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Dutch Schwartz

Cloud Security Strategist at Amazon Web Services

Denver, United States

Dutch Schwartz is an industry thought leader and sought after speaker, panelist, and podcaster on the topics of cybersecurity, leadership, and strategy. Dutch has appeared on over a dozen CISO podcasts and is routinely quoted by the CISO Series. In 2019 LinkedIn requested he create content for their Think Big series on the topic of cybersecurity. His content on cloud, cybersecurity, and culture has over 200,000 views on LinkedIn in the past two years. A former military officer, he melds this expertise with experience gained through working at 5 Fortune 500 companies, as well as early stage startups. He holds an MBA in Global Management and cybersecurity certificates from MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard University. Additionally, he acts in an advisory capacity to the MIT Technology Review Global Panel and the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council.

Available For: Advising, Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Denver, Colorado
Speaking Topics: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Security Culture and Softskills

Speaking Fee $1,800

Dutch SchwartzPoints
Academic0
Author39
Influencer93
Speaker15
Entrepreneur0
Total147

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Featured Videos

The Cloud's Influence on the Evolving Culture of Security. Business Security Weekly with guest Dutch Schwartz
October 11, 2021
Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and Pink Elephants: 3 Tips on Rethinking Cybersecurity
October 11, 2021
Leverage DevSecOps to Maximize AWS Security
October 11, 2021

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Business Unit: Security
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 10
Last Media Training: 07/21/2021
Last Media Interview: 08/12/2021

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy 31.09
Cloud 38.45
Cybersecurity 36.49
Leadership 31.39
Risk Management 30.48
DevOps 32.33
Emerging Technology 30.19
Culture

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
High Tech & Electronics
Manufacturing

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Publications

6 Article/Blogs
Cybersecurity strategy is about people
LinkedIn
February 28, 2020
I'm reflecting on the RSA Conference and this analogy came to mind:

What if you threw a birthday party and nobody came?

That’s similar to planning a great security strategy and then failing to execute well. Like your party, you have lots of excitement during the planning phase. But if you fail to execute - you end up eating your cake all alone.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

What CISOs Really Want
LinkedIn
June 27, 2019
When looking to build a bridge between CISOs and security vendors, I couldn’t think of a more Zen place to start than the real-life Dude Who Abides, Jeff Bridges.

In the interview above he’s talking about he and his wife, but the feeling is spot on for CISOs and security vendors. Each side needs the other, but we often end up not understanding what the other needs… we don’t “get it”.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

Here's How to Develop Trust in Cyber Security
LinkedIn
March 24, 2019
This was the succinct response given by a customer of mine when asked to share how he frames his interactions with cyber security vendors.

What struck me about this is the order of those questions: Competence is important and relevant, but it begins with trust. And? It ends with a feedback loop based on performance.

That observation is crucial if you want to provide value to your customers in cyber security. The initial decision about trust is an emotional judgment, not a rational fact-based assessment.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

Cutting Costs Is Not a Strategy
LinkedIn
February 23, 2019
As has been widely reported, Berkshire Hathaway took a $3 billion non-cash loss related to its investment in Kraft Heinz. Delving into this, CNN Business notes that Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees blamed the company's operations. Hees stated, "We are overly optimistic on delivering savings that did not materialize by year-end." JPMorgan Chase analyst Kenneth Goldman suggests that the cost-cutting strategy damaged Kraft and Oscar Mayer as brands.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

Three Tips for Cybersecurity Collaboration
LinkedIn
February 12, 2019
Collaboration in this context means two or more people working together to achieve an outcome that benefits them, either separately or together.

The cybersecurity community shares goals around mitigating, preventing, and responding to threat actors. But, we have inherent challenges around confidentiality, privacy, and degrees of trust. How can we best solve those?

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

2019: The year we finally get serious about collaboration in cybersecurity.
LinkedIn
December 26, 2018
If you were expecting something edgier, I apologize. But I truly think collaboration is emergent in several of the trends I’m seeing. And on a human level, we need it after a couple of dismal fear-soaked years.
We will experience more engagement from security execs with their employees, more discussion (rather than lectures) between security vendors and customers, and an acceleration of semi-formal groups that push us forward, together.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

6 Media Interviews
Lessons Learned When Migrating from On Prem to Cloud - Dutch Schwartz
YouTube
April 08, 2021
Less than 15% of enterprise customers are primarily cloud native. With so many companies still in early stages of cloud migration, what are the key lessons learned from early adopters as well as digitally native companies? What are common mistakes and how can one avoid them?

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

Interview with a Vendor w/ Dutch Schwartz
Hacker Valley
March 31, 2021
In this episode, host and CISO Allan Alford interviews his friend Dutch Schwartz, Principal Security Specialist at Amazon Web Services. Dutch is a vendor, but do not press 'stop' just yet! Dutch is an empathetic outsider, an observor, and a constant learner and researcher. He brings some unique insights to our practice.

Dutch talks about his encounters with CISOs and their direc staffs, and opines on the debate as to how technical a CISO should be (versus business-oriented).

Allan and Dutch discuss healthy vs. unhealthy (Dutch prefers the term 'challenging') security cultures.

Dutch talks about all security efforst aligning with business initiatives, and Allan espouses his theory that all CISO actions should ties to business initiatives, risk reduction, and maturity improvement.

Dutch remains enthused about cybersecurity because of conversations like this very interview.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

The Cloud's Influence on the Evolving Culture of Security - Dutch Schwartz
YouTube
February 22, 2021
Dutch Schwartz, Cloud Security Strategist at AWS, discusses cloud's influence on the evolving culture of security. Having worked with many Fortune 500 CISOs and CIOs, Dutch will share his thoughts on risk, aligning to the business, and how cloud can accelerate, but also change the way we approach security.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

Shoud CISO's be licensed? A conversation with Dutch Schwartz
YouTube
January 20, 2021
Should CISO's be licensed? Should we require more of these leaders for how much responsibility they have? Join me and special guest, Dutch Schwartz, as we discuss this topic, and many more.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

#VeteranNovember with Dutch Schwartz
YouTube
November 10, 2020
This is a special series dedicated to the men and women who volunteered and served in uniform in their home nations. This special series is highlighting these men and women who have transitioned from the military to a successful civilian career in Information Security. In Each episode we discuss their service, how they transitioned to working as civilians in Information security and their successes and failures in that process.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Business Strategy

Dutch Schwartz Interview | cybersecurity | risk management
YouTube
August 26, 2020
Join Dutch Schwartz and I as we discuss pre COVID cyber risks, being the business enabler and risk management. We also cover what the new water cooler talk and best way to kick back on a Friday is.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Risk Management

1 Profile
RESILIENT CYBER - EPISODE 2 - DUTCH SCHWARTZ - CLOUD SECURITY, CULTURE AND THE WORKFORCE
Resilient Cyber Podcast
May 07, 2021
Dutch Schwartz, Cloud Security Strategist at AWS, is the first guest interview for the Resilient Cyber Podcast hosted by Chris Hughes and Dr. Nikki Haley. Chris and Dr. Nikki interview Dutch to gain insights into leadership in cybersecurity, lessons learned when accelerating your business into the cloud, how securing the cloud differs from hybrid and on-prem, and thoughts on leading through difficult times.

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Tags: Cloud, Culture, Cybersecurity

3 Speaking Engagements
A Mental Model for Cybersecurity: Tips to Enable your Business
LinkedIn
October 03, 2021
Per the 2021 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, more than 85% of breaches involve a human factor yet we keep trying to solve our challenges with tools alone. Culture is the missing piece. Culture is what unlocks your strategy so you can safely enable your business as it rapidly transforms.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

How Do Enterprise CISOs to Drive Success with Digital Transformation and Cloud?
LinkedIn
September 21, 2021
The CISO role has rapidly evolved in the past 2 years from "cost center underneath IT which we rarely think about" to chief cybersecurity risk advisor to the CEO, CFO, and board of directors. Based on extensive work with enterprise cloud CISOs, Dutch Schwartz provides a definition for the modern enterprise CISO that we can use when hiring or to tune our career focus.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

What Can Business Leaders Learn from the U.S. Army?
LinkedIn
June 14, 2021
Dutch Schwartz leverages his learning in the U.S. Army as an operations, plans, and training officer during Operation Iraqi Freedom to provide key tips for modern business leaders. Management and leadership are often conflated in literature and popular media forums, but they are fundamentally different. The video highlights actionable steps for training and leading large teams.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Cybersecurity, Leadership

11 Videos
How to create cybersecurity policies that matter
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September 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

CISOs and the hostile peace with cybersecurity vendors
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August 13, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

How to Avoid the Paradox of Action
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August 13, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

Why do humans collaborate more than chimpanzees?
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August 13, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

Leadership in Cybersecurity. Tactics without strategy won't result in sustainable change.
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August 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

Create cybersecurity strategies without losing the board of directors in technical jargon.
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August 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

How to speed adoption of cybersecurity
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August 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

If CISOs Don't Own Cybersecurity Risk, Who Does?
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August 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

For Cybersecurity teams: Why Range Is More Important Than 10,000 Hours
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August 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

What Cybersecurity Teams Can Learn from the Military
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August 09, 2020

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

How to develop soft skills in cybersecurity and the cloud
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August 09, 2020

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2 Webinars
Leverage DevSecOps to Maximize AWS Security
BrightTalk
October 06, 2021
Organizations that are embracing DevSecOps enjoy enhanced automation throughout the software delivery pipeline thereby, eliminating risks and reducing attacks and downtime. If you intend to integrate security into your DevOps framework, attend this webinar to gain more insights into,

1) Demystifying DevSecOps
2) Striking the right balance of DevSecOps Maturity
3) What is different about DevSecOps on AWS Cloud

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Tags: Cybersecurity, Emerging Technology, DevOps

Black Swans, Gray Rhinos, and Pink Elephants: 3 Tips on Rethinking Cybersecurity
ISSA Cybersecurity Executive Forum
August 23, 2021

The business imperatives of digital transformation, DevOps, automation, and cloud create pressure for security teams to move faster to enable the speed of business. Doing it securely often creates tension with business units and development and product teams. Culture is one key tool that CISOs and security leaders can use to develop rapport with business peers, align teams, and reduce friction. In the session we’ll review an effective cybersecurity culture model, supported with examples of how innovative F500 companies tune their culture to enable rapid business scale. Talent acquisition tips and success metrics to share with your board will be covered so that attendees leave with simple actionable advice they can implement immediately.

As part of the ISSA Executive Series, we'll dig deep into why we enterprises make simple mistakes due to cognitive biases and examine real-world tips on how to improve security for enterprises and complex organizations - at cloud speed and scale.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Leadership

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