About the show

Security Conversations covers the business of cybersecurity, from the lens of veteran journalist and storyteller Ryan Naraine. Thoughtful conversations with security practitioners on threat intelligence, zero trust, securing cloud deployments, penetration testing, bug bounties, advancements in offensive research and targeted malware espionage activity.

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  • Intel's Venky Venkateswaran on hardware-enabled security

    September 9th, 2021  |  35 mins 20 secs

    Venky Venkateswaran works on client security and roadmap planning at Intel Corp. On this episode of the podcast, Venky joins Ryan to talk about a reported surge in firmware attacks, Intel's ongoing investments in cybersecurity, the importance of transparency and open documentation, and the company's push to fight ransomware with its flagship TDT (Threat Detection Technology).

  • Sounil Yu on SBOMs, software supply chain security

    July 13th, 2021  |  48 mins 26 secs
    open-source, sbom, supply chain

    Episode sponsored by SecurityWeek.com

    JupiterOne CISO Sounil Yu joins the show to sift through the noise and explain the value of SBOMs (software bill of materials), the U.S. government's response to software supply chain security gaps, and what every buyer and seller should be doing to prepare for major changes in the ecosystem.

  • Algirde Pipikaite, Centre for Cybersecurity, World Economic Forum

    July 6th, 2021  |  40 mins 2 secs
    ciso, davos, risk management

    Episode sponsored by MongoDB.com.

    Algirde Pipikaite, the project lead of the Governance and Policy team at the Center for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum, joins the podcast to discuss her work to bridge the gap between cybersecurity experts and decision makers. We chat about communicating risk to different audiences, cybersecurity as a business enabler, and the need for more global private-public collaboration.
    Algirde Pipikaite, the project lead of the Governance and Policy team at the Center for Cybersecurity at the World Economic Forum, joins the podcast to discuss her work to bridge the gap between cybersecurity experts and decision makers at the highest levels to reinforce the importance of cybersecurity as a key strategic priority.

  • Josh Schwartz on red-teaming and proactive security engineering

    June 18th, 2021  |  37 mins 57 secs
    blue team, red-team, verizon yahoo

    Josh Schwartz, aka FuzzyNop, oversees offensive security, product engineering, and security engagement functions at Verizon Media (soon to be Yahoo). He shares insights on red-teaming, overcoming the adversarial relationship between red/blue teams. chasing the "feeling" of being secure, and why there's a need for more empathy in cybersecurity.

    (Episode sponsored by Eclypsium)

  • Michael Laventure, threat detection and response, Netflix

    June 10th, 2021  |  30 mins 32 secs
    supply chain, threat-hunting, threat-intel

    Netflix threat detection and response practitioner Michael Laventure joins the show to talk about a simple goal to "do security better." We discuss a transition from .gov security work to the fast pace of Silicon Valley, the culture clashes that can make life difficult, the value of threat-intelligence to a modern security program, and why we should all be optimistic about the future of cybersecurity.

  • Google's Heather Adkins on defenders playing the long game

    May 26th, 2021  |  38 mins 47 secs
    chrome, google, zero-trust

    Founding-member of the Google security team Heather Adkins joins the conversation to stress the importance of defenders playing the "long-game," the need for meaningful culture-change among security leaders, the expansion of zero-trust beyond identities and devices, and some thoughts on the future of electronic voting.

  • Collin Greene, head of product security, Facebook

    May 25th, 2021  |  1 hr 1 min
    bug bounties, facebook, pen-testing, product security, security assessments, web app security

    Facebook product security leader Collin Greene joins the show to discuss philosophies around securing code at scale, the pros and cons of relying on bug-bounty programs, the humbling lessons from being on the wrong side of a malicious hack, and why "shift-left" should be the priority for every defender.

  • Alex Matrosov on the state of security at the firmware layer

    May 23rd, 2021  |  58 mins 32 secs

    Former head of offensive security research at NVIDIA Alex Matrosov joins the show to talk about the state of security at the firmware layer, the need for specialized reverse engineering skills, the limits of bug-bounty programs for hardware research, and the future of advanced malware analysis.

  • Charles Nwatu, Security Technology & Risk, Netflix

    May 11th, 2021  |  30 mins 25 secs
    compliance, privacy, risk management, security

    Charles Nwatu is an engineering manager in Netflix's Security, Technology Assurance & Risk organization. He joins Ryan on the show to talk about a career pivot from U.S. gov service into cybersecurity in Silicon Valley, the exciting parts of compliance and risk management, and why newcomers should consider jobs in SOCs to kickstart security careers.

  • Doug Madory on the mysterious AS8003 global routing story

    April 29th, 2021  |  29 mins 20 secs
    as8003, bgp hijacking, global routing, internet backbone, ipv4

    Director of Internet Analyis at Kentik, Doug Madory, joins the podcast to shed light on the mysterious appearance of unused IPv4 space belonging to the US Department of Defense: the strange connection to a Florida company now managing the world's largest honeypot; the odd Inauguration Day timing of this discovery;, and why enterprise network defenders should pay very close attention.

  • Crossbeam CISO Chris Castaldo on securing the start-up

    April 23rd, 2021  |  32 mins 10 secs
    career guidance, compliance, privacy, security, startup

    Chris Castaldo has a fascinating career in cybersecurity. A U.S. army veteran who dabbled in tech during the early 2000s dot-com boom before settling on security, Castaldo is now CISO at Crossbeam and a decision-maker with a bird's eye view into how the should be protected.

    Castaldo joins Ryan on the show to talk about his new book on securing the startup, why he's the rare CISO that loves security vendor briefings and demos, and his vision of the CISO's top priorities.

  • Shubs Shah on finding riches (and lessons) from bug bounty hacking

    April 20th, 2021  |  52 mins 49 secs
    bug bounties, continuous testing, h2c smuggling, pen-testing, security assessments, web app security

    Shubham Shah is a brilliant hacker who quit his pen-testing job to hack for cash in bug-bounty programs. He quickly mastered the game of automating automating pre-breach reconnaissance and zero in on common webapp programming and configuration errors. Shubs, now co-founder at Assetnote, joined Ryan on the show to talk about the stressful life of a fulltime bug-bounty hunter, advancements in web app security defense, and how automation is completely rewriting the bug-discovery business.