A couple of weeks ago at the G Data Summit in Bochum, Germany, I got a chance to talk to Dr. Thorsten Holz, CEO and Director of the Horst Gortz Institute of IT Security at Ruhr University.  Dr. Holz and I talk about the nature of training the next generation of security professionals and how things have changed in education over the last decade.  

It's interesting to hear that even with the huge increase in students that Dr. Holz is seeing, it's still not enough to meet with the needs of business in Germany.  I can't imagine that universities and colleges in other areas are seeing any less of a demand than he is.  

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-GData-Holz.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:58am PDT

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the G Data Summit in Bochum, Germany to take part in a celebration of G Data's 30th anniversary.  Being the oldest anti-virus company in the world is a little something for them to crow about.  

During the event, I got a chance to interview Walter Schuman, G Data's CSO.  Unluckily, CSO doesn't mean Chief Security Officer, it means Chief Sales Officer.  But Walter and I had a good conversation about what security means to his customers, why protecting customer's privacy is important to a business like G Data's and explored a little of the political landscape of the world and what it means to someone selling security products.

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-GData-Schuman.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:28am PDT

I wish it hadn't taken me so long to find the time to edit this podcast, because this interview with Jen Ellis (@infosecjen on Twitter) is pretty good, no thanks to me.  Jen Ellis had given a talk earlier in the week and Chris John Riley and I finally managed to track her down to the press room at Defcon.  We talk about what the legal system in the US means to researchers and hackers, how the system is flawed and what steps we should be taking to influence future legal measures. Jen also gives Chris and I a little background into the Wassenaar Arrangement and what it could mean to researchers internationally.

Direct download: LHSMicrocast-BHDC2015-JenEllis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:04am PDT

I sat down for a few minutes at Black Hat to talk to Jeff Williams, the Chief Technology Officer of Contrast Security.  We spent a little time reviewing his past, which includes penning the OWASP Top 10 we all know and love, as well as talking about the work he does in application security now.  

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-BH2015-Williams.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:41am PDT

I was able to catch up with Keren Elazari at Black Hat.  We talked about her presentation at BSides (Hack the Future) and what it means to us as security professionals.  Keren highlights how bits are controlling atoms more and more every day and how the next 20 years are going to make the changes of the last 20 look like child's play.  

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-BH2015-Elazari.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:32am PDT

I had a chance to catch up with my friend, Jason E. Street at Black Hat in order to talk to him about a few of the projects he has going on.  In addition to full time employment he's an author, he's working to revitalize Defcon Groups and he's helping to publicize the efforts by hackers at Def Con to donate blood every year.  Busy guy.

Dissecting the Hack:  The V3rb0t3n Network

Defcon Groups

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-BH2015-Street.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

I got to catch up with Paul Kurtz, CEO of TruSTAR Technology and former advisor to the White House on cybersecurity.  Paul and I talk about his work under a President and a President Elect, information sharing and the OPM hack.  This was one of the more interesting interviews I did at Black Hat, at least for me.  Hope you enjoy it too.

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-BH2015-Kurtz.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

I sat down for a few minutes to talk to Dr. Engin Kirda, Chief Architect at Lastline and professor at Northeastern University in Boston.  We discussed the next generation of security professionals and his BH talk about the sophistication (or lack thereof) in modern ransomeware.  

Direct download: NSPMicrocast-BH2015-Kirda.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08am PDT

I got a chance to talk to Mike Walls, Edgewave's Director of Cyber Operations and ex-Navy pilot on the floor of the RSA conference.  I chose Edgewave to talk to specifically because of their marketing material and the number of buzzwords they used to discribe themselves.  Mike does a fair job of defending and refining their meaning as well as highlighting some of the differences he sees between private sector and DoD incident responders.  Still, he uses 'cyber' a lot, one of the tells that he really did work in government.  

Direct download: NSP-RSA2015-MikeWalls.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:41am PDT

I got a chance to sit down with Jason Straight, SVP and Chief Privacy Officer.  Jason works on the legal side of security, meaning as a lawyer, not law enforcement.  The conversation covers international legal concerns, privacy and communicating with your own legal counsel, just to mention a few of the topics.

The interview was recorded in a busy tea house and I've done my best to remove as much of the noise as possible.  

Direct download: NSP-RSA2015-JasonStraight.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:31am PDT





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