BigID CEO Dimitri Sirota Discusses GDPR (Podcast)

BigIDPreston and I had the pleasure of speaking with BigID CEO Dimitri Sirota about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what it means to American businesses. We discussed several topics surrounding compliance such as dealing with GDPR and EU businesses, costs of compliance, pain points, where to find more information, and some solutions.

The main point of GDPR is to give users control of their personal data. For one, GDPR requires explicit permission from the data owner to allow personal data to be used. GDPR also includes the right to be forgotten or erased, which is a big topic of discussion for Preston and me.

In the US, public records can be scraped by anyone with the money to pay for the service. If you don’t understand what I mean, open a browser and type in your name. Google will return a few dozen hits with links to companies that will sell all public information about you to scammers, thieves, blackmailers, and others who have less than savory intentions.

These sources have access to your home address, former addresses, family member names, ages, dates of birth, court cases, arrests, traffic violations, and much more. You’ll be shocked. I’ve attempted to remove myself from as many of these lists as possible because I feel it’s a violation of my privacy and of my right to privacy. The European Union (EU) agrees.

Podcast details:

Length: 25:44 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

I have to apologize for my sound quality. It only affected my microphone. My gain was too high. Preston and I didn’t discover the problem until after the interview, which is really too late to do anything about it. I tried to fix it but had little luck in doing so. We have since resolved the issue.

Enjoy and stay secure.

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.

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March 2017 – Cybersecurity Spring Cleaning Month

Cybersecurity Spring CleaningPreston and I discuss doing some cybersecurity spring cleaning. This podcast lists some areas of security you might not have considered while doing your spring cleaning–but you should. We cover software updates, public WiFi and its dangers, app security and private information, in-app purchases, saved credit card information, and webcam paranoia.

Don’t miss this important podcast that will help you prevent theft and protect your privacy.

Podcast details:

Length: 19:51 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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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.

Thanks for reading and for listening. Please give us feedback and any topics of interest or companies you’d like to hear about.

Week of February 20 – Current CyberSecurity Events Discussion

SHA1Preston and I cover the current cybersecurity threats, news, and issues from the week of February 20. We’re at the very cool and accommodating RoseRock Cafe here in Tulsa, where we enjoy a delicious lunch in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by good books and lively background conversation.

Today’s show was fueled by chicken nuggets, fried pickles, and Diet Dr. Pepper. The lunch of champion podcasters everywhere.

We cover Google’s recent unraveling of the SHA1 hash, the CloudFlare compromise, Facebook impersonation, Skype hacks, Steam hacks, two-factor authentication, and the Google Chrome font malware attack.

Podcast Details:

Length: 18:02 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences.

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Interview with Preston Smith (Podcast)

PasswordFebruary 1st is a special day for Preston and me, here at SecurityNOW. I interviewed Preston! That’s right. We returned to the very cool Rose Rock Cafe over on Mingo Road to have the famous Baconator burger and to record Preston’s first SecurityNOW interview, where he’s the interviewee. Find out about Preston’s background and what he thinks the biggest security issues are. Preston also gives you some tips on how to protect yourself in this world of growing cybersecurity threats.

The interview is short and sweet, just like Preston, but you’ll learn a lot from it. Preston discusses good passwords, bad passwords, LastPass, two-factor authentication, and some physical security tips as well. There’s a lot packed into this 15-minutes, so take good notes, there will be a test at the end.*

February is a very special month too. February is SecurityNOW’s month of best practices. We’re going to produce several podcasts that give you real-world advice on how to protect yourself from the bad guys without having to change your entire life. We try to help you make security easy yet effective.

Podcast details:

Length: 15:22 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G for all audiences. Background soundtrack: Rose Rock Cafe.

*Not really.