SailPoint’s CEO Mark McClain plays a word association game with Mike Kiser.
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Mike Kiser: Hello everyone and welcome from the literal home office here in Austin, Texas with a new series we’re calling Words with Friends and we’re joined today by our friend, CEO of SailPoint, Mark McClain. And he’s going to help us by just playing a word association game with us. We have some cards produced by our producers of course that’s what they do and he’s just going to give us his gut reaction to each term. Perhaps a little definition. Perhaps just a an emotional response, whatever he feels like. And along with terms and jargon from identity and the industry. We will throw in some additional terms just to gauge how he’s doing and what society is like today. So without further ado, let’s play some Words with Friends. Are you ready Mark?
Mark McClain: I am Mike sounds fun, let’s get at it.
Mike Kiser: Alright. Start with a relatively simple one. Just quick reaction, gut response, whatever you feel like saying. Data breach.
Mark McClain: Data breach, not data on the beach, data breach. Okay. A data breach would be where somehow, someway some information that an organization considers important has somehow been compromised, right, somebody has gotten access to information that they’re not supposed to have and generally then taking that information and shared it in a way that’s harmful to the business. And so obviously organizations are hyper sensitive to protecting information. They want to avoid data breach.
Mike Kiser: We will accept that answer. Alright, next question. Next word? Kumquat
Mark McClain: Kumquat. That’s a very old English way of saying, please approach me quietly, Kumquat. So I think that’s how that works.
Mike Kiser: Thank you, thank you. Governance.
Mark McClain: Governance, a governance is a person who watches small children. Oh, no. That’s a governess. I’m sorry. Governance, governance. I think governance is keeping control and managing information well, in some form.
Mike Kiser: Are you ready for the next one.
Mark McClain: No, let’s go.
Mike Kiser: Good call, GDPR.
Mark McClain: GDPR. GDPR. Something about data is the D. Governance must be the G. P’s got to be privacy in our industry and R is probably regulation. So it’s something like that, I think, no seriously GDPR is an important piece of legislation. It came out of Europe, it’s basically designed to protect the private information of mostly consumers and citizens and obviously we’ve got flavors of that now the United States as well.
Mike Kiser: Sasquatch
Mark McClain: Sasquatch. That’s when one accidentally gets barbecue sauce like Rudy’s here in Austin and drops it on their watch it becomes a Sasquatch at that point.
Mike Kiser: This is truly fascinating. Zero trust.
Mark McClain: Zero trust is what I had in you for this video. Oh no, I’m sorry. Zero Trust has to do with always assuming that anyone who might be trying to access our systems is fundamentally unknown to us until we can prove who they are. So that’s why this concept of strong authentication, verifying that someone is really who you think they are before you let them in to your systems and data.
Mike Kiser: Next word. Winnebago.
Mark McClain: Not to be confused with rutabaga but a Winnebago.
Mike Kiser: Very similar but slightly different.
Mark McClain: I know there’s some vehicle associate with that but I think what it means is when you’re competing in a local delicatessen for who gets the breakfast food with cream cheese on it and you Winnebago.
Mike Kiser: We’ll accept that, will we accept that? We will accept that answer.
Mark McClain: Okay, just checking. Mike Kiser: Yeah judges have to rule on occasionally. Um, cloud.Cloud.Mark McClain: Cloud. Was that a single syllable word or ka loud that you said?
Mike Kiser: It depends on if you’re Canadian.Mark McClain: Okay in the cloud. The cloud would be a white cumulus formation of gaseous, oh no that’s not a cloud. I think for your purposes a cloud has to do with the place that information now is living in data centers or storage of information applications that is not generally up, run in what we used to call a data center at a physical location where we put big computers and lots of storage systems. Today many organizations are letting their information and their applications be run in foreign, other owned data centers, so they don’t have to manage all that hard work of keeping those systems running and they can just focus on their application.
Mike Kiser: Phishing. With a PH, that’s important. That’s important, the PH.
Mark McClain: Oh, it’s not the little worm on the hook in the ocean thing?
Mike Kiser: You do you.
Mark McClain: It’s a similar concept I think, it involves bait. Some way to attract someone to do something, like it’s not good for them. And the same with a little warm on the hook is not good for the fish, because when he bites, he gets caught and taken, taken away. Phishing in our world today,I think it has to do with bait, something that entices someone generally in their email to click on something that doesn’t go where they think it goes and takes them somewhere bad. So it’s the concept of luring someone to do something they really shouldn’t be doing.
Mike Kiser: Yes and I’m told, congratulations, Mark and I’m told that what you’ve won this week on Words with Friends is a two night 23 day all-expense paid cruise of the Panama Canal west to east, complete with mosquito netting.
Mark McClain: Awesome. That sounds so fun.
Mike Kiser: But since it may be some time until you can use that, we’re going to send you our runner up prize which is a one and a half person tent, half a sleeping bag, some skewers for some hot dogs and a mug named Steve.
Mark McClain: Oh I love that. That is fantastic.
Mike Kiser: Feel free to enjoy that over the next few days or weeks at home and thank you for playing Words with Friends.
Mark McClain: I’ve thoroughly not enjoyed it.
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