With each major data breach the role of the Chief Information Security Officer becomes more complex, and more crucial. Ditch whatever preconception you may have-these individuals manage risk on a daily basis, with one foot in the world of business and another in the world of cybersecurity.

Who are these people, and how do they think Conversations flow between personal and professional the books we read, the music we listen to, our hobbies all tell a story about who we are as practitioners? Learn what makes CISOs tick, and how they’ve gone all in on security.

Featured Guest
Featured Guest


Tatu Ylonen_

Tatu and Sam discuss how the SSH protocol became "viral" when Tatu first created it in the mid-'90s and what fascinates Tatu so much about language and the transfer of ideas.




Sam Curry is CSO at Cybereason and has over 25 years of IT security industry experience. Curry served as CTO and CSO at Arbor Networks, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of Arbor’s technology, security and innovation roadmap.

Previously, he spent more than seven years at RSA (the Security Division of EMC) in a variety of senior management positions, including CSO and Chief Technology in addition to SVP of Product Management and Product Marketing, including RSA Labs. Curry has also held senior roles at Microstrategy, CA and McAfee.


S3:E8 Tatu Ylonen - Founder of SSH Communications Security
October 30, 2020 - 17:35
Tatu and Sam discuss how the SSH protocol became "viral" when Tatu first created it in the mid-'90s and what fascinates Tatu so much about language and the transfer of ideas.
S3:E7 Sam Curry - CISO at Cybereason
October 14, 2020 - 35:15
The tables are finally turned, as Sam finds himself in the hot-seat. We join Sam's brother, Red Curry, as he interviews Sam to find out more about their childhood, Sam's journey into security, and his inspirations.
S3:E6 Stephanie Helm - Director at MassCyberCenter at MassTech
September 30, 2020 - 29:20
Sam and Stephanie talk about how joining the Navy in the 1980's eventually led her to the halls of the NSA and how her fascination with language lead to a decades-long career in Cryptology.
S3:E5 Wayman Cummings - Director, Threat Intelligence & IR Security Ops at Unisys
September 14, 2020 - 27:51
Sam and Wayman chat about their chaotic childhood, climbing mountains, and falling from the ceiling of a printer room, trying to "hack" into his school's server room.
S3:E4 Guy Golan - Group CISO at Performanta
August 25, 2020 - 24:51
Sam and guy talk about their passion for stories, and how Guy's journey in Africa led him into the field of security.
S3:E3 Andreas Schneider - Group CISO at TX Group
July 6, 2020 - 28:20
Conquering and exploring the world was Andreas' first goal as a child, playing strategy games such as Risk and Civilization. Andreas and Sam talk about how this passion led to computers and eventually securing the biggest media group in Switzerland.
S3:E2 Keith Barros - CISO at Seton Hall
June 10, 2020 - 27:35
Sam and Keith Barros discuss what history can teach us about modern security, how Keith's passion for photography shapes his view on the world, and his advice for anyone coming into security.
S3:E1 Ed Amoroso - Founder and CEO at TAG Cyber
May 12, 2020 - 28:30
Ed and Sam discuss Ed's journey into security, his beginning at Bell Lads, and the experiences that shaped his understanding of socializing, and the value of soft skills for a CISO.


S2:E7 Kelley Misata, Ph.D. - Founder and CEO at Sightline Security
Dec 11, 2019 - 26:09
Kelley is an inspiring strategic leader and speaker with 15+ years of experience in information security, marketing, and communications.  She has successfully bridged technical and nontechnical audiences and initiatives to build productive conversations and strategies in information security focusing on the intersections of people, processes, technology. Her discussion with Sam reveals her interesting path to her career in security.
S2:E6 Anton Chuvakin -- Settling into the fascinating world of Google Cloud
Dec 1, 2019 - 26:38
Anton is a recognized security expert in the field of SIEM, log management, and PCI DSS compliance. He is an author of several books.  His blog was one of the most popular in the industry. He and Sam discussed his background, his upbringing in Russia, his formal training and career, which has culminated in his passion for all things security.
S2:E5 Adam Shostack - Consultant and advisor delivering strategic security and privacy innovation
November 2019 - 32:23
Sam speaks with Adam Shostack about being an entrepreneur, technologist, author and game designer, focused on improving security outcomes for customers and the industry. Adam has created a wide variety of companies and organizations, software, games, and new analytic frameworks.
S2:E4 Clay Carter - Global Product Security Leader at Xylem Inc.
October 2019 - 25:07
Clay Carter is an energetic and driven security executive with experience leading organizations changes. Sam and Clay talk about his passion for technology and pride and his technical expertise in architecture, engineering, security, software, networks, and infrastructure.
S2:E3 Nick Vigier - CxO Advisor | CISO | CIO | Security Innovator
September 2019 - 23:11
Nick is a 15-year technology and security leader focused on innovation to drive business results. Sam's interview with Nick discusses his path to becoming the CIO at Gemini Trust Company, building high-performance infrastructure and technology teams with a strong focus on security.
S2:E2 Thomas Johnson - Ciso At ServerCentral Turing Group (SCTG)
August 9, 2019 - 19:01
Sam and his guest Thomas Johnson (TJ), CISO at ServerCentral Turing Group (SCTG) discuss TJ's responsibility for security, governance, compliance, and maintaining a culture of security and IT Risk awareness across the entire organization. Sam talks to TJ about his path to success.
S2:E1 Dianna (Lee) Morikawa - Computer & Network Security VP Of Sales
July 22, 2019 - 21:20
Dianna (Lee) Morikawa, Computer & Network Security VP of Sales talks with Sam about how her experiences in the computer and network security industry with a strong business development professional background have helped her achieve executive positions.


Episode 15 | Michael Miora - SVP & Global CISO at Korn Ferry
Jan 7, 2019 • 29:16
Michael and Sam talk about the path from Mathematics to Astrophysics, to cybersecurity. How does one secure satellite transmission, when the technology of the time allows only for a trickle of information to come back down to earth? They further discuss how Michael got drawn into cybersecurity and what takes precedence when it comes to securing a company like Korn Ferry.
Episode 14 | Kevin Fielder - CISO at Just Eat
Nov 27, 2018 • 29:37
Sam and Kevin chat about what it takes to be the first CISO in an organization that's growing its security, where biology and security meet, and why IoT is such a funny term.
Episode 13 | Chris Castaldo - Sr. Director of Cybersecurity at 2U
Oct 22, 2018 • 22:58
Chris recalls the time he built a Tandy computer with his grandfather, and how that got him on the path to security. He explains his passion for education, tells of his time in the military, and offers advice to up and coming security professionals.
Episode 12 | Don Welch - Chief Information Security Officer at Penn State University
Oct 02, 2018 • 29:24
Don Welch talks about the path from Army Special Operations IT to being CISO for Penn State University. Don also tells about starting the cybersecurity education program at West Point, and how being a CISO for a major university is almost like securing a small city.
Episode 11 | Roland Cloutier - SVP, CSO at ADP
Oct 01, 2018 • 29:34
Sam and Roland discuss their continued passion for security, and how that keeps them going on a day to day basis and the power they draw from looking at the big picture and thinking about what you're trying to accomplish beyond protecting a company and solving problems.
Episode 10 | Cecil Pineda - CISO and Managing Director at Cyber Watch Systems
Aug 09, 2018 • 26:07
Cecil and Sam talk about Cecil's journey from the Phillipenes to Dallas, his love of the Dallas Cowboys, the Y2K panic, and pentesting in the early 2000's.
Episode 9 | John Roskoph - VP Cyber Security / CISO, Tropicana Entertainment Inc
July 26, 2018 • 29:16
John and Sam talk about "War Games" and other inspirations in the life of a security professional, how working at Comcast was like "holding on to a flying plane", and how hobbies like archery help to keep John focused.
Episode 8 | Bill Dennings - Chief Operating Officer, Uphold Inc
July 12, 2018 • 20:58
Bill Dennings and Sam reminisce about their first meeting, Bill's history in the Marines, what he'd learned, and how it ultimately led him to security.
Episode 7 | Anne Marie Zettlemoyer - Director of Cyber Strategy, Architecture, and Solutions, Freddie Mac
June 28, 2018 • 28:32
Sam and Anne Marie Z sit down for a conversation about the similarities between finance and security, diversity, and Anne Marie's history as an MMA fighter.
Episode 6 | Ari Schwartz - former senior director for cybersecurity, U.S. National Security Council
June 14, 2018 • 27:48
Ari and Sam discuss the intricacies of working at the White House, and how cybersecurity is viewed in DC.
Episode 5 | Eddie Schwartz - EVP Cyber Services, DarkMatter
May 31, 2018 • 31:55
Sam and Eddie reminisce about their early days in cybersecurity, the work they did after the RSA breach, and how Eddie's theater background has served him in his security career.
Episode 4 | Bob Bigman- President, 2BSecure & former CIA CISO
May 16, 2018 • 28:36
Sam and Bob (former CISO of the CIA) alternate between the earliest days of infosec, when electromagnetic emanations were a huge concern, to how companies today deal with risk, and the simplicity of cyber hygiene.
Episode 3 | Gary Hayslip - VP & global CISO, Webroot inc
May 2, 2018 • 36:43
Comic books, information security, and family discussions of best security practices around the dinner table. Gary and Sam reminisce about their military careers and how they got started, as well as what they've learned about security from raising children and reading sci-fi novels.
Episode 2 | Laura Louthan - Founder, Angel Cybersecurity
Apr 20, 2018 • 31:55
Catch Sam and Laura have a lovely chat about compliance- the most bitter pill of the security world- and dive into how that makes us better security people.
Episode 1 | Scott Howitt- SVP & CISO, MGM Resorts International
Apr 6, 2018 • 36:45
On our inaugural episode, we discuss with Scott the correlation between hockey and security, how the constant evolution of cybersecurity keeps newcomers to the field on their toes, and at what point in his career he decided he’s ready to go all-in on security.