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Defense Digital Service Acting Director Katie Olson heads up a team of about 80 technologists working on some of the toughest challenges facing the U.S. Department of Defense. Since Katie started leading the team, often called the Pentagon’s “SWAT team of nerds," it has increasingly focused on the threat from drones, cybersecurity risks in space and the consequences of climate change. In this episode, Katie talks about this cutting-edge work, how DDS helped the Pentagon reduce the impact of COVID-19 and what big issues her team will tackle next.
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Earlier this year, the Electronic Frontier Foundation named Matt Mitchell, founder of CryptoHarlem, one of its 2021 Pioneer Award winners for his groundbreaking work to protect Black communities from surveillance. In this episode, Matt talks about what sparked his decision to apply his hacking skills to social justice causes and how that led to his role today as a Technology Fellow for the BUILD program at the Ford Foundation. Matt also discusses what Twitch can do to safeguard creators and the steps anyone can take to better protect themselves online.
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Alyssa Miller, Business Information Security Officer at S&P Global Ratings and author of the forthcoming book, “Cyber Defenders' Career Guide, is one of the most provocative, unfiltered and interesting voices in the cybersecurity community. She’s essential reading on infosec Twitter and a regular draw at conferences around the world. In this episode, she dives into all sorts of issues in the cybersecurity community, from incoherent job postings to a lack of diversity—she covers it all. Tune in to find out how you can best address these problems and also learn how to reach out of your comfort zone and forge your own path to success.
In this episode, Stephanie Wong, head of Google Cloud Developer Engagement, explores Google’s security culture, why it conducts “blameless” postmortems after security testing and how it’s working to dispel lingering misconceptions about the cloud. She also talks about her journey in Silicon Valley and how her experiences winning pageants such as Miss Asian North America 2020 helped her become one of today’s most visible technology content gurus.
In this episode, Cory Doctorow, activist, journalist and author who wrote the influential Little Brother cyberpunk series, gets into some big issues like surveillance capitalism and his work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He doesn’t hold anything back.
In this episode, Nick Merrill, a research fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, makes a cybersecurity case for nationalizing major CDNs such as Cloudflare, issues some pretty stark warnings about the dangers of machine learning and digs into why stereotypical images of hackers in hoodies doesn’t help anyone. His viewpoints are sobering if not controversial and worth listening to for anyone who cares about the future of the global internet.
Ryan Rutan has worked in tech support, as a computer repairman, application developer, software engineer, entrepreneur and head of community… and most recently, fiction writer. Listen to this episode to hear what inspired Fork This Life, a novel that follows the life of a teenager growing up with the early internet of the 90s who eventually gets into hacking, and how it relates to today’s cybersecurity challenges.
In this episode, Lauren Bean Buitta, founder & CEO of Girl Security, discusses the importance of supporting, encouraging and training girls for careers in cybersecurity. She gets into why it's so critical to create — and protect — pathways for young women in order to build a more diverse industry, and why that really matters when it comes to making tough national security decisions that affect the entire population. She also describes her journey into security, and what led her to start Girl Security in the first place.
In this episode, author, hacker, entrepreneur and content creator Alissa Knight reveals her journey from “bullied computer nerd” to federal cybersecurity contractor to famed car hacker. She gets real about the risk of APIs, offers up some must-hear advice for anyone getting into cybersecurity and delivers candid views about the infosec industry as a whole.
In our first episode, security experts and authors Sarah Freeman and Andy Bochman discuss today’s cyberthreat to utilities, debunk myths about taking down the entire grid and explain just how significantly the 2015 Ukraine power grid hack shifted everyone’s thinking when it comes to protecting critical infrastructure.