Security Clearance Careers Podcast
Former USDA COR Discusses Contracting Challenges as an IT Business Owner
Kortney Calano joins the Security Clearance Careers Podcast to discuss her journey through the Defense Industrial Base. She is a US Army veteran, turned contractor, turned govvie. Currently, she is a small business owner that is a provider of IT Consulting services to government clients, and prior to that she was the Acting Director and Branch Chief for the Program Management Division of USDA. Today we discuss how she was able to move up the ranks in the federal space, her contribution in implementing Zero Trust Security and Architecture, her experience as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR), and how CMMC is affecting small businesses within the defense industrial base.
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Insider Threat Programs Aren't Just a Government Problem21:25More companies understand the risks of insider threats, but too many assume that addressing insider risk is a primarily government function. Trusted Workforce 2.0 has created continuous vetting and other solutions to help identify risks, sooner - but they're not the only options companies have today. Given the average insider risk incident will cost a company nearly 10 million, a small investment could provide big benefits. ClearanceJobs chats with Andrew Razumovsky, principal at CANDA Solutions, a security, risk management, and agile methodology company. Their Fresh Haystack solution creates integrated risk management. Andrew discusses the changing technology involved in addressing insider risk and why it's both a human and technology-centric problem. He also discusses the fallacy of assuming the government will address your insider threats for you.
Outreach Must Happen Before a Veteran is in Crisis to Lower the Suicide Rate23:02Veteran suicides are still occurring at a higher rate than that of non-Veteran U.S. adults, and it is the second-leading cause of death for post-9/11 veterans, accounting for over 20% of all deaths.The Army, the largest military service, is most affected. Almost 50 service members died by suicide in the first three months of 2023 compared to 37 service members in the first three months of 2022.September is Suicide Awareness month, so the Security Clearance Careers Podcast hosts Michael Hudson of ClearForce. Established in 2015, ClearForce is a people risk analytics company that combines software, data services, compliance, and workflow automation to build safe and secure organizations. Their Resolve™ platform and continuous evaluation solutions help public and private sector organizations mitigate people risk associated with mission critical initiatives for insider threat, workplace safety, cyber security, SAFETY Act, trusted workforce, and suicide prevention.
Why Your Career Needs a Better Brand19:03The 2023 Career Development Convention provides the resources and connections needed for successful employment and professional development. This completely free professional resource day for Veterans, military spouses, and transitioning service members features a job fair, vendors, headshots, video profiles, and networking to help you advance your military transition and career. ClearanceJobs sat down with Jon Meadows and Jesse Sieff, the creative professionals behind this unique networking event, to discuss the importance of personal branding in your job search and what military veterans, spouses, and employers can expect from the event.
Former Chief Security Officer at World's Largest Aerospace Company Talks Complexity of Addressing Insider Risk27:40It’s National Insider Risk Awareness Month, a month where companies and government agencies step out and look to step up their insider risk understanding. ClearanceJobs chatted with Dave Komendat, the former Chief Security Officer at Boeing, currently the president of DSKomendat Risk Management Services, and recently named as an advisor for SIMS Software, a leading security information management system supporting the national security community and commercial sector in addressing insider risk.Insider threats are nothing new, and Komendat spent a career addressing security from a variety of levels. He learned the important art of not just understanding risk, but being able to convey it to the C-suite – which is a critical aspect of developing a successful security program. For too long, security was a stove-piped function without the proper crossover into other key company functions, like IT and human resources. Komendat talks about making the shift and other practical considerations for security programs and officers today.
Here are the Jobs that Won’t be Replaced by AI24:26“The great thing about AI is that it is not human.” -Michael GibbsCustomer facing roles. Architects. Engineers who have irreplaceable communication. Sales reps. Business development leaders. Cloud security professionals. The goal is to evaluate your current job and truly recognize if AI could do it – or if it requires that human touch.The Security Clearance Careers Podcast hosts Cloud Computing and IT Security Expert Michael Gibbs, who is the CEO of Go Cloud Careers. In 2013, after a successful career with Cisco Systems, he founded Go Cloud Careers, an educational organization focused on helping individuals achieve their dream technology career.
The Poppy Seed Bagel Who Sabotaged the Security Clearance10:35Is there truly a rise in poppyseed related security clearance issues? Or is this another case of poppyseed subterfuge? A military memo from earlier this year warned service chiefs of the military branches of a rise in positive drug tests related to poppyseed consumption, noting some were being contaminated in harvest with morphine and codeine. Poppyseeds already have trace amounts of opium alkaloids which could cause a false positive. Security clearance legal correspondent Sean Bigley and ClearanceJobs' Lindy Kyzer weigh the risks and possibilities of a poppyseed positive drug test.
Reflecting on September 11 Attacks Is Deeply Personal30:51Host, Katie Keller is joined by a familiar voice, Jill Hamilton, Sr. Editor of our news site, and the newest addition to the content queendom at ClearanceJobs: Phoebe Wells, PR and Partnerships Manager. Today is September 11, so as we hit the 22 years after the attacks in 2001, Jill and Phoebe talk about their own experiences during those events. The events are commonly known as 9/11, and consisted of four coordinated Islamist suicide terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda against the United States. That morning, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners. The first two planes crashing into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, with the hijackers aiming the next two flights toward targets near Washington, D.C.. The third team succeeded in crashing into the Pentagon, and the fourth plane crashed in rural Pennsylvania. The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people.
Controlled Unclassified Information Confusion11:17CUI and confused - Sean Bigley, legal correspondent and Lindy Kyzer, director of content, discuss the wacky world of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), and why it's creating a lot of confusion for many in the cleared community. A moniker without a policy framework in many cases, too many individuals have taken to slapping a CUI designation on just about everything. Learn why that's not helpful.
GovTech Leaders are Hoping the Government Isn't Slow to Innovate20:29Chrissy McGarry is the Chief Operating Officer of Second Front Systems, a software company that accelerates delivery of technology to U.S. warfighters. We all know working in this space that the government is slow to innovate, but this innovative company works in around innovative technologies, and if not more important, innovative people. So today we’re going to talk about how their company grew, AI, and the business of hiring technical people. McGarry gives a rundown on their product, Game Warden, and how it gets tech to warfighters faster. She also tells us about the journey from start-up to 100 people at Second Front, how the business of hiring technical people these days is tough to say the least, industry issues she is seeing in the HR or recruitment functions, and artificial intelligence (AI). Second Front and other companies signed on to this letter to bring about change in DoD software acquisition. We also unpack the content of the letter and why it’s critical to our industry.