May 20, 2019
Kim Crawley: We Need a Diversity of Brains in this World
58 min

Kim Crawley: We Need a Diversity of Brains in this World

The National Autism Association states that Autism is a bio-neurological developmental disability that generally appears before the age of 3. Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. 

Since autism was first diagnosed in the U.S. the incidence has climbed to a rate of 1 in 59 children in the U.S.

According to pop culture… it may be a super power as well. There seems to be a lot of Doctors on TV now who are on the Autism Spectrum like Dr. Temperance Brennan on Bones or Dr. Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory

We also get the occasional action herosuch as Ryan Gosling’s The Driver or Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

And of course, the classic American underdog heroes Raymond Babbitt and Forrest Gump

Out here in the real world… people on the Autism Spectrum are all around you. Most of them do not have Salander like superpowers, but rather are every day Janes and Joes who go to work, do their jobs and live their lives. 

Ever wonder what’s it’s like to chat with someone on the Autism Spectrum? You shouldn’t… if CDC statistics are accurate, there are nearly 6.8 MILLION people on the Autism Spectrum in the United States

In this week’s episode of InSecurity, Matt Stephenson sat down with respected security writer Kim Crawley to talk about the current state of the cybersecurity world, some of the issues with locking down IoT, drumming… and Kim’s recent diagnosis as being on the Autism Spectrum.

Take a walk with Kim as she shares her experience in the security industry and why being on the Autism Spectrum is just another facet of her personality.

For more information on Autism, go to and look for #ActuallyAutistic on Twitter

About Kim Crawley

Kimberly Crawley spent years working in consumer tech support. Malware-related tickets intrigued her, and her knowledge grew from fixing malware problems on thousands of client PCs. By 2011, she was writing study material for the InfoSec Institute’s CISSP and CEH certification exam preparation programs. She’s since contributed articles on information security topics to CIO, CSO, Computerworld, SC Magazine, and 2600 Magazine. Her first solo-developed PC game, Hackers Versus Banksters, and was featured at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival in May 2016. She now writes for Tripwire, AT&T and BlackBerry Cylance.

About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Security Technology team at BlackBerry Cylance, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and host of CylanceTV

Twenty years of work with the world’s largest security, storage, and recovery companies has introduced Stephenson to some of the most fascinating people in the industry. He wants to get those stories told so that others can learn from what has come

Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, Matt interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line.

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