In this episode of CHATTINN CYBER, Marc Schein interviews Joe Mann, Founder, and CEO of Arete. He is a recognized industry leader in information risk, with over 20+ years of experience serving corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Joe has developed information-sharing initiatives across the Financial and Legal sectors to synchronously align the interests of organizations and C-Suite decision-makers to create “win/win” scenarios for complex risk issues.
Joe started Arete 5 years ago to create solutions that bring more impact in investigation matters, an area which was not being provided by big consulting companies. Cybercrime has become an active issue in the last 4-5 years targeting SMEs, the economic impact is alarming, which is why security companies are growing as fast as they can.
Joe explains the difference between organizations that have insurance against cybercrime and those who do not. He also explains how they track cryptocurrency dealers to understand their behavior and know how to negotiate.
“There is one group that refines its people, processes, and technology every day and other groups that are in business just not in the cybersecurity business.”
Arete doesn’t want to negotiate with criminals and works closely with the FBI and the likes although joe admits the ransom problem is a huge issue and how they follow the set guidelines. Joe explains, “The important thing here is that enforcement, government, and industry work together to develop set of standards that really end in the best fit for these companies that’re being victimized not exacerbating the issue.”
On politics 2020, Joe terms the voting issue as just a way to pull people apart and make them less decisive and compares it to cyberattacks on US companies.