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Staying Up to Speed on Your Top Security Priorities with CISO Mark Houpt

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In mid to late March of 2020 I sat down for an interview/discussion with Tim Erlin, Tripwire’s VP of Product Management and Strategy, to discuss everything security. We spoke of COVID, audits, continuous monitoring, and privacy.

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The following is an edited excerpt from a recent episode of Tripwire’s Cybersecurity Podcast.

Mark Houpt has to stay on top of a vast range of compliance and security issues as the CISO at managed services and co-location data service provider Databank. He shares how he works with all organizations of all sorts to help them address a myriad of emerging regulations, standards and security issues across all industries and sectors.

Tim Erlin: Welcome everyone to this episode of the Tripwire’s Cybersecurity Podcast. I’m Tim Erlin, vice president of product management and strategy at Tripwire. Today I am joined by Mark Houpt, the CISO for DataBank. Mark, welcome.

Mark Houpt: Thank you very much. I’m glad to be here.

TE: Great. So, DataBank is a managed services provider, and you’re the CISO there. Can you tell us a little bit about what that entails? How is that different from being a CISO for another type of organization?

MH: Yeah, sure. So, DataBank is a managed services and co-location data center provider. In my experience of being both a chief technology officer and a chief information security officer in other organizations, the difference here is that we have such a broad range of compliance items that we have to deal with in an enterprise type of environment or an environment where a company is singularly focused on a product or a series of products. So, a lot of my time is spent with helping customers enter into a managed services type of agreement and into the managed services environment. Customers are coming to us not completely understanding the security environment that they need to protect themselves. They need to be walked through that process—everything from understanding exactly what the compliance requirement is to how those tools and materials and documents that we produce for them are put into place.