Hear unique stories. Get a fresh perspective.

Join us each month as we talk to security pros about their experiences and backgrounds.

Off Script with Expel – a webcast* series featuring personal stories from security pros

Refreshing voices. Unique stories. Aha moments.
The truth is, everyone in security has a unique story to tell. Stories that inspire. That make you think. That energize you.

But all too often in cybersecurity we focus on the tech and lose sight of the people, so those stories never get shared. We’re gonna shake that up.

Each month on Off Script your hosts, Tina and Jon, chat with a different security pro about how they got into their current role, who (and what) helped them along the way, lessons learned, and their professional challenges.

Fresh perspectives can throw light on how you think about your career, networking, and the security challenges you face.

Sound fun and different? Yeah, we’re excited too.

*The format is this — but they are NOT a yawn.

Get to know your hosts, Tina and Jon, and hear the paths that brought them to today in Off Script Episode 0.

Upcoming episodes

February 16, 2023

No one is born knowing how to do this

In this episode, we'll go back (according to him, wayyyy back) with Peter Silberman, CTO of Expel, whose background includes cold calling computer repair companies for a job when he was 16 … whoa. Pete will chat about how traits like curiosity (asking questions), a willingness to take chances and be uncomfortable, and understanding how to break something can become superpowers. Solving problems can be isolating, so Peter will talk about why he thinks this is exactly when you need broader perspectives, mentors, and peer input. Plus, he'll share the view he has for keeping pace with the changes in security.

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On-demand episodes

From hacking Sims 2 to a career in cybersecurity

As Sr. Manager of Global Cyber Defense at Marsh McLennan, Lauren Proehl has a lot on her plate. In this episode, Lauren discusses the early challenges she faced that led her to cybersecurity, imposter syndrome, how great people (mentors, managers) are key, and how advancing your security career doesn’t have to mean going into management. She also shares how being relentlessly curious, challenging assumptions, and trusting her smart teams got her where she is today. What about burnout? She’s been there too and came out the other side, saying, “Let your soul catch up to your body.”

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Your hosts: Who are these people, anyway?

Tina Velez
Manager, Solutions Architecture at Expel

Tina handles all things technical presales. When she’s not doing that, you may find her exploring new places, searching for the perfect chef’s tasting menu, and moving heavy things from point A to point B.

Jon Hencinski
VP, Security Operations at Expel

Jon is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Expel’s security operations center (SOC) and detection and response engineering. Full-time Dad. Aspiring musician.