CISO Stories Podcast: Privacy Hunger Games - Change the Rules

Information is meant to be shared with others- others with a need to know, that is. But CISOs may find that their organization is sharing with entities without proper procedures in place. CCO/CPO Samantha Thomas joins the podcast to discuss how she tackled this dilemma and subsequently changed the law in the process - check it out...


About the Guest

Samantha Thomas

Former CPO/CSO in the Government Sector

Samantha Thomas has served in the information and people protection field for 30+ years internationally and nationally in the areas of finance, healthcare, government, K-post secondary education and private practice. She has worked with eleven countries guiding their leadership (e.g. CA Legislature, Parliamentary members, EU, Ministries of Defense, etc) to protect their infrastructure, resources and citizens.

She is a regularly requested international Keynote and featured speaker for Summits, Congress’ and conferences. Ms. Thomas has facilitated Think Tanks with European Union Cabinet Members, Parliamentary appointees and country leaders.

Samantha has been a keynote/speaker on five continents, 14 countries and most major U.S. cities. Her writings, interviews and quotes have been published in books, newspapers, magazines, and on webinars. She is a founding Board member of the UCDavis’ Network Security Certificate Program, and was a collaborator with their partnership with Stanford’s International Studies Program.

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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