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WitzEnd Podcast #14: Tara Seals, Senior Editor of Threatpost

June 4, 2019

This week we teleport through time and space to interview our very own tech superhero and senior editor of Threatpost, Tara Seals! She shared with us her experience working as a journalist in the cybersecurity industry, what she’s learned about hosting her own podcast, and how tech companies can do better in interviews. Stay tuned after the interview round for an exciting new game we play called “Four Ridiculous Questions.”

 

Here are the biggest takeaways from our conversation. If you like what you’re reading, be sure to listen to the whole episode, linked at the bottom of this page.

 

What a Marvelous Start…

 

“I was an English major and then I tried to get whatever job I could and ended up at Marvel Comics and then Playboy for a while because I was in New York City. That did not prove to be too lucrative, so I went on this meandering path where I ended up doing marketing for a tech company. So, my first articles were around technology.”

 

We were interested in learning more about her role at Marvel Comics…

 

“I was hired as an administrative assistant, and I worked my way up in the marketing department to where I was more of a coordinator. We worked on the ancillary products of things. I got to do licensing for Spider-Man ties and watches. This was before Marvel Comics was sold to Revlon, which was the precursor to them starting the movies. They had these shoddy offices on Park Avenue. You walk in and everything was ramshackle and dust. There was a big cut out of Spider-Man in the corner, and that was a funny way of knowing you were at the Marvel headquarters. It was a very cool time and I got to meet Stan Lee! He was wearing an amazing velour tracksuit and gold sunglasses.”

 

Tara’s favorite topic to cover in the cybersecurity landscape…

 

“I really enjoy the actual criminal part of it to be honest. It’s also just human nature. You want to know who’s out there doing bad things and what other people are doing about it. I also enjoy, from a technical perspective, whenever I write about malware. It is incredibly clever how they put some of this code together, and how tricky it can be in terms of staying under the radar and affecting people’s machines. For me, that’s an adjusting technology story.”

 

Word to the wise, stop with the constant sales pitch…

 

“Most of the time, the people that I interview are really good thought leaders. You do get the occasional person who is hell bent on delivering the marketing message and nothing else. When it has absolutely zero relevance to what I am looking for in my article. That is probably my biggest pet peeve when people insist on being vendor specific when you’re trying to talk to them about general trends.”

 

Hear More…

 

If you’ve enjoyed these takeaways be sure to listen to our full interview, linked below. Also, be sure to listen to, rate and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, Google Play or SoundCloud.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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