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Introducing Security Sandbox: An Unconventional Cybersecurity Podcast

Amanda Fennell

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Punctuated equilibrium.

I bet you didn’t think you would read that here. Punctuated equilibrium is the evolutionary theory that there are long periods of little to no evolution separated by isolated periods of intense growth. I believe this is as true for the security space as it is for biology.

I should mention I was an archaeologist before going into security—so it’s not far afield for me to look at this industry and recognize a time of rapid growth and evolution. I believe we are evolving due to environmental factors and accelerants in the form of advanced adversaries.

So how do species evolve quickly? They take advantage of what surrounds them in their everyday environment. Security professionals can do the same by seeking lessons from the broader world and using that inspiration to inform better practices.

Our latest project, inspired by this fun linkage of non-security topics and the security realm, is a new podcast. Security Sandbox takes lessons from our team members’ personal passions to inspire stronger, more creative security practices for professionals. In our inaugural season, we’ll be covering subjects from archaeology to neurosurgery—guided by special guests from within and beyond Relativity—in light of how they can inform security experts and inspire learning in new ways.

This podcast will help listeners learn about new fields and fortify their security programs. Our goal is to share insights and inspire a few laughs, reward curiosity, and bring a little more excitement to the day-to-day work of our industry.

It’s hard to explain on (digital) paper. Here is a look at the teaser video our team has created to give you a taste of things to come:

Maybe it’s the Relativity name that makes me feel connected to Albert Einstein. Maybe it was living in Princeton, New Jersey for a few years, where Einstein spent the last 20+ years of his life. Either way, one of his best quotes has always resonated with me: “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.”

My team’s hope is that this podcast captures our fantastical imaginings, inspired by our personal passions, and brings them into the real world.

We invite you to pick up the brush and approach this canvas with us as we illustrate a new approach to securing your data. You will absolutely walk away with key learnings in preventing, detecting, and responding to threats—but you will also learn what it means to bloom your spices and how to prevent a stroke. Join the sandbox and let’s see what happens!

Security Sandbox will roll out soon; we’re releasing the first two episodes next week and I can’t wait for you to hear them. In the meantime, you can already find the show in many podcast apps, so be sure to subscribe there (or here on The Relativity Blog) to make sure you’re catching new episodes as they air.

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Amanda Fennell is chief security officer and chief information officer at Relativity. In her role, Amanda is responsible for championing and directing our tech and security strategy, including risk management and compliance practices. She has a masters degree in forensic science, and has 15+ years of experience in forensics and cybersecurity.