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Each week on pm73media, Matt Stephenson chats with people who secure the things, hack the things or write about securing and hacking the things that surround us in everyday life. From voting machines to social engineering to the critical infrastructure, if it can be secured, it can be hacked. On pm73media, we meet the people who do one or the other… and sometimes both.

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Each week on pm73media, Matt Stephenson chats with people who secure the things, hack the things or write about securing and hacking the things that surround us in everyday life. From voting machines to social engineering to the critical infrastructure, if it can be secured, it can be hacked. On pm73media, we meet the people who do one or the other… and sometimes both.

    Robert Kerbeck: Shank the Man and Rake in the Bucks

    Robert Kerbeck: Shank the Man and Rake in the Bucks

     

    Let’s just say you didn’t grow up wanting to become a spy. You just wanted out of the family car business. You’re armed with an Ivy League education in your back pocket. You have a more noble profession in mind.
    I don’t know... maybe... to be an actor.
    But... to support yourself... you need a survival job. Before you now it, while your acting peers are waiting tables, you begin your apprenticeship as a corporate spy.
    Dear listeners... everything you about to hear is entirely true... At least as far as we know...
    I mean... this is the security industry... And we are talking about a working professional actor
    But I digress...
     
    pm73media and Matt Stephenson are excited to welcome Robert Herbek to the show. Robert has worn many hats over a long career... most of them in various characters as a CORPORATE SPY! Yes, that is a thing. After a career as a working actor on many network shows you have probably seen, he went full time into the world of social engineering. His new book RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street details stories that are just too good to not be true.  Dig it...
     
    RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street

    RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street is the story of a young man who dreams of stardom but can’t quite shake everything he’s learned growing up in the family car business.
    RUSE lives in a unique intersection of Hollywood and Wall Street as Robert tries to straddle both worlds: interacting with entertainment legends as a burgeoning actor while making ends meet as corporate spy, coaxing people inside big Wall Street firms to reveal information and secrets that could bring down companies worth billions of dollars—and bring him into the crosshairs of the authorities.
     
    About Robert Kerbek

    Robert Kerbeck is the author of RUSE: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street, a thrilling look into the world of corporate espionage and his career as a secret spy.
    Robert’s essays and short stories have been featured in numerous magazines and literary journals. One story was adapted into the award-winning film, Reconnected.
    He fought one of the worst fires in California history, the 2018 Woolsey Fire, to save his home. His debut book, Malibu Burning: The Real Story Behind LA’s Most Devastating Wildfire, won the 2020 IPPY Award as the Silver Medalist in Creative Nonfiction, the Readers’ Favorite Award as the Silver Medalist in Nonfiction Drama, and the Best of LA award.
    A lifetime member of The Actors Studio, Robert has worked extensively in theater, film, and television, appearing in lead roles in major shows and earning several awards. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he resides in Malibu.
     
    About Matt Stephenson

    My name is Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) and I have hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. pm73media is my first solo endeavor. On this platform and others to come, I will continue to expand upon the tradition we started with the Insecurity podcast as I seek out the leading minds in the tech industry and beyond. I am always looking for fun people who may break things every now and again.
    In 20 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys.
    Whether in person, live virtual events or podcasting, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of technology and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.
    Wherever I go, my job is all about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the s

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Chris Humphreys: Forest Gump Ain’t Got Shit on This Guy

    Chris Humphreys: Forest Gump Ain’t Got Shit on This Guy

     

     
    “I’m like a dog chasing cars, I wouldn’t know what to do if I caught one, you know, I just do…things.”
    -- The Joker, The Dark Knight, 2008, Jonathon and Christopher Nolan
     
    Matt Stephenson welcomes Chris Humphreys to pm73media. How does a nice boy from Metro Washington DC start playing pro football (or soccer for you heathens) in England, then move on to multiple other international squads before landing in the United States Army as a linguist with a focus on security? After that... how does he become a leading expert for state and national cybersecurity initiatives? And just how many Pulp Fiction references can they make in a single show? Dig it...
     
    About Chris Humphreys

    Chris Humphreys (@CBHumphreys) is the Founder and CEO of The Anfield Group Inc. which provides cybersecurity, regulatory, and technological strategic advisement to all Critical Infrastructure sectors.
    He is an internationally recognized thought leader and evangelist in the industry verticals of Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure Protection, Intelligence Operations, Data Privacy and Regulatory Compliance.
    With over 20 years of experience, Chris has written National-Level policy on cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection as well as served as the first Cyber Regulator for Electric Utilities within the Texas Region and across North America.
    Chris has provided testimony for both the Senate and House of Rep on Data Privacy regulation and as a Legislative Advisor for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Regulation.
     
    About Matt Stephenson

    My name is Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) and I have hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. pm73media is my first solo endeavor. On this platform and others to come, I will continue to expand upon the tradition we started with the Insecurity podcast as I seek out the leading minds in the tech industry and beyond. I am always looking for fun people who may break things every now and again.
    In 20 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys.
    Whether in person, live virtual events or podcasting, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of technology and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.
    Wherever I go, my job is all about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...
     
    If you tuned in to any of my previous podcasts, there’s great news…! pm73media is here! I will be bringing the same kind of energy and array of guests you know and love. Best part? We’re still at the same spot. You can find it at Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music & Audible as well as GooglePlay, Gaana, Himalaya, I Heart Radio and wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Make sure you Subscribe, Rate and Review!
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Mike Fraser: Developers... Adapt or DIE!

    Mike Fraser: Developers... Adapt or DIE!

     

     
    How can we make a better mousetrap if the designers of and the materials that go into the contemporary mousetraps aren’t good enough to keep pace with the current mouse?
     
    Adapt or perish… now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative
     --HG Wells
     
    It is not the strongest species that survie, nor the most intelligent… but the ones most responsive to change
     --Charles Darwin
     
    You improvise! You adapt! You overcome!
     -- Gunnery Sgt Tom Highway; Heartbreak Ridge
     
    All due respect to the United States Air Force
     
    Do you know what SecDevOps is? Do you know how when or why the concept applies to cybersecurity and the world at large? What if I told you that there are people out there who personify the definition of what we identify as SecDevOps.
     
    Well… I gotta guy…
     
    On today’s episode, Matt Stephenson welcomes Mike Fraser, VP of DevSecOps at Sophos. We take a look at the role that developers can and must play in the world of cybersecurity. These aren’t the folks building the security building... the are the ones making the bricks and hammers used to construct that building. How important are the materials used to construct the very infrastructure of an entire industry? Tune in and find out...
     
    About Mike Fraser

    Mike Fraser is Vice President of DevSecOps at Sophos. Previously, he was co-founder, CEO and chief architect at Refactr (acquired by Sophos in 2021) where he spearheaded the creation of a DevSecOps automation platform that bridges the gap between DevOps and cybersecurity.
     
    Mike is a regular speaker at numerous industry events, including Hashiconf, Hashitalks, KubeSec, various Microsoft events, RedHat AnsibleFest, DevOps Days, and All Day DevOps.
     
    He has also published several feature articles including on TechCrunch, RSA 365, and DevOps.com.
     
    In addition to his Sophos role, Mike helps advise other veteran-led software startups. While leading Refactr, Mike earned a bachelor's degree in application development from North Seattle College and has a master's degree in computer science from Seattle University.
     
    He is also, and it is clearly stated on his CV, the World’s Coolest Dad
     
    About Matt Stephenson

    My name is Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) and I have hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. pm73media is my first solo endeavor. On this platform and others to come, I will continue to expand upon the tradition we started with the Insecurity podcast as I seek out the leading minds in the tech industry and beyond. I am always looking for fun people who may break things every now and again.
     
    In 20 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys.
     
    Whether in person, live virtual events or podcasting, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of technology and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.
     
    Wherever I go, my job is all about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...
     
    If you tuned in to any of my previous podcasts, there’s great news…! pm73media is here! I will be bringing the same kind of energy and array of guests you know and love. Best part? We’re still at the same spot. You can find it at Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music & Audible as well as GooglePlay, Gaana, Himalaya, I Heart Radio and wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Make sure you Subscribe, Rate and Review!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Matt Donato: Rethinking your Strategy in the Hunt for Cybersecurity Talent

    Matt Donato: Rethinking your Strategy in the Hunt for Cybersecurity Talent

    Standing in line, marking time
    Waiting for the welfare dime
    'Cause they can't buy a job
    The man in the silk suit hurries by
    As he catches the poor old ladies' eyes
    Just for fun he says, "get a job"
    That's just the way it is
    Some things will never change
    That's just the way it is
    Ah, but don't you believe them
     -- Bruce Hornsby
    You tired of hearing about that 3.5 million open cybersecurity jobs number? You know for the open I like to bring either culture or data… let’s go with some data this time.
    How bout we dig a little deeper? There are nearly 465,000 unfilled cyber jobs across the nation. (ISC)2 says that globally, the cybersecurity industry is short 3.1 million workers and that in the U.S. alone, another 879,000 are needed.
    Analytics Insight forecasts 10,006,993 new job openings in cybersecurity by 2023 compared to 3,241,800 job openings in 2019 Cybersecurity has the widest gap between the workforce skills needs and the people who possess those skills MIT Technology Review fewer than 25% of applicants are qualified for open positions. Medium reports that ICO fines, incessantly evolving threats, and fewer tools are "creating exhaustion" among cybersecurity professionals. Let’s add this from a Google search… As we are all more than likely familiar with how Google searches work. This… from the “People also ask” section
    Is cybersecurity a high paying job? Is cyber security a good career? What jobs can you do with cyber security? What are 3 jobs in cybersecurity? Valid questions one and all… What is actually happening in the world of Cybersecurity talent?
    Well… I got A Guy…
     
    Today Matt Stephenson welcomes Matt Donato, Executive Director at cybersecurity talent firm CyberSN. We dig deep into all that is happening the world of cybersecurity with regard to is working where, why they join, why they leave and why even work for someone else at all. From the Great Resignation to the Great Opportunity there has never been a more dynamic time in the world of Cybersecurity. And we have just the expert to navigate these choppy waters… dig it…
     
    About Matt Donato

    Matt Donato is an Executive Direact at CyberSN. He is an accomplished business leader in the field of cybersecurity executive search, staffing, workforce solutions, human capital management, client acquisition, business development, and relationship management. 

    Matt has over 16 years of experience in professional recruiting, talent management, strategic consulting, and staffing experience in all facets within the cybersecurity industry as well as staffing in the security, risk management technology, finance, operations, and engineering sectors. 
    Once upon a time, he played Top Flight college Lacrosse. While he may not do that any more, he still plays a pretty mean guitar.
     
    About Matt Stephenson

    My name is Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) and I have hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. pm73media is my first solo endeavor. On this platform and others to come, I will continue to expand upon the tradition we started with the Insecurity podcast as I seek out the leading minds in the tech industry and beyond. I am always looking for fun people who may break things every now and again.
    In 20 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys.
    Whether in person, live virtual events or podcasting, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of technology and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.
    Wherever I go, my job is all about talk

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Greg Fitzgerald: Notes from a Serial Startup CMO

    Greg Fitzgerald: Notes from a Serial Startup CMO

     
    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
     —Steve Jobs
     
    “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”  
     —Wayne Gretzy
     
    “If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.”
     —Mario Andretti
     
    Sometimes our show has very eloquently prepared blogs that would bring a tear to Shakespeare’s eye… sometimes we offer Shonda Rhimes level quippy thoughts that should get us a spot writing for Inventing Anna
     
    How bout for today we go with straight up statistics
    • The Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a "small" business as one with 500 employees or less.
    • In 2019, the failure rate of startups was around 90%. Research concludes 21.5% of startups fail in the first year, 30% in the second year, 50% in the fifth year, and 70% in their 10th year.
     
    Courtesy of Investopedia
     
    Who the hell would even want to do this?
     
    Who the hell would leave a comfortable position in the corporate world complete with benefits, an expense account and really REALLY good coffee in the breakroom? Beyond that… what kind of lunatic keeps doing it over and over again? Well friends… I your lunatic right here…Today Matt Stephenson welcomes Greg Fitzgerald, co-founder of Sevco Security and sereal startup CMO. Our man isn’t that interested if a company has over tons employees. He’s here to build, not maintain…Dig it.
     
    About Greg Fitzgerald
     

     
    Greg Fitzgerald is the Chief Experience Officer and co-founder of Sevco Security. He is a veteran IT and Security executive with successful tours at TippingPoint, BMC Software, Fortinet and Sourcefire. Fitz was the founding CMO at Cylance and JASK. 
     
    About Matt Stephenson
     

     
    My name is Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) and I have hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on every corner of the cybersecurity landscape. pm73media is my first solo endeavor. On this platform and others to come, I will continue to expand upon the tradition we started with the Insecurity podcast as I seek out the leading minds in the tech industry and beyond. I am always looking for fun people who may break things every now and again. 
     
    In 20 years in the ecosystem of Data Protection and Cybersecurity I have toured the world extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to information security, these technologies can wrong-foot the bad guys. 
     
    Whether in person, live virtual events or podcasting, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of technology and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy. 
     
    Wherever I go, my job is all about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...
     
    If you tuned in to any of my previous podcasts, there’s great news…! pm73media is here! I will be bringing the same kind of energy and array of guests you know and love. Best part? We’re still at the same spot. You can find it at Spotify, Apple, Amazon Music & Audible as well as Google, Gaana, Himalaya, I Heart Radio and wherever you get your podcasts!
     
    Make sure you Subscribe, Rate and Review!

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Jamil Jaffer: Is Big Tech Horrible for America?

    Jamil Jaffer: Is Big Tech Horrible for America?

     
    It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity
    -- Albert Einstein
    It is only when they go wrong that machines remind you how powerful they are
    -- Clive James, writer and poet
    If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it
    -- Lyndon B. Johnson
    The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don't really even notice it, so it's part of everyday life.”
    -- Bill Gates
    Five years ago, Google ran a Super Bowl ad for its Google Home device… it woke actual devices belonging to users watching the ad. In 2017 Burger King released a TV ad to deliberately trigger Google Home devices to start talking about Whopper burgers. An actor in the ad says directly to the camera, “Okay Google, what is the Whopper burger?”
    The ad wasn’t done in partnership with Google
    To add some meta-context to this… while doing the research for today’s show, a commercial popped up during the media hit our guest did on MSNBC talking about “announcing our preganancy.” In the ad, the newly crowned grampa chirped: Make sure to like and subscribe
    Nervous yet?
    I’m not saying you should be…
    Today’s guest has some questions about the role that Big Tech has now assumed in all of our lives… Whether we invite them in or not
    Today Matt Stephenson welcomes Jamil Jaffer for a loud and rowdy chat about… well… kind of everything that is going on right now. We talk about what is happening in Ukraine and the impact on the world of cybersecurity. We take a stroll down the path of what Big Tech is doing to the fabric of society. I even ask the Pulitzer worthy question: NFTs… B******t or not? Dig it.

    About Jamil Jaffer

    Jamil Jaffer (@jamil_n_jaffer) is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, and an Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the National Security Law & Policy Program at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University. He also sits on the board at IronNet Cybersecurity, a technology products startup founded by Gen (ret.) Keith B. Alexander, the former Director of the National Security Agency and Founding Commander of U.S. Cyber Command. In addition, Jamil is an advisor to Beacon Global Strategies, a strategic advisory firm; 4iQ, a deep and dark web intelligence startup; Duco, a technology platform startup that connects corporations with geopolitical and international business experts; and Amber, a digital authentication and verification startup.
    Among other things, Jamil currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the Board of Advisors for the Global Cyber Alliance, and the Advisory Board of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ Center on Cyber and Tech Innovation, and is a member of the Center for a New American Security’s Artificial Intelligence and National Security Task Force and the CNAS Digital Freedom Forum. Jamil is also affiliated with Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation.
    Prior to his current positions, Jamil served on Capitol Hill in a variety of roles, including on the leadership team of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as a senior staff member of the House Intelligence Committee. Jamil also previously served in the Bush Administration in a number of positions, including on the leadership team of the Justice Department’s National Security Division and in the White House as an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush. Jamil holds degrees with honors from UCLA, the University of Chicago Law School, and the United States Naval War College.

    About Matt Stephenson
    My name is Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) and I have hosted podcasts, videos and live events all over the world which put me with experts on ev

    • 1 hr 6 min

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Whether you’re well established as a cyber security innovator, or just getting started carving out your role as a change agent within your organization - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Matt and Michelle do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of navigating an ever changing data security and compliance environment - from leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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