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Listen to Talos security experts as they dive into emerging threats, forcing the bad guys to innovate, hacking refrigerators, and other security issues, all with beer.

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Listen to Talos security experts as they dive into emerging threats, forcing the bad guys to innovate, hacking refrigerators, and other security issues, all with beer.

    P@ssw0rds and Closing Out 2020

    P@ssw0rds and Closing Out 2020

    This EP was recorded toward the end of the year and lived a quiet, but meaningful life in the production queue patiently waiting it’s turn to get released. In this Ep, we dig into a discussion on passwords and some of the issues both conceptually and in practice. Passwords aren’t inherently problematic, but how they are used…sometimes is. We discuss best practices to share with your friends and also touch on MFA (and SMS as an option of last resort). Craig seems to think lock analogies are key to understanding everything. The session was 2 hours long and this is the balance remaining after decency and standards review.


    All of us want to thank you for listening and making three years and (almost)100 episodes of Beers with Talos possible. Cheers.
    Full show notes on the Talos blog

    • 28 min
    Why Ransomware Actors Are (and Aren’t) Targeting Healthcare

    Why Ransomware Actors Are (and Aren’t) Targeting Healthcare

    Recorded early November, 2020 –
    This is an EP we recorded in early November but got pushed back in the end of year shuffle to make production schedules work. We’re happy to put this one out now with somewhat belated takes on (somewhat recent) health care ransomware attacks. We discuss a few key questions that are rather evergreen. Why is health care targeted in this way (and other verticals for that matter)? What defines a “high value” target to a ransomware actor? How can targeted entities better defend themselves?


    Full notes on the Talos blog

    • 25 min
    Getting to Better Security Outcomes (ft. Wendy Nather)

    Getting to Better Security Outcomes (ft. Wendy Nather)

    Recorded November 24, 2020 –
    On this EP, Mitch and Matt are joined by Wendy Nather to discuss the newly released Cisco Security Outcomes Study. The results and findings of the research are interesting and somewhat surprising. As often happens with most good research, we end up asking more questions - in this case, geared toward the nature of the relationships found in the data. Special thanks to Wendy for coming on and joining us. As usual, her insight is stellar and she is much more entertaining than the rest of us.
    Full show notes on the Talos blog

    • 37 min
    The Bogeyman and QR codes

    The Bogeyman and QR codes

    We got delayed with the holidays and PTO, but here is a long awaited ep. The rest of the year is on deck to release through the holidays, so fret not. In this EP we talk about QR codes becoming pervasive as easily deployed “touchless tech” (and how they could help the robots try to kill Craig), and then we take a look at some recent DOJ and APT activity that begs the question: is bringing charges against foreign APT actors anything more than a symbolic gesture?
    Full show notes on the Talos blog

    • 35 min
    Election 2020: Advice for voters and election officials

    Election 2020: Advice for voters and election officials

    Recorded October. 9, 2020 –
    We are running a short bench today after Nigel’s retirement and Joel being on vacation. We start off talking about how specific use cases don’t equate to the death of entire defensive technologies, despite the frequent assertions otherwise you may find on Twitter. The key to defense in depth is that no silver bullet stops everything - nothing is surprising here.


    The big focus of this EP, leading into the 2020 election is, of course, election security. We recap some important points from our research and go over materials we have put together for election officials and voters alike. Please take a minute to go though the links in the extended show notes on the Talos blog for a full list of Talos elections security and disinformation resources.

    • 37 min
    Nigel is Marching On, Victorious and Glorious

    Nigel is Marching On, Victorious and Glorious

    Recorded Sept. 25, 2020 –
    Today is Nigel’s last episode as a regular host of BWT. Join us in wishing him a happy transition to his next chapter - as we all know, Nigel won’t ever actually retire. Today’s show is us chatting with Nigel - about his career and his take on the industry as he entered, and now as he moves on to whatever comes next. Every aspect of Talos is better off because Nigel was here, as well as so many of the people he impacted along the way.


    We will all miss your daily presence, but we are excited to see what you come up with next. Cheers.
    Full show notes on the Talos blog

    • 52 min

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