JJ Agha is the CISO at Compass, the largest real estate brokerage in the US, and previously spent over four years as VP of InfoSec at WeWork, along with time as a security engineer at Vimeo and Priceline. 

Having worked for and advised for multiple startups and Fortune 500 companies he enjoys the challenge of building security teams and maturing programs and disciplines within an organization while embracing and learning new technologies.

In today’s episode, Jack and JJ discuss how he builds his team, buy vs build, what he expects from a modern SIEM, and more! 

Topics include: 

How JJ went from changing his degree nine times, to a help desk analyst to discovering cybersecurity and entering the industry with Northrop Grumman and Edgecast 

How JJ thinks about the human element of security when it comes to running a team and being a CISO 

What Ikigai is and how the mindset can empower security professionals 

Building vs buying and the projects JJ’s security team is working on 

What JJ is looking for in a modern SIEM 

JJ’s focus on Relentless Iteration and his mission to constantly improve and iterate security programs 

How JJ balances the cost of his detection program with the needs of his security team 

Keep in touch with JJ on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathanagha/

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