CISO Stories Podcast: He Fought the FTC Over a Breach and Won

Hopefully, you won’t ever have to hire a lawyer to defend yourself against a government regulator. So what happens when the Federal Trade Commission or other powerful body baselessly accuses your company of wrongdoing where a data breach is concerned?

Join this podcast and hear how Mike Daugherty, CEO of LabMD, decided to take on the FTC and mounted a multi-year defense to combat the outrageous allegations leveled by the regulatory agency. The twists in this story will definitely surprise you and may also provide some useful tips for protecting yourself and your company from regulatory overreach - check it out...

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About the Guest

Michael Daugherty

Founder, The Justice Society

Michael Daugherty was CEO of cancer testing laboratory LabMD and is the founder of The Justice Society.

A graduate of The University of Michigan, Mike was a surgical healthcare entrepreneur for over twenty years, marketing implantable medical devices he founded LabMD in 1996.

He has spent most of the last decade defending his company against FTC charges that it had deficient cybersecurity practices following a data breach - and he won.

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

VP, 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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