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On WE’RE IN!, you’ll hear from newsmakers, hackers, big thinkers, innovators and the pioneers around the world doing the hard work to fix today’s cybersecurity crisis. They’ll share their strategies, tactics and solutions for the tough problems and disclose insights from the cutting edge of the industry and across the entire cybersecurity landscape.

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Episode 6: “It’s so important that we build safeguards against our own frailty.”

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.

  • Hear from one of the smartest and most engaged technologists today on how technology can be used both for malicious purposes or for good.
  • Consider how bias can be built into code and have real-world implications.
  • Listen to Cory’s view on tech monopolies and his proposals for reversing their power over users and the internet more broadly.
  • Better understand why independent security research might seem counterintuitive to many people.
  • Hear the author of one most influential cyberpunk series discuss the origins of his latest book, Attack Surface.
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Episode 5: “I would nationalize Cloudflare. I would make it a national publicly run utility company.”

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.

  • Get a fresh perspective on some of the biggest risks to the global web: unchecked algorithmic bias, the risk of attacks on massive CDNs and the growing internet fragmentation.
  • Consider some of the boldest ideas from one of the sharpest thinkers when it comes to how policymakers can make fundamental changes to protect the internet.
  • Hear Nick’s take on why art matters in cybersecurity -- and why stereotypical images of hackers in hoodies harm the public’s perceptions of information security.
  • Learn more about Fairness, Accountability and Transparency in Machine Learning and the growing movement to look more critically at the hidden algorithms that control the internet and much of technology today.
  • Consider how ransomware takedowns and other large-scale cyberattacks such as Colonial Pipeline erode public trust in technology.
  • Get a better understanding of why diversity in the cybersecurity industry matters when it comes to identifying real-world threats.
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Episode 4: Hacking the Novel: “I’m a technical person, therefore I create.”

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.

  • Get the inside story of how working in tech support informed Ryan’s career in cybersecurity.
  • Nerd out on nostalgia about the nineties tech scene.
  • Pick up tips for developing your creative voice.
  • Get tips for how you can help spread a culture of good security hygiene.
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Episode 3: “Everyone's identity has a place in a discussion about national security.”

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.

  • Better understand the value of gender diversity in cybersecurity.
  • Learn how to create trauma-informed programming that builds trust and understanding.
  • Discover how you can help develop new pathways for underrepresented cybersecurity talent.
  • Hear Lauren’s take on how identity can inform security decisions.
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Episode 2: “We — as defenders — need to know how to secure APIs.”

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.

  • Get inside the head of one of the most provocative and interesting cybersecurity influencers today.
  • Hear about her work with federal agencies to help secure the future of transportation.
  • Learn more about the urgent need for better Application Programming Interface (API) security.
  • Get new insights into the growing threat to health care organizations and financial institutions.
  • Hear Alissa’s take on how cybersecurity companies can improve their approach to content and marketing.
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Episode 1: “There is no ‘Take down the whole US grid’”

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.

  • Hackers are targeting critical infrastructure and there’s an urgent need for smarter cybersecurity defenses to protect Operational Technology
  • Learn three essential practices that every utility operator should deploy to defend against attacks
  • Get the real story about the threat to the grid without the sensational hype. No, there is no such thing as “taking down the whole US grid.”
  • Why this is the “golden age” for cyberattacks.
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