“The bad guys know they are bad guys—they are trying to pretend to be businesspeople… as long as you pretend with them that this is just a normal business transaction, it goes better.”
-- Kurtis Minder; Fortune, 01 June 2021
If you have been reading about or watching news shows discussing ransomware, more than likely, you have seen Kurtis Minder. He has been nearly omnipresent across multiple platforms because his team at Groupsense has been putting in the work to help the victims of ransomware attacks negotiate with attackers in order to get their data back. Here’s the best part… we’re not talking about that. Not that it’s not important, but there is a lot more that Kurtis and his team have been up to. Kurtis has brought the knowledge on that specific topic to television, podcasts and many other mediums in order to spread the word.
He has a lot more to say about the state of cybersecurity.
That is what we are here to talk about. Okay… we do talk about ransomware negotiation a bit, BUT… we dig deep into so much more.
Matt Stephenson welcomes Groupsense CEO and co-founder Kurtis Minder for a discussion about the Seven Dirty Words of Cybersecurity. Depending on your definition of a Dirty Word, this may be a cautionary or inspirational tale. Either way, Kurtis and his team are busting their asses to help secure the data, prevent attacks and… in the worst case scenario… help victims get their data back so they can continue to do their work. And he may be doing it while riding cross country on a motorcycle…
About Kurtis Minder
Kurtis Minder (@kurtisminder) is the founder of GroupSense, a threat intelligence company. He leads a team of analysts and technologists providing custom cybersecurity intelligence to brands around the globe. The company’s analysts conduct cyber research and reconnaissance and map the threats to client risk profiles. He arrived at GroupSense after more than 20 years in role-spanning operations, design and business development at companies such as Mirage Networks (acquired by Trustwave), Caymas Systems (acquired by Citrix) and Fortinet (IPO).
About Matt Stephenson
Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Social Media team at Forescout, which puts me in front of people all over the world. Prior to joining Forescout, I hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. The new No Name Security Podcast will continue and expand upon that tradition as we seak out the leading minds in the security industry as well as those may break things every now again. And… just for fun, there will be some wildcard guests as well.
In 10 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego to DC to London to Abu Dhabi to Singapore to Sydney. One of the funniest things I've ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of NotPetya 6 hours after the news broke... in Washington DC... directly across the street from FBI HQ... as soon as we activated it a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building we were in. I'm pretty sure they weren't there for us, but you never know...
Whether at in person events, live virtual events or podcasting, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of cybersecurity and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.
Wherever I go, my job is all about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...
If you tuned in to any of my previous podcasts, there’s great news! The No Name Security Podcast is here! I will be bringing the same kind of energy and array of guests you know and love. Best part? We’re still at the same spot. You can find it at Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music & Audible as well as, GooglePlay, Gaana, Himalaya, I Heart Radio and wherever you get your podcasts!
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