Security Confidential S12 E4 Ryan Leirvik

This week on Dark Rhino Security’s Security Confidential podcast, Host Manoj Tandon speaks with Ryan Leirvik. Ryan is the CEO of Neuvik and the author of the book “Understand, Manage, and Measure Cyber Risk”. His past adventures include growing a cyber research and development company, formerly serving as Chief of Staff and Associate Director of Cyber for the U.S. Department of Defense, a cybersecurity strategist for McKinsey, and a technologist at IBM.

Chapter Titles:

00:00 Introduction

00:17 Our Guest

01:08 Behind the name Neuvik

02:20 What does Neuvik do?

03:29 Imperfect Technology layered on Imperfect Technology

05:35 Is the next gadget worth it?

07:54 Guiding a newbie CXO

10:50 What is it that you’re protecting?

22:54 Which framework has worked the best?

25:56 Understand, Manage, and Measure Cyber Risk

35:39 Leveraging vulnerabilities for offensive purposes

40:35 Connecting with Ryan

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 12:

Ep. 1 Marius Poskus – Tech talk overwhelms the nontechnical

Ep. 2 Robert Black – Who is responsible for Cybersecurity?

Ep. 3 Eric Allard – Your Guide to SBOMs

Ep. 4 Ryan Leirvik – Understand, Manage, and Measure Cyber Risk

Ep. 5 Dan Wachtler – Building Awareness About Your Startup

 Ep. 6 Peter Warmka – A senior survival guide

Ep. 7 Susan Bennett – More than the Original Voice of Siri

Ep. 8 Frank Riccardi – The Human Factor is the Weakest Link

Ep. 9 Dmytro Bielievtsov – What is Vishing?

Ep. 10 Bourbon Breakdown

Important Links

Ryans’ Linkedin

Learn about Neuvik

Link to Ryan’s Book “Understand, Manage, and Measure Cyber Risk”

About Ryan Leirvik

Ryan Leirvik is a cybersecurity professional who has spent the better part of two decades enhancing information security programs at the world’s largest institutions.

With considerable US government and commercial sector experience, Ryan has employed his professional passion for cybersecurity at almost every level within an organization. A frequent speaker on the topic of information security, Ryan fields several questions on “How do I make sure I have a sustainable cyber program?” This book was written to help answer that question.

Ryan has been the CEO of a cybersecurity research and development company, Chief of Staff and Associate Director of Cyber for the US Department of Defense, and a cybersecurity strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company. Ryan’s technology career started at IBM, and he has a master of IT degree from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a bachelor of science from Purdue University. Ryan is also on the faculty at IANS.

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