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The Cybersecurity Podcast

Cybersecurity is not just computers and digital processes. Whether it's the threat or the response, the most important, and most interesting, part of the story is the people behind the keyboard.That’s why we’re launching The Cybersecurity Podcast, a monthly program featuring key leaders and thinkers in this space. Our half-hour podcast will go beyond the headlines to discuss some of the most pressing issues and newest ideas in cybersecurity.

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Cybersecurity Business is Booming

With a diverse array of threats facing companies and governments around the world, what ideas will resonate with investors? On this episode of The Cybersecurity Podcast, we interviewed Sunil James, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist investing in information security for Bessemer Venture Partners. Also on this episode, podcast cohost Sara Sorcher from Passcode discusses her latest feature on 15 kids under 15 years old who are rising stars in cybersecurity and cohost Peter W. Singer from New America discusses his latest piece on the Atlantic, about how social media is changing modern warfare. Show notes: 15 under 15: Rising stars in cybersecurity, Passcode War goes viral: How social media is changing modern warfare, The Atlantic


28 Nov 2016

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The Coming ‘Bloodbath’ in Cybersecurity Business, Defending US Networks & Bad Hacker Stereotypes

Jack Harrington, vice president for cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon, joins The Cybersecurity Podcast to discuss the role the private sector can play in helping government improve its security, the Defense Department’s cyber strategy, and innovative technical solutions to bridge the vast talent gap in this field. Also joining New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher is Niloofar Razi Howe, senior vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at RSA, a leading computer and networking security company. They discuss the state of the cybersecurity market, what products and services to expect in the coming years, and how to change the public perception of cybersecurity to recruit a broader range of professionals to the field.


20 Apr 2016

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Cybersecurity in 2020, Hacking Ships, and the Price of Bugs

What will be the state of digital security in five and 10 years? That's the question Steve Weber, director of the University of California - Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and his team tried to tackle in a major research project. Weber joins The Cybersecurity Podcast to talk about the maybe not-so-far out possibilities that people may soon start to see insecurity as the status quo on the Web – and that with the spread of the Internet of Things even their emotions could soon be hacked. Podcast cohosts Peter Singer from New America and Sara Sorcher from Passcode, The Christian Science Monitor's section on digital security and privacy, discuss the cybersecurity highlight from their own work this past month. Singer explores the relatively unknown threats to the country's ports and ships – while Sorcher explains the sometimes-controversial process of deciding exactly how much a security flaw is worth in cash. 


26 May 2016

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The Encryption Wars and Privacy Shield

Former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden joins The Cybersecurity Podcast to talk about his new book, "Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror." Hayden – now a principal at The Chertoff Group – discusses the need to balance national security secrets and the public's right to government transparency, his reaction after Edward Snowden revealed details from mass surveillance programs he started, and why he's siding in favor of strong encryption for consumers.  Also joining New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher this episode is Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. They talk about "Privacy Shield," the new agreement governing transatlantic data flow agreement between the US and the EU. They also discuss why Europeans think America is the "Wild West" when it comes to privacy policies, what more companies can do to ensure they are respecting consumers' rights, and what's at stake for privacy with the burgeoning Internet of Things.


23 Feb 2016

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A 'Cyber Party' with John McAfee and the White House Cybersecurity Czar

For October's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, The Cybersecurity Podcast team is bringing you an hour-long special episode featuring White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel, and John McAfee, the security pioneer who just founded his own political party – the Cyber Party – and is running for President of the United States.  New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher chat with Mr. Daniel about the Obama administration's plans for sanctions to prevent online attacks, whether he's optimistic about the recent agreement between Washington and China to thwart cyberespionage, how the White House reacted to the massive Office of Personnel Management hack, and his push to increase the sharing of information between the government and private sector.  Mr. McAfee, the founder of the world's first commercial antivirus program, shares why he's running for President and some of his goals for the Oval Office, why he thinks we're at cyberwar with China, how cyberthreats have evolved since the time he started McAfee, why people's digital privacy is under attack, and who he thinks is the biggest badass in cybersecurity.  This episode is sponsored by Arizona State University. 


21 Oct 2015

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Hack the Toaster, Cyber National Guard & Why L0pht Didn't Shutter the Internet

Chris Wysopal a.k.a Weld Pond, chief technology officer of application security firm Veracode, joins The Cybersecurity Podcast to discuss the suspected cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid, ways to increase transparency about cybersecurity expertise at publicly-traded companies, and why the L0pht hacking collective he once belonged to didn't want to shut down the Internet back in the 1990s just to prove to senators it could. Also joining New America’s Peter Singer and Passcode’s Sara Sorcher is Chris Young, general manager of Intel Security. They talk about the unconventional cyberthreats emerging from the booming Internet of Things, the challenges posed by ransomware, and his ideas for a future Cyber National Guard.


14 Jan 2016

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Cyber Insurance, Safe Harbor 2.0, and the Human Capital Crisis

Angela McKay, who runs Microsoft's public policy work on cybersecurity, joins The Cybersecurity Podcast to talk about the importance of developing international norms for cyberspace, European privacy concerns, why she's disappointed women comprise only 10 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, and how Microsoft's own attitude – and reputation – for security has evolved over the years. New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher also chat with Elana Broitman, a shareholder in Greenbert Traurig, LLP.’s Government Law & Policy Practice and a former Defense Department official. They discuss the benefits of having cyber insurance, how the Pentagon should think about buying cybersecurity products and services, and bridging the trust gap between Washington and Silicon Valley. 


3 Dec 2015

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Hackers infiltrated Ukraine’s power grid. What’s next?

A massive power outage in December left more than 200,000 people in the dark in Western Ukraine. It was the first time a cyberattack successfully took down a portion of a country’s power grid. Rob Lee, cofounder of cybersecurity company Dragos Security and a former US Air Force Cyberoperations Officer, personally investigated the Ukraine hack. He joins the Cybersecurity Podcast to discuss how hackers took out Ukraine's electricity, what more can the US government and companies do to safeguard the American power grid, and the challenges researchers face when trying to test threats to critical infrastructure.    Also in this episode: Podcast host Peter Singer, senior strategist at New America, discusses innovative ways to get more kids involved in cybersecurity – and not just at university level. And his cohost Sara Sorcher, deputy editor of the Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode, explains the surprising findings in her recent article about what the US government really thinks about encryption.


20 Jun 2016

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Government Hacking v. Human Rights

It sounds like a dystopian sci-fi novel, but all around the world, governments are increasingly breaking into personal computers and smartphones to carry out spy operations. Amie Stepanovich, who specializes in cybersecurity and privacy law at digital rights group Access Now, joins the Cybersecurity Podcast to discuss her new report that looks at government hacking from a human rights perspective. She describes some of the digital methods governments use to surveil targets and whether some hacks are better or worse from a human rights standpoint.   Also on this episode, podcast cohosts Peter Singer from New America and Sara Sorcher from The Christian Science Monitor's Passcode discuss the role hacking has played in the American elections so far – and the challenges this kind of information warfare might pose well into the future. (Note: Amie's full report can be found at https://www.accessnow.org/GovernmentHackingDoc) 


7 Sep 2016

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Rise of the Machines and Deterring Russian Infowarfare

Thomas Rid, professor in the department of War Studies at King's College London, joins the Cybersecurity Podcast to talk about his new book, "Rise of the Machines," a sweeping history of mankind's growing dependence on technology. He also discusses the challenges of attributing cyberattacks and ways to deter Russian information warfare as hackers target American political interests.    Also on this episode, podcast cohost Sara Sorcher, deputy editor of Passcode at the Christian Science Monitor, discusses the emerging private etiquette questions as more people bring personal assistant technology such as Amazon's Alexa into their homes. Podcast cohost Peter Singer, strategist and senior fellow at New America, discusses his recent trip to Sweden, where officials are viewing cybersecurity threats in military terms.


11 Oct 2016

Rank #10