COVID Chronicles Ep. 3 | All SOC Episode
In this special episode of the Cybrary Podcast we bring you the COVID Chronicles. Hosting this series is Brian Dykstra, the CEO of Atlantic Data Forensics, who will be joined by guests from across the industry in a discussion about how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting them. In this episode we will hear from Rebecca Blair, the Director of SOC Operations at Ironnet Cybersecurity, Xavier Salinas, the VP of Threat Operations at Blackpoint, and Ernie Pritchard, the Director of Information Security at HealthSouth.
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This episode was the third one of the COVID Chronicles Podcast series and was hosted by Brian Dykstra, the CEO of Atlantic Data Forensics, sponsored by Cybrary. The three guests are SOC experts. 1st one is Xavier Salinas, the VP of threat Operations at BlackPoint, Rebecca Blair, the Director of SOC Operations at IronNet Cybersecurity and Ernie Pritchard, the Director of Information Security at Encompass Health.
The overall discussion was about how companies are handling the pandemic and what will be the future of work, once this pandemic is over. Will companies be more flexible in terms of remote work?
Brian started the episode by introducing himself and then asked each guest to introduce themselves.
Then he asked a total of five questions to each guest one at a time and asked them to share their experiences around the industry and precisely how that is impacting their own company.
- How the whole COVID19-pandemic affected the industry overall and their company?
- What was the most unexpected thing that happened because of the pandemic that you guys had to deal with?
- What advantages have you discovered from the mandatory quarantine?
- What did the future look like for your industry, your company specifically?
- So how long is it before you feel comfortable? Again, being in a room of 50 people.
Overall there were initial hurdles since companies were not fully prepared to handle the complete remote workload. They had to invest in VPN and remote collaboration, communication software like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and Discord. There was also an increase in remote network scans initially.
Xavier mentioned how things have changed since pandemic, customers who never allowed access to the servers, are now asking them to help. He saw increased interaction between the individuals in his company.
Ernie mentioned that this would change the overall hiring process. Now hiring managers have seen that remote work is possible. They will not restrict to one geographical area to find the right talent.