COVID Chronicles Ep.04 | Innovating and Moving Fast
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 conversaton about how the Covid-19 Pandemic is affecting them. In this episode we will hear from Chuck Bubeck, the Executive Director of the Maryland Innovation Center, Kevin Crain, the CISO of the University of Maryland Medical System and John Ward, the Director of Global Safety and Security for Marriott.
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In this fourth episode of the Cybrary Podcast - COVID Chronicles series, host Brian Dykstra, the CEO of Atlantic Data Forensics, invited three guests to hear about their take on the current COVID-19 situation.
The first guest is Chuck Bubeck, the Executive Director of the Maryland Innovation Center. The second Guest is Kevin Crain, and he is the CISO of the University of Maryland Medical System. And the third guest is John Ward, the Director of Global Safety and Security for Marriott.
Brian started the episode by asking each guest to introduce themselves. Then he asked four 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 has COVID-19 affected your industry and, in your case, specifically?
- What was the most unexpected thing that happened that you weren't expecting? And then how did you guys handle it?
- What was the significant change that you guys made, that you wouldn't have made otherwise and that you're going to keep and will become part of your organization's future?
- What's the future look like for your industry and your company specifically?
Overall across the industries, there were initial hurdles, and organizations that were prepared and have already adopted the technology can transition smoothly. And Remote work will be the new norm going forward.
Kevin mentioned that he saw over a hundred thousand new COVID-19 related domain names had been registered, and a large percentage of them had already been identified as malicious. He also indicated that there are increased phishing attacks, and few of them even impacted the healthcare industry.
Chuck mentioned that companies, organizations that embraced technology were better prepared. He gave an example of the restaurants and those who had in place online ordering, or the ability to do delivery. Were okay and started taking remote orders and survived; however, this transition can not happen immediately, and a lot of restaurants are closed. He is also hoping for a lot of new innovation in the coming time.
John mentioned that the lodging industry is most impacted and will take a long time to return to normal once this pandemic is over. He also emphasized on the sanitization of the guest's rooms, and there is going to be more hospital-grade type cleaning to take place.