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Episode 189 - Head in the Cloud with Maurice Grose Jr.

Episode 189 - Head in the Cloud with Maurice Grose Jr.

November 23, 2021

Maurice Grose Jr. is an experienced Security Engineer with a background in military RF exploitation and detection, Unix/Linux administration and threat mitigation, and hardware/software integration engineering. Join Chris, Ron and Maurice to hear how a career after the military blossomed into a learning, engaging time of constant challenge and inspiration. 

 

Key Takeaways:

03:31Bio

07:29 What does legacy mean?

09:48 The appeal of cyber

12:10 Where do you draw inspiration from?

14:07 Does legacy experience help with cloud systems today?

17:42 A takeaway from Maurice’s military career

21:35 Advice for future leaders, getting kids involved

26:19 Future prediction in technology

27:59 Advice for anyone looking to go for the next step

 

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Episode 188 - Making Friends, Spies, and Traitors with James Lawler

Episode 188 - Making Friends, Spies, and Traitors with James Lawler

November 16, 2021

James Lawler serves as a national security consultant and is the Senior Partner at MDO Group, which provides Human Intelligence training to the Intelligence Community and the commercial sector focused on WMD, CI, technical and cyber issues.  Mr. Lawler is a noted speaker on the Insider Threat in government and industry. Prior to this, Mr. Lawler served for 25 years as a CIA operations officer in various international posts and as Chief of the Counterproliferation Division's Special Activities Unit.  Join Chris, Ron and James for a riveting audio journey through stories and experiences from the inside of the C.I.A.

 

Key Takeaways:

03:07 Bio

04:10 Finding a job after school – the CIA comes to campus

05:40 Clandestine Service

09:55 Can you start in two weeks?

12:40 A sociopath within lanes (laws)

14:00 Betraying company over country

17:37 Intensifying friendship development

19:54 Can you betray your country for $1k?

20:52 Why do people turn down a pitch?

27:53 Receiving overwhelming classified information

36:10 Book

40:05 Take away from Mr. Lawler

 

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Episode 187 - Keep Your &#%! Authentic with Samara Williams

Episode 187 - Keep Your &#%! Authentic with Samara Williams

November 12, 2021

Samara Williams is a Manager of Threat Operations at Cardinal Health, focused on proactive action and defense-in-depth improvement. She specializes in threat intelligence, vulnerability management, technical risk communications as well as program design and development. Chris, Ron and Samara go deep into what it takes to be your authentic self, standing strong for what you believe and being aggressive in your thoughts and actions.

 

Key Takeaways:

03:21 Bio

10:00 Ted talk: short, sweet and powerful

17:51 Knowing your superpower – Samara's? Authenticity

21:05 Being aggressive and using mentors & allies

25:26 Mentoring to help the future generation thrive

28:33 Advice for the person scared to be authentic

32:09 Get in touch

 

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Samara Williams: LInkedIn | Ted Talk | Twitter

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We Are Here Finale: A Case Study of DEI at CrowdStrike

We Are Here Finale: A Case Study of DEI at CrowdStrike

November 11, 2021

In the finale of We Are Here, Chris and Ron are joined by Emily Van Norden, branding and DE&I leader, and Nikki Thornton, Chief of Staff, both at CrowdStrike. The group talks about Diversity, equity and inclusion in this jam-packed episode. Emily and Nikki peel a layer off of the CrowdStrike brand to unveil a plethora of tips, tricks, and advice from their experience with people and standing up the DE&I function company-wide. 

 

Key Takeaways:

 

01:56 Bio – Nikki

02:48 Bio – Emily

04:58 The chronology of CrowdStrike

10:12 Standing up the DE&I program

15:44 From adversity comes opportunity

20:21 Executives promoting DE&I

23:23 The deeper meaning of DE&I and why it matters at CrowdStrike

34:25 Advice for new professionals; making allies

37:55 Get in touch

 

Links:

 

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Emily Van Norden: LinkedIn | Website

Nikki Thornton: LinkedIn 

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We Are Here Part 3: Allyship and Representation

We Are Here Part 3: Allyship and Representation

November 10, 2021

On this episode of We Are Here, Ron and Chris join Dave Zawdie and Nina Padavil, two members of the team believe, CrowdStrike’s employee resource group for black professionals. The group dives deep into representation and allyship and how we can use the past to change the future for the good of the industry and its people. 

 

Key Takeaways:

01:54: Nina – Bio

03:36 David – Bio

05:25 Role models and influencers

11:24 How can the majority help the minority in the future?

14:33 Mentoring and impacting the future

17:38 Setbacks and advice for a discouraged cyber security professional

20:26 Committing to being an ally to another

22:52 The future of DE&I and how we contribute 

25:14 Get in touch

 

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We Are Here Part 2: A Tech Titans Roundtable

We Are Here Part 2: A Tech Titans Roundtable

November 9, 2021

In this whopper of an episode, Chris and Ron join the panel again to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion. The panel includes Marianne Budnik, CMO at CrowdStrike, Shawn Henry, CSO at CrowdStrike, powerhouse educator and influencer Olivia Herriford, and MK Palmore, Director with the CISO division at Google. Stay tuned for a masterclass in DE&I, how they differ and how we can keep pushing the ball forward. 

 

Key Takeaways:

01:53 Bio- Marianne Budnik

02:34 Bio- MK Palmore

03:36 Bio- Olivia Herriford

04:53 Bio- Shawn Henry

06:20 The panel discusses their first interest in diversity

21:36 Equity & Inclusion- how is it different, and what are some ways to incorporate them?

32:25 Finding influence from all types of people

37:12 Planning for DE&I

41:23 Advice to the people who strive to make a difference

59:20 Get in touch

 

Links:

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Marianne Budnik: Website | LinkedIn

Shawn Henry: Website | LinkedIn

Olivia Herriford: Website | LinkedIn

MK Palmore:  Twitter | LinkedIn

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We Are Here Season 2 Premiere with Minda Harts

We Are Here Season 2 Premiere with Minda Harts

November 8, 2021

Minda Harts is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company for women of color. On top of her impressive work resume, she is the award-winning and best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. Join Ron, Chris and Minda as they navigate through some of the toughest issues troubling our workplaces today.

 

Key Takeaways:

 

01:58 Bio

03:08 The last straw

05:53 Minda’s journey in writing & reflecting

07:50 Staying humble and making a real difference

10:25 Workplace trauma- What is it?

14:32 Advice for businesses opening back up

17:26 Being authentic at work

19:40 The new book – Right Within

25:46 Reminding people they have a voice

28:24 Get in touch with Minda

 

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Hacker Valley Red is Back! Episode 1 Sample

Hacker Valley Red is Back! Episode 1 Sample

November 4, 2021

Follow the new channel here: https://hackervalley.com/show/hacker-valley-red/

 

Christopher Hadnagy is the founder and CEO of Social-Engineer, LLC. He created the world’s first social engineering framework, as well as hosted the first social engineering-based podcast. Chris is an adjunct professor of Social Engineering for an NSA Cyber School of excellence at University of Arizona. Chris is also a well-known author, having written five books on social engineering. Chris’ new book, “Human Hacking: Win Friends, Influence People and Leave Them Better Off for Having Met You”, released January 5, 2021. Join both Chris’ and Ron for an episode of self-analyzation, empathy and understanding.

 

Key Takeaways

02:52 Bio

06:20 Exploring the title of Chris’ book

08:40 What’s the difference between manipulation and influence?

10:36 A contract in a book. Why?

14:33 What books describe Chris?

 21:48 The importance of Empathy

26:48 The science 

30:57 Chris’ conference: The Human Behavior Conference

 

 

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Episode 181 - The Calling of Cyber with Jerich Beason

Episode 181 - The Calling of Cyber with Jerich Beason

November 2, 2021

Jerich Beason, SVP & CISO at Epiq, joins Chris and Ron to talk passion, purpose and how that plays a part in cyber. Jerich sits on panels, speaks at conferences and events & contributes to white papers and security articles. He also serves as a Board advisor to security startups. Jerich is currently the host of Epiq’s podcast, Cyberside Chats which has the mission of increasing knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity within the legal industry.

 

Key Takeaways:

 

02:50 Bio

03:48 Choosing an education in cyber

05:00 Origin story – why cyber?

09:58 Jerich touches on why some cyber veterans are discouraging newcomers

12:26 Inspiring the future generation

15:20 Talking passion & calling

17:17 A day in the life of Jerich

20:10 Avoiding burnout & fulfilling purpose

23:15 Zero-Trust

26:34 The future in security program building

 

 

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The Pod Pack feat. Allan Alford, Dave Bittner, Graham Cluley and Jack Rhysider

The Pod Pack feat. Allan Alford, Dave Bittner, Graham Cluley and Jack Rhysider

October 27, 2021

This week, we’re switching it up. We’ve invited a few friends and collogues to the studio to talk business. On the mics with Chris and Ron we have Dave Bittner from The CyberWire, Graham Cluley from Smashing Security, Jack Rhysider from Darknet Diaries, and our brother-in-arms, Allan Alford from The Cyber Ranch podcast. Want to see behind the scenes? This episode has you covered. Do you want to start a podcast? This is a master class. Get answers to questions that haunt all aspiring podcasters: What is good content and how do you keep coming up with it? What drives podcasters and why do they fail? Hear from seasoned veterans in this round table of podcasting wizardry.

In addition to this content, Hacker Valley has opted to donate cash to the non-profit of the guests’ choice. Please follow the links below to support these charities.

Key Takeaways:

03:12 Dave – Intro and podcasting history

04:54 Graham – Intro & podcasting history

07:08 Jack – Intro & podcasting history

09:31 Common misconceptions about podcasting

14:96 The most and least favorite part of podcasting

20:44 What does the word ‘podcast’ actually mean?

22:05 Horror stories and lessons learned

31:50 Allan Alford joins the show – Intro & podcasting history

32:50 What inspires you to podcast? What influences you?

37:19 Why being authentic is the only way

44:10 Questions from podcasters to podcasters

50:57 Realistic expectations & the drive

52:12 Stay in touch, and donate to charity!

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Dave Bittner: LinkedIn | Twitter | The Cyberwire | Donate to The Rotary Foundation

Graham Cluley: Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Smashing Security | Donate to Mencap

Jack Rhysider: Twitter | LinkedIn | Darknet Diaries | Donate to EFF

Allan Alford: LinkedIn | Twitter | Cyber Ranch | Donate to Black Girls Code

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