Security Gets Serious Episode 001: Ben Carr on CISO Challenges

Written by
Halcyon Team
Published on
April 10, 2024

It used to be that following an attack, everyone went home at the end of the day. But liability is steadily moving up the food chain. We now see legal regulatory actions targeting the C-level – and increasingly CISOs are getting thrown under the bus.  

In this debut episode of Security Gets Serious with Ben Carr, guest host Anthony M. Freed introduces the show’s real host, Ben Carr, to discuss emerging legal and liability issues stemming from ransomware attacks that are impacting organizations and their security team leaders.

In this episode, we cover a lot of ground, from the new SEC “material events” reporting requirement to the emerging trend of revictimizing the victims of ransomware attacks through a punitive regulatory and legal environment – will these actions ultimately help or hurt security efforts?

As the public and private sectors grapple with relentless ransomware attacks and associated data loss events, CISOs are increasingly finding they are the scapegoats for business decisions. Carr provides some valuable insight into what current and prospective CISOs need to know about where the landmines are buried and protecting yourself from legal jeopardy.

Your Host: Ben Carr, Halcyon Advisory CISO: Carr is a Security & Risk Executive and recognized thought leader with more than 25 years of results driven experience in developing and executing security strategies. Carr has served in global leadership roles at advanced technology, high risk, and rapid growth companies such as Ericsson (Cradlepoint), Qualys, Aristocrat, Tenable, Visa and Nokia. Ben has served as a member of the Board of Directors for organizations such as IT-ISAC and NTXPKUA. He is an advisor for Noname Security and Syn Ventures and has previously served on Advisory boards for Living Security, TruStar, Mimecast, Qualys, and Accuvant.

Guest Host: Anthony M. Freed, Halcyon Director of Research and Communications: Freed is a strategic communications leader, award-winning writer, publisher and podcast producer who was previously a freelance security journalist leading headline-making investigations that included the Symantec NAV source code leak, the mass compromise of US government agency account credentials, the denial-of-service attack that took down WikiLeaks, and more. Freed is also the principal researcher who produces the quarterly Halcyon report Power Rankings: Ransomware Malicious Quartile - Inside Data Extortion Attacks.

Next Episode:

In our next show, Carr interviews Ryan Permeh, partner at Syn Ventures who has been a leader in security innovation for several decades, helping pioneer the use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to detect and defeat novel threats. Permeh was formerly the Co-Founder and former Chief Scientist at Cylance (Acquired by Blackberry), and before that was the Chief Scientist at McAfee. Check it out! is the leading anti-ransomware company. Global 2000 companies rely on the Halcyon platform defeat ransomware with minimal business disruption through built-in bypass and evasion protection, key material capture, automated decryption, and data exfiltration and extortion prevention – talk to a Halcyon expert today to find out more. Halcyon also publishes a quarterly RaaS (Ransomware as a Service) and extortion group reference guide, Power Rankings: Ransomware Malicious Quartile, and check out the Recent Ransomware Attacks resource site.

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