Security Confidential S6 E7 Erika Carrara

Erika Carrara is an influential, strategic, business-focused, and highly accomplished C-Suite executive. She has accomplished many things such as being a CISO, Director of Information Technology, Penetration Tester, IT Security Specialist, and many more. Erika is also a Veteran of the United States Army and Mentor. She is currently the CISO of Wabtec Corporation.


Chapter Titles:

00:00 Introduction

00:49 How did you start your career in cybersecurity? Was it something you did while in the military?

03:03 Advice for younger individuals stepping into cyber

04:27 Advice for Veterans transitioning into Cyber

06:29 Due diligence process when looking at an acquisition?

13:40 ISO 27,001 17:04 Security Frameworks for Small Businesses

22:00 What motivates bad actors?

26:40 Are there policies that you think the government should adopt that would better deter bad actors?

34:18 Can you shed some light on what defense in depth should entail for critical infrastructure companies?

37:45 3rd party risk mitigation

41:14 Small businesses: expectations regarding cybersecurity?

45:03 Code: Girl

50:00 Connecting with Erika


Resources Mentioned:

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Girls Who Code

Black Girls Code

Coding Girls

Tech Girls

Django Girls

To learn more about Erika visit LinkedIn

Dark Rhino Security\’s \”Security Confidential\” is a weekly Cybersecurity podcast where Host, Manoj Tandon, talks to Infosec and Cybersecurity professionals about the current issues going on in our industry. Guests are able to share their stories about how they began their journey into cybersecurity and connect with our audience. Listeners are able to tune in through Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Youtube, LinkedIn, and more.

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Check out the other episodes in Season 6:

Ep. 1 Brian Stoner – VP of StellarCyber

Ep. 2 Dr. Joseph – Russia, Ukraine, and Cybersecurity

Ep. 3 Tim Chase – Ethical Hacker, CISO

Ep. 4 Brian Haugli – CEO of SideChannel

Ep. 5 Nat Schere – Cybersecurity as a revenue

Ep. 6 Endre Walls – Starting in Cyber, Vendors, and Diversity

Ep. 7 Erika Carrara – Veteran, Mentor, C-suite executive

Ep. 8 Eddie Thomason – Podcast Host, Author, and Entrepreneur

Ep. 9 Greg Schaffer – vCISO, Author, and Podcast Host

Ep. 10 Jake Belcher – Sr. Director of Security Strategy


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