By

Robert Fly
Photo credit: Laura Buitrago   This past Saturday, I was lucky enough to be given the chance to give a talk7 at the Day of Shecurity conference ― what’s a “talk7”? That’s seven 45 minute presentations ?. While it’s still fresh in my mind, I wanted to jot down my thoughts on the day. It...
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Changing jobs is tough! It’s a high-pressure situation with lots of ambiguity and expectations of the candidate, yet hardly any transparency about what the candidate can expect. I’ve been there, too. I’ve been verbally offered roles right after I interview, and then three weeks later the company hasn’t given me paperwork yet. I’ve had cases...
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bad security awareness training
You know what industry reminds me of security awareness? The coal industry. What? Yeah, coal. The coal industry, despite obvious pollution concerns and better alternatives, has stuck around. It even has new legs with “clean coal” (in the software industry, we’d call it “coal 2.0”, “new school coal” or “modern coal”), which despite tremendous costs...
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security awareness
  In my former life as a CISO and security executive, I really disliked the phrase “security awareness”. I’m close to saying I hated it and I don’t think I’m alone. I’m not entirely sure where it stems from, but I’d guess it’s a combination of a) the bad taste in my mouth from all...
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Building Great Teams As a small startup, recruiting and building a great team is the most important thing you’ll do. It’s also one of the most difficult. I’m competing with Facebook, Google, and other companies for the best talent in the world every day. I’ve got pamplemousse La Croix in the fridge, but no Michelin star chefs, office...
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i like naps
The one good thing about your current security training? ? + ? + ? = ? Yes, through significant scientific research, I’ve identified a direct correlation between the length of standard security training and coma inducing slumber. I suspect you’ll concur; it’s a breakthrough in the research of hypersomnia. Figure 1: Deeply researched anecdotal data...
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growing up in technology
At first glance, I’m an odd person to co-found a security startup focused on people. I’ve led really technical security teams at Microsoft and Salesforce that produced cutting edge innovations and technical research. Many of my team members are now running their own security startups or they’re key technical staff at companies like Facebook, Google,...
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