Security Stories

9: Creating more opportunities for others, with Andy Ellis

July 13, 2020 Cisco Security
Security Stories
9: Creating more opportunities for others, with Andy Ellis
Show Notes

In this episode we chat to Andy Ellis, who, on the very day we interviewed him, was celebrating his 20th anniversary as the Chief Security Officer for Akamai. We cover many topics - from taking down the "booth babe" culture at RSA, to fighting for more representation and diversity on cyber panels, to how he eliminated the password at his organization and built a Zero Trust network, before that became a thing.  

Andy also shares one of the most interesting Star Wars theories we've ever heard, and has a fascinating take on heroes vs villains, and how the two overlap depending on who's telling the story. He then talks about why he hires librarians and journalists in his security team, and also, exactly how hard it is to train lizards. (The last two topics aren't related, btw!)

You can read Akamai's "State of the Internet" report here: https://www.akamai.com/uk/en/resources/our-thinking/state-of-the-internet-report/

In the studio, Hazel and Ben are joined (virtually) again by Noureen Njoroge. Following the interview with Andy, Noureen talks incredibly passionately about her advocacy roles for women and minorities in cybersecurity, and some of the mentoring work that she does. For anyone who wants to know more about what they can do to give more opportunities for others - don't miss this section.

For our 'Emerging Threats' feature, we cover Ripple20: a set of 19 critical vulnerabilities impacting a TCP/IP software stack, used by wide variety of vendors and installed on millions of systems: enterprise network, consumer devices, but also IIoT. More details can be read about this in our blog: https://blogs.cisco.com/security/ripple20-critical-vulnerabilities-might-be-putting-your-iot-ot-devices-at-risk 

And finally we have our 'On this Day' feature, which is when we jump into the DeLorean and head back in time to explore a significant security event. This time we’re travelling back to 2001 to talk about Sircam, which was a notable worm that spread by email. The series of unfortunate events often started with a couple of lines of text that began ‘I send you this file in order to have your advice’.

If you'd like to know more about the advocacy roles for women and minorites that Noureen is involved in, as well as access a wealth of cybersecurity resources, you can check them out at https://cybersecmentorship.org