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Ep 103 - Renana Friedlich, Head of Global Cyber Operations at PayPal

In this episode of CISO Talk, James Azar hosts the magnificent Renana Friedlich to discuss the latest cybersecurity trends including leadership, how she started her career in cyber from the Israeli IDF to the big 4 and now world leading PayPal. Renana brings fresh insight into the idea of prevention and challenges the status quo of cybersecurity 

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Renana’s Bio:

Results-driven executive with over 16 years of Cybersecurity experience from the Israeli government, Big4 consulting, and Fortune 500 corporations. During my career, I provided strategic and tactical leadership in various Cybersecurity domains.

I started my career in an elite intelligence unit with the Israeli Defense Forces, where I received military-level training on Cybersecurity and served in various positions for over seven years. Then, I joined EY and established the incident response and forensic department within the Israeli Advanced Security Center. Upon joining EY US, I led complex global engagements for fortune 500 clients, ranging from incident response, privacy, mergers and acquisitions, to security tool rationalization, crisis plan development, assessments, and audits. I also worked closely with our strategic partners to enable and extend our service offering by developing new advisory and managed services solutions, enhanced by technology.

As part of my current role at PayPal, I lead the Cybersecurity Defense organization, including ownership and management of incident response, vulnerability management, offensive security, threat intelligence, data security, threat engineering, and anti-phishing.

I speak regularly at security conferences, including OWASP, ISSA, ISACA. BSIDES, Defendcon, and serve as a member of the Information Technology Program Industrial Advisory Board at the University of Southern California (USC). 


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