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New Microsoft Security Podcast Debuts on the CyberWire Network

CyberWire | May 18, 2021

The CyberWire confirmed recently that Microsoft Security's newest podcast, "Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault," has debuted as part of the CyberWire's increasingly growing podcast network. The show's host, Microsoft's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Bret Arsenault, will speak one-on-one with industry peers as well as Microsoft executives about the most pressing cybersecurity issues today. He and his colleagues will discuss new ideas and perspectives, as well as provide practical advice to security professionals.

The first show of the inaugural season features a candid and informative discussion with Mark Russinovich, CTO of Azure and Technical Fellow at Microsoft. Arsenault and Russinovich immediately delve into two important issues of the day, cloud security and zero trusts, providing insights into how technology is changing and the unique challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic have prompted developments in recent years.

"Microsoft Security is at the forefront of building a secure cyberspace for individuals and organizations alike, and we're delighted to have their amazing new podcast join our network," said Peter Kilpe, CEO and Executive Editor of the CyberWire. "With the rapid pace of change in our industry and the ever-changing threat landscape, there is an urgent need for practical guidance and insights that security teams can use to defend their organizations. Bret's show is an excellent resource for business professionals."

"I am a listener and fan of CyberWire's podcasts, and I am glad the team was open to sharing the Microsoft Unlocked CISO series with its listeners, who are the same security professionals I speak to every day," said Bret Arsenault, Microsoft's Chief Information Security Officer. "My vision for the podcast is that it would be another helpful outlet for me to expand the conversations I have both externally and internally with some of the brightest security minds in the industry, providing listeners with practical advice they can put into effect right away."

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THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE TO KEEP INFORMATION SAFE. OF SECURITY BREACHES ARE AVOIDABLE THROUGH SIMPLE OR INTERMEDIATE CONTROLS. INTRUSIONS & DISCLOSURES. $174 MILLION RECORDS INVOLVED IN DATA THEFTS. 1 U.S. DATA BREACH COSTS $5.5MILLION. COMMON DATA INTRUSION IN THE ENTERPRISE. 58% ‘HACKTIVISTS’.

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THE NEVER-ENDING BATTLE TO KEEP INFORMATION SAFE. OF SECURITY BREACHES ARE AVOIDABLE THROUGH SIMPLE OR INTERMEDIATE CONTROLS. INTRUSIONS & DISCLOSURES. $174 MILLION RECORDS INVOLVED IN DATA THEFTS. 1 U.S. DATA BREACH COSTS $5.5MILLION. COMMON DATA INTRUSION IN THE ENTERPRISE. 58% ‘HACKTIVISTS’.

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IBM to Expand Security Portfolio with Plans to Acquire ReaQta

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