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Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance & Identity at Microsoft, talks with cybersecurity thought leaders and influential industry experts about the trends shaping the cyber landscape and what should be top-of-mind for the C-suite and other key decision makers. Ann and her guests explore the risk and promise of tools and systems powered by AI, IoT, machine learning, and other emerging technology, as well as the impact on how humans work, communicate, consume information, and live in this era of digital transformation. Please note, the opinions expressed by guests on this podcast are their own and are not endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect opinions of, Microsoft or Ann Johnson.

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Diana Kelly, the co-founder, and CTO of SecurityCurve, a cybersecurity consulting firm, joins Ann Johnson on this episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Diana is a globally known security expert who donates much of her time volunteering in the cybersecurity community while also serving on the Association for Computing Machinery Ethics and Plagiarism Committee. Diana talks with Ann about helping inexperienced organizations get up to speed on the cybersecurity landscape, some of the current significant security and privacy hurdles currently plaguing the field, and some of the best practices to assist network defenders and users trying to combat botnet threats.      In This Episode You Will Learn:      How companies can protect themselves from new unsecure devices   When security risks correspond with access management and IoT devices  Why we need security programs to grow to a new level     Some Questions We Ask:  How should network defenders and users combat botnet threats?  What types of universal IoT standards need to be created?   What privacy hurdles are currently plaguing the field of IoT-connected devices?     Resources:    View Diana Kelly on LinkedIn  View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn    Related:   Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault     Listen to: Security Unlocked   Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Rinki Sethi; Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Twitter joins Ann Johnson for this conversation focused on the recent rise in cybercrime. Rinki was an Information Security Executive at IBM from 2018 to 2019 before joining Twitter in September 2020. She is responsible for protecting Twitter's information and technology assets and managing the company's continued product innovations in the security space. Rinki talks with Ann about the significant uptick in ransomware attacks, what she enjoys most about her career in cybersecurity, best practices when raising consumer awareness, and Twitter's approach to cybersecurity.     In This Episode You Will Learn:    Rinki’s cybersecurity philosophy   Best practices to apply when trying to keep your company and customers safe  The challenges when readjusting data into a functional and quick risk management strategy  Some Questions We Ask:    What are some best practices when raising consumer awareness?   Do you believe ransomware attacks are rising or just becoming more high-profile?  What guidance would you provide to organizations that lack sufficient protection against cyberattacks?     Resources:  View Rinki Sethi on LinkedIn  View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn    Related:  Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault    Listen to: Security Unlocked  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Amy Hogan-Burney, General Manager of Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, and former attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation joins Ann Johnson to discuss how to address the leap in cyberattack sophistication seen in the new Microsoft Digital Defense Report, and the steps needed to establish new rules for cyberspace. As the leader of a global team of attorneys, investigators, engineers, and analysts Amy shares the strategic vantage point that these insights reveal about the increase of imposter domains attacking a variety of industries, and what guidance she has for organizations trying to protect themselves during a new wave of cyberattacks unlike any we have seen in the past.  In This Episode You Will Learn:     New global cybercrime trends   Why we are seeing an increase in imposter domains   How to keep data safe while employees continue to work remote  Some Questions We Ask:     What can we learn from the latest digital defense report?    Why are we seeing a shift to more phishing attacks?  When should we start establishing new rules for cybersecurity?     Resources:    Fighting an emerging cybercrime trend  View Amy Hogan-Burney on LinkedIn  View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn  Related:      Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault    Listen to: Security Unlocked     Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Wendy Nather, the highly respected cyber strategist, CISO, research director, and former industry analyst, joins Ann Johnson on Afternoon Cyber Tea to talk about the strategies helping defend against human-operated ransomware. Wendy has served as a CISO in both the private and public sectors leading IT security for the EMEA region of the investment banking division of Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) and the Texas Education Agency. Her specialties are security program management, threat intelligence, risk analysis, identity and access management, security operations, and incident response. In this episode, Wendy and Ann also discuss the Digital Extortion Task Force, which specializes in combating these attacks, and how the threat landscape has continued to widen and evolve.      In This Episode You Will Learn:  What is so alarming about the recent rise in ransomware attacks  How human-operated ransomware is a threat to organizations in every industry  Why threat actors have become remarkably successful      Some Questions We Ask:  What are your thoughts on the new Digital Extortion Task Force?  Can you elaborate on what has evolved in ransomware and the threat actors behind it?   What should organizations concentrate on to protect themselves against ransomware?    Resources:    View Wendy Nather on LinkedIn    View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn      Related:      Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault    Listen to: Security Unlocked    Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The Cyberwire Network.
Dr. Fiona Hill, former intelligence officer and one of the United States' most incomparable Russian experts, joins Ann Johnson in the Season 5 premiere episode of Afternoon Cyber Tea. Dr. Hill addresses disinformation, the connection to cybersecurity, and how adversaries are mastering technology to undermine U.S. interests at home and abroad. She also talks with Ann about the critical need to stay aware of our adversaries' scientific and technical capabilities, digital threats to women online, and the importance of including individuals with diverse perspectives and sensitivities to address cyber threats in the future.    In This Episode You Will Learn:  The importance of including individuals with diverse perspectives What limits the United States' ability to understand and respond to global issues The value and importance of a role model for young Americans   Some Questions We Ask:  How do we stay aware of the scientific capabilities our adversaries are pursuing?    What has to happen to ensure that digital threats to women do not control their social and educational engagement?  Why can we only benefit from the younger generation believing in themselves?     Resources:  There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century  View Dr. Fiona Hill on LinkedIn  View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn      Related:     Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault   Listen to: Security Unlocked  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft sits down with Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer and Chief Analyst for CyberWire, to talk about the future of cybercrime. Reflecting on recent cyberattacks, they discuss historical approaches that still hold true, the strengths and weaknesses of standard industry practices, and which principles of cybersecurity they feel aren’t getting enough attention today. Resources:   View Rick Howard on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft welcomes Flynn Adams, co-founder of InteliQore, to the show to talk about her personal experience with online harassment causing real-life trauma. Flynn recounts her harrowing story about the digital abuse that endangered her family, the inaction and frustration that followed, and her motivation to create InteliQore and advocate for digital safety as a fundamental human right. Resources:   View Flynn Adams on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft sits down with Microsoft colleague Tom Burt, Corporate VP of Customer Security and Trust, to talk all things cybersecurity. They dig deep into the severity of nation-state attacks, the Biden administration’s recent executive order on transparency in cybersecurity, and the simple steps companies can take to practice good digital hygiene. They also discuss Microsoft’s mission to combat disinformation and why public-private partnerships are key. Resources:   View Tom Burt on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft is joined by Genevieve Liveley, Professor of Classics, RISCS Fellow, and Turing Fellow at the University of Bristol. Genevieve talks about her research in the field of narratology, what ancient Greece teaches us about AI today, and the potential threat of AI-assisted cyberattacks. They wind things down by chatting about the human spirit and the power of resiliency. Resources:   View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, is joined this week by Dominique West, host and creator of the Security in Color podcast, to talk about the cybersecurity community: Dominique’s experiences within it, how industry professionals are changing norms to make it more accessible for people who have been historically excluded from the space, and advice for those looking to start a career in cybersecurity. Resources:   View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft welcomes The New York Times cybersecurity reporter and best-selling author, Nicole Perlroth, to talk about her new book, This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race. They dive into the spate of recent high-profile cyber-attacks, the top security risks facing the United States, and the strategies needed to fight back. They then cap off things off by talking about the process of writing a book. Resources:   View Nicole Perlroth on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft is joined by Titania Group co-founder Nicola Whiting to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how differences in thought, background, and ability can be the best defense against cybercrime. The cybersecurity veteran also talks to Ann about the rise of ransomware and how to fight it. Listen in to learn best practices for overcoming bias and building a more resilient cybersecurity strategy. Resources:   View Nicola Whiting on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft discusses the recent cyberattacks on the US supply chain with Admiral (RET) Michael Rogers, former Head of United States Cyber Command. Mike gives his perspective on the frailty of today’s supply chain (particularly in the US) and the massive risk of failing to secure it. Don’t miss this fascinating discussion about the growing sophistication of cybercrime and the necessity of public-private partnerships to stop it. Resources:   View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Security Unlocked is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, speaks with Executive Vice President and Head of Mandiant Intelligence at FireEye, Sandra Joyce. With the U.S. election upon us, misinformation is at a fever pitch as bad actors aim to disrupt and erode confidence in our democratic system. Ann and Sandra discuss the relationship between attribution and accountability in these scenarios, the rise of ransomware as a national security issue, and how understanding the scale of the threat landscape can help organizations respond—swiftly and thoroughly—to a breach. Resources:   View Sandra Joyce on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Security Unlocked is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, discusses diversity in cybersecurity with Camille Stewart, head of security policy and election integrity for Android and Google Play, and Lauren Zabierek, executive director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Camille and Lauren, whose #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign amplifies Black practitioners in tech, share insights on how organizations and individuals can identify blindspots, encourage uncomfortable dialogue, and nurture inclusivity in the industry. Listen to the second episode in this two-part discussion on how excluding diverse voices weakens our approach to security on a national scale, as well as the vulnerabilities we risk when bias is baked into technology. Resources:   View Camille Stewart on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Security Unlocked is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
? Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, discusses diversity in cybersecurity with Camille Stewart, head of security policy and election integrity for Android and Google Play, and Lauren Zabierek, executive director of the Cyber Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Camille and Lauren, whose #ShareTheMicInCyber campaign amplifies Black practitioners in tech, share insights on how organizations and individuals can identify blindspots, encourage uncomfortable dialogue, and nurture inclusivity in the industry. Listen to the first episode in this two-part discussion on how excluding diverse voices weakens our approach to security on a national scale, as well as the vulnerabilities we risk when bias is baked into technology. Resources:   View Camille Stewart on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Security Unlocked is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, and Jules Okafor, CEO/founder of RevolutionCyber and diversity and anti-racism influencer, discuss the attitudes that keep the cybersecurity industry from fully realizing its potential. Jules presents her cyber mindset perspective, urging security professionals to prioritize value and positive outcomes for customers, not just technology sales. Join their talk about how by truly listening—not scrambling for an easy button—the industry also can make meaningful progress in changing behaviors, sustaining difficult conversations, and becoming more inclusive. Resources:   View Jules Okafor on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, shares a conversation with Bret Arsenault, Microsoft’s Chief Information Security Officer, to talk about his role in the company’s response to the pandemic. Ann and Bret usher in National Cybersecurity Awareness Month with a discussion about the new rules of engagement for a largely remote workforce and the pressures it places on many companies. Hear their perspectives on the importance of data and the modern CISO to security, productivity, and employee wellness. Resources:   View Bret Arsenault on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, talks about perceptions of cybersecurity with information security researcher, political scientist, author, and Fulbright Scholar Tarah Wheeler. They dive into how security and risk management have ascended within organizations, as well as the importance of looking beyond cybercrime to the people most affected by the fallout. Their conversation considers the physics of encryption vs. the right to data privacy, imposter syndrome in the cybersecurity community, and what people do when given power and anonymity. Resources:   View Tarah Wheeler on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton joins Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President for Business Development, Security, Compliance, and Identity at Microsoft, to talk about election security, socially engineered attacks, and Theresa’s book “Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth.” Ann and Theresa unpack how the cyberoperatives behind misinformation campaigns choose their targets, their narratives, and the conversations they seek to influence. Listen for perspectives on the pandemic and the power of human-centered design to combat cybercrime. Resources:   View Theresa Payton on LinkedIn View Ann Johnson on LinkedIn Related: Listen to: Security Unlocked Listen to: Security Unlocked: CISO Series with Bret Arsenault  Afternoon Cyber Tea with Ann Johnson is produced by Microsoft and distributed as part of The CyberWire Network.
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