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Natalie Walsh

Natalie Walsh is the Product Marketing Manager at Threat Stack, where she helps to define and articulate how Threat Stack's products bring value to our customers. She landed a marketing job in cybersecurity right after college, loved it, and isn't leaving the industry anytime soon. When she isn't working, Natalie enjoys traveling and exploring her home city of Boston.

Recent Posts

The RNC Data Exposure: Learnings and Actions to Take

by Natalie Walsh , posted in Vulnerabilities, Cyber Threats, RNC Data Exposure, Risk Acceptance & Management

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Recently, headlines were hyping the largest ever exposure of voter information, involving some 9.5 billion data points related to 198 million U.S. voters. 

Attention-getting stuff. And since the story involved the Republican National Committee (RNC), the hype was intensified. Somewhat imprecisely, many articles characterized the incident as a data “leak”, “breach”, or “compromise” — again, adding to the intensity, but not the accuracy of what actually happened.

I’m not trying to minimize the seriousness of the issue — the potential damage was enormous as were the implications regarding security and privacy. But now that some of the dust has settled, it’s time to back away from the headlines and explore what actually happened.

So let’s see what we can learn from the RNC data exposure — and more importantly — what we can and must do to better protect our data and systems going forward.

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Jun 23, 2017 3:39:23 PM

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5 Pieces of Advice for Navigating the Security Culture Shift

by Natalie Walsh , posted in Cyber Security Awareness, Security Awareness Program, Security Culture

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As security threats become a bigger part of the day-to-day concerns at all types of organizations, it has become vital to inculcate and promote a “culture of security.” Yes, security is everyone’s responsibility — but it requires a shift in culture for people to begin accepting that responsibility.

Triggering this shift can be harder than it sounds on the surface. Why? Well, for one thing, most people in the organization don’t have their success measured on security. When the marketing team gets a performance review, no one brings up security. When a direct reward or consequence isn’t on the line, it can be more difficult to get people to buy in to their responsibility to help keep the company secure.

That said, it’s not impossible by any means. It just requires focused and sustained effort to change the culture. As with any culture shift, it won’t necessarily be easy or linear, but it is achievable. Here are a few steps you can take to help your team more security-minded.

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Jun 19, 2017 3:17:58 PM

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14 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Committing to a Cybersecurity Vendor

by Natalie Walsh , posted in Selecting a Cybersecurity Vendor, Cloud Security Vendor Selection

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Update: For an interesting discussion of this post, take a listen to this Security Weekly podcast. The discussion starts at 8 minutes, 10 seconds.

The cybersecurity tech market is crowded. Very crowded.

Whether you’re in security, IT, or another related discipline, choosing vendors and products can be overwhelming and frustrating — and making bad choices can be costly up front as well as down the road. To bring some clarity to the process, we’ve put together a brief list of questions. Together, they should help you develop a basic understanding of your needs and capabilities so you can start identifying appropriate offerings and vendors in the cybersecurity marketplace.

(Note: In an upcoming post, we’ll examine some of the key technical issues you need to consider before selecting a security product or solution.)

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Jun 14, 2017 12:15:12 PM

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A Look Back at ChefConf 2017

by Natalie Walsh , posted in DevOps, ChefConf 2017

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Last week, over a thousand Chefs descended on the city of Austin for ChefConf 2017. The recipe for the week was two days of talks, numerous technical workshops, a heavy dose of innovation, and a dash of 70’s cover bands. Chef introduced their Chef Client 13 and showed off their newer technologies, like Chef Automate and Habitat, their application configuration and management software. The Threat Stack team (Tom McLaughlin and I) showed up to exhibit with donuts, socks, and plenty of cheesy puns — that’s right, we can help you be SOCK compliant.

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It was great engaging with the DevOps community and learning more about the challenges everyone is facing as technology evolves faster than anyone can keep up. Throughout the conference, I learned about all of the technological advances that Chef and friends are making and noticed some trends across all the talks and conversations I had with attendees. Here are three of the high-level themes I took away.

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May 30, 2017 10:39:06 AM

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