The CyberWire occasionally interviews thought-leaders in our industry. The most recent interviews appear below. (Earlier interviews are archived and accessible via a link at the bottom of this page.)
Journalist, BBC. Author
November 23, 2016 — BBC Journalist and author of "Cyber Spies – Surveillance, Hacking and Digital Espionage".
Deputy Director of Analysis at Novetta
October 5, 2016 — Peder Müller is a Bitcoin/Blockchain enthusiast. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of Analysis at Novetta and support federal customer understanding of blockchain and Bitcoin technologies.
Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cylance
CEO and founder, Dragos Security
August 8, 2016 — Robert M. Lee is the founder and CEO of Dragos where he and his team have pioneered threat hunting in ICS/SCADA environments. He is also a SANS certified instructor and the course author of the Cyber Threat Intelligence course and the ICS/SCADA Active Defense and Incident Response course.
Senior Fellow with the Center for International and Strategic Studies at the University of Maryland (CISSM), the Executive Director of the University of Maryland Cyber Initiative, and CEO of DRE Consulting.
July 21, 2016 — Daniel Ennis has over 36 years of U.S. Government service, principally with the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS).
Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
July 15, 2016 — Eli Sugarman is a Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and manages the Cyber Initiative. The goal of the Cyber Initiative, a five-year $65 million grant-making effort, is to build a more robust cybersecurity field and improve cybersecurity policy-making.
Principal with Booz Allen Hamilton and Executive Director of the Automotive Information Sharing & Analysis Center (ISAC)
June 29, 2016 — Jon Allen focuses on cyber and security capabilities for commercial clients with an emphasis on high-tech manufacturing and automotive. His recent engagements have been with major automotive OEMs leading the assessment and building the industry’s first vehicle cyber security organization.
Co-founder and CEO of Protenus
May 24, 2016 — Robert Lord is the co-founder and CEO of Protenus, a health data security platform that protects patient data in the electronic health record (EHR) for some of the nation’s top-ranked hospitals.
Vice Dean of the Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Department in the graduate school UMUC
May 13, 2016 — Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander has over thirty years of combined federal experience at NSA, where she served as the Deputy Counterterrorism and as a Senior Operations Officer, and at TSA, where she led their IT organization as Chief Information officer. She’s currently Vice Dean for the department of Cybersecurity and Information Assurance at the University of Maryland University College.
Minister of National Defence, Canada
April 20, 2016 — Harjit Singh Sajjan, The Honorable Harjit Singh Sajjan, Canada's Minister of National Defense, is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and a veteran of combat tours in Bosnia and Afghanistan. He's also a veteran of the Vancouver Police Department, where he served as a detective in the gang crimes unit. The Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, he assumed office in November 2015.
Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan
April 5, 2016 — William H. Saito is a special advisor to the prime minister of Japan. He is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, public policy consultant and educator, and author of several books.
February 11, 2016 — Leo Taddeo, currently CSO of Cryptzone and former Special Agent in Charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the FBI's New York Office, shared his perspective on the recent apparent compromise of data from FBI networks. Read more
Managing Partner, Applied Control Solutions, and Managing Director, ISA99
January 14, 2016 — Joe Weiss, industrial control systems security expert and Managing Partner of Applied Control Solutions, talks about the challenges of securing the electrical grid, and why concerns about cyber attacks on industrial control systems are more than fear, uncertainty, and dread. Read more
CEO, Federal Business Council
October 27, 2015— David Powell, CEO of the Federal Business Council and co-chair of this year's CyberMaryland conference talks about technological innovation, cyber security as an ecosystem, the proper subsidiarity with which communities in that ecosystem flourish, and development of a strong, well-trained cyber labor force. Read more
July 22, 2015— Mergers and acquisitions are of particular interest in a growing sector like cyber security. We spoke with LookingGlass CEO Chris Coleman about his company's acquisition of Prague-based Kleissner & Associates, and he shared his views on the importance of aligning acquisition with strategic goals. Read more
Director, Technology and Domestic Economic Policy, National Association of Manufacturers
June 23, 2015— Spectrum management is an issue for both Internet-of-Things security and technological innovation. We spoke with Brian Raymond of the National Association of Manufacturers on the implications spectrum policy will have for both security and economic growth. Read more
CEO, Bay Dynamics
June 1, 2015— Seeing Through the Outsider's Insider Mask: Reflections on the IRS Breach. We spoke with Bay Dynamics CEO Feris Rifai on the lessons he thinks we can draw from the breach of the US Internal Revenue Service's "Get Transcript" service. Read more
Global and Americas Leader, Forensic Technology & Discovery Services, Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS), EY.
May 29, 2015— The CyberWire was able to hear David Remnitz speak at 2015's inaugural Billington Corporate Cybersecurity Summit in New York. Mr. Remnitz served as a founding private industry member of the Electronic Crimes Task Force for the US Secret Service. Prior to joining EY, Mr. Remnitz led FTI’s global technology (eDiscovery and data analytics) business. Internationally recognized as an expert in eDiscovery and disclosure, information security, investigations based on electronically stored information and supporting corporations under inquiry in their response to US and international regulators, law enforcement and other third parties, we caught up with him after the conference to discuss the future of cyber crime, and what enterprises can do about it. Read more
Supervisory Special Agent of the Cyber Squad, Pittsburgh Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
November 17, 2014—Back in December of 2012 at a cyber community event in Baltimore, Special Agent Mularski described his experience breaking up organized cyber criminal gangs. This interview gives us a chance to catch up with him about recent developments in cyber law enforcement. Read more
Chairman & CEO of Good Harbor Security Risk Management
October 30, 2014—On the occasion of his induction into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, the CyberWire is pleased to present this interview with Richard Clarke, an internationally recognized expert on cyber security, homeland security, national security, and counterterrorism. He has served the last three Presidents as a senior White House Advisor, including appointments as Special Advisor to the President for Cyber Security and National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism. His most recent Government service was as a principal member of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, whose report was published last December. This interview offers his retrospective look at the Review Group's work. Read more
Deputy Secretary, US Department of Homeland Security
April 22, 2014—The CyberWire interviewed Mr. Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, who participated in SINET ITSEF 2014. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas described his Department's role in US cyber security, in particular its responsibility for security the .gov space, and how the Department has taken point on sharing information with the private sector. Read more
Chief Operating Officer of the Information Assurance Directorate,
National Security Agency
April 21, 2014—The CyberWire interviewed Mr. Philip Quade, Chief Operating Officer of NSA's Information Assurance Directorate, who participated in SINET ITSEF 2014. The NSA's Information Assurance Directorate is responsible for the security of US national security systems. He shared his views on Active Cyber Defense, and how it depends upon automation and information sharing for a risk-based approach to Sensing, Sense-making, Decision-making, and Acting in cyberspace. Read more
Director General, Nasjonal Sikkerhetsmyndighet
(NSM - Norway's National Security Authority)
April 11, 2014—The CyberWire interviewed Mr. Kjetil Nilsen, Director General of Norway's National Security Authority (NSM), who delivered the final keynote at SINET ITSEF 2014. Mr. Nilsen's agency is responsible for information assurance, cyber security, cryptography and other national protective security services. NSM also leads NorCERT and a public-private partnership that includes Norway's national sensor network. Mr. Nilsen shared his perspective on the role of trust and cooperation in coping with an increasingly complex threat environment. Read more
US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research
December 12, 2013—The CyberWire interviewed Dr. Reginald Brothers, who's served since December 6, 2011 as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research. Dr. Brothers is responsible for policy and oversight of Department of Defense (DoD) Science and Technology (S&T) programs from Basic Research through Advanced Technology Development. He also oversees the Department's laboratories and provides long-term strategic direction of Defense S&T programs. We heard from Dr. Brothers after he spoke at last week's SINET Showcase. Read more
Founder and Managing Director, Allegis Capital
December 5, 2013—The CyberWire interviewed Bob Ackerman, Founder and Managing Director, Allegis Capital. Allegis, based in Palo Alto, California, USA, invests in early stage companies developing enabling technology and software to serve emerging markets. We caught Mr. Ackerman shortly before he went in to moderate his SINET Showcase panel on "Bringing Order out of Chaos." Read more
Mach37 Managing Partner
August 8, 2013—The CyberWire interviewed Rick Gordon, Managing Partner of the Mach37 cyber security business accelerator in Herndon, Virginia, USA, in New York City during SINET's 2013 Innovation Summit. He shared his views on the role a business accelerator can play in helping an entrepreneur build a cyber security start-up. Read more
Principal at the Chertoff Group
August 8, 2013—The CyberWire interviewed Mark Weatherford, Principal at the Chertoff Group, in New York City during SINET's 2013 Innovation Summit. He shared his views prospects of public-private cyber information-sharing, and on how to build an effective national cyber workforce. Read more
DHS S&T Cyber Security Director
August 5, 2013—Dr. Douglas Maughan, Director of Cyber Security at the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, spoke with the CyberWire this morning about organizing research in ways that facilitate transition to operational systems. He'll be moderating the Innovation Summit's panel on "Research Collaboration Models that Work" tomorrow afternoon. Read more