Episode 73

Episode 73 - Rick Howard - Author of CyberSecurity First Principles

A Conversation with Rick Howard: From Cybersecurity Leader to Author

In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with Rick Howard, Chief Security Officer at N2K, about his journey in cybersecurity, his career in the U.S. Army, and his transition to becoming an author and podcaster. Rick shares his thoughts on cybersecurity first principles, his writing process, and the motivation behind his book. He also discusses the challenges of the publication process, the importance of historical perspective in research, and offers advice to prospective authors. Additionally, Rick talks about the Canon Security project, a resource for evaluating influential cybersecurity literature.

Link to the Book: https://www.amazon.com/Cybersecurity-First-Principles-Strategy-Tactics/dp/1394173083

00:00 Introduction to Rick Howard and His Work

00:56 Rick Howard's Career Journey

01:46 Transition to Cybersecurity and Commercial Sector

03:46 Inspiration Behind Writing the Book

05:29 Writing and Publishing Process

10:07 The Role of Research in Writing

12:20 The Canon Project and Its Impact

15:00 Hall of Fame Nomination Process

15:47 Dealing with Creative Blocks

17:26 First Principles in Writing

19:33 The Importance of Communication in Cybersecurity

21:16 Storytelling in Cybersecurity

23:35 Final Reflections and Advice


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Evgeniy Kharam

Evgeniy has the opportunity to spend more than 40,000 hours working in cybersecurity,
providing pre and post-sales support in various technologies and later as an architect and principal consultant.
Evgeniy is very passionate about technology, vendors, and architecture. He brings a lot of knowledge about VAR, MSSP, and technical pre-sales. He believes in connected infrastructure that there is a significant need for vendor consolidation and the ability for security control to integrate and share information.
Evgeniy is proficient in speaking on most cyber security technical domains, which include: Endpoint Security, Network Security, SIEM/SOC/SOAR, SASE/SEE, VMS, and many more.
In 2020, Evgeniy co-hosted a Security Architecture Podcast. The podcast format focuses on architecture and vendor integration into the customer environment
In 2022 he founded the Cyber Inspiration podcast; the podcast explored the minds of CTOs and CEOs when they started their cyber security company!
Personal: Evgeniy has four kids, a daughter, a son, and twins (boy and girl) . Twins are a great way to learn to multitask, and nothing scares me anymore :)(besides snakes)
Hobbies: Photography, podcasting, public speaking, snowboarding, whitewater canoeing, SUP, mountain biking, motorcycles, breathing techniques, and gadgets