Recruitment & Reskilling Strategy , Training & Security Leadership

What Kind of People Do Cybersecurity for a Living?

CISO Sam Curry, CMO Red Curry on Out-of-the-Box Thinkers, Alliance Builders, Rebels
What Kind of People Do Cybersecurity for a Living?
Red Curry, CMO, Tautuk - formerly vFortified; Sam Curry, vice president and CISO, Zscaler, and CyberEdBoard member

This podcast was recorded on May 14, 2024.

What kind of people do cybersecurity for a living? In the past, there was a formula potential practitioners followed, but today there are many ways to get into the field and having people from diverse backgrounds is valued.

People who majored in history, English, physics and math in college have moved into the cyber field, said Sam Curry of Zscaler, adding that writing, playing music and coding all require the same skills. "We need out-of-the-box thinkers. We need people to challenge leadership. We need people to be leaders in their space," said Red Curry of Tautuk.

In this episode of's podcast series "Cybersecurity Insights," the Curry brothers also discussed:

  • The need for and value of tech alliances among companies;
  • The importance of maturing the cyber function from a business perspective;
  • Reducing cybercrime with hard responses or by attacking the root causes.

In this podcast, Steve King speaks about his desire to conduct a Part 5 of his discussion with the Curry brothers. Sadly, this did not happen before King's death on June 27, 2024.

Sam Curry previously served as chief security officer at Cybereason and chief technology and security officer at Arbor Networks. Prior to that, he spent more than seven years at RSA - the security division of EMC - in a variety of senior management positions, including chief strategy officer, chief technologist and senior vice president of product management and product marketing. Curry also has held senior roles at Microstrategy, Computer Associates and McAfee. He is a member of the CyberEdBoard.

Red Curry has over 20 years of experience leading creative and strategic teams for companies such as RSA/EMC, Mettler Toledo, and SSH Communications Security. He has more than a decade of experience safeguarding sensitive data and combating cyberthreats. His work spans various industries, including manufacturing, retail and technology, and he generates ideas that enhance brand recognition and help companies distinguish themselves in today's competitive business environment.

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