Author Archives: Anastasia Steinour

How CIOs Can Use Threat Modelling to Benefit Their Organization: Build Out Your Defenses!

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My guest today is Adam Shostack. Adam is a consultant, entrepreneur, technologist, game designer, and author of the book Threat Modelling: Designing for Security.

I invited Adam to talk security and discuss a concept he designed that is called threat modelling. I love the simplicity of the concept and appreciate the fact that Adam understands the complexity of security and was able to distill it into an actionable security program.

Our conversation is versatile, covering technical areas and goes up to the board level. If you have an interest in making security simple, and if your instinct tells you that defense is the new offence, you will enjoy listening to this podcast episode. Continue reading

Highlights from RSA 2018

When I attend RSA each year I get excited to hear and talk to the most amazing technologists.
RSA 2018 was a lot of fun and today I would like to share a few of my favorite sessions:

– Powerful session on Malware and Ransomware session from the person who actually stopped the WannaCry virus.
– Session on the best practices on malware prevention from the NIST team. Check out their Data Integrity: Recovering from Ransomware and Other Destructive Events released in September 2017. Continue reading

Innovation Is Upsetting | Be Willing to Walk Around Being Offended on a Daily Basis – with Professor Stephen Hicks

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Insider Offense and Defense Community.

This week my guest is Professor Stephen Hicks, a Canadian-American philosopher.

I have invited Professor Hicks on the show to walk me through important cultural themes that are happening today and why they matter for you and your business. Aside from that, with my daughter going off to university/college next year, I wanted to understand what is being bred in the Universities on a cultural level.

During the interview, Professor Hicks and I take a deep dive into history to trace the rise of post-modernism, and discuss the issue of offense as a weapon in the current social environment. We also talk about business ethics, hiring young talent and structuring your group dynamics as a leader in order to maximize individual thinking in current environment.

I hope you will find this interview fascinating and educational as much as I did. With that, enjoy my wide-ranging conversation with Professor Stephen Hicks! Continue reading

How Can CIOs Be CEOs of the Future? – with Sunny Gupta, CEO of Apptio

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Insider Offense and Defense Community. 

This week my guest is Sunny Gupta, CEO of Apptio. I looked into Apptio software used by a previous podcast guest Bob Fecteau, CIO of SAIC. I had to check it out because I got to see what Bob was dealing with and why Apptio added such a tremendous value for his business.

During our interview, Sunny shares the story of Apptio’s genesis and I think every CIO can learn from it. It is fascinating how Sunny was able to take a problem of one CIO and reconstitute it into a solution set that ultimately addresses all today’s CIOs and their challenges.

I thought, many of you are constantly solving problems for other departments within your business, but what about yourselves? How are you, the CIO, solving your own enterprise resource planning? Continue reading

High Performance IT Leadership Is a Verb: Empower Yourself with a Navy Seal Mindset!

This episode is sponsored by the CIO Innovation Insider Offense and Defense Community. 

This week my guest is Capitan Tom Chaby. Tom has been an active duty US Navy SEAL for 26 years and was a task force commander of 400 men in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retired a few years ago, he now specializes in leadership performance optimization. Tom works with sports teams and corporations that are looking to learn from his experience and his circle of influence.

In this interview, we discuss leadership and team culture from Navy SEAL’s perspective. What I find extraordinary about Tom is that most things we talk about are so transferable to you: leadership style, the way you lead and perform under pressure, and how to be a high performance leader.

For those leaders in innovation, transformation, entrepreneurship and leadership of any sort, you will love my interview with Captain Tom Chaby. I hope you receive as much benefit and value from it as I did.

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