The Defender’s Advantage Cyber Snapshot Issue 2

March 12, 2023

The second issue of The Defender’s Advantage Cyber Snapshot features interviews with the top CISOs from the most prominent firms in the cybersecurity field. These leaders discuss how they protect their organizations, their views on the market, and what they see as the biggest trends. They also share some insights on the future of the security industry.

Mandiant’s Tim Crothers and Matt Shelton

The Defender’s Advantage cyber snapshot has been around for more than 15 years, and armed with that sort of pedigree, it’s no surprise that the company offers on demand training that’s cost-effective and delivered in real time. It’s also worth mentioning that the company has made a commitment to putting the best and brightest security professionals to work for you, not just on your behalf. This issue of The Defender’s Advantage contains a handful of noteworthy interviews, including Mandiant’s Tim Crothers and Matt Shelton. Both of these eminently qualified professionals discuss the best ways to protect your data and a few other important considerations when hiring and retaining the best and brightest.

Aside from these two, the company also tapped several industry leaders to weigh in on the latest trends in cyber defense. In fact, you may want to take a look at the entire collection of issues from the company as they are sure to shed some light on the most effective ways to protect your data.

Uplight CISO Alex Wood

A CISO by trade and a Colorado native, Alex Wood has had his hands on the wheel for quite some time. The Uplight CISO has an impressive resume including working as a forensic engineer at the Center for Forensic Science in Los Angeles and a stint as a security researcher at the University of Colorado. He also co-founded the Colorado = Security initiative, a nonprofit that brings together the state’s cyber security community to exchange ideas and innovations. A savvy and smart CISO, Wood is well on his way to the aforementioned pint sized title. He joins the show’s host, Kerry Matre, on this episode of the Uplight CISO’s podcast. We also discuss the most important tidbits and pitfalls of running a state’s largest IT department. This is a must listen for anyone looking to hone their security chops.

The Uplight CISO is also the proud co-founder of the Colorado = Security initiative, a nonprofit organization that brings together the state’s best and brightest cyber security minds to exchange ideas and innovations. The organization is also home to the aforementioned tidbit sized CISO and a handful of other interesting characters. Among the most prominent members of the organization are the Uplight CISO’s feisty duo of Alex Wood and Matt Reif. To find out who they are, and to hear about their unique business model, check out the Uplight CISO’s podcast.

Threat Horizon’s Report

The Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) was behind the April 2021 cyber attack. The attack targeted commercial software platforms and less secure elements of the supply chain. SVR has attempted to access the networks of NATO and other governments across Europe before.

Technology is now becoming a crucial tool of geopolitical power. Advanced cyber tools threaten the security and stability of Canadian national and democratic institutions. The government must develop a framework of incentives, regulations, and support to protect Canadians from these threats.

The government must also develop a strategy to encourage devolved governments to work together on cyber threats. This will help to ensure that there is alignment between the US government’s cyber strategy and the priorities and plans of the devolved government. This will help to reduce duplication, and to ensure that all public funds are spent wisely.

As technology becomes more critical, the cyber landscape will become more diverse and more pervasive. Competition amongst nation states will increase and the number of actors with the intent to target the U.S will grow. In addition, states will use proxy actors, and disruptive activity will rise.

Ammar Fakhruddin


Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.

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