122 episodes

The Defender’s Advantage Podcast explores the world of cyber security and Mandiant through three distinct tracks. Threat Trends: Listen twice a month as host Luke McNamara interviews guests on the latest in cyber security research, the cyber landscape, and the latest news from Mandiant. Frontline Stories: Listen to Kerry Matre monthly as she is joined by notable guests on the frontlines of cyber security, including Mandiant customers, security professionals, and executives​. Skills Gap: Listen to Kevin Bordlemay each month for this series focusing on thoughts, ideas, and initiatives for narrowing the skills gap in cyber security.

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The Defender’s Advantage Podcast explores the world of cyber security and Mandiant through three distinct tracks. Threat Trends: Listen twice a month as host Luke McNamara interviews guests on the latest in cyber security research, the cyber landscape, and the latest news from Mandiant. Frontline Stories: Listen to Kerry Matre monthly as she is joined by notable guests on the frontlines of cyber security, including Mandiant customers, security professionals, and executives​. Skills Gap: Listen to Kevin Bordlemay each month for this series focusing on thoughts, ideas, and initiatives for narrowing the skills gap in cyber security.

    Frontline Stories: A Conversation on Third-Party Risk Management

    Frontline Stories: A Conversation on Third-Party Risk Management

    This week’s episode of The Defender’s Advantage Podcast features British American Tobacco CISO, Dawn-Marie Hutchinson joins Frontline Stories host Kerry Matre for a discussion on third-party risk management.

    Over the course of the conversation, Dawn-Marie discusses the approach that she takes in third-party risk management and the process of conducting risk assessments. She also shares how she encourages suppliers to increase their security and how she would ideally allocate budget toward risk reduction.

    You can follow Dawn-Marie at @Rie_Hutch. 

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    • 24 min
    Skills Gap: Transitioning from Military Service to a Role in Cyber

    Skills Gap: Transitioning from Military Service to a Role in Cyber

    This week’s episode of The Defender’s Advantage Podcast features four members of Team Mandiant who previously served in the United States military and transitioned into careers in the cyber security industry. Skills Gap host Kevin Bordlemay was joined by Paul Shaver, Thomas Worthington, Lauren Krukar, and Brian Timberlake for a discussion on what the transition out of service looks like and the resources that are available to those interested in a role in cyber. 

    The group discusses their tips for military personnel considering a transition out of service and the resources they were able to take advantage of during their transitions, including resume review and SkillBridge. They also give their advice on what questions military members should be asking in interviews to ensure they are finding roles that fit. 

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    • 27 min
    Threat Trends: Reflections on Russian Cyber Threat Activity During the War in Ukraine

    Threat Trends: Reflections on Russian Cyber Threat Activity During the War in Ukraine

    This week’s episode of The Defender’s Advantage Podcast features Mandiant analysts Gabby Roncone, John Wolfram and Tyler McLellan who joined Threat Trends host Luke McNamara for a discussion on Russian cyber operations over the last year.

    The group discusses the Russia linked threat groups and activity Mandiant has been tracking related to the conflict in Ukraine, including UNC2589 and APT29. They also share their perspectives on the targeting trends they’ve observed over the last year and the activity we might expect to see moving forward, such as an increase in economic espionage and continued diplomatic targeting by APT29.

    Follow Gabby Roncone at @gabby_roncone, John Wolfram at @Big_Bad_W0lf_ and Tyler McLellan at @tylabs.

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    Additional Resources

    Listen to the episode, Threat Trends: Russian Invasion of Ukraine Information Operations featuring Sam Riddell and Alden Wahlstrom: https://mndt.info/3wGse9u

    Listen to the episode, Threat Trends: Stolen Emails, Hacked Cameras and the Mysterious UNC3524 featuring Doug Bienstock and Josh Madeley: https://mndt.info/3vMne2R

    Read the blog post, Trello From the Other Side: Tracking APT29 Phishing Campaigns: https://mndt.info/3UU9HjP

    Read the blog post, They See Me Roaming: Following APT29 by Taking a Deeper Look at Windows Credential Roaming: https://mndt.info/3FZp7Pk

    • 43 min
    Frontline Stories: Cyber Insurance to Make Companies Safer

    Frontline Stories: Cyber Insurance to Make Companies Safer

    This week’s episode of The Defender’s Advantage Podcast features Davis Hake, co-founder of cyber insurance company Resilience, who joined Frontline Stories host Kerry Matre for a discussion on the role of cyber insurance. 
    During the conversation, Davis explains the model for how cyber insurance is sold, the application process and how insurance companies work with clients to determine their risks and set rates. He also discusses some of the advances in recent years and those he hopes to see in cyber insurance in the coming years, including global resilience to digital threats. 
    Learn more about Resilience at cyberresilience.com and follow at @ResilienceSays. 
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    Additional Resources 
    Read Mandiant’s Cyber Security Forecast 2023 Report 

    • 30 min
    Threat Trends: Tracking DPRK Use of Cryptocurrencies

    Threat Trends: Tracking DPRK Use of Cryptocurrencies

    This week’s episode of The Defender’s Advantage Podcast features Mandiant’s Michael Barnhart and Joe Dobson who joined Threat Trends host Luke McNamara for a discussion on recent cyber activity out of North Korea, including the targeting of cryptocurrency. 

    Michael and Joe discuss some of the North Korean threat groups Mandiant is following and a view of the threat landscape in the region. They also chat about the tactics of actors targeting cryptocurrency, which includes applying for roles with companies associated with crypto projects to enable malicious actors within the network. 

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    • 36 min
    Skills Gap: Finding Your Fit in Cyber

    Skills Gap: Finding Your Fit in Cyber

    On this week’s episode of The Defender’s Advantage Podcast, Mandiant’s Nader Zaveri and Simran Sakraney join Skills Gap host Chris Campbell for a discussion on how the cyber security industry and the companies within it can attract candidates from underrepresented groups and foster diversity.

    Nader and Simran share their individual journeys into the industry and their perspectives on how organizations in cyber can encourage more women to enter the security field and tactics recruiters can take to engage individuals from non-traditional educational and professional backgrounds. They also outline the various types of roles that live within the cyber industry and some of the transferable skills those just starting in the field can lean on.

    You can follow Nader at @NaderZaveri and Simran at @SIEMmer_Down.

    Learn how Mandiant is working to address the cyber security skills gap: https://mndt.info/3T0QjQd

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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

Monar G. ,

The “s” sound comes in sooo strong

Please get better mic!

KyleTromblee ,

Audio quality needs improvement

The episodes are hit or miss, as some of them sound like they were recorded with a potato.

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