John Hubbard: Cyber Security Manager

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On today’s show, I have John Hubbard who is a Cyber Security Manager located in Pennsylvania.

John is an expert at Cyber Security and we cover A LOT of topics during this episode, everything from how he got started in the information security industry & advice for anyone who wants to work in the information security field to how you can protect yourself and your more sensitive information to stay safe. These days, we all live our lives online but there are people out there who will take advantage of vulnerabilities and steal your information.

This episode is super informative for those who want to take action to protect themselves but aren’t quite sure where to start.

Excited for you to tune in and hope you enjoy!

John Hubbard | Cyber Security Manager: Ever wonder what a day in the life is like for a Cyber Security Manager? Check out this episode of the Day in the Life podcast to find out!

John Hubbard | Cyber Security Manager

Show notes

In today’s episode, you’ll find out:

  • How John got into the information security industry and advice for anyone who wants to work in the information security industry.
  • How hackers go about compromising a person and/or a business and the different techniques they use to get access to sensitive information.
  • How people can take action to protect themselves from malware & hackers.
  • The difference between an opportunist attack and a targeted attack.
  • His biggest struggle working in the information security industry.
  • What people misconceive about the information security industry.
  • His thoughts on cryptocurrency and how someone can become more knowledgeable about this area and how it will be tied to cyber security.

John Hubbard is the Lead of GlaxoSmithKline’s U.S. Security Operations Center where his responsibilities include defending against cyber-attacks, forensic analysis, and reverse engineering of viruses. He is also an instructor and author for the SANS Institute where he teaches network security monitoring and cyber defense to an international audience.

John has a master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and his past research spans from malware, to car hacking, mobile app security, and the Internet of Things. He is passionate about security and is driven to help teach organizations around the world how to protect their most sensitive data. In his free time he enjoys running, drone racing, and slowly turning his home into a data center.

Key takeaways from this episode

“If I wake up and have 50 emails, I know maybe I should go to work a little earlier.” – John Hubbard

“When you’re working across the globe, it’s very easy to duplicate work if you don’t have a communication strategy.” – John Hubbard

One of the key features of a good analyst is being able to remain calm and think about things rationally. - @sechubb Click To Tweet

“When it comes to cyber attacks, the industry tends to divide it into two different pieces: opportunistic attacks and targeted attacks.” – John Hubbard

In certain situations, all bets are off when it comes to hackers, they don't care if they're being ethical or not. - @sechubb Click To Tweet

“I think one of the struggles is convincing people to do what they need to do to secure themselves.” – John Hubbard

“I think exercise is extremely important for your mental state.” – John Hubbard

“The best part of my day is when I get to solve a new challenge or learning something new.” – John Hubbard

If you've done it twice, you should have automated it once. - @sechubb Click To Tweet

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  1. Karen Hubbard

    February 5th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Loved John Hubbard’s podcast.
    Yes I might be partial to the review since I am his mother. But he protects my computer.
    I have sent this to many friends and relatives for its relevance.
    One thought for future guests is my cousin. She is a nutritionist and motivational speaker for many companies within the Michigan area. Debbie Cavender would give an informational and entertaining podcast.

  2. Brittney Lynn

    February 6th, 2018 at 9:16 am

    Hi Karen!! Thanks so much for sharing, I appreciate it! I love getting suggestions for future guests. Can you send me an email at brittney@brittneyllynn.com so I can get more info! Thanks!

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