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We are Ron Eddings and Chris Cochran from the Hacker Valley Studio podcast. We explore the human condition to inspire peak performance in cybersecurity. Join us on our quest to find inspirational stories and knowledge to elevate ourselves and our communities.

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    • 4.6 • 45 Ratings

We are Ron Eddings and Chris Cochran from the Hacker Valley Studio podcast. We explore the human condition to inspire peak performance in cybersecurity. Join us on our quest to find inspirational stories and knowledge to elevate ourselves and our communities.

    QuickQ: What is Threat Hunting?

    QuickQ: What is Threat Hunting?

    In this episode of Hacker Valley, Chris and Ron are joined by a familiar friend, Valentina Palacín, who you might have heard on HVS Blue season 1. Valentina is an author, public speaker, self-taught developer, and Threat Operations lead at Marqeta Incorporated, armed with a background in translation and interpretation. 


    Join Chris, Ron and Valentina for this round-table masterclass in all things Threat Hunting to discuss the questions you may be asking yourself:


    What is Threat Hunting? How do you become a Threat Hunter? What’s it like to be in the shoes of a Threat Hunter? Or work with one? 


     


    Key Takeaways:


     


    0:00 Welcome to the podcast!


    1:10 Introduction/ Bio


    2:55 What is Threat Hunting?


    5:25 Chris’ take on working with a Threat Hunter (Ron)


    7:08 Valentina’s Threat Hunting flow


    9:18 Ron and Valentina talk about progressions in Threat Intelligence


    12:20 The group talks about the ideal characteristics of a Threat Hunter in both junior and senior level positions


    18:00 How to get into Threat Hunting


    20:55 Get in touch with Valentina!


     


    Hacker Valley Studio: Swag | LinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram | Email Ron & Chris | Website


    Valentina Palacín: Book | LinkedIn | Twitter


    Support Hacker Valley Studio on Patreon.


    Join our monthly mastermind group via Patreon

    • 22 min
    Episode 158 - Wild Adventures with Chef Bri Van Scotter

    Episode 158 - Wild Adventures with Chef Bri Van Scotter

    In this episode, Chris, Ron, and their special guest going to be talking about your table. Not the table itself, but what is on it. They are talking about food and following our passions. They've brought in Bri Van Scotter, professional Chef, author, hunter, and host of the TV series Wilderness to Table. Bri is so unbelievably talented in so many areas. Everyone is going to love this episode and learn a little bit about the food we eat. 


     


    Key Moments


    00:56 - Intro to Bri


    02:41 - Bri’s Background


    03:59 - The darker side of food production


    04:57 - The hunt begins


    06:13 - For the love of food


    11:41 - On going deep with your craft


    16:10 - Getting more in touch with your food


    21:33 -  Eating for Health


    22:52 - Honoring our food sources


    25:28 - Knowledge is power


     


    Visit Bri at her website


    Follow Bri on Instagram


    Keep in touch with Hacker Valley Studio on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram


    Join our monthly mastermind group via Patreon


    Visit our friends and sponsor Panther Labs

    • 27 min
    QuickQ: What is Security Architecture?

    QuickQ: What is Security Architecture?

    Ron and Chris are the hosts and guests for this episode! This episode answers fundamental questions about Security Architecture. Learning about security architecture is absolutely essential for anyone on the path of becoming a cyber security expert just looking to learn more about a cybersecurity topic.


    Security Architecture is the foundation, the fabric and the process used to help secure your data, your privacy, and even your money.


    Now for a second, Imagine that you are an architect and your biggest strength is your ability to build banks. And a new client reaches out to you... We'll name this client Ray. And Ray asks you to build his company a new bank with all the bells and whistles. You're going to need to build Ray and his company something spectacular! This bank you build is going to need to serve as an office and boost productivity for the bank staff. The bank is also going to serve as a place where customers can deposit and withdraw money. But most importantly, Ray is going to want you to protect his crown jewel, his money! (Think of all those gold bricks and bars that Ray is going to want to keep under his possession )


     


    Key Takeaways:


    0:00 - Welcome back to the Hacker Valley Studio


    1:10 - Ron's favorite topic! Security Architecture


    1:45 - Security architecture is the foundation 


    2:21 - Where a security architecture starts and stops


    4:00 - A security architect is playing a game of Tower Defense


    6:27 - Using EASY Framework as a security architect


    10:04 - Prerequisites for becoming a security architect


    13:55 - Differences between security architect and security engineers


    16:55 - Resources for learning more about security architecture


    19:21 - Stay in touch with Hacker Valley Studio!


     


    Keep in touch with Hacker Valley Studio on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram


    Join our monthly mastermind group via Patreon


    Learn more about our fantastic sponsor Upytcs

    • 20 min
    Episode 156 - Detection as Code with Nick Hakmiller

    Episode 156 - Detection as Code with Nick Hakmiller

    In this episode, we speak to a Detection and Response expert! Our guest is Nick Hakmiller, Senior Engineering Manager at Panther Labs.


    Nick was first exposed to technology in High School where he took an introduction to Visual Basic programming course. When learning about multi-threaded applications Nick became curious and began exploring how to open too many threads to crash a computer. Throughout Nick’s career he’s maintained an interest and focus on attack techniques and building defensive security programs.


    On occasions, security controls may fail to catch an attacker. A detection is logic that is applied to logs, security controls, and alerts to notify teams and automated processes. Nick describes Python as an exceptional programming language to apply detections and create detections as code.


    Nick describes many aspects of security as an engineering problem. As organizations transform and adopt new technologies, security issues arise and evolve. Nick describes that the team’s that are most successful with applying detection as code have chosen to view security as a function that engineering should participate in and help solve.


    As an organization’s security program matures, Nick mentions that the most impactful detections will likely be written and created by someone within the organization. For instance, creating a detection that defines which users should have access to sensitive data is likely to be created by a member of the organization with knowledge of team structure.


    Towards the end of the episode, Nick shares his wisdom to any practitioner that wants to step into the role of creating detections and providing impact while doing so.


     


    Key Takeaways


    0:00 - Welcome Back to the Hacker Valley Studio Podcast!


    2:29 - Nick Hakmiller, Senior Engineering Manager at Panther Labs


    4:20 - How Nick became interested in technology


    6:00 - What is a detection?


    7:25 - How detection as code applies to cybersecurity and software engineering


    10:11 - Prerequisites to consider before applying detection as code


    12:27 - Thinking beyond out of the box solutions and applying detections


    15:54 - Categories of detections and which are most impactful


    23:45 - Reducing alerts by engineering efforts


    27:40 - Is it possible to automate everything for security?


    32:56 - Advice on getting started with creating detections


     


    Keep in touch with Nick Hakmiller on LinkedIn


    Reach out to Nick on Panther’s Community Slack


    Stay up to date with Nick’s work by viewing Panther Analysis


    Learn more about Panther Labs

    • 38 min
    QuickQ: What is Threat Intelligence?

    QuickQ: What is Threat Intelligence?

    Today’s guests are our very own hosts!  Ron and Chris.  Together they tackle everything that surrounds threat intelligence by answering both the hard and easy questions.


    Between the stories they share about past experiences, and the facts behind threat intelligence, you will learn something new, and that’s a promise!


    In essence, threat intelligence is taking the information about threats or things that can go wrong and applying it to their network and company.  It’s the processing, collection and analyzation of data to understand threat actors, motives, targets and attack behaviors. 


     


    Key Takeaways


     


    1:10 Episode starts


    2:39 Threat intelligence


    3:00 Ron & Chris share what threat intelligence means to them


    6:33 Organizations and threat intelligence


    8:39 Back in the day


    12:54 Benefits of threat intelligence


    15:08 Skills needed to be in threat intelligence


    19:22 Networking


    23:34 E.A.S.Y.


     


    Links:


    Email Ron & Chris


    Support Hacker Valley Studio on Patreon.  Follow Hacker Valley Studio on Twitter.


    Follow hosts Ron Eddings and Chris Cochran on Twitter.


    Hacker Valley Merch!

    • 26 min
    Episode 154 - Equity in Technology with Olivia Herriford

    Episode 154 - Equity in Technology with Olivia Herriford

    Today in the studio, we have Olivia Herriford, whose great and exceptional work is focused on equity in technology.  Olivia is the Regional Director and Employer Engagement at Bay Area Community College Consortium.  


    Olivia’s background is in technology, and with the Bay Area Community College Consortium, they support 28 community colleges in the San Francisco Bay region.  She often tells people she has what one would call an “ancient” computer science degree which she earned in 1973.  Olivia takes us back to what it was like to be a black woman in the mid-70s working with hardware and software engineers in the area of hardware design.  Sadly, she experienced a rather hostile work environment.  


    In today’s world, Olivia believes one of the best things we can do for reaching out to younger people is instill confidence.  These young people do not need to be swayed by comparing themselves to others, but rather realize we all bring something unique to the table.  Everyone needs to understand their own capabilities and power.


     


    Key Takeaways:


    2:26 Olivia’s background


    6:38 How Olivia ended up where she is


    15:45 How do we change the environment


    17:17 Progress & future


    20:42 Making an impact


    23:04 Cultivating conversations


    26:22 Equity in technology


    29:08 Advice for awareness


    32:35 Connecting with Olivia


     


    Links:


    Olivia on LinkedIn


    Olivia on YouTube


    Support Hacker Valley Studio on Patreon.  Follow Hacker Valley Studio on Twitter.


    Follow hosts Ron Eddings and Chris Cochran on Twitter.


    Sponsored by Panther Labs

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Arbrnchck ,

A little something for everyone

As I become more and more familiar with HVS, I become more and more of a fan. There’s a little bit of something for everyone in each episode. Chris and Ronald do an amazing job of selecting quality guests and teasing out a wide array of stories that each of us can relate to.

BarbiLou1967 ,

Non Hacker

Hacker Valley Studios is great source of knowledge / inspiration no matter your expertise! I really enjoy the variety of guests and the quality of information they’re able to share with each episode!

BagsC1963 ,

This is great!

My first review of a podcast but so worth it. These guys get cybersecurity and more importantly, they understand life and the human condition.

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