In this episode of Security Nation, Jen and Tod chat with Michael Powell about his work as specialist cyber representative to North America for the UK's Department for International Trade (DIT). After confirming that Michael is not actually a spy (or is he?), they discuss the excitement and challenges of creating cross-continental collaboration on some of the most pressing cybersecurity issues organizations face today — including supply chain risk, ransomware, and the role of government in moving the needle on these threats.

Stick around for our Rapid Rundown, where Tod and Jen talk about inTheWild, a new open-source, community-driven database for vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited.

Michael Powell

Michael Powell is DIT's cyber sector trade specialist in North America. His background includes over 15 years of experience with major enterprise and start-ups, defining and delivering managed and professional cybersecurity services for law enforcement and commercial organizations. Michael is based on the East Coast, advising UK companies on North America market entry – leveraging DIT's network to discuss resourcing, legislation, and the evolving needs of buyers. He is a proponent of workforce diversity across the tech sector and has a strong technical background to understand and discuss solutions to complex organizational cybersecurity problems. When not advising UK companies, he works closely with the London specialist teams, and partners, on investment opportunities and being an in-market voice for the UK cybersecurity ecosystem.

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