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Discover the unique, strange, and often hilarious stories behind what it takes to lead cybersecurity efforts in an organization. Developed by Cisco, Security Stories is an interview-based podcast full of insights from those who are carving a path in this weird and wonderful industry. Discover more at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/security/securitystories.html
 
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On today's episode we’re heading into the murky waters of online manipulation campaigns, and particularly how they’re used to try and influence political elections. To do that, we welcome back Theresa Payton, the first female CIO of the White House and author of 'Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth'. We also w…
 
Recorded Sept. 25, 2020 –Today is Nigel’s last episode as a regular host of BWT. Join us in wishing him a happy transition to his next chapter - as we all know, Nigel won’t ever actually retire. Today’s show is us chatting with Nigel - about his career and his take on the industry as he entered, and now as he moves on to whatever comes next. Every …
 
On today's episode, Hazel and Noureen are joined by Leticia Gammill, Cisco’s Channel leader for Canada and Latin America, and Matt Watchinski, Vice President of Cisco Talos. Together, we share our first hand experiences and stories on the impact of diversity in cybersecurity. There are some brilliant insights here about where companies can find div…
 
It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month! And you know what that means? It’s time to make everyone more aware! Since we all have that special someone in our lives who could use a refresher on internet hygenie, we figured it was time to talk about bringing up the topic of security to your friends and family who may not be as computer literate as…
 
In the first of four special episodes being released during the month of October, today's episode is all about cybersecurity careers. Hazel, Ben and Noureen are joined by guests Mitch Neff and Corien Vermaak, for a discussion on how we all got our starts in the cybersecurity industry. As it turns out, none of us took a conventional path! We also ta…
 
Jon doesn’t have any children. So he found someone who does — Beers with Talos’ own Craig Williams — to talk about remote learning. Children are back to school, and many of them are doing so online. Craig and Jon talk about DNS filters, parental controls, meeting passwords and more that are sure to help parents and teachers adjust to this new norma…
 
On today’s show we take several of the larger security myths that are often heard around things like patching vulnerabilities - specifically the notion that more patches indicate less secure software. We also talk about other “common knowledge”-esque bits of advice we’ve all often come across. We could do a whole episode on silver bullets that (spo…
 
Snort researcher and rule-writer Nick Mavis takes time out of his busy schedule to join us again this week. Nick recently published a research paper on the bevy of detection he wrote for Cobalt Strike, a tool attackers are increasingly using. Nick talks about his process of working on the paper, why Cobalt Strike has become so popular and what he l…
 
Today we chat to Chris Leach, senior CISO Advisor at Cisco. From his background as an accountant (which he hated!) to venturing into cybersecurity ("I had to learn to speak in bits and bytes, after only speaking in 1s and 0s"), he has a fascinating story to share. Chris also has some brilliant insights into how to be a great leader and role model f…
 
Disinformation is front and center right now. As disinformation efforts constantly increase, platforms struggle to contain the problem without giving the appearance of censuring or controlling all information present. A Talos research team recently published some findings on the building blocks of disinformation campaigns (available via link below)…
 
This week’s episode is actually an excerpt from our recently released roundtable on disinformation and American election security. This is a small part of our larger discussion on fake news, state-sponsored actors using fake social media accounts, and what can be done to combat the spread of disinformation. To see the whole thing, click here.…
 
We almost called this episode "Robocop 4: The future of security law enforcement", but we actually hope that movie happens so we didn't want to jinx it... But security law is our prime directive today, as on this episode we have an interview with Tanya Forsheit, partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz and co-chair of the firm's privacy & data secu…
 
The podcast team welcomes newcomer guests Nic Conroy and Zack McIntosh to discuss their experiences with the CCIE Security certification and the recent changes in the latest version 6 of the exam. They review study strategies for the practical exam, effective virtualization options, and how to emotionally cope with the challenges that come with tak…
 
Recorded August 14, 2020 –Let’s talk about FUD - it’s not enough to just say FUD sucks. Let’s talk about exactly how and why producers of FUD are garbage nightmare monster people. We also cover how they are actually damaging themselves, not just the people and organizations that buy their hype. We have rather strong opinions on this, so we invited …
 
Talos intakes a ridiculous amount of information every day. So how do we parse what is and isn’t important enough to share? In this episode of Talos Takes, Amy Henderson from our Threat Intelligence and Interdiction team talks about our information-sharing partnerships with both private and public entities. How do we disseminate important informati…
 
In a break from our usual format, today I wanted to bring you highlights of some of my favorite interviews with security leaders so far. There's a definite theme to the clips I've chosen - it's all about what we can do to help each other. There are ideas here about some of the things that we can do to make sure the cybersecurity industry becomes mo…
 
On this episode of Talos Takes, we talk all about attribution. Our guest, Martin Lee, recently co-authored a post on the hurdles government agencies and private researchers alike face when trying to place blame for a cyber attack. Martin talks about why we’re so obsessed with placing the blame, what false flags are and what helpful things can actua…
 
Recorded July 31, 2020 –This week in BWT land, we’re discussing hacktivism - from the unintended consequences to the tropes perpetuated by Hollywood. Regardless of the reason or cause, hacktivism often wields DDoS and web defacement as easily deployed tools. We discuss some instances where using code as a weapon without deeper understanding can hav…
 
Election security is right up there as one of the most important discussions of our lifetime. To quote fictional president Dr Josiah Bartlet, "Decisions are made by those who show up" and so protecting people's right to show up and be heard, is fundamental. That's what this episode is all about. We have Matt Olney, Director of Talos Threat intellig…
 
Recorded July 17, 2020 –The gang’s all back this week, and we take on what happens when you get pwnd, hacked, or your data is leaked. It happens to all of us eventually, one quick moment connecting to public wifi, clicking on a bad link when you just aren’t paying enough attention, or your account data is leaked through no real fault of your own. S…
 
There are so many options now for basic web browsing. There are ad-blocking plugins, privacy browsers, incognito mode, password managers — but for the average user, this can be a lot to keep up with. In this episode of Talos Takes, we dissect all these options and talk about what your best options are to keep your information safe while doing some …
 
We're joined this week by Quentyn Taylor, CISO for Canon Europe. Odds are that you might have had your hands on a Canon camera or printer at one point in your life, and if you’ve ever had a security related query about their products in Europe, it’s Quentyn’s team who you would have spoken to. That's because as well as protecting Canon, the cyberse…
 
Nigel is out this week, but we have a couple light and breezy topics on the docket: 0-day research and the institutions of democracy. FUN STUFF!! First, we chat about 0-day research tools and the questions raised around them, contrasted to the time before security research was widely accepted. We spend the last half of the show discussing some of t…
 
In this episode we chat to Andy Ellis, who, on the very day we interviewed him, was celebrating his 20th anniversary as the Chief Security Officer for Akamai. We cover many topics - from taking down the "booth babe" culture at RSA, to fighting for more representation and diversity on cyber panels, to how he eliminated the password at his organizati…
 
Honeypots are an important part of threat research and detection. In this episode of Talos Takes, we talk to Christopher Evans, who is our resident honeypot expert at Talos. Chris talks about how he uses them every day, why they’re important to Talos’ overall mission and balancing the use of them with the potential for making attackers smarter.…
 
Has it been 3 years already? We have a great episode to celebrate! We start off chatting about the origins of BWT and what made it… I don’t know… the way that it is. We also have some great guests. Hazel and Ben from the Security Stories podcast come by to talk about another anniversary of note to all of us - NotPetya. We also chat about what makes…
 
Recorded June 5, 2020 –Prod. Note: Things are a hot mess right now and the team thinks that there are voices you have needed to hear more than ours, so we held back on releasing a few episodes. This is the last of those withheld eps, please pardon any weeks-old info. Be safe, be kind, and listen to each other. Black lives matter. This was a difficu…
 
This episode of Security Stories is a little different from usual, but for good reason! With the help of some very special guests, we take a comprehensive look back at the Not Petya cyber attack, the Sandworm hackers, and the context behind this act of cyber warfare. First to join us is Noureen Njoroge, a senior cybersecurity engineer and threat in…
 
Recorded May 29, 2020 – Prod. Note: Things are a hot mess right now and the team thinks that there are voices you have needed to hear more than ours, so we held back on releasing a few episodes. We are releasing those now, please pardon any weeks-old info. Be safe, be kind, and listen to each other. Black lives matter. This is the last of the In-Be…
 
The dark web sounds scary — and it is. But what exactly does this dark web consist of? Despite what the name may suggest, it’s actually not people selling organs or stolen video games that happened to fall off the back of a truck. But what is actually on these forums? Azim Khodjibaev joins Jon Munshaw this week to discuss his experience with the da…
 
Recorded May 26, 2020 – Prod. Note: Things are a hot mess right now and the team thinks that there are voices you have needed to hear more than ours, so we held back on releasing a few episodes. We are releasing those now, please pardon any weeks-old info. Be safe, be kind, and listen to each other. Black lives matter. You, our audience, have asked…
 
In this episode we meet Marene Allison, Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer at Johnson & Johnson. We talk about her life journey, from graduating from West Point Military Academy in the first class to include women, to then becoming a special agent in the FBI in undercover drug and counterterrorism operations, to how she’s built a…
 
Recorded May 15, 2020 –Prod. Note: Things are a hot mess right now and the team thinks that there are voices you have needed to hear more than ours, so we held back on releasing a few episodes. We are releasing those now, please pardon any weeks-old info. Be safe, be kind, and listen to each other. Black lives matter. Sammi (inexplicably) continues…
 
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