Comply or Die! Podcast

Welcome to Comply or Die!, an Opensense production. Explore  security, compliance, and data regulation through interviews with industry-leading experts. Gain a fresh perspective and embrace privacy-first mindset to help you thrive in our connected world.

The Power of People in Defending the Digital Space with George Finney
In this episode of Comply or Die!, Alan Wilemon welcomes George Finney, Chief Security Officer at Southern Methodist University and CEO & Founder of Well Aware Security, for a discussion that redefines the cybersecurity narrative. George shares his people-centric approach to cybersecurity and explains how to build a cyber-savvy culture. Plus, we dive into zero trust strategy, its misconceptions, and much more. Tune in!
May 10, 2024

In the intricate chess game of cybersecurity, where kings and queens are often depicted as firewalls and encryption, it's easy to forget about the humble pawns - the people. These pieces, though seemingly insignificant, hold great power to protect the realm or leave it vulnerable to attack. It's a stark reminder that in the fight against cyber threats, humans are not just players but the very heart of the game.

That’s why we’re excited to welcome George Finney, a luminary in the world of cybersecurity, to the Comply or Die! podcast. As the Chief Security Officer at Southern Methodist University and the CEO & Founder of Well Aware Security, George brings a wealth of experience to the table. George is a CISO, author, keynote speaker, professor, and consultant who believes that people are the solution to every cybersecurity problem. 

He has worked in cybersecurity for nearly 20 years and has helped startups, global telecommunication firms, and nonprofits improve their security posture. He also teaches future defenders at Southern Methodist University, has authored several cybersecurity best-selling books, including Project Zero Trust and Well Aware, and is the host of The Well Aware Security Show.

In this episode, our co-host Alan Wilemon sits down with George for a discussion that redefines the cybersecurity narrative, focusing on:

🔥 The Undervalued Power of People in Cybersecurity

🔥 Empathy as a Strategic Tool

🔥 How to Build a Cyber-Savvy Culture

🔥 What is Zero Trust Strategy (& its misconceptions)? 

This episode is a compelling testament to the power of human connection in the face of digital adversity. It's a call to action for all of us to recognize and harness our collective potential to secure not just data and networks, but the very fabric of our interconnected lives. And with visionaries like George leading the charge, we're inspired to rethink our strategies and bolster our defenses with the most critical asset at our disposal - ourselves. 

Tune in to this eye-opening discussion that pushes the boundaries of what it means to comply (or die) in today’s digital age.

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Hosted By

Jass Binning

Director of Marketing

I’m Jass, Growth Marketing Camps’ newest co-host. If I’m not swapping stories and roasting virtual marshmallows with inspiring brand builders, you’ll find me working with my fantastic team building the Opensense brand, where I’m Director of Marketing. I like short walks to the local shops, all kinds of ramen (instant & authentic), and my coffee habits make up 80% of my personality, but if you’ve tuned into my episodes, you already knew that ;)

Bobby Narang

Founder & CCO

I’m Bobby, an OG host at Growth Marketing Camp. I am also Founder & CCO at Opensense. I spend my days working closely with all of the business units at the company, growing and nurturing our accounts and maximizing the value they receive day in and day out. I’m a people person, DC sports fanatic, and most importantly, a proud father to my new born, Dev.