Security Confidential S3 E6 Karl Sharman

Karl Sharman joins host Manoj Tandon on this weeks episode of Dark Rhino Securitys, Security Confidential. Karl is head of cybersecurity of solutions and consultancy for Stott and May in North America. He has helped build and scale teams across multiple types of business including Fortune 500, Pre-IPO late-stage ventures, early-stage startups, security consultancies, and MSSPs. Karl Sharman is often brought on by companies for either extremely difficult hires, mass hires at speed and scale or discreet leadership hires. As a contributor and a consultant to the cybersecurity sector, Karl contributes with regular white papers, podcasts and public speaking, He was recently featured in the top 1% of Search & Staffing Professionals globally by LinkedIn.


Chapter Titles:

00:10 Introduction

01:34 How to transition to cybersecurity from another profession

05:33 Is soccer not a lot more fun than cybersecurity?

07:52 Commitment, passion, and perseverance for cybersecurity personnel

08:36 Why work at Dark Rhino Security vs Disney, Goldman Sachs, Nike

10:45 Do people quit over money? 14:44 Diverse voices and personnel engagement and being valued

18:26 When a company scales what changes?

22:42 Maintaining your values during hypergrowth

25:24 The one question that should be asked in every interview

26:35 Is it okay to put people under pressure in an interview?

30:45 Strategies that work for cybersecurity companies

34:45 Rapid advancement-get comfortable with being uncomfortable

41:51 Right processes with the right people

43:01 2021 outlook for cybersecurity? Detection and Response?

44:58 Karl Sharman\’s upcoming works


Additionally Karl\’s knowledge and experience cover the following:

Specialities: CISO, Compliance, Risk, Incident Response, Digital Forensics, Ransomware, Architecture & Engineering, Governance, Audit, Security, Cyber, Physical Security, Resilience, Business Continuity, Cyber Insurance, Product Security, Mobile Security, Application Security, IAM, Disaster Recovery, Strategy, Operations.

Frameworks: NIST, ISO, PCI, COBIT, HiTrust & NERC


To learn more about Karl Sharman visit…

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 3:

Ep. 1 Kevin Casey – Rapid Questions

Ep. 2 Chenoa Moss – Healthcare

Ep. 3 Karla Reffold – Why do Women make more Money in Cyber?

Ep. 4 Nick York – OITA

Ep. 5 Dr. Calvin Nobles – How Human factors can Impact Cybersecurity

Ep. 6 Karl Sharman – How to Hire and Retain Cybersecurity Personnel and Scale the Business

Ep. 7 James Azar –  How Secure is Your Organization?

Ep. 8 Jordan Graham – Business Lessons from a Bowhunter

Ep. 9 Chris Auger – Infocyte and Microsoft 365

Ep. 10 Jeff Manhardt – The power of Why

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