The Mary Poppins of Security: Laura Bell Main on Elevating Your Agency’s Security Game

Laura Bell Main

with Laura Bell Main

In this week's riveting episode of The Agency Hour Podcast , we have a conversation with Laura Bell Main, a leading expert in application security with over two decades of experience. We unpack why integrating security into your digital agency’s core services is no longer optional but a mission-critical necessity.

If you're an agency owner aiming to foster abundance for yourself, your team, and your community, this is the content you need. I'm your host, Troy Dean, and in this week's episode, we had the pleasure of chatting with Laura Bell Main, the Mary Poppins of security. 

With over 20 years in software development and application security, Laura is the co-founder and CEO of SafeStack, an online education platform that offers secure development training for fast-moving companies. She's spoken at high-profile events like BlackHat USA, NDC, and OSCON and is the co-author of “Agile Application Security” and “Security for Everyone.

Show Notes

Security as a Core Offering

The days of treating security as an optional service are over. Laura delves into the importance of making security a foundational aspect of your digital offerings. With rising threats and the increasing sophistication of hackers, businesses can't afford to ignore this element.

Trusting SaaS and Hosting Companies

The episode also touches on the contentious topic of placing trust in the security protocols of SaaS and hosting companies. While some are robust, Laura suggests that blind trust is never a good strategy.

The Book Deal in a Mexican Restaurant

It's not all doom and gloom. Laura shares an amusing anecdote about how she received a book deal while dining in a Mexican restaurant. This light-hearted story adds a personal touch to our in-depth conversation.

Security Attacks Are Not Personal

One of the key takeaways from the episode is that attacks are indiscriminate; they can and do happen to companies of all sizes. Laura advises not to take these attacks personally but to prepare and safeguard against them.

WordPress Plug-Ins: A False Sense of Security

Many agency owners may feel that their WordPress plug-ins offer enough security. Our guest expert begs to differ, pointing out the limitations of relying solely on plug-ins for your site's security needs.

Security is more than just a buzzword; it's a necessity in today’s fast-paced, digital world. If you're serious about elevating your agency’s service offerings, then integrating robust security measures is non-negotiable. 

For the full discussion with Laura Bell Main, tune into this week’s episode of The Agency Hour Podcast.

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I am the Founder of Agency Mavericks. The reason I get out of bed every day is because I love helping people to grow their web design or digital marketing businesses. I do this through coaching, creating courses, speaking, consulting and heading up our awesome community.

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