SSH Communications Founder Tatu Ylönen Speaks on IoT Security (Podcast)

SSH CommunicationsPreston and I had the rare honor of speaking with SSH Communications founder, Tatu Ylönen about IoT device security. For those of you who don’t know, Tatu Ylönen is the inventor and original programmer of the SSH protocol. There’s absolutely no one in the world more qualified to speak on security than Tatu.

Tatu YlönenHe single-handedly protected us all from plain text transmissions and essentially destroyed the old Telnet protocol for good. In this podcast, we discuss the importance of IoT security. IoT security has traditionally been ignored because the few devices that existed weren’t particularly vulnerable to hacking either because no one cared or no one had access to the hardware and software to do so. That’s no longer true. Everyone has access to exploitation tools and the time for focusing on a more secure IoT has arrived.

For IoT manufacturers, you should listen carefully to Tatu’s advice and insights. Some of these devices and networks carry high-value data, including possibly personal data and that needs to be protected.

Podcast details:

Length: 14:43 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

A special thanks to Tatu Ylönen and to the Nadel Phelan agency for connecting us.

The New NIST Password Guidelines with Absolute’s Richard Henderson (Podcast)

AbsolutePreston and I discussed the new NIST password guidelines with our regular guest, Richard Henderson of Absolute. In this podcast, we cover the guidelines and what they might mean to you, especially if you’re a web application developer. If you’re not a developer, you might still have an opinion as a user. The new guidelines are a very positive step forward for government agencies and for private ones as well. Password security has been taken for granted for too long but can no longer be ignored. Security experts can spout all the best practices that they can think of but those best practices are only good if they’re put into practice.

We also discuss the costs that might arise from retrofitting current applications vs. tackling the problem from the beginning. Richard has some very important insights to consider when going forward with these guidelines.

Podcast details.

Length: 28:20 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

What To Do in the First 48 Hours After a Breach with Absolute’s Richard Henderson (Podcast)

AbsoluteYou might remember Richard Henderson, Absolute’s Global Security Strategist from our March 21, 2017, podcast covering Enterprise Security Trends. Richard joins us again to discuss what to do after you discover a breach and why the first 48 hours are so important. You’ll also hear Preston and me disagree about first steps to take after you discover a breach.

In this podcast, Richard gives us an overview of how companies should handle breach announcements, responsibility for breaches, and his best advice for companies that have experienced a breach.

Podcast details:

Length: 20:31 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

We’re hoping that Richard will continue to join us on a regular basis to discuss timely security topics that affect you and your business operations. If you have questions that you’d like to have us ask Richard or any of our guests, please use the Contact Form and let us know. We’re also open to new show topics and guests.

IoT and Mobile Security with Zimperium CPO John Michelsen (Podcast)

ZimperiumIn this podcast, Preston, our guest John Michelsen, CPO of Zimperium, and I discuss mobile security and extrapolate what’s happening in that space to what’s happening, and about to happen, with IoT security. We touch on monitoring, general security, costs, and the bigger problem of security implementation on devices that until recently were used based on an “air of trust.”

April is our “Month of Preventing Surprises” and this podcast kicks off that topic for The SecurityNOW Show. How awkward would it be to move headlong into a large IoT implementation only to realize that someone has easily hacked your devices and siphoned off your data? Surprise!

Mobile security has come a long way in the past two years with the adoption of higher security measures from vendors and third parties, such as per-app VPN, two-factor authentication, and containerization. IoT vendors will have to step up and enable encryption, use multi-factor authentication, and wipe or brick devices that have been compromised or moved. The Internet of Things may very well be security’s biggest challenge yet, not only because of the sheer numbers of devices but also because of device diversity.

Preston, John, and I just touch the surface of these topics in this podcast but stay tuned for more from all three of us on IoT security.

Podcast details:

Length: 20:45 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

Licensed CC BY (2017)

Enterprise Security Trends with Absolute’s Richard Henderson (Podcast)

AbsolutePreston and I discussed security trends with Absolute‘s Global Security Strategist, Richard Henderson (@richsentme) on St. Patrick’s Day eve. Unfortunately, the whole thing took place via Skype rather than at Doolin’s. Hey, some people work for a living and can’t always get to the fun right away or even on the day after. 

Some of the topics covered by our broad swipe at enterprise security trends were two-factor authentication, advanced persistent threats, SSO, and insider threats. We also touched on Absolute’s strategy for protecting you, your applications, and your entire enterprise from security threats.

Richard is one of the best guests we’ve ever had on the show and we hope that he’ll return to discuss Absolute’s products in more depth and to discuss other timely security topics.

Podcast details:

Length: 23:46 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

Remember, our podcasts are licensed CC BY.

March 2017 Week 2 – Week in Review

Security LeaksThis week Preston and I discuss Wikileaks and the CIA hacks, personal privacy, Consumer Reports’ new reviews that cover security, and a few other current topics. Preston and I offer our opinions on these current topics. If yours differ from ours, please contact us for an interview. We interview C-level executives, industry experts, and security professionals. We have some really exciting interviews coming up in the next few weeks that you won’t want to miss.

Podcast details:

Length: 20:06 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

Stay tuned for our monthly topical podcast that covers Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning. That podcast will be available on March 15.

March 2017 Week 1 in Review (Podcast)

CybersecurityPreston and I got together to talk about March 1-5 2017. It wasn’t a full week but it was the first week of March, so we’re calling it good on that front. We discussed our podcast with Morey Haber of BeyondTrust and the worst breaches of 2016; current scams including the malware package that you can purchase for $400, well, the equivalent of $400 in Bitcoin that is; the current lack of fidelity in our awesome Oklahoma state’s cybersecurity website; the cybersecurity crisis as described by Symantec CEO Greg Clark; the fact that 39 percent of North Americans have been affected by cybersecurity breaches, and a few other topics of interest.

We also included some practical takeaways for you to use in meeting your own cybersecurity needs. Keeping yourself safe is more than just having a fancy password; it also means that you need to be vigilant in checking your surroundings when typing PINs, entering passwords into your phone or personal computer, and protecting your credit card information.

Complacency and negligence are the two biggest vulnerabilities in security. There’s this “air of trust” and there really shouldn’t be. You don’t have to be fully paranoid but a little paranoia and a lot of vigilance will help keep you safe–not only in the online world but also in the real world. For physical security, you should always be aware of your surroundings. Lock your doors, lock your windows, and have your key ready when you get to your door.

Podcast details:

Length: 17:36 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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