Leadership

FIRST Impressions: Andy Ellis

Chris, Martin, and Andy chat building teams, navigating within organizations, career change, and interpretive dance.

https://media.first.org/podcasts/FIRST-Impressions-Andy-Ellis.mp3

CISO Series: Are you asking how secure are we?

This week’s episode is hosted by David Spark (@dspark), producer of CISO Series and Andy Ellis (@csoandy), operating partner, YL Ventures. Our guest is Kevin Morrison, CISO, Alaska Air.
Listen here:
https://cisoseries.com/are-you-asking-how-secure-are-we-or-how-insecure-am-i/
“If you don't have a path for hiring that junior person and developing them all the way up to become a senior person, you know what you're not going to have?... Anybody.”

techspective

TechSpective
Andy Ellis Shares Insights on Leadership (and DC Comics)
https://techspective.net/2021/05/10/andy-ellis-shares-insights-on-leadership-and-dc-comics/

Plaintext Podcast

Duo / Plaintext Podcast
Plaintext Podcast Ep. 4 Featuring Akamai CSO Andy Ellis
https://duo.com/blog/plaintext-podcast-ep-4

Welcome back to the Plaintext Podcast with your host Dave Lewis, Global Advisory CISO for Duo Security, now part of Cisco.

In this installment, I have the honour of interviewing friend and former colleague Andy Ellis, CSO of my previous employer, Akamai.


In this episode, Ellis and I chat about his career path, how to adjust to a remote (or distributed) work life and advice for security pros, or those who are considering a career in information security.

Cyber Professional Podcast

Cyber Pro Podcast
https://youtu.be/vUmbbIaafHA
Andy shares his thoughts and experience with Jeff Chao on the role of Security Leadership

Decipher

Decipher
Andy Ellis returns
https://duo.com/decipher/decipher-podcast-andy-ellis-returns

Andy Ellis, CSO of Akamai, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the importance of setting priorities, how to assess your strengths and weaknesses as an organization, and the NFL draft.

Recorded Future

Recorded Future/Cyberwire (Dave Bittner)
An Ability to Execute and a Fantastic Amount of Luck
https://www.recordedfuture.com/podcast-episode-187/

Our guest this week is Andy Ellis, chief security officer of Akamai Technologies. He shares the professional journey that led him to Akamai, along with his recollections of the early days of online data sharing when bandwidth was expensive and pipes were small, and the uncertainty of being part of an ambitious internet startup. We’ll learn about his management style, the importance of a company culture built on trust and communication, and, of course, we’ll get Andy’s take on threat intelligence.

Technical Outcast

Technical Outcast (Steve Ragan)
Work-Life Balance (Andy Explains)
https://technicaloutcast.com/podcast/2020/06/17/andy-explains-ep1-work-life-balance.html

Andy Ellis (@CSOANDY), CSO at Akamai Technologies, joins Steve Ragan for a discussion about work / life balance, in this inaugural segment called Andy Explains. Today’s Andy Explains segment is an important one, as the balance between daily life and work has become central to people across the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some of the items discussed include distractions, and the importance of management providing multiple levels of support to employees. The key consideration is that most of us are not working from home, we’re working in crisis. This is not a normal work-from-home routine, but a situation that needs to be managed and navigated, because there are times when a “normal workday” just isn’t possible.

Security Voices

Security Voices (Jack Daniel, Dave Cole)
The Longevity Formula: CSO Andy Ellis’ Wit, Wisdom & Wine Advice From 20+ Years At Akamai
https://www.securityvoices.org/29-andy-ellis

The average tenure of a CISO is 26 months due to high stress and burnout, according to a recent survey. In stark contrast, Andy Ellis has now been CSO at industry titan Akamai for over 20 years. Jack & Dave explore Andy’s longevity formula in a 70 minute interview that spans everything from his advice to young security leaders to the death of live events and why it’s perfectly fine if your favorite wine is a $16 malbec.

While most of our episodes gradually ease into a more focussed conversation, our discussion with Andy jumps straight into the subject of applied human cognition— a common theme of his presentations and writing. He explains how his understanding of human thought patterns and biases directly influences his approach to conducting risk assessments and dealing with especially thorny conflicts. Far from theoretical, Andy breaks down exactly how he and his team enable Akamai to self assess and internalize risk in a fashion that expedites projects where the security team might otherwise be a bottleneck.

From his vantage point at Akamai surveying a sizable amount of the Internet’s traffic, Andy shares their insights from both observing and responding to the pandemic, starting with their move to a ZeroTrust model. Some aspects of COVID-19, such as customers’ struggling to pay bills and how to best help them, are similar to past crises. Others are utterly unique. Jack and Andy explain the crisis likely permanent impact on live events (e.g., industry conferences) and what they may evolve to in the future.

We also discuss the fine line Andy, Jack and Dave walk in the cybersecurity community of being both a vendor and a practitioner. How does one remain objective when you also represent a company that has to sell products or services to exist? How can one neutralize the perceived bias or even the stronger allergic reaction that some have against vendors? While there’s no surefire solution to such a complex matter, each of us shares our tips and learnings as we (and the industry as a whole) aim to strike the right balance.

We wrap up with Andy taking us through how to pick a good bottle of wine. In the same manner as he tackles complicated cybersecurity issues, Andy breaks it down into simple steps that are illustrated with his own colorful experience.