John Torres, president of Guidepost Solutions’ Security & Technology Practice, discusses data security breaches, protecting organizations from online and physical threats, and career paths for those looking to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

In the podcast, Torres and host Chris Sienko discuss:

– When did you first get interested in computers and cybersecurity? (1:15)
– Was there any resistance to adding more of a tech-focus to your job methods? (3:40)
– What are some specific issues or attack vectors that Guidepost has been focusing on recently? (5:00)
– Are there any commonalities with breaches across industries? (7:35)
– Does your position cover both online and physical security issues? (8:45)
– What was your career path to becoming a security consultant? (10:50)
– What types of skills or background made your team members’ resumes stand out from other candidates? (14:05)
– What does your average day at Guidepost look like? (15:40)
– What’s the most challenging cybersecurity case you’ve ever worked on? (17:20)
– What are the downsides of your work? (21:00)
– How do you keep your team’s skills current? (22:40)
– What is the most important thing enterprises are or aren’t doing to protect their data? (24:55)
– What’s one thing someone can do to move towards a career in risk assessment? (26:30)
– What certifications do you look for when reviewing resumes? (28:15)
– What are the security challenges you see on the horizon? (29:20)

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About the Cyber Work Podcast

Knowledge is your best defense against cybercrime. Each week on Cyber Work, host Chris Sienko sits down with a new industry thought leader to discuss the latest cybersecurity trends — and how those trends are affecting the work of infosec professionals. Together we’ll empower everyone with the knowledge to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.