CISO Stories Podcast: Fiscally Responsible Ways to Train and Build Community

All organizations must have security awareness training programs to teach basics to end users. Similarly, the technical teams need to be exposed to flexible training that is interesting to them.

Kevin Novak, CISO of the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC), joins this podcast to explain how to bring company groups together and form your own DEFCON-type event in-house or in partnership with other organizations - check it out...

Kevin Novack
About the Guest

Kevin Novak

CISO of the University of Chicago Medical Center

Kevin Novak (@kevinanovak) is currently the Interim CISO of the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) where he is helping secure and mature the environment as a permanent CISO is procured. 

Prior to joining UCMC as an independent consultant, Kevin was the Chief Information Security and Technology Risk Officer for Northern Trust Bank for over 9 years. 

 While at Northern Trust, Kevin had global first line responsibility for the confidentiality, integrity and availability of assets and services across Northern’s global footprint. For the first 8 years of Kevin’s tenure with the institution, Kevin was also responsible for all second line responsibilities including Information Security and Technology Risk Management.

About the Hosts

About the Host

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.

About the Host

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.

CISO Stories Podcast

About The CISO Stories Podcast

The Cybersecurity Collaborative, in conjunction with Cybereason, is proud to present the CISO Stories Podcast. Each week CISO Stories takes a deep dive on security leadership with top security professionals from across the public and private sectors who share their insights and expertise with the community.

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