CISO Stories Podcast: Creating Security Budget Where There is No Budget

Over the years, security departments acquire tool after tool, sometimes integrated, and many times under-utilized. Kevin Richards, President at Secure Systems Innovation, walks through a very creative method for getting the budget you need, and explains how to leverage the current environment to “find” new sources of funding for the right cybersecurity investments - check it out...


About the Guest

Kevin Richards

President at Secure Systems Innovation

Kevin is a Cybersecurity Strategy & Risk Executive with over 30 years of experience in information security and enterprise risk management. Working with large multinational corporations, as well as the United States Department of Defense and other U.S. Federal, State and Local agencies, Kevin provides an array of technical and pragmatic perspectives on building and protecting an organization’s critical information assets.

Kevin is recognized for his achievements and is active in promoting information security best practices throughout the industry. He served as the International President for the Information System Security Association (ISSA) International Board, is an ISSA Distinguished Fellow, a Ponemon Institute Distinguished Fellow, and was inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame for contributions to the information security community and the security profession.

About the Hosts


Sam Curry

Chief Security Officer at Cybereason

Sam Curry (@samjcurry) 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 (@securityfitz) 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.

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About The CISO Stories Podcast

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