Former Congressman Will Hurd joins us on this episode of OODACast to discuss what he has learned about business and entrepreneurship from a diverse career in the intelligence community, elected office and the private sector. Will has successfully leveraged the skills of a CIA operations officer in a variety of contexts, including the founding of cybersecurity firm FusionX with OODA co-founder, Matt Devost. Will most recently served in Congress as the representative for Texas’ 23rd district from 2015 to 2021.
Kathy and Randy Pherson are authors of the book Critical Thinking for Strategic Intelligence. Both had successful careers in the US Intelligence Community. While they were at the CIA they pioneered new methods of risk analysis and analytical methods, and helped bring those methods to widespread adoption in the community. Both are also successful business leaders who created companies that build value for others. Their focus in business is on helping others improve their analytical methods. They write about and teach best practices in analysis.
Ric Prado has been described by CIA leadership as the closest thing to 007 that the United States has ever had. Ric’s life is packed with more adventure and operations than your favorite spy novel series. Coming out of the shadows, this is Ric’s first video interview and covers his career, operational decision-making lessons learned, why we need a next generation of CIA agents, and we even dive into some more obscure topics like CIA knife fighting and how he came to train the King of Jordan.
OODAcast: Matt Devost Provides Context on the Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of 2020
In this OODAcast, Bob Gourley and Matt Devost discuss Matt’s picks for the Top 10 Security, Technology, and Business Books of the year. Now in its 5th year, Matt’s top ten book list is one of the most popular posts of the year and we look forward to interviewing several of the authors on OODAcast in 2021.
In this OODAcast we interview Michel Kwon, the founder and CEO of W@tchTower. She is a leader who has proven herself through an ability to success in three different career fields, first as a developer and programmer creating enterprise grade solutions, then as a government executive who would eventually lead the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)during a critical period in its transformation, and now as CEO.
Masha Sedova is an award-winning people-security expert, speaker, and entrepreneur focused on helping companies transform employees from a risk into a key element of defense.
She has been a part of our OODA Network for years, including speaking at our legacy FedCyber event, where she introduced the behavior-based and gamified cybersecurity training and awareness she put in place at Salesforce.
In this OODAcast, OODA Network Expert Jen Hoar interviews noted cybersecurity and intelligence professional Bob Gourley, CTO of OODA LLC, diving deep into what makes him tick.
Jen asks Bob about his career, including the constants and dynamics in his professional life, starting with a deep background in operational intelligence as a naval intelligence officer. She explores his strengths and weaknesses and how he makes decisions in domains of overwhelming information. Jen asks Bob for advice for others on ways to keep learning.
Like many others we have observed first hand the positive changes in the cybersecurity community being enabled by Mari Galloway. In this OODAcast we look beyond those changes to find out what makes her tick, revealing lessons applicable to professionals in any stage of their career.
Mari is the CEO and a founding board member for the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC), one of the fastest growing 501c3 non-profit cybersecurity communities. WSC is dedicated to bringing more women and girls to cyber and does so by providing its members with the resources and support required to enter and advance as a cybersecurity professional.
Mari is a practitioner herself with an academic background in technology, multiple certifications, and, more importantly, years of direct hands on experience in mitigating risk and enabling the smooth functioning of enterprise operations.
Matt Devost and I started the OODAcast in March 2020 as a way of highlighting insights and lessons learned from leaders and decision-makers in our network. At the time of this writing we have posted 40 episodes of the OODAcast, and continue production of one expert interview a week. We
Paul Kurtz is an internationally recognized expert on cybersecurity and the Co-Founder and Chairman of TruSTAR. In this OODAcast we dive into Paul’s views on the cybersecurity landscape today and learn more about his approach to decision-making. We discuss a new concept he has been shepherding in the community regarding how cyber intelligence can be optimized for the benefit of any organization. We also extract lessons relevant for any leader who wants to make better, more accurate and actionable decisions in competitive environments.