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Episode 179 - Management VS Leadership in Cyber Major General (Retired) Brett T. Williams

Episode 179 - Management VS Leadership in Cyber Major General (Retired) Brett T. Williams

October 26, 2021

Major General (Retired) Brett T. Williams is a co-founder of IronNet Cybersecurity. IronNet delivers the power of collective cybersecurity to defend companies, sectors and Nations. He served nearly 33 years in the U.S. Air Force and his last assignment was Director of Operations, U.S. Cyber Command. General Williams is a highly experienced fighter pilot with more than 100 combat missions in the F-15C. Join Chris, Ron and Brett for a jam-packed episode of leadership and purpose.

 

Key Takeaways:

03:05 Bio

05:48 Brett’s military origin story

07:33 Transitioning from fighter pilot to cybersecurity practitioner.

14:55 Understanding strengths through experience

20:10 Advancement through leadership

22:23 Being a leader - mission vision & resources 

25:44 What keeps driving you to be better?

31:20 Advice for aspiring and active leaders

35:14 Get in touch with Brett

 

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Metaversable: Exploring the metaverse thru NFTs, NFT Art, and Cryptocurrency

Metaversable: Exploring the metaverse thru NFTs, NFT Art, and Cryptocurrency

October 22, 2021

We have a new show!

In episode one, Ron and Chris explore NFTs and digital art with Jason also known as 0xBanana.

1:18: What is the Metaverse?
2:04: Tumbling down the Metaverse “rabbit hole.”
3:00: What are Non-fungible Tokens (NFTs) all about?
5:55: Is this just a fad? What’s the future of NFTs?
7:44: What future technologies/art are on the horizon?
9:30: What makes NFTs so exclusive/valuable?
11:34: How do art royalties work?
12:16: How do you verify authenticity for art, media, etc?
14:20: What is Solana and how does it relate to NFTs?
15:31: What is the NFT and Solana community like? 
16:55: How can we break into the Solana space?
18:33: What is the significance of a “drop?”
20:19: Flipping art 
21:52: NFT art drop best practices 
24:25: How does one become an artist in the space? 
26:01: Life changing realization

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Episode 177 - Winning in a Human-Centric Cyber Market with Nathan Burke

Episode 177 - Winning in a Human-Centric Cyber Market with Nathan Burke

October 21, 2021

Welcome to this live episode of Hacker Valley Studio! Nathan Burke, CMO at Axonius, is a general in the fight to humanize cybersecurity through practical, engaging content and solid foundations. Join Ron, Chris and Nathan as they sit together for a masterclass in startups and technological advancements. In addition to an episode full of golden nuggets, learn how Chris and Ron became a part of Axonius and why they all make a great team. 

 

Key Takeaways:

2:49 Bio

9:48 Unexpected victories

15:07 Successful tendencies for a successful startup

19:04 Axonius + HVS – Why? 

25:41 Keeping the momentum in technological advancement

30:21 Bleeding orange: A tattoo. A bet.

32:45 Advice for a budding marketing professional

 

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Episode 176 -Technical Education with Dr. SK Moreland and Terri Oropeza

Episode 176 -Technical Education with Dr. SK Moreland and Terri Oropeza

October 19, 2021

We’ve switched it up again to bring you 2 guests this week on this double header masterclass in education. Chris and Ron are joined up by Terri Oropeza and Shakera Moreland, two natural teachers in their field. Shakera, also known as the HIM concierge, has used her past to shape how she teaches future professionals. Terri explains how to grow to understand your authentic self in learning and teaching while encouraging young people to never mind the stereotypes and get into cyber. With the opinions and strategies laid out by these two educators, you can be sure that you won’t leave this episode taking away nothing. 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

Shakera Moreland

03:31 Bio

05:56 What is H.I.M.?

10:03 Connecting with others to guide and mentor

11:58 Marrying your super-power with your purpose

13:10 Shakera’s journey into podcasting

16:01 What need does Shakera’s business solve?

17:34 What’s the goal of the podcast, and why?

 

Terri Orepeza

20:20 Intro

21:03 Bio

25:43 Influences from teachers in the past

27:05 What Terri is teaching today

28:58 What can be changed in technical education?

31:48 Empowering students to find their calling in the field

33:32 Why is it important to get involved in organizations?

37:20 Advice for a newcomer

 

 

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Episode 175 - Deep into the Attacking Mindset with Maxie Reynolds

Episode 175 - Deep into the Attacking Mindset with Maxie Reynolds

October 11, 2021

Maxie Reynolds is the author of The Art of Attack, subsea engineer and R.O.V. Pilot with an interesting perspective on offense. She is an expert in understanding the mindset of an attacker and using that to mold a communicative, responsive group of blue and red professionals in the constantly-evolving cyber security playground. Join Chris, Ron and Maxie as they dive into why shifting your mindset could be the determinant for understanding an attacker's motives and next moves.

Key Takeaways:

03:15 Bio

07:30 Same attacker mindset, just a different application

09:36 The mindset of an attacker; molding and shifting perspective

11:10 Encouraging curiosity - diving deep in Maxie’s past

14:22 Challenges with writing a book

17:50 Future predictions in cyber security

23:23 Why underwater?

26:38 The importance of observation and how to do it well

29:25 Defense should know about offense

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Episode 174 - Don‘t Do It For The Grammys with Tre Nagella

Episode 174 - Don‘t Do It For The Grammys with Tre Nagella

October 7, 2021

Tre Nagella is a 3x grammy award-winning studio engineer, record mixer and music producer. With decades of experience in music, he started his studio in Dallas, Texas and has flourished as a craftsperson and leader. Serving clients like Kirk Franklin, Christina Aguilera, and contributing to several blockbusters, such as “The Hate You Give” and “Hidden Figures”, Tre knows a thing or two about what it takes to become a skilled craftsperson. Listen as Tre, Chris and Ron present a masterclass in all things art.

Key Takeaways:

02:47 Bio

04:20 The choice inn music- what was the reason? How did you do it?

07:35 Patience, humility and learning

08:30 Finding your own flow and following no rules

10:54 Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg…..Kanye?!

14:00 Security & Music; Keeping up with the times

16:52 Passion + discipline = success

19:54 You don’t have to motivate passionate people

21:40 Get in touch with Tre!

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Episode 173 - Laughing your Cyber Off with Ian Murphy

Episode 173 - Laughing your Cyber Off with Ian Murphy

October 5, 2021

This week, join Ron and Chris as they sit down for a raw conversation with Ian Murphy. Ian is a game-changing pioneer in cyber training resourcing, adding spice to a dull, outdated training market. His company, CyberOff, is the “antidote for dull cyber training.” The three dive deep into topics like comedy, creating and sourcing content, being vulnerable and the reason for it all.

 

Key Takeaways:

 

02:44 This is Rock n’ Roll

 03:04 Bio

4:00 Content- where does it originate?

06:43 What is it like to be an entrepreneur in cyber?

08:20 Where does Ian draw the line?

11:55 What makes comedy? Chris and Ian deliberate

15:36 Working on vulnerability

17:23 Ian’s approach- Where did we go wrong in teaching?

20:31 The end goal

23:35 The most “popular” form 

28:09 Ian’s inspiration

 

 

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QuickQ: What the Heck is Going on with Ransomware?

QuickQ: What the Heck is Going on with Ransomware?

September 30, 2021

The average ransomware cost is $312,493. That number has increased 171% compared 2019. Why does it still work? What we have to do to stop it? How, in 2021, can a criminal organization have a customer service division? Yes, that’s right, customer service. Join Ron and Chris for this ransomware discussion. 

 

Note: After additional research we discovered that an investigation determined that the woman that lost her life, did not die due to the ransomware and would have perished regardless of the attack. 

 

Key Takeaways:

00:57 What is ransomware?

02:39 Who gets attacked?

04:53 Criminal service with customer service

07:43 The history of Ransomware

11:45 Immutable

14:40 Use 2-factor authentication!

16:32 Chris’ take on the future of ransomware

19:20 Ron’s future predictions

 

 

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Episode 171 - Resilient Mindset with Chris Hughes

Episode 171 - Resilient Mindset with Chris Hughes

September 28, 2021

Chris Hughes is the CISO and Co-Founder of Aquia and has nearly 20 years of Cyber/IT experience. He's an Air Force veteran as well as former Government civil service employee with the U.S. Navy and FedRAMP. Chris also teaches in two M.S. Cyber Programs at Capitol Technology University and UMGC. Chris is passionate about Cloud Security and is active with the Cloud Security Alliance and Cloud Native Computing Foundation and he also hosts a podcast called "Resilient Cyber".

Key Takeaways:

02:52 Bio

04:24 What motivates Chris?

06:03 Time management

07:24 Failing up – lessons learned

09:09 Habits and mindset

10:59 Chris’ podcast – Resilient Cyber

13:09 Branding & persona – using your vulnerability

15:07 Using your network

19:06 Stop waiting and start working harder

20:40 Maintaining authenticity

22:22 Input vs. Output

25:13 Talking Legacy

28:12 Being resilient

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Episode 170 - The Beauty of Cybersecurity with Grace Chi

Episode 170 - The Beauty of Cybersecurity with Grace Chi

September 21, 2021

Grace is Cofounder and COO of Pulsedive, a US-based threat intelligence startup. At Pulsedive, Grace works closely with defensive security (and in particular, cyber threat intelligence) teams to support the development of integrated intelligence capabilities and programs. Join Chris, Ron and Grace as they discuss transitioning into cyber, finding the right community to support your personality, and the beauty and purpose behind it all – as a creative in cybersecurity.

 

Key Takeaways:

01:46 Bio

02:46 Creativity & cyber

07:34 How does modeling help Grace’s career in cybersecurity? 

09:37 The beauty in cybersecurity

14:38 Making the transition with no experience

17:27 What’s the greater purpose? How do you mesh your personality into your career?

20:51 Grace’s ideas for continuing to level the playing field regarding transitioning into cyber

23:19 Humanity in cybersecurity

28:32 Understanding how to find the beauty in cyber

31:42 Get in touch with Grace Chi

 

 

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