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Vancord CyberSound

CyberSound is a podcast built by and for business owners and professionals. Tune in as our cybersecurity experts cover the latest news regarding IT security, the most recent and relevant threats organizations are facing today, and provide tips to keep your business safe.


100 - Securing a Century: Reflecting on 100 Episodes of CyberSound
In the landmark 100th episode of CyberSound, Jason, Steve, and Michael reflect on the podcast's growth and evolution over two years. The team celebrates the journey by reflecting on notable episodes, highlighting honorary guests, and discussing recent expansion into video and broader topics beyond cybersecurity. With humor and enthusiasm, the team underscores CyberSound's mission: to inform, educate, and engage with integrity while helping listeners navigate the ever-evolving landscapes of business and cybersecurity.
21:55 4/9/24
099 - Transparent Tech: Steering Consent in the AI Age
It is necessary for companies to proactively consider the ethical and legal ramifications of AI usage, while understanding the importance of balancing technological advancement with safeguarding individual privacy rights and societal well-being. It becomes evident that privacy in the age of AI is a multifaceted and evolving realm, ripe with complexities and opportunities for thoughtful regulation and ethical implementation.In this episode of CyberSound, co-hosts Jason and Michael welcome Rob McWilliams of Vancord, and William Roberts of Day Pitney LLP to delve into the intricate intersection of AI and privacy law. With a focus on demystifying AI and its implications, the conversation navigates through the evolving landscape of privacy policies, consent, and the burgeoning challenges posed by generative AI.
37:15 3/26/24
098 - Bracket Breakdown: Cybersecurity Meets March Madness
In this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Michael welcome special guest Chris Taft, Chief Accounting Officer at Fanatics, a leading global digital sports platform. Chris emphasizes the intersection of sports, accounting, and technology while highlighting the importance of ongoing training, tabletop exercises, and board involvement for businesses to maintain a strong cybersecurity practice.The team discusses the seasonality of sports events and tournaments, which oftentimes come with heightened opportunities for cyber threats and phishing scams. They also discuss the implications of the new SEC rule requiring public companies to report breaches, representing the growing significance of cybersecurity at the board level.
19:34 3/12/24
097 - Understanding the Data Privacy Patchwork: What You Need to Know
It is crucial to understand the distinction between privacy and security, as these terms are often conflated. In this episode of CyberSound, co-hosts Jason and Michael are joined by Rob McWilliams, Data Privacy Consultant at Vancord, and Bill Roberts, Data Privacy Attorney at Day Pitney LLP to discuss the different aspects of both privacy and security and provide practical tips within the evolving landscape of cybersecurity laws.There is a need for businesses to document their privacy processes, conduct inventories of personal data, and consider the implications of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. The team delves into the current state of privacy laws, highlighting the lack of a comprehensive federal law and the increasing complexity of state regulations.
26:23 2/27/24
096 - The Era of Digital Innovation: Navigating Valentine's Surprises
In this episode of CyberSound, hosts Jason and Michael embark on a humorous yet insightful exploration of the complexities of planning a surprise for Valentine's Day in the digital age. From the initial dilemma of keeping plans secret amidst shared online accounts to navigating the intricacies of incognito browsing and secure payment methods, the team offers practical tips to keep your gifts a secret on February 14th.Delving into the nuances of online privacy, they ultimately advocate for a return to simplicity by embracing offline shopping and direct transactions. Jason and Michael remind us to stay vigilant in matters of cybersecurity while celebrating this holiday.
09:46 2/13/24
095 - Personal Privacy vs. Progress: Implications of the 23andMe Leak
Recent news has surfaced concerning the popular DNA Testing company 23andMe, as a security breach has compromised the data of thousands of users. This conversation delves into the consequences of such occurrences and examines the varying perspectives surrounding user accountability versus the company's obligation to protect sensitive information.In this segment, Jason and Michael are accompanied by Vancord's Rob McWilliams, Data Privacy Consultant, and Brian Brehart, Information Security Officer, as they navigate the evolving landscape of data breaches and address the possible legal implications.
18:38 1/30/24
094 - Banking in the Digital Age Mastercard’s Security Innovations
Mastercard is committed to protecting consumers and businesses from fraud, particularly in the realm of open banking. Real-time identity and data validation are crucial to implement in the transactional financial space.In this episode, Jason is joined by Steve and Michael, with a special guest, Patrick Pearson, Vice President of Open Banking Partnerships at Mastercard. The team delves into cardholder data security, with an emphasis on the prioritization struggles faced by organizations tackling fraud and the importance of partnerships built on trust in the cybersecurity landscape.Stay up to date on the latest cybersecurity news and industry insights by subscribing to our channel and visiting our blog at 💻.
19:51 1/16/24
093 - Partnering for Progress - A Spotlight on CBIA
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) is the state’s largest business organization and is committed to fostering a competitive business climate to make Connecticut an attractive place to live and work.In this episode of CyberSound, hosts Jason Pufahl and Michael Grande welcome Chris DiPentima, President and CEO of the CBIA. Join the conversation as they discuss CBIA's rich history, its role in advocating for businesses, and the array of services it provides to small and medium-sized enterprises. Whether you're a business owner or just interested in the economic landscape of Connecticut, this episode offers valuable insights into the initiatives shaping the state's future.Vancord is proud to be a partner of the CBIA as the Exclusive IT Provider. Check out the Press Release here.
19:21 1/2/24
092 - Tech in a Top Hat: The Frosty AI Conspiracy
Happy Holidays from the team at CyberSound!In this episode, Jason, Steve, and Michael take a unique and entertaining approach to explore the intersection of Christmas folklore and advanced technology. In particular, the hosts delve into the whimsical character of Frosty the Snowman and propose a fascinating theory that Frosty could be an early version of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The hosts dissect the lyrics of the classic song, presenting a thought-provoking perspective on the implications of AI development.
13:01 12/19/23
091 - The Pillars of Protection: Risk Strategy, Insurance, and the Key Players
 Risk management is a crucial practice that business owners should implement and revisit regularly. On this episode of CyberSound, the team explores strategies to safeguard businesses from various angles, including legal, economic, and personnel-related risks.Jason and Michael welcome Darren Violette of Profectus Financial Partners to explore the broader landscape of risk and how strategic planning, insurance, and strong employee retention can elevate your business valuation. ____________________Disclaimer: This material contains the current opinions of the presenter but not necessarily those of Guardian or its subsidiaries and such opinions are subject to change without notice. Profectus Financial Partners offers fee-based planning, wealth advisory services, and securities through Park Avenue Securities LLC (PAS) and insurance through The Bulfinch Group Insurance Agency, LLC. Fee-based plans may include tax and wealth planning suggestions, but we do not give tax or legal advice. You should consult your tax or legal advisor regarding your individual situation. Darren Violette is an Investment Advisor and Registered Representative of PAS and Financial Representative of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian), supervised from: 160 Gould Street, Suite 310, Needham, MA 02494, 781-449-4402. PAS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian. Profectus Financial Partners and The Bulfinch Group are affiliated, but neither firm is an affiliate or subsidiary of PAS or Guardian. Darren Violette, CA Insurance license # OM18222; FL Insurance license # P171418. PAS is a member FINRA, SIPC. Links to external sites are provided for your convenience in locating related information and services. Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents and employees expressly disclaim any responsibility for and do not maintain, control, recommend, or endorse third-party sites, organizations, products, or services and make no representation as to the completeness, suitability, or quality thereof. 2023-163344 Exp 10/25
20:09 12/5/23
090 - AI Unveiled: From Basics to Business and Beyond
 Navigating the intricate landscape of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be daunting– but it doesn’t have to be. On this episode of CyberSound, the team provides valuable insights into generative AI, explores its strengths, weaknesses, and how it has garnered widespread attention in the professional services landscape, and discusses practical business applications across various industries.Today, Jason, Michael, and Steve are joined by Zach Warren, Technology and Innovation Insights Lead at Thomson Reuters Institute, to shed light on this groundbreaking technology for listeners. 
22:55 11/20/23
089 - Connecticut Senators on the Cutting Edge: AI & Data Privacy in Focus
 Connecticut has been a leader in addressing data privacy issues and Artificial Intelligence (AI) regulation through policies that protect residents and foster innovation.In this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Michael have a thoughtful conversation with Senator Tony Hwang and Senator James Maroney of the State of Connecticut on the complexities of AI, data privacy, and the state’s approach to transparency and accountability in AI usage. The Senators address social equity concerns and emphasize the importance of a balanced and informed approach to these issues. 
28:49 11/6/23
088 - The CIO's Dilemma: Proving Value and Driving Strategic Change with CEOs
 Often, CIOs and CISOs are faced with the challenge of needing to prove the value of implementing cybersecurity controls to secure an organization. Today, we discuss the tools available for both IT strategy and cybersecurity risk management that enable executives to drive strategic change for their business.On this episode of CyberSound, Jason, and Michael are joined by Brian Doyle, Co-Founder of vCIOToolbox and Cybrance, to discuss his product development journey and the need he found to create simple software that helps meet business objectives and needs. 
15:26 10/23/23
087 - Presenting: Vantage Managed Detection & Response (MDR)
 Endpoint protection is a popular space in the market for businesses right now, whether it be to meet cyber liability insurance requirements or to boost an organization's comprehensive approach against threats.Today, Jason Pufahl, Michael Grande, Matt Fusaro, and Mike Lang, all of the Vancord team, are proud to present Vantage MDR: a cutting-edge managed endpoint detection and response solution powered by industry-leader Microsoft, fully delivered by Vancord's security experts. 
15:17 10/10/23
086 - Recent Cyber Attacks in CT: Protecting Your Business from Financial Fraud
This summer, numerous businesses around Connecticut have fallen victim to cyber-attacks. These sophisticated and often expensive incidents remind organizations that they need good processes and controls in place to stay protected.On this topical segment of CyberSound, Jason sits down with the President & CEO of Vancord, Michael Grande, to put a financial perspective on the implications of these attacks. Jason and Michael discuss common threat actor motives and methods, the importance of vendor management, cyber liability insurance, and best practices that organizations can employ.
20:48 9/25/23
085 - The Human Element of Security Awareness Training
Technology plays a role in improving security posture, but a well-informed and educated workforce is superior to keeping an organization protected. Security awareness training is crucial to ensuring your team is empowered, productive, and safe - and it doesn’t have to be boring!On this episode of CyberSound, Jason and Steve welcome Joel Cahill to the podcast. Joel is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vancord’s partner company, Infima Cybersecurity, a modern-day security awareness training platform designed to provide seamless, brief, and innovative training for everyone. Tune in today as the team explores behaviors and the human element of security.
21:35 9/12/23
084 - Demystifying Threat Hunting vs. Incident Response
Threat Hunting and Incident Response are two tactful measures that help an organization's cybersecurity journey. But what is the difference between them?Join us today as Jason, Matt, and Steve dive into the separate services, and discuss the proactiveness of Threat Hunting and the neutralization of breaches through Incident Response. The team also explores where forensics comes into play and how the maturity of an organization can determine what toolsets are appropriate to implement.
16:46 8/22/23
083 - Fraud in Higher Education
 Higher education institutions have become top targets for student fraudulent activity and scamming. As these threat actors continue to advance, it is more important than ever for universities to have the right tool sets in place to detect and filter out fake student applications.In this episode, Jason and Steve welcome Maurice Simpkins, President of A.M. Simpkins and Associates, to discuss the interconnection of higher education fraud and cybersecurity. Both parties have the common goal of keeping institutions protected and maintaining the highest standards of academic integrity. 
28:36 8/1/23
082 - MOVEit Vulnerability Exploitation: June, 2023
Progress Software’s file-transfer tool MOVEit recently experienced a massive exploitation. What does this mean for the users of the software and the service providers with clientele under this tool?Today, Jason, Matt, and Steve walk through the incident and notification processes while advising of basic steps to be proactive against these types of attacks. The team emphasizes that these basic recommendations apply to those involved with the MOVEit vulnerability and those dealing with sensitive data transfers.
12:22 7/11/23
081 - Vancord Security Constitution: The Digital Citizen's Guide
We, as digital citizens of the United States, have cyber duties to fulfill to ensure the protection of our data and devices.In celebration of the 4th of July, Jason reads the Vancord Security Constitution that recognizes the importance of remaining vigilant and practicing safe habits online, especially during the holiday season.
04:45 7/4/23
080 - How is AI Transforming Cybersecurity?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) advancements are shaping the digital world at a revolutionary pace. From ChatGPT and image generators to solving ransomware attacks and providing curated learning, AI has demonstrated many positive usages. However, there are motivators to slow this process down, with concerns surrounding the potential threats artificial intelligence may pose.In this episode, the CyberSound team addresses incoming AI tools, reviews how the population will likely navigate them, and have an open dialogue on their feelings towards this actively developing software.
23:56 6/20/23
079 - Cybersecurity Education Mandated in K-12 Schools
Just this year, North Dakota passed House Bill No.1398, becoming the first state in the country to require cybersecurity education in K-12 schools.Today, Jason, Matt, and Steve discuss the specific curricula put in place, explain how programs can be tailored to younger audiences, and stress that this kind of education is just as important as other core subjects. Tune in to explore this new law that is leading change in cybersecurity.
10:07 6/6/23
078 - Privacy Concerns With TikTok
Numerous states have placed a formal ban on the use of the popular social media platform TikTok, leaving users to question its safety surrounding data and asset privacy.Today, Jason, Steve, and Matt discuss the restrictions, current threat model, and perceived threats in hopes of easing some concerns. The team encourages being proactive and protecting your data before worrying about platforms accessing it.
13:17 5/22/23
077 - NERCOMP 2023 Annual Conference Recap
Last month, the Vancord team attended the NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP) Conference, which annually brings together individuals in IT and higher education. From ransomware concerns to heightening security awareness and meeting compliance deadlines, many productive conversations took place.Tune in as Jason and Steve sit down with Krystal Racine, Account Executive at Vancord, to playback a few interview clips from NERCOMP of attendees' cybersecurity experiences.
16:48 5/9/23
076 - Understanding Data Breach Notification Laws
A data breach has occurred in your organization– what now?Who do I legally have to notify? What types of data require notification? There are many influencing factors in state data breach laws that organizations must consider regarding discloser requirements.Today on Cybersound, Jason, Steve, and Matt are joined by Vancord’s Data Privacy Consultant, Rob McWilliams, to discuss the overall message: If you are equipped to respond properly to incidents, you should seek guidance to meet your regulatory obligations.
24:21 4/25/23
075 -Security Challenges Facing Operational Technology
As cyber threats increase, so does the importance of keeping your critical infrastructure systems secure. Inventorying your operational technology (OT), being aware of the risk, and implementing cybersecurity best practices are ways to maintain and assess these devices.Today, Jason, Matt, and Steve address these fundamental issues and guide you on where your organization needs to be when protecting your infrastructure.
15:06 4/10/23
074 - Connecticut Data Privacy Act: Be Prepared
The Connecticut Data Privacy Act (or “CTDPA”) is going into effect on July 1, 2023, making Connecticut the fifth state to pass a comprehensive data privacy law that protects consumers. How will this new law impact your organization, and are there any obligations you should know?On today’s episode of CyberSound, Jason, and Steve talk with Rob McWilliams, Data Privacy Consultant at Vancord, to educate listeners on what this law means. Read more on the CTDPA here.
21:05 3/27/23
073 - The Impact of Supply Chain Issues in IT
Over the past few years, supply chain issues have significantly impacted the IT industry. From extensive lead times to unfulfillable hardware needs, it is more important than ever to understand the risk, ensure you have a supply chain strategy in place and plan early and often.Tune in as Jason Pufahl, and Matt Fusaro sit down with Daniel Kaupp, Vice President of Professional Services, to discuss how Vancord has overcome some of these issues and provide recommendations for organizations to get around these kinks.Read more in Dan’s article here.
18:47 3/14/23
072 - Introducing Vantage Protect
Microsoft is continuously developing its stack of security capabilities and staying innovative in the cloud space.Today, the team at Vancord is proud to announce a proactive approach they have adopted, utilizing Microsoft Azure Cloud to better manage clients' data. Vantage Protect is a suite of services provided by Vancord's expert engineers that maximizes the performance and reliability of security systems in an automated fashion.Learn more about Vantage Protect today.
17:34 2/28/23
071 - How will ChatGPT Affect Cybersecurity?
OpenAI's ChatGPT is an emerging phenomenon in the cybersecurity space. However, as Artificial Intelligence technology advances, so does the potential for misuse. From generating phishing emails to disrupting the academic environment for youth, ChatGPT can have different impacts, and it is critical to practice appropriate usage.Today, the team at CyberSound share their thoughts with listeners on the emergence of this AI software, as well as read a script generated by ChatGPT itself.
19:45 2/14/23