TechSpective Podcast Wolf Goerlich

Strategic Decision-Making: Balancing Budgets and Security

TechSpective Podcast Episode 125


Cybersecurity is cyclical. Over the past two decades that I have been working in and writing about security, the market has gone from an array of point solutions to consolidated “Swiss Army knife” platforms that do it all and back again. It seems like we are in a consolidation phase right now.

My friend Wolf Goerlich joins me on this episode of the TechSpective podcast to discuss the dynamics of the cybersecurity industry and the challenges organizations face. Wolf is an Advisory CISO with Cisco, bringing a wealth of experience and insight from his past endeavors consulting and establishing apprenticeships, security conferences, and communities. Wolf is widely respected as an ambassador of the industry–emphasizing support for both current and next-generation professionals in the cybersecurity field.

In the podcast, we talk about the ebb and flow of the cybersecurity market and how companies often spring up to solve very specific use cases that are valuable for organizations but often make more sense as a feature of a product or platform rather than a separate tool to implement and manage.

We also talk about the challenges CISOs face in balancing budgetary constraints and cybersecurity product selection to achieve the desired security outcomes and the role of strategic priorities in shaping an organization’s cybersecurity product portfolio. Of course, we also have to talk about the “elephant in the room” (and crashing through the walls and dancing down the street): ransomware.

Check out the full episode for more on innovations and evolution in the cybersecurity space. Wolf and I–both being from the Detroit area–also discuss the triumphs and tragedies of Detroit sports teams and the amazing success of the Detroit Lions this season.

The podcast itself is audio-only, but the video of our conversation is also available on YouTube if you prefer:

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