Cyber Work Podcast

Join us in the fight against cybercrime with weekly conversations about cybersecurity skills, jobs and industry trends.

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Previous Cyber Work episodes

Cryptography careers and IoT vulnerabilities

Ted Shorter, CTO and Co-founder of Keyfactor, and Cyber Work host Chris Sienko discuss a research report published by Keyfactor in December showing that many of the IoT and network devices in use today are leveraging weak digital certificates, potentially exposing them to attack.

Ted is going to talk about the report, the danger of so-called “predictable randomness,” the raw work of cryptography in keeping devices like these safe, the importance of building security into their devices during design and development, and some career advice for those who might like a career in cryptography.

Ted Shorter is the chief technology officer and co-founder at Keyfactor. Ted has worked in the security arena for over 20 years, in the fields of cryptography, application security, authentication and authorization services, and software vulnerability analysis. His past experience includes 10 years at the National Security Agency, a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University and an active CISSP certification.

As a computer scientist and team lead at NSA, Ted briefed high-level government officials, including Presidential advisors and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Ted also served as lead software developer on a contract with the Department of Defense to integrate Biometric authentication with the DoD Common Access Card program. He lives in Akron, Ohio with his wife and two sons. Ted is an accomplished musician and played in a rock band for a number of years in Baltimore, MD. He is a passionate sports fan, and actively follows baseball, football and various forms of auto racing.

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How to keep your cybersecurity knowledge fresh

Robert McMillen, an Infosec Skills course creator and cybersecurity consultant, discusses his early experiences as an IT consultant, the perpetual changes of the IT career landscape, his work with IT course creation, and tips on how to keep your cybersecurity and IT skills fresh and employable.

Robert McMillen is the past President and founder of All Tech 1, LLC., a Portland, Oregon-based network consulting company. In 2017, the company was sold to Blackpoint-IT Consulting based out of Seattle.

Some of his higher profile jobs have been restoring email for the government to prosecute Enron executives, training the network vulnerability assessment team for the U.S. Army, and performing wireless security auditing for the State of Washington. The NSA also requested an interview, but he decided he had enough people looking over his shoulder for now.

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Teach yourself cybersecurity with skills-based education

Infosec Skills is kind of a big deal. The interactive learning platform boasts 500+ cybersecurity courses featuring cloud-hosted cyber-ranges, hands-on projects, customizable certification practice exams, skill assessments and other features. John Wagnon, Senior Solution Developer at F5 Networks, is a course creator for Infosec Skills and has created an informative and in-depth study of the OWASP Top 10 list. John and Cyber Work host Chris Sienko talk about skills-based education, in-demand job skills, learning programming on your own and, of course, the OWASP Top 10.

John is a Senior Solution Developer for F5 Network’s DevCentral technical community. In this role, he helps analyze and solve complex problems for F5 users all over the world. He frequently writes articles and records videos that are featured on the DevCentral website. Prior to his work at F5, John was a Communications Officer in the U.S. Air Force where he specialized in ground and satellite networks. After leaving the Air Force, he worked for a technology consulting firm where he analyzed cyber-attacks against US Department of Defense computer systems and networks. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Networks.

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Digital forensics and incident response: Is it the career for you?

From fraud to extortion to intellectual property theft, new cybercrimes are being committed daily. Digital forensics and incident response (DFIR) professionals help piece together those crimes so that organizations can better protect themselves — and the bad guys get prosecuted.

This episode of the Cyber Work podcast is a rebroadcast of a webinar featuring Cindy Murphy, President at Gillware Digital Forensics. In this podcast, you’ll get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be a DFIR professional from someone with more than 25 years in the field and learn practical information on how to kickstart a career in DFIR.

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Election Security issues for 2020

Adam Darrah, Director of Intelligence at Vigilante ATI and an expert on Eurasian political machinations, specifically about Russia and disinformation campaigns, and Cyber Work podcast host Chris Sienko discuss foreign vote tampering and all other election security concerns for 2020.

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The rise of insider cybersecurity threats

Irena Mroz, VP and Co-founder of Nucleus Cyber, and Cyber Work podcast host Chris Sienko discuss all things internal threats, from intentional and malicious attacks to poor employee practices and awareness.

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About the Cyber Work Podcast

Knowledge is your best defense against cybercrime. Each week on Cyber Work, host Chris Sienko sits down with a new industry thought leader to discuss the latest cybersecurity trends — and how those trends are affecting the work of infosec professionals. Together we’ll empower everyone with the knowledge to stay one step ahead of the bad guys.

Chris Sienko

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