Today we are talking to Tony Cole, the CTO at Attivo Networks.  And we discuss their suite of detection tools that can help to mitigate damaging cyber attacks, risk management concepts that CTOs of all levels should be thinking about, and Advice for how to lead in times of crisis.

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About Tony:

Tony Cole is the CTO at Attivo Networks, the leader in the Cyber Deception space working to deceive, detect, and defend enterprises from cyber-attacks.

Prior to joining Attivo Networks, Mr. Cole held executive positions at FireEye, McAfee and Symantec. He’s retired from the U.S. Army, where he worked in intelligence, communications, cryptography, around the world including building out the Network Security Services at the Pentagon.

He previously advised Wall Street on security technology and was on the advisory board for Secure Elements prior to its sale to Fortinet. Mr. Cole has served on the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee’s IoT security subcommittee. He also served on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC-V). Mr. Cole served previously on the Board of Directors for Silent Circle, and today serves on Bayshore Networks Advisory Board. In 2017, he was elected by (ISC)² constituents to serve on their Board of Directors and was also appointed by the NASA Administrator to the NASA Advisory Council (NAC). He is a former president of the Information Systems Security Association -District of Columbia.

Mr. Cole speaks at security conferences across the globe such as the G20, RSA Conference, World Economic Forum, Munich Security Conference, CyberTech, and has been a contributing author to the SANS Institutes’ publications and classes. He’s been featured online and on TV and radio, such as CNN, BBC, Politico, the Hill, Washington Business Journal, ABC, USA Today, and the Washington Times.

In 2014, he received the Government Computer News Industry IT Executive of the Year award, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Wash 100 by Executive Mosaic as one of the most influential executives impacting Government. In 2018 he was awarded the Reboot Leadership Influencer Award by SC Media. Mr. Cole is also a volunteer member of the WhiteHat USA Board, a charity benefiting Children’s National Medical Center. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer networking and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

About Attivo Networks:

Attivo Networks®, the leader in lateral movement attack detection and privilege escalation prevention, delivers a superior defense for countering threat activity. Through cyber deception and other tactics, the Attivo ThreatDefend® Platform offers a customer-proven, scalable solution for denying, detecting, and derailing attackers and reducing attack surfaces without relying on signatures. The portfolio provides patented innovative defenses at critical points of attack, including at endpoints, in Active Directory, in the cloud, and across the entire network by preventing and misdirecting attack activity. Forensics, automated attack analysis, and third-party integrations streamline incident response. Deception as a defense strategy continues to grow and is an integral part of NIST Special Publications, MITRE Shield, and its capabilities are tightly aligned to the MITRE ATT&CK Framework. Attivo has won over 130 awards for its technology innovation and leadership.

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Veterans: Launch a New Cybersecurity Career:

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Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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