Source Code is an information security podcast that’s all about education. Rather than simply providing technical segments or news, Source Code is focused on the people that push information security forward and battle in the trenches every day. We interview practitioners from every facet of information security about their origin story. This includes how they go their start, how they got into the field, what makes them tick, and the career decisions that made them successful (or slowed them down) along their path. We also talk about current opinions on the state of security education to include what we're doing right and what we're doing wrong. You'll hear from plenty of household names you've heard of, as well as some people you should know about with interesting back stories and unique contributions to the field. Source Code celebrates the diversity of backgrounds that makes information security a unique place to exist.
Source Code S2: Episode 8 - Gwen Betts
I’m joined by Gwen Betts for the final episode of this season. She is a UX director at Rapid7 via the acquisition of her previous company, Komand. She provides unique perspective as someone who started in design and would later bring that expertise to security. We talked about her design principles and what makes good UX. We also discussed how security professionals can most effectively engage with UX and areas of the infosec space that are ripe for UX innovation.
Source Code S2: Episode 7 - Michael W. Lucas
We’re talking writing this week with my good friend Michael W. Lucas, a fellow No Starch Press Author. We discussed how he became interested in writing and how his career as an author evolved alongside his technical career. Now a full-time writer, Michael has written dozens of books, including technical and fiction works. If you've ever been interested in the business, skillset, or process of authorship then you'll enjoy our conversation.
Source Code S2: Episode 6 - Jennifer Kolde
I’m joined by Jen Kolde of the Vertex project. Jen formerly served as an investigator for the federal government and was an analyst on Mandiant/FireEye’s intel team. Her background is interesting, as she actually came to investigative work from a technical writing background. We discussed her story, what it means for someone with technical skills to become a good intel analyst, and her experience testifying to congress about structured threats.
Source Code S2: Episode 5 - Grady Summers
This week we’re joined by Grady Summers, CTO of FireEye, former CISO of General Electric, and my former boss. During our conversation Grady discusses his rise through the ranks at one of the largest companies in the world and his decision to leave GE behind to join Mandiant. He talks about FireEye’s place in history and some of the unique challenges they face. We also discuss buzzword solutions and which products he thinks are overblown and which ones show real promise.
Source Code S2: Episode 4 - Sergio Caltagirone
Sometimes you only need one name. Prince, Madonna, Oprah....and Sergio. This week I'm thrilled to be joined by my good friend Sergio Caltagirone. We talked about the importance of ICS security, control system themed road trips, and the intersection of information security and philosophy. Sergio takes us through his journey from the Department of Defense, Microsoft and at Dragos. We also get the story of how the Diamond model came into existence. Perhaps most importantly, we talk about his work to fight human trafficking and how he is applying data science to this problem at the Global Emancipation Network.
Source Code S2: Episode 3 - Haroon Meer
Haroon Meer joins us this week to talk about his journey from running South African flea market booths to founding one of the most innovative companies in information security. We discuss the differences between South African and US education, common pitfalls made by security product vendors, and the use of honeypots for detection. You can find Haroon on Twitter at @haroonmeer. Haroon chose to support hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico via the United for Puerto Rico charity.