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The Social-Engineer Podcast is about humans. Understanding how we interact, communicate and relay information can help us protect, mitigate and understand social engineering attacks

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The Social-Engineer Podcast is about humans. Understanding how we interact, communicate and relay information can help us protect, mitigate and understand social engineering attacks

    Ep. 176 - Security Awareness Series - Bottom Up Context is better than Top Down Control with Nishant Bhakaria

    Ep. 176 - Security Awareness Series - Bottom Up Context is better than Top Down Control with Nishant Bhakaria

    This month, Chris Hadnagy and Ryan MacDougall are joined by Nishant Bhajaria. Nishant is an executive leader and industry-expert in the privacy and security space and currently serves as the Director of Privacy Engineering and Governance at Uber. 

    He plays the critical role connecting engineering, legal, and leadership to ensure data protection for both the user and the business. Prior to Uber, Nishant spearheaded compliance and privacy engineering programs at Google, Netflix and Nike. He has a Master’s Degree in computer science from Arizona State University 

    In addition to speaking extensively in this space, Nishant also teaches courses around privacy, security and career development on LinkedIn Learning. Nishant authored Data Privacy: A Runbook for Engineers - a deep dive into strategies on effectively identifying, communicating and addressing privacy risks using technical strategies. [Aug 15, 2022] 

    00:00 – Intro 
    00:20 – Intro Links 
    Social-Engineer.com Managed Voice Phishing  Managed Email Phishing Adversarial Simulations Social-Engineer channel on SLACK CLUTCH innocentlivesfoundation.org 02:17 – Nishant Bhajaria Intro 
    03:33 – How did your career path start? 
    05:44 – Balancing security and the end-user experience 
    09:29 – How to introduce security and privacy concepts into a pre-existing infrastructure 
    13:50 – Balancing technological freedom with security for your family 
    19:28 – Bridging divisions for the sake of privacy and security 
    22:09 – Creating better industry standards 
    26:28 – How to handle your platform becoming weaponized 
    30:53 – The ethical issue of data use 
    35:11 – The role of Social Engineering in privacy and security 
    39:14 – 3 action steps that companies should start doing right now 
    42:56 – Find Nishant online 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nishantjb/  Certification: https://dataprotocol.com/pe-certification  44:24 – Book Recommendations 
    Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny – Robert Wright Team of Rivals– Doris Kearns Goodwin Data Privacy: A Runbook for Engineers – Nishant Bhajaria 47:13 – Wrap Up  
    47:41 – Outro 
    www.social-engineer.com  www.innocentlivesfoundation.org 

    • 48 min
    Ep. 175 - Human Element Series - Culture and The 5 H's with Hala Taha

    Ep. 175 - Human Element Series - Culture and The 5 H's with Hala Taha

    Today Chris is talking with Hala Taha. Hala, who has been dubbed the “The Podcast Princess,” is the host of Young and Profiting (YAP) Podcast, which is frequently ranked as a #1 Education podcast across all apps. Hala is also the founder and CEO of YAP Media, a social media and podcast marketing agency for top podcasters, celebrities and CEOs. She is well-known for her engaged following and influence on LinkedIn, and she landed the January 2021 cover of Podcast Magazine. 

     

    Hala is an expert on networking, personal branding, leadership, social media, side hustles, entrepreneurship and podcasting. [Aug 8th, 2022] 

     

    00:00 – Intro  

    Social-Engineer.com Managed Voice Phishing Managed Email Phishing  Adversarial Simulations  Social-Engineer channel on SLACK 

    CLUTCH  innocentlivesfoundation.org 
    02:05 – Hala Taha Intro 

    03:14 – How did you end up running a media company? 

    05:43 – The journey towards starting YAP Media 


    07:01 – The early days of podcasting 

    09:22 – Resources for podcasting (2018 vs 2022) 

    10:38 – How did you transform a podcast into a media company? 

    16:20 – Taking Risks vs Being Smart 

    18:29 – The importance of pure intentions 

    20:44 – The secrets to finding like-minded team members 

    21:56 – What have been your biggest struggles while growing your company? 

    22:52 – Quality time with a remote team 

    24:51 – Maintaining the work-culture across time zones 

    26:35 – Tips for starting out 

    30:25 – Building the right foundation 

    32:27 – Find Hala online 

    Podcast link: https://linktr.ee/YAPwithHala  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yapwithhala  Twitter: https://twitter.com/YAP_Podcast 

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/htaha/ 
    33:15 – Who have been your mentors? 

    Father  Heather Monahan  Jordan Harbinger 

    35:21 – Book Recommendations: 

    The Like Switch – Jack Schafer
    36:17 – Guest Wrap Up 

    36:28 – Outro 

    www.social-engineer.com 

    www.innocentlivesfoundation.org  

    • 36 min
    Ep. 174 - Security Awareness Series - Killing Baby Dragons with Shane McCombs

    Ep. 174 - Security Awareness Series - Killing Baby Dragons with Shane McCombs

    This month, Chris Hadnagy and Ryan MacDougall are joined by the Chief Operating Officer of the ILF, Shane McCombs.  

    Shane leads the ILF with more than 25 years of experience in the tech industry, including more than a decade of experience in C-level roles. He led enterprise-wide initiatives within project management, customer relationship management and acquisition, policies and procedures, process improvement, and infrastructure. Shane is also an accomplished public speaker and trainer focused on change management, professionalism, social engineering, and corporate security. In the past, he volunteered for the Autism Hope Alliance and currently donates his time to businesses and non-profits as a trusted advisor. [July 18, 2022]  

    00:00 – Intro 

    01:02 – Intro Links 

    Social-Engineer.com

    Managed Voice Phishing Managed Email Phishing Adversarial Simulations Social-Engineer channel on SLACK  CLUTCH 

    innocentlivesfoundation.org - http://www.innocentlivesfoundation.org/ 
    04:41 – Shane McCombs Intro 

    06:14 – What got you started off in InfoSec? 

    08:36 – What led you to want to do more in the industry? 

    10:40 – “Throwing your hat in the ring” 


    17:31 – Cybersecurity for kids and parents 

    19:52 – How to "minor" in a "major" topic 

    22:29 – Age appropriate conversations 

    25:12 – Additional concerns in the summer months 

    28:38 – The TRUST Framework 

    31:40 – The importance of communication 

    33:59 – When and how to introduce electronic monitoring

    40:16 – The "stats" of ILF 

    43:50 – Who is your biggest mentor?  
    - his wife  

    45:32 – Book Recommendations 

    Going Pro - Tony Kern The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey Neuromancer - William Gibson
    48:44 – Wrap Up  

    49:29 – Outro 


    www.social-engineer.com  www.innocentlivesfoundation.org 

    • 50 min
    Ep. 173 - Human Element Series - Empathetic Chameleons and Painful Lobsters with Laurie Segall

    Ep. 173 - Human Element Series - Empathetic Chameleons and Painful Lobsters with Laurie Segall

    Today Chris is talking with Laurie Segall. Laurie is the founder of Dot Dot Dot, a media company focused on onboarding the mainstream into a new era of the internet, Web3. Laurie is an award-winning journalist who has interviewed the world’s most influential tech leaders including Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook. Prior, she was CNN’s senior tech correspondent, covering technology and culture for a decade and a former reporter for 60 Minutes. [July 11, 2022] 

    00:00 – Intro 

    Social-Engineer.com  Managed Voice Phishing  Managed Email Phishing

    Adversarial Simulations  Social-Engineer channel on SLACK  CLUTCH  innocentlivesfoundation.org 
    03:23 – Laurie Segall intro 


    04:20 – Starting your career in the "wee hours"  

    07:54 – Was journalism always the goal? 

    12:31 – Navigating chaos 

    15:57 – Taking on Revenge Porn 

    21:20 – What motivated you to write about your life so early? 

    24:46 – Writing during the pandemic 

    29:50 – How lobsters grow  

    35:44 – Building a company 

    38:40 – Wearing 2 hats 

    40:54 – Who would you consider your biggest mentors? 

    CNN Digital – Susan Grant  
    43:38 – Book Recommendations: 

    Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion (Laurie’s book) Special Characters - Laurie Segall
    45:56 – Find Laurie Segall online 


    Website link: https://www.d3network.io/  Instagram: @LaurieSegall & @d3_network  Twitter: @LaurieSegall & @d3_network 
    48:32 – Guest Wrap Up & Outro 

    www.social-engineer.com 

    www.innocentlivesfoundation.org  

    • 49 min
    Ep. 172 - Security Awareness Series - Creating Psychological Salt with Ted Harrington

    Ep. 172 - Security Awareness Series - Creating Psychological Salt with Ted Harrington

    This month, Chris Hadnagy and Ryan MacDougall are joined by Ted Harrington. Ted is the author of HACKABLE: How to Do Application Security Right and the Executive Partner at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE), the company of ethical hackers famous for hacking cars, medical devices, and password managers. Ted has been named both Executive of the Year by the American Business Awards and an SD Metro 40 Under 40 entrepreneur. Ted has been featured in more than 100 media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Forbes. [June 20, 2022] 

    00:00 – Intro 

    00:56 – Intro Links 

    Social-Engineer.com - http://www.social-engineer.com/  Managed Voice Phishing - https://www.social-engineer.com/services/vishing-service/ 

    Managed Email Phishing - https://www.social-engineer.com/services/se-phishing-service/  Adversarial Simulations - https://www.social-engineer.com/services/social-engineering-penetration-test/  Social-Engineer channel on SLACK - https://social-engineering-hq.slack.com/ssb  CLUTCH - http://www.pro-rock.com/  innocentlivesfoundation.org - http://www.innocentlivesfoundation.org/ 

    02:32 – Ted Harrington Intro 

    03:21 – How did you start off in this industry? 

    06:15 – Explain it like I'm 12 years old 

    07:59 – The origins of ISE  

    09:32 – Is there a "perfect" Password Manager? 

    14:11 – How to communicate at the executive level 

    16:54 – The right and wrong ways of investing in security 

    25:17 – Responsible Disclosure 

    29:04 – The challenges of the Medical Device field 

    32:39 – The problem with legislation driving security  

    34:20 – The manufacturers’ role in safety and security  

    36:00 – Who is the book "Hackable" for? 

    38:05 – Find Ted online 

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/securityted  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/securityted 

    Website: https://www.tedharrington.com 
    38:37 – Book Recommendations 

    Retail Pride - Ron Thurston   Art of Resilience – Hussein Al-Baiaty  
    41:04 – Who is your biggest mentor? 


    Business Partner – Steve Bono 
    45:35 – Wrap Up  

    46:17 – Outro 

    www.social-engineer.com  www.innocentlivesfoundation.org 

    • 46 min
    Ep. 171 - Human Element Series - Yes and... with Clay Drinko

    Ep. 171 - Human Element Series - Yes and... with Clay Drinko

    Today Chris is talking with Clay Drinko, Ph.D. Clay is an author and educator. He writes for Psychology Today about the intersection between improv comedy, science, and everyday life. He's also the author of the first academic book connecting improv and cognitive science, Theatrical Improvisation, Consciousness, and Cognition. His most recent book, Play Your Way Sane, was published by Simon & Schuster last year and applies his improv research to everyday life. [June 14, 2022] 
    00:00 – Intro 
    Social-Engineer.com - http://www.social-engineer.com/  Managed Voice Phishing - https://www.social-engineer.com/services/vishing-service/  Managed Email Phishing - https://www.social-engineer.com/services/se-phishing-service/  Adversarial Simulations - https://www.social-engineer.com/services/social-engineering-penetration-test/  Social-Engineer channel on SLACK - https://social-engineering-hq.slack.com/ssb  CLUTCH - http://www.pro-rock.com/  innocentlivesfoundation.org - http://www.innocentlivesfoundation.org/  02:27 – Clay Drinko intro 
    03:27 – How does someone in Improv decide to study Cognitive Science? 
    05:46 – Losing anxiousness through performance 
    07:34 – The importance of a shift in focus 
    08:52 – Active Listening 
    11:41 – Yes, and... 
    14:01 – Don't try to be funny 
    15:54 – Establishing "who" and "where" you are 
    18:57 – How do you apply Cognitive Science to the idea of improv? 
    21:56 – Leaving your "baggage" at the door 
    25:13 – Managing the negative 
    26:40 – What are the biggest life skills you've learned from improv? 
    28:13 – Reflective questioning - Empathy or Selfishness? 
    31:03 – You are not special 
    34:29 – Do you want my help? 
    37:37 – Find Clay Drinko online 
    Website link: www.playyourwaysane.com  Instagram: www.instagram.com/playyourwaysane  38:13 – Book Recommendations: 
    Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  Educated - Tara Westover  Unmasking the Social Engineer - Christopher J. Hadnagy Nightbitch - Rachel Yoder  Clay’s Book – Play Your Way Sane - Clay Drinko  40:34 – Who would you consider your biggest mentors? 
    Advisor and Professor – Shirley Huston-Findley   43:14 – Guest Wrap Up 
    44:04 – Outro 
    www.social-engineer.com  www.innocentlivesfoundation.org  

    • 44 min

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thatengineeringguy14 ,

Bringing the Human to Technology

The Social Engineer Podcast (and movement) brings it back to the human element. This is critical as we see more and more the rise of AI/ML and more tech that takes humans out of the equation.

Humans are and will always be there, and we need to acknowledge that!

Keep it up!

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I love this podcast.

This podcast truly is amazing, the people who are interviewed are truly unique and amazing. I disagree on the mask though mentioned in a March 2022 episode, most mask and vaccine mandates have been dropped at this point in the overwhelming majority of the United States, this is not the “new norm” nor is it the future.

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Outstanding

This podcast is a must in my monthly routine every month a interesting and valuable topic is chosen with industry leaders as guest. Each episode is a mini seminar!

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