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This episode features an interview with Jason Clark, Chief Strategy, Security, and Marketing Officer at Netskope. Jason hosted season 1 of the Security Visionaries podcast and has spent nearly 30 years in security, serving companies like The New York Times, Optiv, and Emerson.

In this episode, Jason passes the baton to Mike Anderson, Chief Digital and Information Officer at Netskope. They discuss security as a team sport, creating a human firewall, and what the future of security holds.

I think that security needs to be built into everything from the beginning. That’s still probably a challenge at a lot of places. But the only way to have really good security is to simplify. The enemy of security is complexity.

—Jason Clark, Chief Strategy, Security, and Marketing Officer at Netskope
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*(05:03): Jason's take on security as a team sport
*(26:29): Examples of HR being essential to security
*(07:03): How budgets influence security*(29:33): 2030 Goggles
*(12:39): What role security plays in determining a tech stack*(32:19): What CIOs and CISOs should invest in
*(22:25): How to enable a human firewall*(35:25): Quick hits questions

 

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Jason Clark
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer at Netskope

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Jason Clark

Jason brings decades of experience building and executing successful strategic security programs to Netskope.

He was previously the chief security and strategy officer for Optiv, developing a comprehensive suite of solutions to help CXO executives enhance their security strategies and accelerate alignment of those strategies with the business. Prior to Optiv, Clark held a leadership role at Websense, where he was a driving force behind the company’s transformation into a provider of critical technology for chief information security officers (CISOs). In a prior role as CISO and vice president of infrastructure for Emerson Electric, Clark significantly decreased the company’s risk by developing and executing a successful security program for 140,000 employees across 1,500 locations. He was previously CISO for The New York Times, and has held security leadership and technical roles at EverBank, BB&T and the U.S. Army.

Mike Anderson
Chief Digital & Information Officer at Netskope

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Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson serves as Chief Digital and Information Officer for Netskope. Over the past 25 years, he has built and led high-performing teams across various disciplines, including sales, operations, business development, and information technology. He joined Netskope from Schneider Electric, a global fortune 500 company, serving as SVP, CIO and Digital Leader for North America. In 2020, Constellation Research named him a member of the Business Transformation 150, an elite list that recognizes the top global executives leading business transformation efforts in their organizations. The National Diversity Council also recognized him as a Top 50 CIO for diversity and inclusion in 2020 and 2021. Before Schneider Electric, Mike served as CIO for CROSSMARK, where he digitally transformed the business capabilities for the 40,000 employee service provider to the retail and consumer goods industry. Also, he has held executive leadership roles at Enterprise Mobile, a Microsoft joint venture that is now part of Honeywell, Insight, Software Spectrum, and InVerge, a web services pioneer he co-founded in 1999. Mike serves on numerous technology and industry advisory boards and volunteers his time working with nonprofits focused on mental health and suicide prevention and those that benefit the development of our future workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Jason Clark

Jason brings decades of experience building and executing successful strategic security programs to Netskope.

He was previously the chief security and strategy officer for Optiv, developing a comprehensive suite of solutions to help CXO executives enhance their security strategies and accelerate alignment of those strategies with the business. Prior to Optiv, Clark held a leadership role at Websense, where he was a driving force behind the company’s transformation into a provider of critical technology for chief information security officers (CISOs). In a prior role as CISO and vice president of infrastructure for Emerson Electric, Clark significantly decreased the company’s risk by developing and executing a successful security program for 140,000 employees across 1,500 locations. He was previously CISO for The New York Times, and has held security leadership and technical roles at EverBank, BB&T and the U.S. Army.

Mike Anderson

Mike Anderson serves as Chief Digital and Information Officer for Netskope. Over the past 25 years, he has built and led high-performing teams across various disciplines, including sales, operations, business development, and information technology. He joined Netskope from Schneider Electric, a global fortune 500 company, serving as SVP, CIO and Digital Leader for North America. In 2020, Constellation Research named him a member of the Business Transformation 150, an elite list that recognizes the top global executives leading business transformation efforts in their organizations. The National Diversity Council also recognized him as a Top 50 CIO for diversity and inclusion in 2020 and 2021. Before Schneider Electric, Mike served as CIO for CROSSMARK, where he digitally transformed the business capabilities for the 40,000 employee service provider to the retail and consumer goods industry. Also, he has held executive leadership roles at Enterprise Mobile, a Microsoft joint venture that is now part of Honeywell, Insight, Software Spectrum, and InVerge, a web services pioneer he co-founded in 1999. Mike serves on numerous technology and industry advisory boards and volunteers his time working with nonprofits focused on mental health and suicide prevention and those that benefit the development of our future workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Jason Clark: I think that one, security needs to be built into everything from the beginning. That's the only way to have really good security, and it's to simplify. The enemy of security is complexity, right? I always probably see the aspects of quality and security, that the difference of the cost of building it in right to begin with versus the cost of coming and being reactive, and trying to remediate is significant, so I think security should be in the beginning of that conversation.

Speaker 2: Hello, and welcome to season two of Security Visionaries, hosted by Mike Anderson, CIO at Netskope. You just heard from today's guest, Jason Clark, Chief Strategy, Security, and Marketing Officer at Netskope. Our new host, Mike Anderson, is the chief digital and information officer at Netskope. This season, Mike sits down with industry leaders who are tackling security as a team sport, and empowering their employees to become better digital citizens. This episode features an interview with Jason Clark, Season One Host and Chief Strategy, Security, and Marketing Officer at Netskope. As Jason passes the baton to Mike, they discuss who is responsible for security, the human firewall, and what the future holds. Before we dive into Jason's interview, here's a brief word from our sponsor.

Speaker 3: The Security Visionaries podcast is powered by the team at Netskope. At Netskope, we are redefining cloud, data, and network security with a platform that provides optimized access and zero trust security for people, devices, and data anywhere they go. To learn more about how Netskope helps customers be ready for anything on their SASE journey, visit N-E-T-S-K-O-P-E.com.

Speaker 2: Without further ado, please enjoy episode 11 of Security Visionaries with Jason Clark, Chief Strategy, Security, and Marketing Officer at Netskope, and your host, Mike Anderson.

Mike Anderson: Welcome to season two of the Security Visionaries podcast. I'm Mike Anderson. I'm going to be your host for season two. I'm our chief digital officer and CIO here at Netskope, and this is kind of a passing the baton episode. We have Jason Clark, who's our chief strategy, security, and marketing officer who's joining us, who was our host of season one. Jason, welcome, and maybe help explain, because that's a lot of stuff for one person to be responsible for. Maybe you can talk a little bit about how do those things fit together.

Jason Clark: I get that question a lot. I started as a security person since I was 17. All my life, I've done nothing but security. And then, kind of after you build security, and I ran infrastructure and networking as well for large companies, and then you kind of... You build it over and over again, and I got my MBA, and I realized I love the strategic side of it, so I joined as a chief strategy officer for a large organization, but also kept the security team, because I knew that. And it was a security company, so I ran strategy thinking about how to build products and where to take the go-to-market strategy at the same time as... I feel like it's on the security side, my job is to wake up every day and know the problem. Know the pain of the community and of the buyer. So that helps me inform strategy, by getting the 3:00 in the morning wake-up calls. But then, then I grew and added marketing into what I do, because it aligns so well with strategy. The best CMOs out there really are driving the strategy, because it's now driving where we're going from a product direction and services direction at the same time as how do we message, and market, and build trust with that community, right? And with those buyers. Again, wrapping down to, well how better to do that than to live it and feel the pain every day, right? So actually to me, all three of those functions go together perfectly, mainly because we're a cybersecurity company.

Mike Anderson: That makes sense. I just assumed it was when you say, "Hey, I think we should do this" about something, people say, "Why don't you do it?" And then all of a sudden, you take on more things. You always have to be careful also once you say, "Hey, I think we should really be doing this instead of that." Then all of a sudden, you become the person doing that.

Jason Clark: Yep. I've learned to say less in those meetings, and definitely try to say no more, right? To some of that. I do remember being in a board meeting, where the chairman and the CEO was complaining about something. This was two companies ago. And I raised my hand. I said, "Well, this is how you solve it. Guys, we're spinning around in circles. Just do this, this, and this," and they looked over at me, and they said, "Guess what. It's yours now, Jason," and it was a PNL. They said, "You're now the GM of that business." And I sat there, and the guy who was the GM was also sitting in the room. It was really awkward, so at that point, I said, "Okay, I need to stop doing that."

Mike Anderson: That was passing the baton in the same room, but he was surprised, but he or she was surprised as well, in that way.

Jason Clark: Exactly.

Mike Anderson: One of the things I know we've talked about a lot. I joined obviously a little over a year ago, from Schneider Electric, and you've had a long, storied career as a security leader, strategy leader with some rocket ship type companies as well in your past. One of the things I know we've talked about a lot is this concept of a team sport. Security is a team sport, and thinking about it not just in context of just the CIO/CISO partnership, but thinking more broadly across the organization, across the IT leaders, across the people using the applications. What is your take on that whole concept of security being a team sport?

Jason Clark: I love the phrase. It's a good mantra. I think security's always been a little bit of a team sport. I mean, to get it done, you've needed everybody. But I would say that it's not been executed well, right? So it hasn't been high-performing teams. They haven't thought about it like a team sport. It's more like, "Hey, you have a responsibility." But in the end, the security teams end up getting held accountable without everybody else necessarily being accountable, right? So I'd say it wasn't exactly fairly set up to have high-performing teams. Now, going forward, to me, it all starts with the relationship with the executives, right? And making sure that you have that support, that alignment, throughout the entire organization, and definitely most important relationship is the CIO. That CIO needs to feel very comfortable with their head of security. Whether they report to them or not, they have to be the best and strongest team. And where I see things in the past gone wrong, as an example, and I see this today, where you have a CIO who doesn't necessarily let the CISO go talk to the CFO or talk to the CEO without them. A part of being a team sport is just kind of leaving egos at the door, right? You've got to enable your other leaders to have and build those one-on-one relationships as well. I think the other part is there's the other peers, but then you have the executives and IT, right? So networking, and infrastructure, and applications are the most important relationships inside of IT for that security team. They need to designate champions inside those teams who are part of that, and who feel like they're also part of security. And I think trust and transparency is one of the most important things in this kind of team sport.

Mike Anderson: No, I couldn't agree more. If you think about, a lot of security teams originally were born out of the infrastructure team. You had network security and firewalls, and the security team got kind of carved out of that. I would love your take on if you think about budgets, how much does budget go into that team sport concept? You know, who owns the budget, and who owns the decision... A lot of times, decisions follow who owns the budget. What's your take on that from... How are budgets transitioning from that team sport standpoint? How does it influence those relationships?

Jason Clark: And that budget's kind of like... It's the leverage point, right? The person who h