The Storm and the Light - a podcast by Oxeye

Brandon Hoe

The Storm and the Light dives beneath the surface to bring you the stories of people from the world of cybersecurity, shining a light on who they really are, and what made them the people they are today. Along the way, we will strive to understand our guests better, and glean lessons from their lives that might inspire us, and help us become better people and professionals.

read less
Episode 2 - Andres Andreu - The role of Art and Judo in his Successful Career in Cybersecurity
Jun 28 2023
Episode 2 - Andres Andreu - The role of Art and Judo in his Successful Career in Cybersecurity
TRIGGER WARNING: A portion of this episode touches on sensitive topics related to human sex trafficking and child pornography (from minute 46 till the end). Please do not continue listening beyond that point if you find these topics distressful or upsetting.Andres Andreu is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at 2U, and over his 30 year career, he's also worked as an IT Director, Chief Applications Architect, Chief Security Architect, and CTO, and is the founder of a company that he eventually sold. He is also an author, having written "Professional Pen Testing for Web Applications", and is in the midst of writing his next book, a playbook for CISOs.During this conversation, he talks about:Being held hostage in the Western Sahara desert as an unwitting pawn in a global insurance scam, staying calm through the ‘unpleasantries’, and how his observant nature helped foil the scam attemptThe emotional challenges of working in an NGO that focused on human sex trafficking and counterterrorism, and his exposure to the darkest sides of humankindThe role of graffiti and art in his life, his dream of being a professional artist, his philosophies on art, and how the realization about what it would take to succeed as an artist resulted in a massive career change (you can see his art at )The challenges of writing a book, and the most fulfilling part about being a technical author (hint: it's not the money)Judo’s mischaracterization as being violent, its role in his personal and professional life, and how practicing judo helped him become a better leaderOxeye eliminates the headaches of application security. Visit to learn more.