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Feature Friday with Jay Shifman
May 14, 2021, 5:35 am
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“The attempt to escape from pain, is what creates more pain.” Gabor Maté

2021:18

Addiction.  I think it’s a topic misunderstood by all but the addict themselves.  So who better to talk about addiction, misuse/abuse, and the road to recovery than someone who has lived it?

Jay Shifman’s story isn’t entirely unique or salacious.  In some ways, it’s the typical roller coaster associated with addiction and recovery.  But Jay Shifman’s view of his addiction, recovery, and how he helps others struggling with his former demons is very different from the common broadcasts around the topic.  That’s why he’s joining me on this episode of Did You Know That?

You can reach out to Jay via his myriad of contact points:

Website: https://campsite.bio/cys_jay

Instagram: jayshifman

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayshifman/

Twitter: @CYS_Jay

Music: “Everybody Get Up” by Ian Post via Artlist



Feature Friday with Rebecca Rakoski

“No longer are technology and cyber issues confined to tech geeks in some backroom. In the digital age, IT issues are front and center.”  Will Hurd

2021:17

During my 25+ years in and around technology, the most common refrain from those on the business side of a company when it came to cyber was, “It’s an IT problem.”  That is not the case any longer.  Your IT folks have to be involved in the discussion, but cyber is most definitely a business problem now.  Don’t believe me?  Maybe my next guest on Did You Know That? can convince you.

Rebecca Rakoski is a founding partner of XPAN Law Partners, a practice primarily dedicated to their client’s cyber welfare.  Our conversation focuses on what that means for businesses; some best practices required to stay in “compliance;” and a host of other elements of a cyber program.

Website: https://xpanlawpartners.com/

LinkedIn (personal): https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-rakoski-esq-1460b116/

LinkedIn (firm): https://www.linkedin.com/company/xpan-law-partners/

Twitter: @XPANLawPartners

Email: rrakoski@xpanlawpartners.com



Feature Friday with James Mottola!

The United States Secret Service was established in 1865 to combat counterfeiting.  In 1901, the agency was charged with protecting America’s political leaders, their families, and visiting heads of state or government.

2021:16

James Mottola is a frequent collaborator of mine on the Everything Cyber playlist, as well as other engagements revolving around cybersecurity and cyber liability.  What some of you may not know is that Jim spent 20+ years in the United States Secret Service.  That’s where he was indoctrinated into the world of cyber.

We’re taking this episode of Did You Know That? to explore Jim’s time with the Secret Service, talk about the agency’s mission, and discuss how it prepared him for the work he does today.  While Jim doesn’t reveal any agency secrets, you will get a better idea of how it’s disparate mandates are handled and why there is intense competition among all government agencies.

You can learn more about Jim and his current job by visiting the sites below:

Porzio Compliance Services: https://porziocomplianceservices.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmottola/

Music: “Come Get Yours – Instrumental” by Bunker Buster via Artlist



Feature Friday with DYKT? Snippets

“The five most efficient cyber defenders are: Anticipation, Education, Detection, Reaction and Resilience. Do remember: Cybersecurity is much more than an IT topic.” Stephane Nappo

And now Part 2 of the 2-part premiere of DYKT? Snippets.  We’re closing out the conversation about the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Part 500 cyber regulations.  Be sure to watch Part 1 before diving into these videos.

For context, here are some links for the regulations & the actual requirements:

Who NYSDFS Supervises: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/who_we_supervise

NYSDFS Industry Definitions: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/institution_definition

NYSDFS Cybersecurity Resource Ctr: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/industry_guidance/cybersecurity

Regulation Sections:

500.02 – Cybersecurity Program

500.03 – Cybersecurity Policy

500.04 – Chief Information Security Officer (exempt)

500.05 – Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments (exempt)

500.06 – Audit Trail (exempt)

500.07 – Access Privileges

500.08 – Application Security (exempt)

500.09 – Risk Assessment

500.10 – Cybersecurity Personnel and Intelligence (exempt)

500.11 – Third Party Service Provider Security Policy

500.12 – Multi-Factor Authentication (exempt)

500.13 – Limitations on Data Retention

500.14 – Training and Monitoring (exempt)

500.15 – Encryption of Nonpublic Information (exempt)

500.16 – Incident Response Plan (exempt)

500.17 – Notices to Superintendent

Music: “Camaro” by Oliver Michael via Artlist



Feature Friday with DYKT? Snippets

“The five most efficient cyber defenders are: Anticipation, Education, Detection, Reaction and Resilience. Do remember: Cybersecurity is much more than an IT topic.” Stephane Nappo

We’re shaking things up here at Did You Know That?  We’re always looking to bring you informative conversations that could better your business and sometimes, your life.  But that doesn’t always have to be in long-form interviews.  So, may we present, drumroll please…

DYKT? Snippets.

DYKT? Snippets will be episodes featuring a collection of short videos on a particular topic.  What that topic may be will always be a surprise.  For this kickoff event, we’re going big with a 2-part premiere episode.

In 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS) Part 500 cyber regulations went live.  These regulations apply to certain businesses licensed by the NYSDFS to operate in New York.  While the regulations have their shortcomings, in the scope of state-backed cyber laws, they’ve proven to be quite reasonable.  Episodes 1 & 2 will feature videos that outline how businesses can utilize these requirements to get their cyber houses in order.

For context around the videos, here are some links for the regulations & the actual requirements:

Who NYSDFS Supervises: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/who_we_supervise

NYSDFS Industry Definitions: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/institution_definition

NYSDFS Cybersecurity Resource Ctr: https://www.dfs.ny.gov/industry_guidance/cybersecurity

Regulation Sections:

500.02 – Cybersecurity Program

500.03 – Cybersecurity Policy

500.04 – Chief Information Security Officer (exempt)

500.05 – Penetration Testing & Vulnerability Assessments (exempt)

500.06 – Audit Trail (exempt)

500.07 – Access Privileges

500.08 – Application Security (exempt)

500.09 – Risk Assessment

500.10 – Cybersecurity Personnel and Intelligence (exempt)

500.11 – Third Party Service Provider Security Policy

500.12 – Multi-Factor Authentication (exempt)

500.13 – Limitations on Data Retention

500.14 – Training and Monitoring (exempt)

500.15 – Encryption of Nonpublic Information (exempt)

500.16 – Incident Response Plan (exempt)

500.17 – Notices to Superintendent

Music: “Camaro” by Oliver Michael via Artlist



Feature Friday with Jim Mottola

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

COVID-19 has certainly made its presence felt at the two-decade mark of the 21st Century (both negatively and positively). The current bent of the world toward vaccinations as a prerequisite for reopening naturally leads to a conversation about identification.

Jim Mottola and I talked about this very topic on the premier episode of Everything Cyber, so we’re returning to this fertile ground to address the changes since and possible future of dynamic identification.


James Mottola: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesmottola/
Sean O’Rourke: https://www.linkedin.com/in/scorcyber/

Music: “Tunnel Vision” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist



Feature Friday with Judy Selby

“Rather than fearing or ignoring cyberattacks, do ensure your cyber resilience to them.” Stephane Nappo

Episode 2021:13

In a few decades, historians will write tomes explaining how the world evolved into its current state based on the 366 days that made up the year 2020.  Among the explanations will be lessons learned during the intervening years and the mistakes repeated.  Those in the technology arena don’t have the luxury of learning lessons over time or of repeated mistakes.

The next guest on Did You Know That? knows the perils of technology, but she’s more interested in how companies protect themselves from those perils.  Judy Selby is an attorney, with a specialty in cyber insurance (a subject with which I’m familiar).  Our conversation is about how businesses prepare for the inevitable cyber event and how they can thrive after being hit.  This is a must watch/listen.

Find out more about Judy and her expertise via the links below:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judyselby/

Hinshaw website: https://www.hinshawlaw.com/professionals-judith-selby.html

Music: “Caution” by Skrxlla via Artlist



Feature Friday with Shira Fisher

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked, and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” Mother Teresa

Episode 2021:12

Homelessness has been an issue for humans since a documented history was begun – and probably before. Like most complex societal issues, solutions have been tried, discarded, tried again, discarded again, and so on. Why would efforts in 2021 be different?

That and many other questions are addressed in this episode of Did You Know That? Shira Fisher has spent 13+ years of her life working for organizations using modern technologies, data, and approaches to put a dent in the 55,000 homeless in New York City. Despite the enormity of the effort and the incremental forward progress, she remains convinced this is one societal issue that can be solved. After you experience this conversation, you might as well.

Find out more about Shira and her background via LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shira-fisher-8017667/.

Music: “What Makes Us Human” by Attila Erdelyi via Artlist



Feature Friday with Christopher Young

(NOTE: Apologies in advance for the volume of my microphone. It apparently didn’t fully show up for the interview after testing.)

“Action indeed is the sole medium of expression for ethics.” Jane Addams

My enthrallment with history didn’t start until I met Mr. Ed Powers.  Mr. Powers still teaches history where I went to high school and it’s he who lit the fuse.  To this day – been a whole lotta days since – I still remember something he said during a discussion about the Vietnam War.  To paraphrase, you can’t fight an -ism (e.g., Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, Buddhism, etc.).  The -ism is an idea/philosophy/crutch utilized by people.  So for me, any argument for/against an -ism is really about people.

How’s this relate to episode 2021:11 of Did You Know That?  Christopher Young is all about people, specifically, the ethical actions of people in the business world.  (Please hold all snarky comments until after the interview.)  The world is made up of a lot of different -ism’s as they relate to business, which means there are a lot of people making business decisions on a second by second basis.  We talk about how they’re making those decisions and how they can be better.

To find out more about Christopher and his work, check out the various sites below.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherwyoung/

Website: https://www.redmapecon.com/

Instagram: @theredmaplegroup

Twitter: @TheRMGroup_1

Rutgers University: https://www.business.rutgers.edu/faculty/christopher-young

Music: “Tunnel Vision” by Stanley Gurvich via Artlist

#businessethics #ethics #capitalism #incentives #financialincentives #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel



Feature Friday with Christian Dysart

“You can be a career professional as a judge, a prosecutor, sometimes as a defense attorney, and never insist on fairness and justice. That’s tragic and that’s what we have to change.” Bryan Stevenson

Episode 2021:10

When you read the term defense attorney, what or who springs to mind?  Hold that image in your mind until you meet my next guest on Did You Know That?

Christian Dysart probably doesn’t fit the narrative in your head as to what or who a defense attorney should be.  But he has all the traits you’d want in the person fighting for your freedom/life.  This is a conversation about the role of a defense attorney, criminal law, and how the system works (or doesn’t work) for those accused of a crime.

You can find out more about Christian and his work at:

Website: https://www.dysartwillis.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christian-e-dysart-9b412a4/

Twitter: @dysartwillis

Instagram: @dysartwillis

Music: “Taurus” by Ace via Artlist