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Jun 20, 2022
52: Securing the Super Bowl, with Tomás Maldonado and Brad Garnett
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Today’s episode, recorded live at RSA 2022, features a great conversation with Tomás Maldonado, NFL Chief Information Security Officer, and Brad Garnett, Director of Cisco Talos Incident Response. The dialogue is led by none other than the brilliant Tazin Khan.

Taz talks to Tomás about his early life and career (“I didn’t want to be another statistic”) and how he approaches new opportunities. He talks about how he communicates his vision for a cybersecurity strategy, as well as how he ‘blends the tracks’ between a technical and managerial style of leadership. 

Tomás then goes into details about how he builds steering committees across the NFL so that people have a voting stake in technology and security decisions. Together with Brad, they discuss how Cisco and the NFL worked together to secure the most recent Super Bowl (“This sounds like a movie script”), and how they created a playbook based on learned threat intelligence, to proactively secure future major events.

For more details about the work Cisco has been doing to help secure the NFL, visit this blog https://blogs.cisco.com/security/nfl-teams-up-with-cisco-to-secure-super-bowl-lvi

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