60 episodes

A podcast that explores the stories of real people, their work, and its impact on the information security industry. Join security experts, Caroline Wong and Vanessa Sauter, as they focus on the human side of security. Don't forget to follow the podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/humansofinfosec

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    • 4.7 • 14 Ratings

A podcast that explores the stories of real people, their work, and its impact on the information security industry. Join security experts, Caroline Wong and Vanessa Sauter, as they focus on the human side of security. Don't forget to follow the podcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/humansofinfosec

    Episode 53 Davin Jackson: Where Grit and Passion Meet

    Episode 53 Davin Jackson: Where Grit and Passion Meet

    Despite the talent shortage, the barrier to entry in information security remains daunting. Yet Davin Jackson, a former flight mechanic turned senior penetration tester, learned to leverage his passion and tenacity to pursue and achieve his infosec goals. Now, Davin is invested in helping others in the field through accessible mentorship, teaching, and writing—including using Fortnite to help students understand the field. In our latest episode, Davin opens up about the challenges he’s overcome, provides wise advise on those hoping to secure an infosec job, and much more.

    • 47 min
    Emerging Voices: Karan Dwivedi

    Emerging Voices: Karan Dwivedi

    For our latest episode of Humans of InfoSec: Emerging Voices, we’re excited to welcome Karan Dwivedi to the show. Karan is a security engineer at Google specializing in detection and response, but he dedicates his free time to coaching and mentoring others breaking into the field. His work demystifying the interview process for security engineers, which you can explore at https://allthingspwned.com/, has introduced a methodical approach to an often daunting experience. In this episode, Karan explores his path to infosec, discusses security engineering at scale, and explains the importance of supporting the community.

    • 37 min
    Episode 52 Octavia Howell: Connecting History with Security

    Episode 52 Octavia Howell: Connecting History with Security

    For our latest Humans of InfoSec podcast, we’re excited to welcome Octavia Howell on the show. Octavia, who is currently the Business Information Security Officer at Equifax, is a seasoned leader and practitioner with extensive experience in governance, networking, and security. She is also the founder of Augustus Redefined, an organization founded to support and mentor black women in cybersecurity. In our latest episode, Octavia opens up about her career and discusses the much-needed value of strong mentorship.

    • 37 min
    Episode 51 Michelle Valdez: Cyber Resilience Through Problem-Solving

    Episode 51 Michelle Valdez: Cyber Resilience Through Problem-Solving

    Michelle Valdez, the CISO at OneMain Financial, doesn’t approach cybersecurity through the lure of the threat. Instead, she applies a methodical, problem-driven approach honed through her background in the US military, where she served as an investigator for the U.S. Air Force. Her extensive experience working in national security, intelligence, and the military has driven her communications-focused approach to cyber resilience as she focuses on interrogating the problem, not the people, and embraces failure as a pivotal step to success. In our latest episode, Michelle opens up about her impressive career and the lessons she’s learned along the way.

    • 31 min
    Episode 50 Larkin Ryder: Slack’s Inimitable Defender

    Episode 50 Larkin Ryder: Slack’s Inimitable Defender

    For the 50th episode of Humans of InfoSec, we’re excited to feature Larkin Ryder, Slack’s head of product security and former interim chief security officer. Larkin has held engineering roles at high tech companies for more than 25 years, including more than five years as a senior security engineer at Twitter. While Larkin has a proven track record of solving complex engineering problems as a manager and engineer, she brings unique humility, humor, and compassion to each challenge. In our latest episode, Larkin opens up about her career and path into security, her background in zoology—and much more.

    • 33 min
    Emerging Voices: Busra Demir

    Emerging Voices: Busra Demir

    In the latest episode of Emerging Voices, we’re excited to welcome Busra Demir to the show. Although Busra’s official title is Pentest Architect at Cobalt, where she is responsible for managing day-to-day pentest operations, her passion lies in breaking things. Busra is a hacker to her core—demonstrating an inimitable aptitude for testing applications and an unstoppable quest to achieve her pentesting goals. In our latest podcast, Busra opens up about her hacking journey, including working towards achieving every Offensive Security certification that exists.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Ffihzs ,

Actionable and authentic

Karen’s podcast is great, chock full of useful, actionable tips to cut through the male dominated workplaces that still exist all around us. Highly recommend.

Financialadventure ,

Great show on the human aspect of cyber

Technical and procedures countermeasures are easy. Getting the humans onboard to adopt Cybersecurity is the hard part. This show has a great interview process to highlight lessons learned. Thank you for sharing your knowledge

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as an innovator in the InfoSec community, or just getting started carving out your niche - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Caroline and Vanessa do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career, and a life you can be proud of - from InfoSec leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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