The CISO Stories Podcast Episode #28 – July 29, 2021

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1. CISO Roundtable: Ransomware Attacks and the True Cost to Business – 01:00 PM-02:00 PM

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A recent global research report conducted by Cybereason, titled “Ransomware: The True Cost to Business”, revealed that the vast majority of organizations that have suffered a ransomware attack have experienced significant impact to the business, including loss of revenue, damage to the organization’s brand, unplanned workforce reductions, and little in the way of relief from cyber insurance policies.

An esteemed panel of subject matter experts will examine the research findings and discuss how organizations can better prepare to defend against and respond to a ransomware attack.

The event was produced as a live webinar version of the CISO Stories Podcast, a weekly podcast that takes a deep dive on security leadership issues and is produced by Cybereason and the CyberRisk Alliance’s Cybersecurity Collaborative, a prominent CISO networking group.

View the Cybereason Ransomware Report here: https://www.cybereason.com/ebook-ransomware-the-true-cost-to-business

This segment is sponsored by Cybereason. Visit https://www.cybereason.com/cisostories to learn more about them!


Bryan Hurd

Bryan Hurd – Chief of Office, Cyber, Seattle at Aon

Mr. Bryan E. Hurd ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanhurd/ ) has worked hundreds of ransomware, intrusion, espionage cases and litigation related efforts over 30 years. He is a globally recognized computer forensics leader and expert in cyber intelligence, investigations, and operations to fight espionage, terrorism, organized crime groups and criminals. Bryan founded of the Cyber Counterintelligence program for the US Navy at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in 1994 and has gone on to hold executive positions as first Director of Intelligence for the Digital Crimes Unit within the Microsoft Cyber Crime Center, founding the computer forensics program at EDS (Now HP) and was the executive in charge of innovation and all identities for the entire US watchlisting system as the Chief of Operations, Director of Terrorist Identities at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). A senior leader at Aon Cyber Solutions (Stroz Friedberg), Bryan continues to run some of the most significant operations and investigations around the globe. He also serves on boards of several companies and non-profit organizations.

Frank Johnson

Frank Johnson – Former Local Government IT Executive, Current VP Cyber Sales & Marketing at Seculore Solutions

Frank is a former battle-tested, ransomware surviving, Public Sector IT Executive. He knows first-hand the unique challenges of digital transformation in local government and works with municipalities across the country on strategies to overcome them. A life-long learner & technology executive, Frank’s personal passions include the application of technology, leadership, and next-generation leadership development. Frank’s professional background is complemented by his studies at Stanford Business Strategy. Additionally, he holds technical degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Toledo.

Kerissa Varma

Kerissa Varma – Chief Information Security Officer at Old Mutual Limited

Kerissa Varma is the Group Chief Information Security Officer of Old Mutual Limited. Old Mutual is one of the largest financial services organizations on the African continent with a vast footprint across 13 African Markets. She manages Information Security and Business Resilience with dispersed teams across Africa. She has a demonstrated history of building and scaling security capabilities in a number of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, transport, government, and financial services, and is a passionate advocate for technology and security.



Sam Curry- Chief Security Officer at Cybereason


Sam Curry is CSO at Cybereason and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute. Previously, Sam was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product. Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.


Todd Fitzgerald- Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative


Todd Fitzgerald has built information Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years. Todd serves as VP, Cybersecurity Strategy and Chairman of the Cybersecurity Collaborative Executive Committee, was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.