Top Tech Leaders on AI, 2024 Roadmaps, and the evolving role of CISOs

Insights from Reddit's CISO, success of Falco at Kubecon, and the enduring challenge of Email Security

Greetings from Cloud Security Podcast!

Thanks to everyone who came and said hello to us at QCON London and attended Ashish’s talk about A Zero Trust Future for Applications: Practical Implementation and Pitfalls.

Next up, a few conferences are coming in hot! Our team is headed to AWS Summit in London in April 2024 and we will be at BsidesSF and RSA in June 2024. If you are attending any of these events, definitely hit us up.

We will be recording interviews LIVE at Bsides SF and RSA, its an incredible lineup already and we are so excited about bringing those interviews to you. If you are attending and would like to meet us or think there is someone we should meet or better yet interview at any of the above events, send us a message we’d love to hear from you.

Our very own Ashish Rajan will be speaking as well at RSA so be sure to check out his talk if you are attending RSA this year

Whats ahead in this newsletter…

  • Reddit CISO Fredrick Lee: Crafting a CISO Roadmap for 2024

    • Insights on balancing risk and innovation in AI and cloud environments.

    • Discussion on Reddit's cybersecurity strategies with S.P.A.C.E team initiatives.

  • Loris Degioanni: Celebrating Falco’s Graduation at Kubecon EU

    • Insights on Falco's journey and its significance for cloud-native security.

  • Abhishek Agrawal: Why Email Security Remains Crucial

    • Discussion on persistent threats and strategic defenses in email security.

  • Emerging Technologies

    • AI in Cybersecurity

      • Conversation with Ely Kahn about SentinelOne's Purple AI and its benefits.

    • GitHub Copilot's Role in DevSecOps

      • Upcoming discussion with GitHub’s CISO Michael Hanley on AI’s transformative impact in coding and security.

Cloud Security Podcast April 2024

April has been a great month on Cloud Security Podcast (To be honest they all are as we are fortunate to have some great guests), but so far we had the honour of speaking to Fredrick Lee who is the CISO at Reddit and shared a wealth of knowledge with us about what a CISO roadmap should look like in 2024, taking into account the world of AI and Cloud.

We spoke to Loris Degioanni, CTO and Founder at Sysdig. Their open source project, Falco graduated at Kubecon EU 2024 and we had the pleasure of interviewing him there.

In another episode this month we spoke to Abhishek Agrawal, Co-founder of Material Security about why email security is still worth looking at in 2024.

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In the month of April, we had the pleasure of speaking to Fredrick Lee, CISO at Reddit about what is it like to build a successful business based on risk?

With a career that spans across notable tech giants like Square (now Block), Twilio, and Gusto, Lee brings a wealth of experience in both hardware and software security landscapes.

Without embracing risk, businesses risk stagnation in a world where competitors are always ready to innovate. From discussing the cost-effective strategies in cybersecurity to exploring the formation and goals of Reddit's S.P.A.C.E team (Security, Privacy, Automation, Compliance, and Engineering), this episode gets into the challenges and opportunities presented by the modern tech environment

🌐 How Cloud Changed Cybersecurity

  • 🔄 Not a New Frontier but a Needed Revolution: The shift to cloud security hasn't introduced new concepts but underscored critical security measures we've overlooked. It's a reminder of the robustness required, whether in a corporate data center or a cloud environment.

  • 🧩 Comprehensive Security Visibility: Cloud platforms force us to evaluate every possible attack vector and consider our entire infrastructure, promoting a holistic view of security.

  • ⚙️ Scalability and Security by Design: Cloud services allow security to be scalable and integratable directly into our development lifecycle, transforming policies into programmable code.

  • 📈 Democratization of Security: The accessibility of cloud services like AWS's free tier has lowered barriers to entry, making security a more inclusive field.

⚖️ The Role of Compliance in Cybersecurity

  • 📚 Narrative of Security: Compliance isn't just about adhering to regulations; it's about effectively communicating the robustness of your security program to build trust and facilitate business operations.

  • 🏃 Compliance as a Coach: Just like a coach helps an athlete measure performance and set benchmarks, compliance helps organizations set and achieve security milestones.

🔐 The Role of Privacy in Cybersecurity

  • 🔍 Security vs. Privacy: Security focuses on who can access data, while privacy controls how data is used, ensuring it’s handled in ways that respect user preferences.

  • 🤳 Privacy in Practice: Consider how telecom companies manage text messages. Security ensures that messages are protected from unauthorized access, but privacy policies dictate whether these messages can be viewed or shared by the provider.

👤 The Role of a CISO

  • 🚀 From Tactical to Strategic: CISOs must elevate their perspective from the technical details to broader business impacts, balancing risk with opportunity to drive growth.

  • 🌍 Enabling Risk for Reward: Recognizing that risk is inherent and necessary for innovation is crucial. A CISO's role involves defining acceptable risks and finding strategic advantages.

🛣️ CISO Roadmaps for 2024

  • 🌟 Big-Picture Thinking: Long-term planning helps CISOs avoid the pitfalls of short-term fixes that may misalign with broader business goals.

  • 🤖 Leveraging AI: With tighter budgets and expanding digital footprints, AI and machine learning will play pivotal roles in automating security tasks, from compliance checks to customer communications.

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We were at Kubecon EU a few weeks ago where we had the chance to speak to Loris Degioanni, CTO and Founder at Sysdig. Their open source project graduated, Falco graduated at Kubecon EU last month. We spoke to him about the journey Falco has had, what graduation means for the Cloud Native community and why we should care about runtime security in Cloud!

🎥 Falco: The Security Camera for Your Cloud

  • 🚀 What is Falco?

    • Imagine Falco as the high-tech security system of your digital infrastructure, monitoring 24/7 for suspicious activities.

    • It integrates various probes across your systems—from Linux machines utilizing eBPF to cloud services like AWS CloudTrail.

    • Falco's power lies in its ability to enforce rules that flag undesirable actions, such as unauthorized logins or exposed secrets in GitHub.

  • 🔧 Real-World Applications:

    • Alerts: Immediate notifications for compliance breaches or potential threats.

    • Actions: Automated responses such as shutting down compromised containers via Falco Talon.

💻 eBPF: Backbone of Modern Linux Security?

  • 📦 What is eBPF?

    • Stands for Extended Berkeley Packet Filter, a revolutionary component of the Linux kernel.

    • Acts like a virtual machine inside your kernel, allowing safe and speedy execution of scripts.

  • 🛡️ Why is eBPF Secure?

    • Each script is rigorously verified before execution, minimizing risks unlike traditional kernel modules.

🔐 Runtime Security in Kubernetes: Faster Responses, Better Protection

  • 📈 Advantages & Challenges:

    • Kubernetes accelerates and simplifies application deployment but increases complexity and vulnerability due to its dynamic nature.

    • Standardized APIs speed up both development and potential attacks, necessitating quicker defensive actions.

  • 🛠️ Tools of the Trade:

    • Security solutions must operate in real-time to be effective. Falco excels by providing immediate data and response capabilities, crucial for mitigating fast-moving threats.

🏆 ROI of Runtime Security Tools

  • 💸 Beyond 'Shift Left' Security:

    • While proactive vulnerability management is crucial, runtime security safeguards active applications from unforeseen exploits and zero-day attacks.

    • Tools like Falco are invaluable for immediate threat detection and response, turning unpredictable incidents into manageable situations.

🏰 Securing Modern Cloud Environments: From Castles to Amusement Parks

  • 🎢 Evolving Security Paradigms:

    • Modern cloud applications are compared to amusement parks—open and interconnected, unlike the secluded castles of legacy systems.

    • Falco's adaptability through plugins for various services (e.g., GitHub, Okta) enhances its surveillance capabilities, ensuring comprehensive security coverage.

📌 Takeaway: Embracing tools like Falco and technologies such as eBPF can fortify your cloud environments. By integrating these security measures, you may be able to ensure both real-time protection and strategic response, keeping your digital domains not just operational but also secure.

💡 Action Steps:

  • Evaluate your current security setup for integration potential with tools like Falco.

  • Consider deploying eBPF-based monitoring to leverage its robust, secure, and efficient capabilities.

  • Stay informed and proactive about the evolving landscape of cybersecurity in cloud-native architectures.

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📧 Why Email Security Still Demands Our Attention in 2024? 📧

Despite decades of innovation, email security remains a critical frontline in cybersecurity battles, but why? We spoke to Abhishek Agrawal, Co-founder of Material Security about all things productivity suite security.

  • 🎯 Persistent Vulnerabilities: Email, a decades-old technology, continues to be a major channel for sophisticated cyber-attacks despite numerous security upgrades.

  • 🕵️ Evolving Threats: From spam and malware to advanced phishing, threats are constantly evolving, finding new ways to bypass traditional security measures.

  • 📂 Email as a Target: The shift to cloud storage has transformed email from a communication tool into a rich target for cybercriminals, containing years of sensitive data.

  • 🚫 Inadequate Tools: Most email security solutions focus on preventing attacks rather than protecting the content within the mailbox or the identities linked to email accounts.

🌐 Starting Points for Securing Your Productivity Suites 🌐

With tools like M365 and Google Workspace at the heart of corporate infrastructure, securing them isn't just necessary, it's critical. Here’s what to focus on:

  • 🛡️ Threat Detection: Primarily, protect against email-based threats as they are the predominant risk to productivity suites.

  • 🔧 Configuration and Posture Management: Monitor settings and behaviors within your suite to ensure security settings are optimized beyond default levels.

  • 🔍 Data Control: Identify and classify sensitive data, track its movement, and enforce strict access controls to secure critical information.

🤖 Are you interested in AI Cybersecurity?

Then you should definitely checkout our sister podcast AI Cybersecurity Podcast that is hosted by Ashish Rajan and Caleb Sima.

In the most recent episode we spoke to Ely Kahn, VP Product Management at SentinelOne about their recent launch Purple AI. It was an intriguing conversation about the potential of AI in assisting Security Analysts.

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💡 Highlights from the Discussion:

  • No More Query Language Barriers: Forget the headache of learning complex query languages. Purple AI interprets natural language to execute sophisticated commands, making security tasks more accessible to all skill levels.

  • Learning Made Dynamic: By showcasing the conversion of natural language into structured queries, Purple AI educates junior analysts, expediting their expertise development.

  • Man vs. Machine: A fun capture-the-flag challenge showed that junior analysts using Purple AI outperformed a seasoned expert, highlighting the tool’s practical value in real-world scenarios.

🚨 Why This Matters:

  • Empowering the Next Gen: AI-driven tools Purple AI democratizes cybersecurity expertise, allowing less experienced analysts to handle complex threats effectively.

  • Speed and Precision: AI-driven tools like Purple AI may not only increase operational efficiency but also improve the accuracy of threat detection and response.

What’s Coming Up!

Tune in on all your audio and video platforms this Tuesday 10am PST or 6pm BST for our interview with Michael Hanley, CSO and SVP of Engineering at GitHub about the transformative impact of GitHub Copilot and AI on software development and security. Michael speaks about GitHub's internal use of Copilot for over three years and its role in enhancing developer satisfaction and productivity by removing mundane coding tasks. They speak about the broader implications for DevSecOps, the future of AI in coding, and strategic tips for integrating AI tools within organizations.

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