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25 minutes | a day ago
186 Countering 5G Conspiracy Theories
The global transition to 5G mobile technology is well underway, with ongoing network build-out and increased availability of 5G enabled devices able to take advantage of the increased speed and capacity of the next generation network. The transition has attracted an odd type of controversy, primarily from conspiracy theorists who claim that 5G is responsible for everything from brain cancer to COVID-19, or that it’s some sort of high tech mind-control system put in place by some secret global governing body. Most find these ideas farfetched and absurd, but there are enough people out there who follow this line of thinking that it presents real security issues for the companies who are responsible for installing and maintaining these networks. Joining us this week is Dave Brown, cyber intelligence professional at telecommunications giant BT. One of his primary responsibilities is protecting the people and infrastructure responsible for making 5G a reality. He shares his insights on the tools, tactics and procedures he uses to counter the flood of misinformation, and to ensure the physical protection and availability of 5G for consumers, businesses, and the public sector alike.
21 minutes | 8 days ago
185 Cyber is as Much Psychology as it is Technology
Joining us this week is Pierre Noel, managing director for Europe at Astari, a company providing global cyber resilience services for businesses. Pierre Noel has enjoyed a remarkably broad professional career, with time spent at IBM, KPMG, Microsoft and Huawei, in both deeply technical and business roles. He shares his insights on the ways culture impacts security, the importance of threat intelligence (if your organization is ready for it), and why he believes things are likely to get a lot worse before they get better.
26 minutes | 15 days ago
184 Inside the World of Cyber Venture Capital
Our guest this week is Mark Goodman, managing director at MassMutual Ventures. Mark shares the story of his circuitous path to the VC world, with stops along the way at a family furniture business and a PhD in philosophy. We’ll find out what it takes for a hopeful startup to catch his eye, whether or not he thinks cyber continues to be a hot area for investment, as well as his thoughts on what it takes to be a successful venture capital investor.
23 minutes | 22 days ago
183 Trickbot is Down But Not Out
On today’s podcast episode we welcome back Recorded Future senior intelligence analyst Greg Lesnewich. He shares his insights on what goes on behind the scenes with the Recorded Future Insikt threat research team, and why he finds the work challenging and rewarding. Then, we discuss the latest on the Trickbot global botnet, how they operate, who they target, and the efforts by the intelligence community and private industry to take them down, or at the very least hinder their efforts.
23 minutes | a month ago
182 Give Analysts Exactly What They Want
Our guest today is Paul Battista. He is CEO of Polarity, a firm which brings what they refer to as a memory augmentation platform to incident responders and other security professionals. Paul Battista’s career includes a broad spectrum of experience, from protecting Wall Street financial organizations to briefing top White House officials as an intelligence officer in the CIA. We’ll learn how being stuck inside during a blizzard led to his creating a popular app, and how that experience opened his eyes to the possibilities of augmented reality and, eventually, to the founding of Polarity.
26 minutes | a month ago
181 Too Sleepy to be Secure?
How many of us can say that we get enough sleep, consistently? And not just the number of hours asleep, but the quality of sleep as well? In this busy world with work, family and community obligations, good sleep often takes a backseat, and we find ourselves drinking that extra cup of coffee to get us going in the morning. Not to mention there’s a global pandemic, which makes everything a little harder. Our guest this week is Lincoln Kaffenberger. He’s the threat intelligence service lead at Deloitte Global, and he has been conducting survey research into the role sleep plays in keeping our organizations safe. Our conversation reviews the data he’s gathered, the conclusions he’s developed, and his recommendations for organizations who want to make sure they’re encouraging a culture where team members are coming to work rested and ready to give their best.
22 minutes | a month ago
180 The FBI Builds Enduring Partnerships in Cyber
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation, the FBI, has taken an increasingly prominent role in the day to day cyber defense of organizations and institutions here in the U.S., and globally as well. Through the establishment of the IC3, the Internet Crime Complaint Center, the FBI provides an invaluable public resource for prevention, response, and mitigation of cyber threats to businesses and public organizations of all sizes. Joining us this week is FBI cyber division section chief Herb Stapleton. He shares his journey toward a mission-based career in public service, as well as his insights on the FBI’s ongoing efforts to form lasting partnerships with the people they serve.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
179 The Fascinating Paradox of Cryptocurrency
Our guest this week is Kim Grauer, head of research at Chainalysis, a blockchain intelligence platform provider. She shares the story of her rather whimsical initial interest in blockchain technology, and how it quickly shifted to a serious academic and professional pursuit. We’ll hear her views on cryptocurrency and the impact it’s having on monetary policy around the world, it’s use by criminals, and how initial enthusiasm from investors for anything and everything blockchain related led to a credibility gap that serious researchers are still working to overcome.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
178 Examining Russian Threats to the 2020 Election
We are joined this week by Roman Sannikov, director of cybercrime and underground intelligence at Recorded Future. The focus of our conversation is a report recently published by Recorded Future’s Insikt research team, titled Russian-Related Threats to the 2020 US Presidential Election. In reviewing the report’s findings, we’ll explore the methods Russian actors have employed in their effort to disrupt and influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the context within which these efforts are best considered, and how as individuals, organizations and nation wide we can best counter these efforts to help ensure a safe, smooth election process.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
177 Delivering Maximum Impact in the Public Sector
Our guest is Michael Anderson, chief information security officer for Dallas County — the eighth largest county in the United States. He oversees the IT security program for over 6,800 county employees and the electronic records for over 2.6 million residents. Michael shares his career journey, including 10 years served in the Army in the Intelligence Corp, and over 20 years of strategic and tactical expertise across a wide-range of IT disciplines. We’ll find out how he and his team use modern tools to make the most of limited resources, the type of leadership style he uses to inspire and motivate his coworkers, and how he approaches hiring in a highly competitive jobs market.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
176 Curating Your Personal Security Intelligence Feed
Our guest is Sal Aurigema, associate professor of computer information systems at the University of Tulsa. He shares his experience in nuclear engineering and serving aboard submarines in the U.S. Navy, his shift to the intelligence community, and his pivot to teaching in higher education. We’ll learn about Sal’s approach to inspiring his students and why he emphasizes the importance of curating their own personal security intelligence feed. He also explains why he believes there’s a place in cybersecurity for people from all walks of life, and not just those with an interest in computer science and technology.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
175 Passion, Curiosity, and a Dash of Mischief
Kevin Magee is Chief Security Officer for Microsoft Canada. He joins us with his story of early entrepreneurship, persistent curiosity, and a lifelong passion for learning. He shares the career path that earned him his leadership position with Microsoft, as well as insights on his management style and recruiting methods. We’ll get his take on threat intelligence, and thoughts on where he thinks the cybersecurity industry may be headed.
21 minutes | 3 months ago
174 The Highest Security Intelligence in the Shortest Time
Craig Adams is the chief product and engineering officer at Recorded Future. He joins us with insights from his decades of experience in the industry, including valuable lessons learned while developing security and business strategies at Akamai. He shares his thoughts on organizations choosing the best mix of security services to meet their needs, the importance of modularity and extensibility, and how to best optimize their investments through security intelligence.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
173 The Diversity of Security Challenges in Higher Education
Security professionals at institutions of higher education face a broad spectrum of challenges, from protecting the internal networks of their organizations, to securing intellectual property of research groups, to protecting the personal information of thousands of students and staff every year. Our guest is Bob Turner, chief information security officer and director of the office of cybersecurity at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He shares insights from his experience leading a team of professionals and students who are tasked with protecting a wide variety of information and systems.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
172 Launching the Cyber Intelligence News Site The Record by Recorded Future
Recorded Future recently announced the launch of a new cyber intelligence news site called The Record by Recorded Future. The publication aims to fill the gap between fast-breaking headlines and long-lead research with expertly sourced reporting and analysis. Our guest this week is the Editorial Director of The Record by Recorded Future, Adam Janofsky. He shares his background in cybersecurity, privacy, and technology journalism, including prestigious publications like The Wall Street Journal. He shares his aspirations for where he and his colleagues plan to take The Record by Recorded Future, as well as his insights on the state of cybersecurity journalism.
19 minutes | 3 months ago
171 The Transformation of Managed Security Services
Our guest today is Jim Aull. He’s a solutions architect specializing in security at Verizon. We’ll hear about Jim’s career path, and then we’ll learn about his role in guiding customers through the technical and organization challenges of selecting and configuring managed security services. He shares insights of common misperceptions he finds companies may have when starting out on their security journey, his suggestions for managing the broad array of available services on offer, as well as the changes he’s been tracking in the industry over the years.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
170 Defending MacOS Against Sophisticated Attacks
Our guest today is Phil Stokes. He’s a security researcher at SentinelOne, where he specializes in the analysis of attacks against MacOS. In our conversation, Phil shares his professional journey, how he came to focus on the Mac platform, as well as insights on the state of security on Apple’s desktop operating system. He tracks the growing sophistication of those seeking to attack MacOS, and provides tips for security professionals looking to bolster their defenses.
24 minutes | 4 months ago
169 Making Security Real in the Context of Business
Our guest today is Shamla Naidoo, a managing partner at IBM Security. With a career spanning over three decades, including 20 years as a CISO, Shamla has excelled in a variety of positions, from engineer to executive. Shamla joins us with perspectives on why security teams need to effectively communicate with their organization’s board of directors, the best ways to make security indispensable to a business, and why those communication skills are critical to the success and security of an organization. We’ll learn about the unique way she goes about building her teams, and why she believes there are opportunities in cybersecurity for just about everyone.
19 minutes | 4 months ago
168 Ransomware Negotiations and Original Hacker Culture
Our guest today is Sherri Davidoff. She’s the founder and CEO of LMG Security, a cybersecurity and digital forensics firm with clients across the globe. She shares the story of her professional journey, including her time deep in the hacker culture at MIT, where she adopted the hacker nickname Alien. She also discusses her insights on the evolution of ransomware, and how she and her team help negotiate with the ransomers on behalf of her clients. We’ll learn more about her leadership style, the importance of team building, and what she looks for when hiring.
22 minutes | 4 months ago
167 The Emerging Role of SASE and the Cloud
As many organizations accelerate their move to the cloud — thanks in no small part to the global pandemic and the shift to working from home — the adoption of SASE protocols is proving attractive. SASE stands for Secure Access Service Edge, but as with most of these technologies, there’s more to it than that. Joining us this week to help our understanding of SASE is John Peterson, chief product officer at Ericom Software. We discuss the motivations for the industry’s move toward SASE, the potential pros and cons, as well as what kinds of businesses it is best suited for. In addition, John shares his views on leadership and what he looks for when hiring members of his team.
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