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Risky Business is a weekly information security podcast featuring news and in-depth interviews with industry luminaries. Launched in February 2007, Risky Business is a must-listen digest for information security pros. With a running time of approximately 50-60 minutes, Risky Business is pacy; a security podcast without the waffle.

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Risky Business is a weekly information security podcast featuring news and in-depth interviews with industry luminaries. Launched in February 2007, Risky Business is a must-listen digest for information security pros. With a running time of approximately 50-60 minutes, Risky Business is pacy; a security podcast without the waffle.

    Risky Biz Soap Box: Cmd's Jake King talks Linux security

    Risky Biz Soap Box: Cmd's Jake King talks Linux security

    Soap Box podcasts are fully sponsored which means everyone you hear on these editions of the show paid to be here. If you’re looking for the regular, weekly Risky Business podcast, just scroll one back in your podcast feed.

    But you know what? I wouldn’t recommend it, because this edition of Soap Box is top notch. In it we’re joined by Jake King, a co-founder of Cmd Security.

    Cmd makes Linux security software, and I love their approach mostly because, well, it’s simple. It has two main functions – visibility and control – but both of these functions focus on execution. The visibility piece is “which user executed what?” and the control piece is “only let user X execute Y”. The idea here is you can apply an additional layer of control over user actions, but obviously the visibility aspect to this is pretty useful at driving decisions around what sort of limits to put on various accounts.

    Jake has fronted this edition of the show with an exclusive offer to Risky Business listeners, which is free use of their software. Obviously you won’t get access to absolutely all its features, but certainly enough of them to be very, very useful. They’re getting to the point where they can do this – throw out most of the functionality and just sell the icing on the cake to companies who want it. You can register for early access to the free trial at cmd.com/risky.

    Risky Business #572 -- Equifax indictments land, some big Huawei news

    Risky Business #572 -- Equifax indictments land, some big Huawei news

    On this week’s show Patrick and Adam discuss the week’s security news, including:


    Chinese operators indicted over Equifax breach, more indictments coming
    Alleged backdoor in Huawei lawful intercept features
    Data on 6.4m Israelis exposed by political party app
    Iowa caucus app was a pile of crap, 4chan clogged up caucus night phones
    Corp.com is up for sale. That’s a lotta hashes.
    Much, much more.


    This week’s show is brought to you by Corelight.

    Corelight’s Richard Bejtlich joins the show this week in the sponsor slot to talk about what the company is doing to try to build the open source community behind Zeek, the tool its products are based on.

    Links to everything that we discussed are below and you can follow Patrick or Adam on Twitter if that’s your thing.

    Risky Business #571 -- Is Joshua Schulte The Shadow Brokers?

    Risky Business #571 -- Is Joshua Schulte The Shadow Brokers?

    On this week’s show Patrick and Adam discuss the week’s security news, including:


    Iowa app falls over, social and mainstream media chaos ensues
    Twitter acknowledges state-backed API abuse
    CDA 230 under review. Uh oh.
    Toll Group ransomware
    ICS-compatible ransomware spotted in wild
    UN got owned pretty hard
    Is Joshua Schulte The Shadow Brokers? A theory
    Much, much more.


    This week’s show is brought to you by Okta.

    Okta’s Simon Thorpe will be along this week to talk about a new trend they’re seeing and obviously encouraging – enterprises ditching Microsoft’s Active Directory. It’s a cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud, world these days. and in the year 2020, you might want to actually ask yourself – do you still need to be using AD?

    Links to everything that we discussed are below and you can follow Patrick or Adam on Twitter if that’s your thing.

    Risky Biz Soap Box: Zane Lackey on the rush to Azure and securing Web apps against logic flaws

    Risky Biz Soap Box: Zane Lackey on the rush to Azure and securing Web apps against logic flaws

    In this edition of the Soap Box podcast we’re joined by Zane Lackey, a co-founder of Signal Sciences.

    Signal Sciences makes, in essence, a “next generation” Web Application Firewall, or WAF. Signal Sciences is a pretty well-established startup these days with a zillion customers, so he has some real insight into what’s happening out there in webapp land.

    In this conversation he has some really interesting things to say: First, there’s a rush to Azure happening right now. It has become the platform of choice for all sorts of organisations.

    He also has some really interesting things to say about how to protect web applications from logic flaws. Some simple ideas that should really help lock things down.

    Enjoy!

    Risky Business #570 -- FTI report lands like a lead balloon

    Risky Business #570 -- FTI report lands like a lead balloon

    On this week’s show Patrick and Adam discuss the week’s security news, including:


    The FTI report on the Bezos incident is a massive let down
    UK lets Huawei into 5G build
    SeaTurtle campaign pinned on Turkey
    Mitsubishi owned through its AV solution
    Ransomware crews owning unpatched Citrix boxes
    Much, much more.


    This week’s sponsor guest is Sherrod DeGrippo of Proofpoint. She’s a senior director of threat research there and she’ll be along to talk about the Emotet malware. Despite being spray and pray malware, it’s pretty successful because it operates at such ridiculous scale. Sherrod joins us with details.

    Links to everything that we discussed are below and you can follow Patrick or Adam on Twitter if that’s your thing.

    Feature podcast: Alexa O'Brien on Wikileaks, intelligence and influence

    Feature podcast: Alexa O'Brien on Wikileaks, intelligence and influence

    This podcast is brought to you by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Foundation funds a lot of interesting people and work in the cybersecurity space and they’re supporting this special podcast series examining topics of interest to cyber policy makers.

    In this podcast we’re going to hear from Alexa O’Brien. She’s currently studying a Masters in Applied Intelligence at Georgetown University. She’s also working on an ethical framework for the applied intelligence discipline – collection, analysis and the like – for media practitioners.

    Alexa is also a journalist. Her most recent major work is a July 2019 analysis of the US media’s coverage of civilian harm in the war against ISIS, I’ve linked through to that in the show notes below.

    Before she worked as an established journalist, Alexa covered Chelsea Manning’s trial at Fort Meade on her blog. Her transcript of the proceedings were a tremendous help to the wider media, and it was this work that briefly pulled her into the Wikileaks “scene”.

    It wasn’t a good fit.

    Alexa joined me for this freewheeling discussion about intelligence, ethics, moral authority and signs that not everything is as it seems in the Wikileaks universe.

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