InSecurity Podcast: Richard Stiennon on the History of the IT Security Industry

We here at InSecurity have a question… why hasn’t anyone catalogued the entirety of the IT security industry? 

Why hasn’t the cybersecurity industry gotten better at protecting All The Things? There are so many companies offering variations on existing or new solutions, but the threats still remain and the bad actors continue to be successful.

Aside from the Internet, where can one go to get information on—and analysis of—the companies who are creating solutions that are highly effective? If only we knew someone who could compile a compendium of the IT Security universe…

In this week’s episode of InSecurity, Matt Stephenson somehow managed to wrangle 60 minutes with industry legend Richard Stiennon. They take a walk through Richard’s work as author of multiple books on the threat of cyberwar, the role analysts play, and his take on the future of the industry.

His latest project is creating what amounts to a Farmer’s Almanac of the entirety of cybersecurity. It’s such a fabulous idea, we’re kind of flummoxed as to why no one has already taken on such a monumental task. Come grab a seat with one of the most astute historians in security and find out what is coming next.

About Richard Stiennon

Richard Stiennon (@stiennon) is Chief Research Analyst for IT-Harvest, the firm he founded in 2005 to cover the 2,200 vendors that make up the IT security industry. He has presented on the topic of cybersecurity in 29 countries across six continents.

He is a lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Australia, the author of Secure Cloud Transformation: The CIO'S Journey, Surviving Cyberwar, and Washington Post Best Seller There Will Be Cyberwar.

Stiennon also writes for Forbes and The Analyst Syndicate. Previously he was Chief Strategy Officer for Blancco Technology Group, the CMO for Fortinet, and VP of Threat Research at Webroot Software, as well as the VP Research at Gartner. Stiennon has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an MA in War in the Modern World from King’s College, London.

About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at Cylance, 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 Stephenson 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 before.