By Jennifer Lyn Walker, The Cybersecurity Evangelist
Please enjoy this month’s episode of The Gate 15 podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, Google, as well as other locations accessible via the Anchor link or almost anywhere you listen to your favorite podcasts.
The Cybersecurity Evangelist is back this month with a focus on, none other than, Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022! I started with a call out to cyber folks who have been giving Cybersecurity Awareness Month a hard time. Noting that it’s not for those of us who live and breathe cyber. And I contend Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a great campaign to help organizations with cybersecurity awareness and training curriculum – especially the smaller organizations who likely don’t have IT, let alone cybersecurity staff.
So, for Episode 22 I started with a quick Cybersecurity Awareness Month refresher, including the 2022 theme – See Yourself in Cyber – along with the four behaviors focusing on the “people” part of cybersecurity, including:
- Enabling multi-factor authentication
- Using strong passwords (and a password manager)
- Updating software
- Recognizing and reporting phishing
However, the crux of this episode in addressing Cybersecurity Awareness Month really focuses on the premise of what I strive for TCE to be – “the cybersecurity podcast for everyone” and I thought it would be fun to take the literal perspective on Cybersecurity Awareness Month’s “See Yourself in Cyber.” So I invited Christophe Foulon, the co-host of the Breaking into Cybersecurity podcast. So, you could say this is a podcast about a podcast! The Breaking into Cybersecurity podcast is where Chris and his co-host Renee Small talk to individuals about what they did before they broke in cybersecurity along with why and how they did it and how we “need a whole human approach to cybersecurity” including marketing, policy, teachers, and more! Breaking into Cybersecurity has over 400 episodes, so there is definitely something for everyone there.
Think cybersecurity isn’t for you? Chris and Renee have talked with a legal receptionist, a physical therapy doctor, a book salesman, and even a librarian – Tracy Maleeff (@InfoSecSherpa) – on how they broke into cybersecurity. Chris and Renee don’t just talk to the individuals who have broken in, but they also host a CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) series every Thursday to ask cyber leaders to share what they are looking for and how not to get stuck in the applicant tracking system. Chris also shares his tips for setting yourself apart from the competition.
Post production note: Please pardon my brain freeze on my explaining the STEM acronym. I should have just left well enough alone, but I during the recording I said, “Manufacturing” for the “M,” instead of MATHEMATICS!!! OOOOF!! The product of acronym soup across different disciplines…
Anyway, please have a listen here! From those looking to make a career change, to those having kids entering the workforce, to former military members, there’s something for everyone in this episode!! I hope to see YOU in cyber soon!
Resources and Mentions (it’s a long list, but we love to share resources and others’ great work)
- Breaking into Cybersecurity Podcast: A conversation about what you did before, why did you pivot into cyber, what was the process you went through Breaking Into Cybersecurity
- Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path: How to Break into Cybersecurity at Any Level https://amzn.to/3443AUI by Gary Hayslip, Christophe Foulon, Renee Small
- Hack the Cybersecurity Interview: A complete interview preparation guide for jumpstarting your cybersecurity career https://www.amazon.com/dp/1801816638/ by Ken Underhill, Christophe Foulon, Tia Hopkins
- The Whole Cyber Human Initiative https://www.wholecyberhumaninitiative.org/ Creating workforce development to fix the talent gaps today
- Whole Cyber Human Initiative
- Valorr Cybersecurity
- NIST National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)
- @InfoSecSherpa (Tracy Z. Maleeff)
- Open Web Application Security Project® (OWASP)
- Cybersecurity Awareness Month https://staysafeonline.org/
- The Gate 15 Interview: Cybersecurity Awareness Month 2022 with the National Cybersecurity Alliance, Auto-ISAC and FS-ISAC! Plus, background! shout-outs!! favorite movies, tigers, and more!!!
- (CS)2AI Podcast 53: Career Advice for Women Pursuing Cybersecurity Positions with Danielle Jablanski (Nozomi Networks) @CyberSnark
- (CS)2AI Podcast 52: Cybersecurity Careers, Educational Requirements and Resume Advice with Ron BrashRon Brash (aDolus) @ron_brash
Read more about Gate 15’s full podcast menu at our Podcast page.
You can subscribe and enjoy all the Gate 15 Podcasts on Anchor, Apple, Spotify, Google, as well as other locations accessible from the Anchor link. Week-to-week, listen and learn more about our all-hazards threats, risks, mitigations, and other issues impacting homeland security risk management from our team as well as our regular and special guests. The full podcast menu includes:
- The Risk Roundtable, is a recurring monthly discussion among our team and occasional guests as we explore the all-hazards threats and risks impacting the United States and internationally.
- The Cybersecurity Evangelist, with Jennifer Lyn Walker, is a cybersecurity-focused podcast designed with a little cyber-something to help everyone be more cyber secure.
- Nerd Out! Security Panel Discussion, moderated by Dave Pounder, focuses on physical security topics including terrorism, extremism, hostile events, and other pertinent topics.
- The Gate 15 Interview, is a monthly interview between Gate 15’s founder and Managing Director, Andy Jabbour and guests from throughout the homeland security risk management community addressing a wide range of all-hazards topics and issues.