The Vision Code With Oleg Konovalov, the “da Vinci” of Visionary Leadership

Episode #210: The Vision Code With Oleg Konovalov, the "da Vinci" of Visionary Leadership

What is your company’s vision? It’s a simple question, yet still one that many entrepreneurs are unable to effectively answer this question in a cohesive manner when asked. Although the answer to this question will be unique to every leader, the premise behind the answer is that it must be written in ink.

When it comes to identifying the traits of a visionary leader, one individual is always front of mind: Dr. Oleg Konovalov. Following a career spanning nearly three decades of operating businesses and consulting Fortune 500 companies, Dr. Konovalov has also been recognized as the #1 global thought leader on Culture by Thinkers 360 as well as a #1 Global Leading Coach and international speaker. He is also the author of 4 best-selling titles including his latest book, “The Vision Code,” that was released in early 2021 on Amazon.

Oleg was given the nickname of “the da Vinci of Visionary Leadership” due to his ability to create and execute a compelling vision for businesses while also identifying a manager’s strategic needs in corporate culture and leadership. Oleg’s wisdom transcends industries and experience levels, capturing my attention and leaving me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next great sound bite. I’ve spoken with Oleg once before and have been clamoring to get him back on my podcast after hearing many of his incredible stories of perseverance and determination which continue to reverberate through my life to this day.

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#209 The Original Internet Godfather and Inventor of Modern Cybercrime| Cyber Crime Expert & Security Savant, Brett Johnson

#209 The Original Internet Godfather and Inventor of Modern Cybercrime| Cyber Crime Expert & Security Savant, Brett Johnson


I just had this excellent interview with Brett Johnson, a keynote speaker, and consultant on cybersecurity, Cybercrime, and identity theft. His knowledge of these topics is unique because it didn’t come from any book or in any classroom. Brett’s experience is from the criminal side of things. At one point, the United States’ Most Wanted criminal, he was given the moniker of “The Original Internet Godfather” by the United States Secret Service.

Brett was responsible for defining modern financial Cybercrime as we know it today. He created the precursor to today’s Darknet markets called ShadowCrew. In the early 2000s, through ShadowCrew, He assembled a watering hole for cybercriminals to network, share information, gang up, and execute attacks on entities worldwide.

He lived a life of crime for decades. Credit card fraud, identity fraud, tax fraud, social engineering attacks- you name it; Brett Johnson did it. His criminal lifestyle eventually caught up to him as he was captured and convicted of 39 felonies, sent to prison multiple times, escaping once, before accepting responsibility and finding redemption through his loved ones and the help of the FBI.

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Don’t Miss Out on Guest Speaker, Bob Fecteau, At The Next MasterMind Session- February 10, 2021!

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In a previous podcast, I was joined by Bob Fecteau. Bob is what I call a Tier 1 CIO at SAIC.

Here is the link to our conversation.

Tier 1 CIOs are, in my opinion, in the top 5-10% of the profession.

In this conversation with Bob, we discussed the importance of Financial Literacy within a CIO role.

Bob had a great quote on CIOs stepping up to the challenge of mastering financial literacy, “[CIOs] own ultimately the responsibility to make sure that costs are managed, controlled and understood.”

Bob will also be headlining the next 10X Innovation, Strategy, and Leadership Session on February 10th. The central theme of this event is “What are the financial demands of the CIO?”

Here are just a few of the critical questions he will be addressing:
✔️ Do you know how much your assets cost?
✔️ Do you have your assets categorized appropriately?
✔️ How do you pay for it all?

#208 The Inside Truth About Cybercrime & Risk Management – How to Protect Your Business with Mark Sangster, Cybersecurity Author & Security Strategist at eSentire Inc.

In Episode #208, Bill talks with Mark Sangster. Mark is the VP & Industry Security Strategist at eSentire Inc., an award-winning speaker, and the author of the new book, No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How To Protect Your Business.

As a CIO and Business IT Leader here are some wins you will get by listening:

– How remote work and employees bringing their office home have created new hurdles for IT leaders to deal with. (18:30)
– The root causes of cyberattacks and how bad actors are able to carry out such attacks as ransomware. (7:00)
– Why cybersecurity is not just an IT problem to fix and why it’s a business risk to manage. (4:00)
– Why enterprises should create a risk registry to rank the risks they face. (21:00)
– Why compliance is not the same as security or privacy. (33:00)
– Why some companies are ill-prepared for cyberattacks and the importance of having measures in place to protect your data. (12:00)
– Why complacency and a set it and forget it mentality are dangerous things for a company to have when it comes to cybersecurity. (15:30)
– How much easier it is for a bad actor to virtually rob a bank rather than physically. (40:00)
– The reputational hit that companies take after data breaches and cyberattacks. (26:30)
– Why modern compliance often lags behind other aspects of the business. (37:00)

Mark Sangster is the Principal Evangelist and VP of Industry Security Strategist for eSentire Inc based in Ontario, Canada. He is an award-winning speaker at international conferences and on prestigious stages, including the Harvard Law School, and an author on various cybersecurity subjects.

Mark has a fascinating perspective on shifting risk trends, and his work has influenced industry thought-leaders. He is the go-to expert on data breaches, and his work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. Mark also hosts the Cyber Insider Podcast. He interviews experts from across various industries to explore data breach litigation, cyber insurance claims, crisis communication, the rise of gray zone threats, and the risks of interconnected technology.

He is a contributing author to several leading industry publications (CSO magazine, SC Magazine, LegalTech News), an invited speaker at 40+ conferences a year, and a regular guest on many well-respected podcasts.

His most recent book, No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How To Protect Your Business, tells the story of cybercrimes and cyber-attacks that never made the headlines but are equally important for companies to understand what they need to do to protect themselves.

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Happy National Data Privacy Day!

National Data Privacy Day is observed each year on January 28th and raises awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data, and enabling trust. 🤝

The theme for 2021 for individuals is, “Own Your Privacy.”

Your personal information is like money 💵—it has value. Make informed decisions about when and where you share your personal information. 💻

James Crifasi and I discussed this topic in-depth as it relates to the increasing levels of fear and uncertainty and how to avoid falling victim to scammers.

For businesses, the theme this year is, “Respect Privacy.” Consider adopting a privacy framework to protect your business from data breaches.

In my conversation with Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, he is in favor of having a zero-trust architecture across the board to manage risk.

If you would like to learn more about how to better secure your data, reach out to my team here at RedZone Technologies via email,

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