Best Practices; Incident Response Sharing; and, Shared Media Response.

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