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PODCAST: RSA Conference 2017

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Another year, another wave of security incidents and threat models to keep the cybersecurity industry busy. So there was plenty to discuss and share as the InfoSec community flocked to San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference last month.

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A view from the escalator as I descend into the bowels of RSAC 2017.

As always, the latest trends in the industry were addressed. Large data breaches, quickly growing threat models, security education, political hacking, and the risks posed by the Internet of Things were common threads throughout many of the keynotes, sessions, workshops, expos, and general chatter among attendees.

RSAC has more of a trade show feel compared to other security conferences so I’ve learned over the years that it’s best to approach the conference as an opportunity to meet and network with industry experts. This year I spent less time attending the talks and more time meeting with the players in the industry who are there to make deals and form partnerships.

However, I did catch several enlightening talks and panel discussions featuring the likes of ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame, security guru Bruce Schneier, researcher Rob Graham, people-security expert Masha Sedova, and security consultant Jeff Carr. Also enjoyed the entertaining keynotes by Late Night host Seth Meyers and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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CHECK OUT ROB GRAHAM’S TALK ON MIRAI AND IoT BOTNETS HERE!

Throughout the week I was lucky to catch up with several industry professionals representing some of the top tier firms in the cybersecurity sector who shared their take on the challenges and trends facing cybersecurity firms, their clients, and end users.

This episode of the podcast features interviews collected at RSAC 2017.

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Dave Lewis – Akamai

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Rob Graham – Errata Security

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Donald Meyer – Check Point Software

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Dario Forte – DFLabs

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Scott Bollinger – Security Researcher

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Jeffrey Carr

Jeffrey Carr – 20K League

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PODCAST: Twitter, Snowden and Privacy

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This episode breaks down last week’s online Q & A between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and infamous NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden on Periscope. The event, promoted by the organizers of the campaign Pardon Snowden, featured a lengthy discussion on privacy and the role of social media in sharing user data with law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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Jacob Young – who submitted a question to Snowden and had it answered, sorta.

The event also included questions from Twitter users. Jacob Young, a software engineer and privacy advocate, was one of the lucky users who submitted a question and had it answered by Snowden during the event. Jacob joins the podcast to give his reaction to Snowden’s answer to his question and also shares his thoughts on mass surveillance, privacy and more.

If you are curious about the Snowden Q&A in question and want to view the event in it’s entirety, here’s a link to the Periscope video: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1vOxwgnXeYLxB

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PODCAST: Jon Nichols

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Jon Nichols

Jon aka “@wvualphasoldier” is a security researcher, consultant, policy advisor and former US military PSYOP soldier. He served on and off the battlefield in Iraq and Afghanistan. We discuss the recent Shadow Brokers auctioning of computer network exploits which are alleged to have been stolen from NSA linked security firm, Equation Group.

TOPICS INCLUDE: Shadow Brokers, Equation Group, NSA, PSYOP, atmospherics, military intelligence, deception operations, propaganda, patriot hackers, The Jester, ISIS, Junaid Hussain (aka TriCk), Edward Snowden, Zipa Dux, insider threat vs. outside attacker theories, attribution, @thegrugq, Takashi Shimura, Rashomon and more!

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