Nov 4, 2019
John McClurg: The Most Interesting Man in Cybersecurity
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John McClurg: The Most Interesting Man in Cybersecurity

The police often question him just because they find him interesting

Mosquitos refuse to bite him purely out of respect

In museums, he is allowed to touch the art

Once while sailing around the world, he discovered a short cut

He has won the lifetime achievement award, twice

His business card simply says “I’ll call you”


When you’ve traveled the globe and seen and done it all… what in the cybersecurity world gets you out of bed in the morning?

How about taking down legendary hackers like Kevin Poulsen or Harlod James Nicholson? Too ordinary… okay… Imagine your first day as CSO at Dell and it starts in Baghdad. Maybe taking on the Mexican drug cartels with their IT budgets that are comparable to G7 countries… Maybe it’s something like studying the intersection of linguistics, philosophy, religion, law and interpretation… you know… Hermeneutics.


Now… about being the Most Interesting Man in Cybersecurity…


This week on Insecurity, Matt Stephenson sits down with one of those rare, been-there-done-that cybersecurity legends, John McClurg. John has tackeld cybersecurity for the FBI, the CIA, private enterprise and everywhere in between. He’s forgotten more amazing stories about security than most of us will be lucky enough to witness. Pull up a chair and enjoy!


About John McClurg

John McClurg is an American security professional. He spent his early career with the US government, serving as both a supervisory special agent and branch chief for the FBI as well as a deputy branch chief for the CIA. In these roles, McClurg was involved in the capturing of both Kevin Poulsen and Harold James Nicholson.


Following his public service, John has served as a vice-president and Chief Security Officer for LucentHoneywellDell, and currently BlackBerry|Cylance.


About Matt Stephenson


Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and host of CylanceTV


Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Matt to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, Matt interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line.


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