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June 15, 2020

"Think Bad, Do Good" Ep 2: How to achieve cybersecurity effectiveness

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Think Bad, Do Good Podcast 

"How to Acheive Cybersecurity Effectiveness," a conversation with the Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles and Kurt Alaybeyoglu, hosted by Jonathan Reiber, Senior Director for Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy at AttackIQ.  

Cybersecurity spending has increased dramatically over the last decade, yet Chief Information Security Officers struggle to prove to senior management and the board of directors that they are effectively managing cyber risk.But that problem is changing through threat modeling, testing and validation, as the Chertoff Group’s Adam Isles and Kurt Alaybeyoglu have found.

In their roles driving the firm’s cybersecurity practice, they engage major organizations every day to solve pressing cyber challenges, and over and over they find that the MITRE ATT&CK framework and automated adversary emulation plans help organizations manage cyber risk, demonstrate effectiveness and enable business success. 

How can you optimize your cybersecurity investments to achieve maximum effectiveness? Listen to two of the world’s leading practitioners of cybersecurity and hear about their experiences managing major incidents from the top of DHS and operating in the U.S. Air Force’s cyber warfare wing.

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Adam Isles is a Principal at the Chertoff Group and has over twenty years’ experience solving hard security problems. Prior to the Chertoff Group, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, helping to transform the Department in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. He previously served as a lawyer in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he helped advance international cooperation against cybercrime earlier in his career. 

Recent publications include a chapter on managing homeland security-related IoT risks for the American Bar Association’s 2019 publication, “The Internet of Things: Legal Issues, Policy, and Practical Strategies,” a September 2018 article in Security Technology Magazine on challenges across industry sectors in building security programs, and an April 2018 Op Ed in The Hill on how to use liability limitation to incentivize private sector resiliency against state actor cyber attacks.  Recent commentary on security issues includes this June 2020 interview on COVID-19-related disinformation campaigns.

Kurt Alaybeyoglu is a Senior Associate at the Chertoff Group where he serves as technical lead for the firm’s cyber offerings. Prior to joining The Chertoff Group, Kurt served as a Cyberwarfare Officer in the United States Air Force, commanding large teams, as well as small 24/7 reactionary teams. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning and executing real-world Offensive Cyberspace Operations with Joint Forces Headquarters-Cyber and the National Security Agency. On the defensive side, he ran operations and maintenance for High Frequency Nuclear Command and Control systems as well as the Executive Airborne Communications Network (EACN), supporting the President of the United States, Vice President, and Senior Department of Defense officials. 

The host, Jonathan Reiber, is Senior Director for Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy, where he focuses on strategic communications, thought leadership, and content development. 

 

 

About the Author

Senior Director for  Cybersecurity Strategy and  Policy

Jonathan Reiber is Senior Director for Cybersecurity Strategy and Policy at AttackIQ. In this position he focuses on strategic communications, thought leadership, and content development for the firm. During President Barack Obama’s administration he served as Chief Strategy Officer for Cyber Policy in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, where he was the principal author of the 2015 Department of Defense Cyber Strategy and led key initiatives across the cyber policy portfolio. His writing has appeared and been highlighted by Foreign Policy, LawfareThe Atlantic Monthly, DefenseOne, The San Jose Mercury News, and Literary Hub, among others. An affiliate at UC Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, he is the author of two book-length Berkeley monographs, A Public, Private War, and Asian Cybersecurity Futures. He has held writing fellowships at Berkeley, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, and served as an advisor to the U.S. Cybersecurity Solarium Commission. Prior to serving as CSO for Cyber Policy, he served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to the United States’ Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. Ashton B. Carter, and previously as Special Assistant to the United States' Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Dr. James N. Miller. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. You can follow him on Twitter at @jonathanreiber