Security Confidential S4 E7 Samara Williams

Samara Williams, Manager of Threat Operations for Cardinal Health joins us in this 6th episode of Season 4 of Security Confidential. She specializes in defense-in-depth improvement, vulnerability management, threat intelligence, technical risk communication, and cybersecurity program design and development. She has several degrees in computer science and cybersecurity and she is passionate about helping young people with STEM. She is treasurer and founding member of Empower Women of Infosec.

Chapter Titles:

00:00 Introduction

01:36 Journey into Cybersecurity-South Texas to Columbus

05:08 Passion, persistence, and reliance = success in cybersecurity

08:17 Why is there a lack of people going into STEM?

15:12 Building a team in the pandemic and Social Media

20:55 Vulnerability and Risk Management and Threat Intelligence

23:34 Defense in Depth Build of Risks

26:12 Metrics to consider in cybersecurity

29:34 Making Threat Intelligence actionable

35:50 Mentorship in Cybersecurity

39:57 Organizations of interest to Samara and Scholarships

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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 4:

Ep. 1 Rob Duhart Jr – Builders and Breakers

Ep. 2 Rob Oden

Ep. 3 Chad Weinman

Ep 4. Rob Oden pt. 2

Ep. 5 Ross Young – CISO, Inventor, and Veteran

Ep. 6 Ilya Bodner – Founder of Bold Penguin

Ep. 7 Samara Williams

Ep. 8 Amelia Jarboe – Cybersecurity Controls Engineer

Ep. 9 Hans Vargas-Silva 

Ep. 10 Fredrik Oedegaardstuen

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