Episode 4: Tips from the Chief Information Security Officer

(Episode 4, click to listen above)

In this episode of the CyberAware Podcast, Raj and Sherwin speak with special guest Michael Menne, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Minnesota State University, Mankato. With 28 years of experience in IT, Michael shares his thoughts on cybersecurity and how things have changed throughout the years. Michael gives insight into what his job as a CISO entails, how organizations assess security risks, and how students can pursue a career as a CISO. The group also discusses other frequently asked questions, including how IT Solutions and the security team reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the second half of the podcast, Raj, Sherwin, and Michael discuss what it means to outsource security services and how outsourcing can impact higher education organizations specifically. The group also chats about the process of implementing new technology to enhance cybersecurity, and the pros and cons of spending University resources on these projects. Lastly, Michael shares his thoughts on security regarding the Internet of things and smart devices, like smart speakers. The group ends with a few quick tips on how to stay up to date with current cybersecurity issues, including following the newsfeed on our CyberAware website or contacting Michael Menne.