Cut the $hIT Recapped: Insights and Optimism in an AI-Driven World

In the latest episode of “Cut the $hIT,” cybersecurity expert Bil Harmer returns, bringing over thirty years of experience in the field. Bryan and Bil chat about shifts and challenges in cybersecurity since their last discussion two years ago.

The Changing Landscape of Security Tools

Bil starts the conversation by highlighting the evolving nature of security tools, emphasizing a shift from mere visibility to actionable insights. He notes the emergence of new companies offering tools focused on remediation rather than just detection. With the corporate stack transitioning to the cloud, the challenge lies in effectively chaining together multiple products while ensuring robust security measures.

The Need for Automation and AI in Security

The conversation delves into the critical role of automation and AI in cybersecurity. Bil explains the importance of AI-driven infrastructure and penetration testing, highlighting their efficiency in identifying vulnerabilities and potential threats. He discusses the significance of AI-powered analytics in analyzing vast amounts of security data and making proactive security decisions that are too overwhelming for humans to do efficiently.

Prioritizing Security Measures

In navigating the complex cybersecurity landscape, Bil advises organizations to prioritize identity management as a foundational element of their security strategy. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on actionable steps and regularly reassessing security priorities based on evolving threats and business needs.

Optimism for the Future

Despite the challenges posed by evolving cyber threats, Bil remains optimistic about the future of cybersecurity. He emphasizes the potential for technological innovation to drive advancements in security measures, provided organizations stay proactive and adaptable.


Bil Harmer’s insights offer valuable guidance for organizations seeking to navigate the dynamic landscape of cybersecurity. From prioritizing identity management to embracing automation and AI-driven solutions, organizations can enhance their security posture and stay resilient in the face of evolving threats. As the cybersecurity landscape continues to grow, Bil’s expertise provides a beacon of optimism for the future of digital defense.

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