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Episode 175 - Deep into the Attacking Mindset with Maxie Reynolds

Episode 175 - Deep into the Attacking Mindset with Maxie Reynolds

October 11, 2021

Maxie Reynolds is the author of The Art of Attack, subsea engineer and R.O.V. Pilot with an interesting perspective on offense. She is an expert in understanding the mindset of an attacker and using that to mold a communicative, responsive group of blue and red professionals in the constantly-evolving cyber security playground. Join Chris, Ron and Maxie as they dive into why shifting your mindset could be the determinant for understanding an attacker's motives and next moves.

Key Takeaways:

03:15 Bio

07:30 Same attacker mindset, just a different application

09:36 The mindset of an attacker; molding and shifting perspective

11:10 Encouraging curiosity - diving deep in Maxie’s past

14:22 Challenges with writing a book

17:50 Future predictions in cyber security

23:23 Why underwater?

26:38 The importance of observation and how to do it well

29:25 Defense should know about offense

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Episode 174 - Don‘t Do It For The Grammys with Tre Nagella

Episode 174 - Don‘t Do It For The Grammys with Tre Nagella

October 7, 2021

Tre Nagella is a 3x grammy award-winning studio engineer, record mixer and music producer. With decades of experience in music, he started his studio in Dallas, Texas and has flourished as a craftsperson and leader. Serving clients like Kirk Franklin, Christina Aguilera, and contributing to several blockbusters, such as “The Hate You Give” and “Hidden Figures”, Tre knows a thing or two about what it takes to become a skilled craftsperson. Listen as Tre, Chris and Ron present a masterclass in all things art.

Key Takeaways:

02:47 Bio

04:20 The choice inn music- what was the reason? How did you do it?

07:35 Patience, humility and learning

08:30 Finding your own flow and following no rules

10:54 Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg…..Kanye?!

14:00 Security & Music; Keeping up with the times

16:52 Passion + discipline = success

19:54 You don’t have to motivate passionate people

21:40 Get in touch with Tre!

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Episode 173 - Laughing your Cyber Off with Ian Murphy

Episode 173 - Laughing your Cyber Off with Ian Murphy

October 5, 2021

This week, join Ron and Chris as they sit down for a raw conversation with Ian Murphy. Ian is a game-changing pioneer in cyber training resourcing, adding spice to a dull, outdated training market. His company, CyberOff, is the “antidote for dull cyber training.” The three dive deep into topics like comedy, creating and sourcing content, being vulnerable and the reason for it all.

 

Key Takeaways:

 

02:44 This is Rock n’ Roll

 03:04 Bio

4:00 Content- where does it originate?

06:43 What is it like to be an entrepreneur in cyber?

08:20 Where does Ian draw the line?

11:55 What makes comedy? Chris and Ian deliberate

15:36 Working on vulnerability

17:23 Ian’s approach- Where did we go wrong in teaching?

20:31 The end goal

23:35 The most “popular” form 

28:09 Ian’s inspiration

 

 

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QuickQ: What the Heck is Going on with Ransomware?

QuickQ: What the Heck is Going on with Ransomware?

September 30, 2021

The average ransomware cost is $312,493. That number has increased 171% compared 2019. Why does it still work? What we have to do to stop it? How, in 2021, can a criminal organization have a customer service division? Yes, that’s right, customer service. Join Ron and Chris for this ransomware discussion. 

 

Note: After additional research we discovered that an investigation determined that the woman that lost her life, did not die due to the ransomware and would have perished regardless of the attack. 

 

Key Takeaways:

00:57 What is ransomware?

02:39 Who gets attacked?

04:53 Criminal service with customer service

07:43 The history of Ransomware

11:45 Immutable

14:40 Use 2-factor authentication!

16:32 Chris’ take on the future of ransomware

19:20 Ron’s future predictions

 

 

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Episode 171 - Resilient Mindset with Chris Hughes

Episode 171 - Resilient Mindset with Chris Hughes

September 28, 2021

Chris Hughes is the CISO and Co-Founder of Aquia and has nearly 20 years of Cyber/IT experience. He's an Air Force veteran as well as former Government civil service employee with the U.S. Navy and FedRAMP. Chris also teaches in two M.S. Cyber Programs at Capitol Technology University and UMGC. Chris is passionate about Cloud Security and is active with the Cloud Security Alliance and Cloud Native Computing Foundation and he also hosts a podcast called "Resilient Cyber".

Key Takeaways:

02:52 Bio

04:24 What motivates Chris?

06:03 Time management

07:24 Failing up – lessons learned

09:09 Habits and mindset

10:59 Chris’ podcast – Resilient Cyber

13:09 Branding & persona – using your vulnerability

15:07 Using your network

19:06 Stop waiting and start working harder

20:40 Maintaining authenticity

22:22 Input vs. Output

25:13 Talking Legacy

28:12 Being resilient

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Episode 170 - The Beauty of Cybersecurity with Grace Chi

Episode 170 - The Beauty of Cybersecurity with Grace Chi

September 21, 2021

Grace is Cofounder and COO of Pulsedive, a US-based threat intelligence startup. At Pulsedive, Grace works closely with defensive security (and in particular, cyber threat intelligence) teams to support the development of integrated intelligence capabilities and programs. Join Chris, Ron and Grace as they discuss transitioning into cyber, finding the right community to support your personality, and the beauty and purpose behind it all – as a creative in cybersecurity.

 

Key Takeaways:

01:46 Bio

02:46 Creativity & cyber

07:34 How does modeling help Grace’s career in cybersecurity? 

09:37 The beauty in cybersecurity

14:38 Making the transition with no experience

17:27 What’s the greater purpose? How do you mesh your personality into your career?

20:51 Grace’s ideas for continuing to level the playing field regarding transitioning into cyber

23:19 Humanity in cybersecurity

28:32 Understanding how to find the beauty in cyber

31:42 Get in touch with Grace Chi

 

 

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Episode 169 - Art, Science, and Nanotechnology with Dr. Bahijja Raimi-Abraham

Episode 169 - Art, Science, and Nanotechnology with Dr. Bahijja Raimi-Abraham

September 14, 2021

Among other things, Dr. Bahijja Raimi-Abraham is an award-winning researcher, lecturer and trailblazer in the world of nanotechnology. She also hosts a podcast called Monday Science, keeping listeners updated on the latest in tech, science, health and their relationship. She joins hosts Ron and Chris for a jam packed episode, where they cover nanotechnology, biohacking, the vast world of academia and much more. 

 

Key Takeaways:

02:30 Bio

04:52 The origin story: combining science and art

09:40 Nanotechnology: what’s the latest, and where is the science headed?

16:00 Biohacking?

18:00 How does nanotechnology communicate?

23:34 The path to Academia: how do you find yours?

29:45 A message to the multi-talanted; knowing yourself, your strengths and Identifying the need

33:30 Get in touch with Bahijja Raimi-Abraham

 

 

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Episode 168 - Asking the Right Cybersecurity Questions with Ganesh Pai

Episode 168 - Asking the Right Cybersecurity Questions with Ganesh Pai

September 9, 2021

Hacker Valley's Hosts, Ron and Chris are speaking with Ganesh Pai, the CEO and founder of Uptycs. What is it like to be an entrepreneur in the Cybersecurity field? While learning how Ganesh started Uptycs, learn of the techniques that he uses, such as asking the right questions and using different systems to further understand security software.

Key Takeaways:

01:42 Introducing Ganesh Pai. 

02:30 Learning Ganesh's Background and his journey in entrepreneurship.

06:20 The Query System. 

07:00 What is your professional Superpower? What time was that Evident? 

07:1 Understanding the technology, working and interacting with others in the field. 

10:45 Proactive and Reactive security. 

12:00 How to ask the right questions. 

14:10 Where does artificial intelligence play a part in Cyber Security.

19:00 Challenges Ganesh has faced in the workplace during COVID and the challenges and changes it poses.

20:20 Adapting to the evolving businesses and communities in a changing environment. 

24:00 Helpful Habits 

27:11 Last Advice

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Episode 167 - Fun Versus ”FUD” Security with Ashley Rose

Episode 167 - Fun Versus ”FUD” Security with Ashley Rose

September 7, 2021

In today's episode Ron and Chris talk to Living Security's CEO and Co-Founder Ashley Rose, speaking on breaking the mold in the workspace and how allowing your team to have fun with what they do will create a stronger, happier and healthier work environment. Tune in to find out why, and also to get a better understanding of why Living Security is a must-have resource. 

 

01:10 Listeners are introduced to the topic of today's episode

02:10 We meet Ashley Rose and discover her role in cybersecurity

04:30 Ashley's background before cybersecurity 

08:45 How she incorporated fun into training in the workplace 

16:37 Training based off of an individual's unique learning technique

19:52 How the brain activity reacts when having fun, and why that matters

24:00 Interactive learning styles to keep someone captivated

27:52 Ashley speaks on what inspires her and her team to maintain a fun, healthy and inclusive environment for everyone

32:28 Discussing how to get out of the FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt and to genuinely enjoy what you do. 

 

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Episode 166 - There is No Skills Gap with Andy Ellis

Episode 166 - There is No Skills Gap with Andy Ellis

August 31, 2021

Hosts Ron and Chris interview Andy Ellis, CISO for over two decades that recently started a startup. He is an operating partner at YL Ventures. Andy shares his perspective on whether there is really a skills gap or are we approaching this problem the wrong way?

 

0:57 – Intro 

2:19 – Bio

3:12 – Andy’s personality that puts him in unique situations to win awards 

4:29 – What other kind of things Andy experienced hacking in besides macro things

5:57 – The number one hack Andy did that spanned for a decade in his career

7:13 – Was Andy originally hired to do security for companies?

8:29 – Why Andy says there is no talent shortage

12:11 – If everyone started to go into security engineering team, would there be a gap to fill roles?

13:09 – Where did CISOS, managers, and recruiters go wrong in looking for security professionals?

19:55 – Andy’s number one tenet for leadership

22:42 –Andy’s philosophies on keeping the talent after investing on training programs, and having skills that can be used on other areas

24:49 – In what ways Andy is passing down knowledge

27:14 – Advice on the leadership journey that Andy gives to listeners

28::10 – Best ways to keep up with Andy

 

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