In this compelling episode of Tech Talks Daily, I am joined by Terry Ray, Senior Vice President at Imperva, for a crucial discussion on a frequently overlooked aspect of data security: protecting low-value data. Terry brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective, warning organizations about ignoring what is often perceived as insignificant data.
Throughout the episode, Terry emphasizes a critical message: no data should be ignored, regardless of its perceived value. He draws an analogy between data security and home security, illustrating how leaving low-value data unprotected is akin to leaving your front door wide open. This oversight can give cybercriminals a foothold, allowing them to gather insights and eventually target more valuable, sensitive data.
The conversation delves into why organizations need to monitor low-risk data as intensely as high-risk data. Terry argues that the goal of data security shouldn't be merely to catch criminals in the act but to identify and thwart their efforts before they can execute their plans. He stresses that even data classified as low risk can be extremely valuable in the wrong hands, necessitating vigilant monitoring and protection akin to other cybersecurity practices.
We explore real-world examples where organizations have suffered significant breaches due to insufficient attention to low-value data. These examples highlight the need for comprehensive visibility and knowledge of all data types to detect and respond to breaches effectively.
A vital part of the discussion focuses on balancing data accessibility and security. Terry underscores the importance of continuous monitoring and analysis of unusual behavior and implementing robust controls to ensure that data access is both authorized and secure.
In a world where data breaches are increasingly common and sophisticated, Terry advises organizations to prioritize data security and close any existing gaps in their security strategies. He also highlights the growing importance of leveraging machine learning and AI in analyzing data and identifying potential risks.
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2787: Navigating the Evolving Landscape of Application Security With Checkmarx
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25:34In this compelling episode, we delve into the strategic importance of application security as businesses undergo digital transformation. Sandeep Johri, with his rich experience at Checkmarx, sheds light on this domain's multifaceted challenges and opportunities. We discuss how vulnerabilities in applications can erode customer confidence and pose significant regulatory challenges. Checkmarx stands out in this landscape with its comprehensive application security platform, CX1, which provides holistic coverage of AppSec. This sets them apart from competitors who may only focus on one or two areas. But what truly enhances Checkmarx's capabilities is the integration of Artificial Intelligence. AI not only accelerates the ability of developers to fix vulnerabilities but also enables Checkmarx to proactively detect emerging threats, particularly those arising from AI systems themselves. A key theme of our discussion is the communication of AppSec value to corporate boards. Johri emphasizes the importance of maturity assessment models and risk quantification in presenting a clear picture of AppSec status and priorities. This strategic approach offers a roadmap for improvement and a tangible understanding of ROI in application security. However, technology is just one piece of the puzzle. We delve into the human aspect – training developers in AppSec. Here, Checkmarx's integrated "Codebashing" modules come into play, offering quick, context-relevant tutorials for developers to address vulnerabilities efficiently. Illustrating the impact of these strategies, Johri shares success stories from Checkmarx's engagements, notably with large banking institutions, where they've assisted in swiftly prioritizing and eliminating vulnerabilities. Many of these clients began with relatively immature AppSec processes, underscoring the transformative potential of Checkmarx's approach.
2786: Home Sweet Tech Home: Revolutionizing Homeownership
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49:48Join me as I explore the story behind Keepingly - a platform that's much more than just a digital tool. Daniel and Jillian, driven by their own experiences as homeowners, have dedicated themselves to advocating for better housing policies and equitable solutions. They discuss how Keepingly is empowering homeowners to view their homes as assets, centralizing all aspects of homeownership, from maintenance checklists to document storage. Daniel, with a keen focus on housing policies, particularly in appraisals, and Jillian, with her expertise in home and lifestyle, bring a unique synergy to Keepingly. They share their commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, emphasizing how promoting Black homeownership is crucial in achieving equitable housing and generational wealth. We delve into the technological heart of Keepingly, understanding how it aims to standardize home details and documentation, facilitating home sales and enhancing transparency. The platform's roadmap includes addressing appraisal bias and promoting sustainability, reflecting a holistic approach to homeownership. The episode also offers valuable insights for PropTech founders. Daniel and Jillian advise building with policy in mind and solving real market needs, emphasizing the importance of an egoless approach and the readiness to adapt.
2785: Navigating the Crossroads of Autonomous Vehicles and Progressive Policy
28:39In this insightful episode, we explore the transformative potential of Autonomous Vehicles and their societal implications. Chris MacKenzie, representing the Chamber of Progress, a center-left tech industry policy coalition, shares expert insights into how technology, particularly AVs, can align with progressive values while ensuring responsible operation and societal benefit. We delve into the challenges and opportunities AVs present. While they promise to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities drastically, concerns about job displacement in the transportation sector loom large. Chris emphasizes the need for effective education and retraining programs to facilitate workforce transitions in this rapidly evolving landscape. A significant part of our discussion revolves around building public trust in AVs. Despite safety data showing their superiority over human drivers, skepticism remains a barrier. We discuss the necessity of real-world deployment to showcase the benefits of AVs and how alliances with advocacy groups, such as Moms Against Drunk Driving, LGBTQ+ groups, and disability advocates, are crucial in this journey. The conversation also touches on the ethical dimensions of deploying emerging technologies. Chris argues for a balanced approach, advocating for the responsible use of technology like AVs and AI, which can save lives, while acknowledging and addressing the short-term tradeoffs, such as job displacement.
2784: Navigating the Next Wave of Mobile Technology
21:19In the latest episode of Tech Talks Daily, we venture into the evolving landscape of mobile technology with Tristram Bates, the Head of Mobile at NewDay and an influential figure in the UK's largest iOS meetup group. Our discussion turns from the usual AI focus, delving into the future of mobile apps and the imminent challenges posed by technologies like Apple's rumored Vision Pro headset. The conversation with Tristram is a journey through the potential and challenges of the ever-advancing mobile technology world. One of the intriguing aspects we examine is the rumored launch of Apple's Vision Pro headset. As the mobile tech community buzzes with anticipation, Tristram provides a nuanced perspective on this groundbreaking device. We ponder its price point, the market it's aimed at, and the broader implications for consumers and tech enthusiasts alike. As someone who has witnessed the evolution of mobile technology from its infancy, Tristram's insights into the development of apps for varying platforms and form factors are particularly enlightening. The challenge of adapting user interfaces for devices like the Vision headset is not just a technical hurdle but also a creative endeavor. It's a task that requires developers to reimagine how users interact with technology in a world where augmented reality (AR) could soon be as commonplace as smartphones. Our discussion also touches on the implications of alternative app stores, which have gained significant attention with the European Union's recent regulations. Tristram's perspective on this shift offers a glimpse into a future where the app ecosystem might mirror the more open model on Android platforms. This change could mark a pivotal moment in how apps are distributed and accessed, potentially reshaping the mobile app industry. At the heart of our conversation lies the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in shaping the future of mobile apps. Tristram envisions a future where apps are not just tools but intelligent companions, intuitively providing information and services without needing explicit instructions from users. This evolution could mirror the transformation of search engines over the years – from requiring specific queries to intuitively organizing information based on a user's context and needs. As we wrap up our conversation, Tristram shares a thought-provoking viewpoint on the cyclical nature of technology. The choice of the song "History Repeating" is symbolic, highlighting how understanding the past can give us invaluable insights into the future of technology. This perspective is especially relevant in an era where the lines between different tech domains are increasingly blurred and where understanding historical patterns can help us navigate the future more effectively.
2783: Unveiling the Cloud's Hidden Challenges
22:59Is your business navigating through the murky waters of cloud costs and customer-centric design effectively? In today's Tech Talks Daily Podcast, I'm excited to welcome Claire Milligan, the CEO of Aimably, to unravel these intricate topics. Cloud computing revolutionized the tech landscape, offering unparalleled efficiency and scalability. But beneath this silver lining, hidden costs and complexities lurk. How can businesses identify and tackle these expenses without compromising on the services they need? Claire brings her wealth of experience to the table, discussing the often-overlooked pitfalls of cloud services. While companies like AWS have simplified operations, many businesses are entangled in a web of unnecessary costs. Claire will delve into how companies can discern if they're being overcharged and the steps to take if they are. The conversation will also cover the importance of having a design mindset when understanding and solving customer pain points. With her design background, Claire offers a unique perspective on discovering and addressing these issues, boosting product integration and profitability. Moreover, we'll explore the dangers of overprovisioning in the cloud. Overpaying for unused features can be a silent drain on resources. Claire will share her insights on how businesses can avoid this trap by effectively managing their cloud services. Throughout our discussion, we aim to provide valuable takeaways for optimizing cloud costs, understanding the delicate balance between necessity and excess in cloud services, and developing products that truly resonate with customers' needs. We'll also touch on the broader impact of cloud computing on software companies, including the shift from CAPEX to OPEX and its implications. So, are you ready to uncover the hidden costs of the cloud and learn how to align your products with customer needs better? Join us in this enlightening conversation with Claire Milligan.
2782: Demystifying Cloud Innovation: A Journey from GoDaddy to the Future of Cloud Computing
22:10Have you ever wondered about the masterminds shaping the cloud computing landscape? In today's episode of Tech Talks Daily Podcast, we dive into the world of cloud innovation with a special guest, Darren Shepherd, the Chief Architect and co-founder of Acorn Labs. Darren's journey in the cloud space has been nothing short of remarkable. From his early days at GoDaddy to creating CloudStack, the most comprehensive IaaS platform, and his influential projects like Rancher and k3s, he has continuously pushed the boundaries of cloud technology. His latest venture, Acorn Labs, marks a significant step in making cloud computing more accessible and user-friendly with its innovative platform, Acorn. In this episode, we explore how Acorn is changing the game by allowing users to run software in their own cloud sandbox and share their creations effortlessly. We delve into the challenges and triumphs Darren has faced in his over-a-decade-long journey in cloud development. With over 22,000 followers on Twitter, Darren is not just a developer but a voice for the community, constantly influencing and inspiring many in the field. As we navigate this conversation, we'll uncover the opportunities and hurdles in today's cloud computing landscape. What does the future hold for cloud technology, and how can platforms like Acorn simplify the complex world of cloud computing for everyday users and businesses? How does Darren's experience at GoDaddy and his work on CloudStack inform his vision at Acorn Labs? Join us in this enlightening discussion as we seek to understand the nuances of cloud technology from one of its leading innovators. And as always, we're eager to hear your thoughts. What are your views on the evolution of cloud computing, and how do you think platforms like Acorn can shape its future?
2781: Exploring AI's Impact on Multiple Industries with Paula Phelan
42:15In this episode, I sit down with Paula Phelan, a technology trailblazer whose journey spans from being a software engineer in the 1970s to her recent foray into AI startups. Paula shares extensive insights into what it takes to start and sustain a successful business and the motivations behind her decision to gift her thriving business to her employees. We explore the transformative power of AI across various industries, with a particular focus on public relations. Paula provides real-world examples of how AI reduces costs, expands global reach, and revolutionizes traditional PR practices. She also sheds light on AI startups' challenges, such as potential access inequalities and biases stemming from flawed training data. This episode is not just about technological transformation; it's a deep dive into the ethical considerations and the potential societal impacts of AI. We discuss how AI might shape future job landscapes and the importance of ensuring AI is accessible and unbiased. Paula offers practical advice for businesses and entrepreneurs considering integrating AI into their models, emphasizing the significance of solving real problems rather than adopting AI for its own sake. As we delve into how AI is redefining IT and technology, Paula's networking background offers a unique perspective on the intersection of traditional IT and AI-driven solutions. Dr. Paula Phelan is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, developer, and investor with expertise in emerging and disruptive technologies in the fields of cybersecurity, 5G, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence. Dr. Phelan has assisted over 150 companies in reaching successful exits. Her entrepreneurial spirit and decades of experience in technology, funding, and strategic planning make her a sought-after speaker and advisor in the industry. Currently, she is working with several AI companies, including one of her own.
2780: ServiceNow: How Technology is Democratizing App Development
30:57In today's fast-paced world, where the boundaries of technology are constantly being pushed, how do we bridge the gap between the increasing demand for tech solutions and the scarcity of traditional developer talent? This intriguing question sets the stage for our latest episode of the Tech Talks Daily podcast, where we explore the fascinating intersection of technology, AI, and app development. Joining us is Jithin Bhasker, General Manager and Vice President for the App Engine business at ServiceNow. Under Jithin's visionary leadership, ServiceNow is revolutionizing the way we think about app development. They're pioneering methods that enable code generation from a variety of prompts, blending the worlds of low-code platforms and generative AI. This approach is not just about streamlining the development process; it's about empowering a wider range of individuals to contribute meaningfully to this realm, thereby democratizing app development. We delve into the global tech talent shortage, a pressing issue that's only exacerbated by the rising demand for skilled engineers and developers. Despite significant tech layoffs, there's still a massive need for these professionals, with a projected shortage of over 500,000 developers in the US alone over the next decade. Jithin sheds light on how citizen development through low-code/no-code platforms is enabling non-technical people to build apps and automate processes, addressing this talent crunch. We'll explore how ServiceNow's platform provides the necessary governance for such democratization, ensuring balance and control. The rise of generative AI, including innovations like text-to-code and text-to-workflow, is making developers more efficient, accelerating app development, and reducing barriers for less technical users. But with this democratization comes the need for continuous learning and adaptation, a challenge for both technical and non-technical roles. In this episode, we aim to uncover the true potential of combining low-code platforms with AI, how it's still in an experimental phase for many CIOs, and the importance of maintaining proper governance, such as access controls, in this new era of app development.
2749: Intuit Mailchimp: The Tech Empowering SMBs and Driving Growth
27:05In this enlightening episode of the Tech Talks Daily Podcast, we sit down with Jim Rudall, the dynamic General Manager for EMEA at Intuit Mailchimp, to delve into a plethora of topics shaping the future of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and digital marketing. Jim, who once aspired to be a musician before pivoting to a successful career in technology and sales, brings a unique perspective to the table. We explore what drew him to his role at Mailchimp and his journey through various leadership roles, including a foundational stint at Shopify. As we navigate through our conversation, Jim sheds light on the evolving landscape of SMBs in the UK. He discusses the significant challenges these businesses currently face and offers predictions on how the SMB market will develop over the next year. With customer expectations continuously shifting, Jim provides invaluable insights into adapting and thriving in this ever-changing environment. A key focus of our discussion is the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on marketing. Jim talks about how AI is revolutionizing the way businesses approach their marketing strategies, emphasizing the importance of personalization in enhancing customer experience. He draws on insights from Mailchimp's recent Holiday Report and the acclaimed Clustomer campaign to illustrate the critical role of tailored messaging in making customers feel valued and more likely to engage. We also delve into Jim's key marketing predictions and trends for 2024, offering a glimpse into the future of digital marketing. Jim discusses how privacy legislation and the responsible use of customer data will become focal points in the coming year, highlighting the need for educating customers about these changes. Join us in this episode as we explore the intersection of technology, marketing, and SMB growth with one of the industry's thought leaders. How is your business adapting to these trends, and what strategies are you implementing to stay ahead in the digital marketing game? Share your thoughts with us after the episode!
2748: Navigating the Future of AI and Network Security
20:46How do businesses today navigate the complex world of IT and managed network solutions while keeping pace with technological advancements and security challenges? I sit down with Alan Stephenson-Brown, CEO of Evolve Business Group, to explore this intricate landscape. Evolve, an independently owned company specializing in end-to-end IT and managed network solutions has been a trailblazer since 2005. It provides services that help businesses reduce costs, simplify service management, and allow teams to focus on their core competencies. With its umbrella of brands – Evolve, 4G Voice & Data, and GB3 – the company has become a key player in keeping networks of various industries compliant, protected, and connected. Alan Stephenson-Brown, leading Evolve since 2012, has been instrumental in the company's transformation from a Guest WiFi and connectivity provider to a powerhouse in fully managed network solutions, including best-in-class SD-WAN. Under his leadership, Evolve has expanded its reach to 11 countries, working with prominent clients like KFC, Starbucks, and BP. This episode delves into the multifaceted aspects of managed network solutions and the use of AI. Alan will shed light on how Evolve began as a guest WiFi provider and evolved into offering completely managed network solutions, the importance of AI in analyzing network alerts and data to enhance services and security, and the critical role of segregating networks and ensuring PCI compliance. Moreover, we'll explore the recent strategic acquisitions by Evolve, including 4G Voice and Data and GB3, which have doubled its headcount and expanded its services into IT, cloud, and cybersecurity. In a world where the security landscape is constantly changing and the integration of AI and IoT is becoming more prevalent, Alan offers his expert insights on the challenges and opportunities businesses face. Alan provides practical advice and solutions for businesses navigating these complexities, from the dangers lurking in back-office technologies like CCTV and printers to the impending PCI DSS V4 compliance requirements.