Building Up the Blue Team – Frank McGovern – ESW #249

Traditionally, the red team has been seen as “fun and interesting”, with blue team characterized as “all work, no play” in terms of cybersecurity career paths. Today we talk with Frank McGovern to explore the current state of blue teams and the importance of security policy. Not only has Frank been a practitioner his entire career, but he also built Blue Team Con, a labor of love designed to fill a significant gap in both the Chicago security events scene and across the wider cybersecurity events industry. Visit for all the latest episodes!

Full Episode Show Notes

Building Up the Blue Team


Frank McGovern

Frank McGovern – Cybersecurity Architect at StoneX Group Inc.


Frank McGovern is a Cybersecurity Architect in Chicago, Illinois. He holds CISSP, CISM, CNSS-4016-I, CSM, and Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate certifications. Frank currently works for StoneX, an international financial commodities and research company that includes a vast M&A portfolio. His previous role involved being in a large organization with a small cybersecurity team, which let him wear many cybersecurity hats and learn numerous verticals. Frank has experience working in cybersecurity architecture, design, and implementation, GRC (policy, risk management, and compliance tracking), and more. He has specialization in the Microsoft E5 product stack. Frank also co-founded Blue Team Con, is involved in the automotive detailing industry, and loves to play video games.


Adrian Sanabria

Adrian Sanabria – Senior Research Engineer at CyberRisk Alliance


Adrian is an outspoken researcher that doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths. He loves to write about the security industry, tell stories, and still sees the glass as half full.

Katie Teitler

Katie Teitler – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Axonius


Katie Teitler is a cybersecurity content creator. In her current role with Axonius, she is part of the product marketing team, helping audiences understand the value proposition of cyber asset management as it pertains to risk reduction. In past roles, Katie was an industry analyst, research director, content marketer, and freelance author, and managed content and speakers for InfoSec World, now a flagship offering of the Cyber Risk Alliance.

Tyler Shields

Tyler Shields – CMO at JupiterOne


Tyler advises, guides, and operates high tech startups primarily in the B2B security space. He is a former market analyst, engineer, product manager, marketing leader, and partnership manager. In other words, Tyler builds and grows businesses – in all aspects. He’s a board advisor, angel investor, and board member at multiple firms and an investment advisor for a venture debt business. He loves to play guitar and poker in his free time.


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