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Decipher Security Podcast
The editors of Decipher talk with a rotating cast of security practitioners, researchers, and executives about a variety of topics in the security and privacy fields.
4 days ago
Courtney Nash of Verica joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the new Verica Open Incident Database, which centralizes reports of software outages, security incidents, and near misses, and why studying the way systems fail is so valuable.
Sep 15, 2021
On the 25th anniversary* of the release of Hackers, Zoe Lindsey and Pete Baker join Dennis Fisher to talk about the cultural influence of the movie, the effect it's had on hacker culture, and why it is still so beloved today. *because 2020 never happened
Sep 13, 2021
Carolina Terrazas joins Dennis Fisher to talk about getting into security, the importance of diversity in hiring practices, and why Tom Brady is the worst.
Sep 7, 2021
Amélie Koran joins Dennis Fisher to talk about her start in computing with a Commodore 64, her early years in the private sector, and her security and policy work in several federal government agencies.
Aug 31, 2021
Dennis Fisher talks with Zoe Lindsey, one of the early Duo Security employees, about her entrance into hacker culture, finding her way in the tech world, and the importance of lifelong learning.
Aug 19, 2021
Jonathan Mayer, assistant professor of computer science at Princeton University, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the technical and legal challenges of Apple's announced CSAM scanning system. *Note*: This episode deals with sensitive topics.
Jul 29, 2021
Jules Okafor, CEO of RevolutionCyber, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about her unconventional career arc, the importance of empathy in leadership and communications, and why conventional security awareness programs don't work.
Jun 24, 2021
Mark Werremeyer and Bryce Kerley on DEF CON Hack-a-Sat
Mark Werremeyer and Bryce Kerley join Dennis Fisher to talk about the Hack-a-Sat CTF competition at DEF CON and the need for collaboration between aerospace engineers and cybersecurity professionals.
Jun 15, 2021
Lindsey O'Donnell-Welch talks to Derek Manky of Fortinet about the breakdown of barriers between private firms and public sector agencies, law enforcement and the security industry.
Jun 2, 2021
Deciphering Real Genius (Commentary only)
Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, and Pete Baker ride a cart through the steam tunnels to meet at the Pacific Tech lab, crank up the laser, and ponder the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "I drank what?" Get your giant tinfoil ball of popcorn ready for Real Genius! *Note*: There is another version of this episode in the feed with the movie audio laid in at low volume under the commentary track.
1 hr 48 min
Jun 2, 2021
Deciphering Real Genius (Commentary with movie audio)
Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, and Pete Baker ride a cart through the steam tunnels to meet at the Pacific Tech lab, crank up the laser, and ponder the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "I drank what?" Get your giant tinfoil ball of popcorn ready for Real Genius! *Note*: This version is synced with the audio of the movie laid in at low volume. There is a separate version in the feed without the movie audio laid in.
1 hr 50 min
May 24, 2021
Lindsey O'Donnell-Welch talks with Troy Hunt, founder of Have I Been Pwned, about the biggest challenges facing the security industry when it comes to credential stuffing and data breaches.
May 18, 2021
Dennis Fisher talks with Kimberly Goody from FireEye's cybercrime analysis team about the DarkSide ransomware operation, the emergence of the ransomware-as-a-service model, and what might be next for these groups.
May 11, 2021
Lindsey O'Donnell-Welch talks to Ken Munro with Pen Test Partners about the biggest challenges around securing Internet of Things devices, and how regulatory efforts and consumer awareness are beginning to have a positive impact on the IoT security landscape.
May 7, 2021
Dennis Fisher talks with Peter Baker, the founding brand designer at Duo and the man behind the Decipher brand, about his design philosophy, the earliest days of Scio/Duo, why design matters in security, and the influence that positivity and usability has had on the industry.
1 hr 26 min
May 4, 2021
Echoes on the Wire: Dan Kaminsky's Hacker Legacy
Dennis Fisher talks with Katie Moussouris, Rich Mogull, Kymberlee Price, and Thomas Ptacek about the unique and inspiring life and legacy of hacker Dan Kaminsky.
Apr 22, 2021
The Hacker Movie Oscars
To celebrate the good, the bad, and the terrible in hacker movies, Zoe Lindsey, Pete Baker, and Dennis Fisher convene to hand out some fake awards for fake hacking.
1 hr 32 min
Apr 19, 2021
Steve Ragan, security researcher with Akamai, joins Lindsey O’Donnell-Welch to discuss the evolution of phishing kits over the past year, and how attacks on the identity and trust model will change as employees start to go back into the office.
Apr 13, 2021
Patrick Wardle Returns
Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the evolution of Mac malware, the relative security of macOS to other platforms, and Apple's current approach to platform safety.
Apr 9, 2021
Charles Shirer, a red teamer, hacker, and FreeBSD enthusiast, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about his path to working in security, learning to hack, and his motivational videos.
Apr 5, 2021
Idan Plotnik, CEO of Apiiro, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about taking a risk-based approach to code and securing the software development lifecycle.
Mar 30, 2021
Decipher's new executive editor, Lindsey O'Donnell-Welch, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about getting into security journalism, the challenges of telling highly technical stories, and how it can help defenders do their jobs more efficiently.
Mar 25, 2021
Deciphering Dark Web: Cicada 3301
Zoe Lindsey, Pete Baker, and Dennis Fisher dive deep into the dark web (or whatever Hollywood thinks it is) to decipher the jumbled plot and wild philosophy of Dark Web: Cicada 3301, which is a movie that definitely exists.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 16, 2021
Andrew Morris, founder of GreyNoise, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the unique origins of the company and the security case for removing all of the background noise from the Internet to find what really matters.
Mar 11, 2021
Joe Slowik, senior security researcher at DomainTools, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the Exchange vulnerabilities, the exploitation activity timeline, and the question of attribution.
Feb 11, 2021
Neil Daswani, co-director of the advanced security program at Stanford University and a former engineer at Twitter and Google, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss his new book, Big Breaches: Cybersecurity Lessons for Everyone, and the common root causes and effects of major data breaches.
Jan 21, 2021
Andy Ellis, CSO of Akamai, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the importance of setting priorities, how to assess your strengths and weaknesses as an organization, and the NFL draft.
Jan 14, 2021
Amanda Berlin of Blumira joins Dennis Fisher to talk about how she got her start in security, learning new skills on the fly, and helping customers find the things that really matter on their networks.
Dec 18, 2020
Semi-retired software security expert Gary McGraw joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the root causes of supply chain breaches and his new work on machine learning security.
Dec 10, 2020
Haroon Meer, founder of Thinkst, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about why a lot of security products don't work, the challenges of running a security company from South Africa, and doing well by doing good.
Dec 3, 2020
Ryan Noon and Abhishek Agrawal
Ryan Noon and Abhishek Agrawal, founders of Material Security, join Dennis Fisher to talk about fixing the email security problem and approaching security challenges with diverse mindsets.
Nov 12, 2020
Deciphering Johnny Mnemonic
Zoe Lindsey, Pete Baker, and Dennis Fisher break down the delightfully goofy and moderately incoherent 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic.
Oct 30, 2020
Jeremy Kennelly of Mandiant joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the spike in ransomware infections in health care organizations and how ransomware operators are evolving their tactics.
Oct 22, 2020
Kurtis Minder, CEO of GroupSense, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the delicate process of ransomware negotiations and how enterprises are dealing with infections today.
Sep 29, 2020
Larry Cashdollar, a senior security researcher at Akamai, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about 20 years of vulnerability research and the many different ways that things can go sideways.
Aug 17, 2020
Dennis Fisher is joined by Jennifer Leggio, CMO of Claroty, to talk about her career path from journalist to executive and the challenges of learning the intricacies of security in OT environments.
Aug 10, 2020
Dennis Fisher is joined by Robert Hansen, CTO of Bit Discovery, to talk about finding forgotten network assets, breaking things, and building a business.
Aug 6, 2020
Black Hat 2020
Dennis Fisher is joined by Brian Donohue, Chris Brook, and Mike Mimoso to discuss the experience of watching the Black Hat talks online this year and what progress the industry has made in keeping people secure.
Aug 4, 2020
Hacker Movie Sequel Pitches
Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, and Pete Baker got tired of waiting for Hollywood to make sequels to some of our favorite hacker movies, so we came up with some pitches for the sequels we'd like to see.
Jul 22, 2020
Katie Moussouris, hacker and CEO of Luta Security, joins Dennis Fisher for a long overdue conversation about vulnerability management, bug bounty programs, and assessing risk.
Jul 17, 2020
Deciphering The Conversation
Zoe Lindsey and Peter Baker join Dennis Fisher to break down the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola paranoid classic The Conversation, a film that predicted today's surveillance culture and is a master class is social engineering and hacking.
Jun 22, 2020
Melanie Ensign, CEO and founder of Discernible Communications, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about what effective security and privacy communications look like, how executives can empower security teams to communicate, and the importance of preparing for bad things.
May 28, 2020
Alex Pinto from Verizon Enterprise joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the findings of the 2020 Data Breach Investigations Report.
May 20, 2020
Ping Look, senior director of Microsoft's Detection and Response Team, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about her team's work helping enterprises recover from intrusions, the massive spike in ransomware infections, and understanding attacker behavior.
May 1, 2020
Andy Ellis, CSO of Akamai, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the process of planning to move tens of thousands of employees to remote work securely, the increased stress on Akamai's network, and what things might look like from a security perspective on the other side of the quarantine.
1 hr 11 min
Apr 27, 2020
Jeremy Oddo, director of technology at The Third Floor, a premier Hollywood visualization studio, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the security and logistical challenges of moving to a fully remote workforce while protecting the intellectual property of clients such as Disney, Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios.
Apr 24, 2020
David Brumley, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and CEO of ForAllSecure, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the importance of software security and the software supply chain as well as the need for better cooperation between developers and security teams.
Apr 13, 2020
Deciphering Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Ferris Bueller is a master of social engineering and possibly the witness protection identity of David Lightman from WarGames. Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, and Pete Baker five into a 1980s classic to discover what makes Ferris tick and why everyone loves him. Except Jeannie. This is Deciphering Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
1 hr 3 min
Mar 30, 2020
Rich Mogull, CEO of Securosis and a longtime paramedic and disaster medic, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the mindsets required to prepare for and respond to both physical disasters and security incidents. Listen to Rich's own podcast, the Cloud Security Mindset.
Mar 23, 2020
Wade Baker and David Severski
Wade Baker and David Severski of Cyentia Institute join Dennis Fisher to discuss the findings from their new Information Risk Insights Study into the risk and cost of security breaches across industries. Read the full IRIS study here.
Mar 17, 2020
Jo Van Bulck
Jo Van Bulck of KU Leuven joins Dennis Fisher to discuss his team's recent research into load value injection attacks on some Intel processors.
Mar 2, 2020
Deciphering Enemy of the State
Dennis Fisher is joined by Chris Brook and Brian Donohue to revisit Enemy of the State, the 1998 techno-paranoia thriller that foretold much of what's happening in today's surveillance society.
Feb 21, 2020
Wendy Nather, head of advisory CISOs at Duo, joins Dennis Fisher to discuss her RSA keynote speech on democratizing security and making security more usable and collaborative.
Feb 19, 2020
Rick Altherr of Eclypsium joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the new research the company published this week on the dangers of unsigned firmware in a wide range of peripherals used in enterprises and home networks.
Feb 11, 2020
Riana Pfefferkorn of the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the EARN IT Act's potential effects on encryption and individual privacy and security. Read Riana's analysis of the bill here.
Jan 17, 2020
Kenn White joins Dennis Fisher to dig into the details of the Windows crypto bug (CVE-2020-0601), how exactly it works, what the practical attack scenarios are, and what the dangers are for enterprises.
Dec 19, 2019
Deciphering Die Hard
Die Hard may not be your standard hacking movie, but it is the standard against which all subsequent action movies must be measured. It introduces Bruce Willis to the world as a major movie star, establishes the prototype of the wisecracking action hero in John McClane, and gives us some of the most memorable lines in movie history. While Theo is "cracking" Mr. Takagi's password and wandering through the Nakatomi Socrates BSD 9.2 OS, John McClane is showing us all what it means to be a modern action star. Yippie ki yay, melon farmers, this is Deciphering Die Hard. (Die Hard is *not* a Christmas movie.)
Dec 16, 2019
Ransomware has become an ugly fact of life for enterprises, and incorporating it into threat models and disaster recovery plans is a must. Kelly Shortridge of Capsule8 joins Dennis Fisher to discuss her untested hypothesis that achieving an economic equilibrium with professional ransomware attackers could be beneficial for both sides. Read Kelly's piece on this hypothesis here.
Nov 22, 2019
Brian Donohue of Red Canary joins Dennis Fisher to break down all the interesting talks and news from this week's Cyberwarcon conference, including Andy Greenberg's keynote on Sandworm and several sessions on influence operations. Read Brian's research and analysis on the Red Canary blog.
1 hr 5 min
Nov 19, 2019
For more than 15 years, the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto has been doing groundbreaking research into a variety of security, privacy, and civil liberties threats. Ron Deibert, the founder and director of the lab, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the team's origins, its work uncovering GhostNet and other cyberespionage operations, and the current work investigating surveillance vendors such as NSO Group and others.
Nov 12, 2019
Chris Wysopal, co-founder and CTO of Veracode, joins Dennis Fisher to dive into the deep end of the application security pool and discuss the company's new State of Software Security report. Read the Decipher coverage of the SOSS report here. Download the full report here.
Oct 17, 2019
When Mr. Robot premiered in 2015 it was an immediate hit not just in the hacker community but with wider audiences, as well. The show follows the exploits of Elliot Alderson, a troubled young loner who gets involved with a small group of other hackers called F-Society and runs up against a variety of adversaries connected to the monolithic E-Corp. The show has a number of deeply technical storylines, and its creators relied on a handful of technical advisors to keep the hacking realistic, including James Plouffe, a lead architect at MobileIron. As the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot ramps up, James joined Dennis Fisher to talk about his experience working with the creators and writers of the show, Mr. Robot's effects on the culture and the challenges of portraying hacking accurately on TV.
Oct 15, 2019
Math is hard and because encryption relies on some pretty complex math, encryption is hard to get right. Kenneth White, product security lead at MongoDB and a member of the board of the Open Crypto Audit Project, joins Dennis Fisher to talk about the challenges of implementing encryption in modern environments and how shifting public policy is affecting enterprises and individual users who rely on encryption to stay safe online.
Sep 12, 2019
The state of IoT security is not great, and despite increased pressure from lawmakers and regulators, vendors are actually going backward in some respects. A year-long study by the Cyber Independent Testing Lab of millions of IoT firmware binaries found that many manufacturers are removing various hardening technologies such as ASLR from their binaries over time. Dennis Fisher spoke with Parker Thompson of CITL about the results and what can be done to turn things around.
Sep 9, 2019
Sometimes the most interesting careers don't follow a straight line, and that's certainly the case for Tanya Sam, the director of operations and partnerships at TechSquare Labs in Atlanta. Tanya spent years as an oncology nurse in Toronto and New York before moving to Atlanta and finding her way into the startup and security culture that thrives there and helping found a seed fund and incubator for early stage companies. As if that wasn't enough, she joined the cast of the Real Housewives of Atlanta this year, adding another layer to an already fascinating career.
Aug 20, 2019
There are a lot of things you could say about Blackhat. Not many of them are kind. But of all the hacker movies that have been made, it's definitely one. It has many of the elements of a good spy thriller, and there's probably a very solid espionage movie hiding in there somewhere. It also has some pretty realistic hacking scenes, shady CIA operatives, and Thor. It's a lot, but Zoe Lindsey, Peter Baker, and Dennis Fisher are here to break it all down for you.
Jul 15, 2019
Deciphering Spy Game
Spy Game isn't explicitly a sequel to Sneakers or Three Days of the Condor, but it's certainly a spiritual successor, with all of the high-stakes espionage, double-dealing, and shady characters that made those films classics. Also: Robert Redford. Spy Game serves as a master class in social engineering and influence operations and demonstrates exactly how powerful the art of persuasion can be. This is Deciphering Spy Game.
1 hr 7 min
Jun 26, 2019
Michael Coates, CEO and co-founder of cloud security startup Altitude Networks, has had a long and varied career. Beginning with a stint as a consultant breaking into banks and continuing through roles as head of security assurance at Mozilla and CISO at Twitter, he has helped protect hundreds of millions of users over the years. He spoke with Dennis Fisher about what he's learned about empowering teams, the importance of making users safe by default, and the value of solving problems one at a time.
Jun 7, 2019
The security community is full of interesting characters who have had meandering, random paths to success, and Adam O'Donnell fits that description quite nicely. A gifted student who studied engineering and went on to earn a Ph.D. in computer science, O'Donnell has been a staff engineer, a startup founder, a political fundraiser, and a member of the famous Cult of the Dead Cow hacking group for nearly 20 years. He joins Dennis Fisher to talk about his introduction to the hacking scene in the '90s, joining the cDc, Beto O'Rourke's influence on the group, and the new book about the cDc.
May 30, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Joseph Menn
Joseph Menn's new book The Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World dives deep into the history of not just the cDc, but also the hacking culture that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s and has produced some of the most influential hackers, executives, artists, and even politicians working today. Dennis Fisher talks with Joe about the cDc's founding, its members, its lasting influence on the tech industry and the world at large.
May 15, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Daniel Gruss
This week, several separate teams of researchers disclosed new speculative execution attacks against Intel processors. Dennis Fisher spoke with Daniel Gruss of TU Graz in Austria, one of the researchers who developed the Zombieload attack and helped work on some of the others, as well.
May 13, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Alex Pinto
The publication of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report is an important event every year for the infosec community, and the 2019 version includes analysis of data from more than 41,000 incidents and more than 2,000 actual breaches. Dennis Fisher talks with Alex Pinto of Verizon Enterprise about the trends in this year's report, how the data is collected, synthesized and analyzed, and what surprises the report holds.
May 9, 2019
Deciphering Swordfish and Three Days of the Condor
There are good movies, there are bad movies, and then there's Swordfish, a movie that exists in a world beyond your world. It has everything: John Travolta, Halle Berry, guns, an incoherent plot, 128-bit DES encryption, a multi-headed worm. Dennis Fisher, Zoe Lindsey, and Pete Baker break it all down and then we mercifully move on to Three Days of the Condor, a classic of the 1970s paranoia genre and early techno-thriller with an all-time great Robert Redford performance.
1 hr 21 min
May 6, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Michael Bailey
The Carbanak backdoor has been in use for many years by the infamous FIN7 attack team, and researchers at FireEye discovered files containing the source code for the malware on VirusTotal two years ago, but only recently published a detailed analysis of it. Dennis Fisher talks with Michael Bailey, who did much of the source code analysis, about the discovery, the work of pulling the code apart, and what makes Carbanak unique. Read the FireEye analysis here.
Apr 17, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Craig Williams
DNS hijacking and manipulation is a serious ongoing threat and researchers at Cisco Talos Intelligence Group recently uncovered one such campaign called Sea Turtle that has been running for more than two years. The attackers are well-resourced and likely backed by a nation state, and have targeted intelligence agencies, military organizations, and a DNS registry, among others. Craig Williams of Talos joins Dennis Fisher to discuss the Sea Turtle attacks and the ramifications for the Internet as a whole. Read the Cisco Talos report here. Read the Decipher story on Sea Turtle here.
Apr 8, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Patrick Wardle
Dennis Fisher sits down with Mac security researcher Patrick Wardle to talk about his entry into entry, his development of the Objective See suite of Mac security tools, the state of Mac malware and his Objective By the Sea conference.
Mar 25, 2019
Decipher Podcast: Joe FitzPatrick
Dennis Fisher talks with hardware security researcher JoeFitzPatrick at the CanSecWest conference about the challenges of finding and verifying hardware implants and the questions people should ask when these stories emerge.
Mar 18, 2019
Deciphering Ocean's Eleven
There are heist movies, there are hacker movies, and then there's Ocean's Eleven. Blessed with one of the all-time great ensemble casts and an airtight script, Ocean's Eleven combines brilliant social engineering tactics, clever hacking ideas, revenge, greed, and Julia Roberts. This is Deciphering Ocean's Eleven.
1 hr 11 min
Mar 13, 2019
Deciphering Mission Impossible
The first Mission: Impossible film gave us so many wonderful gifts: goofy Usenet searches, Apple PowerBook action shots, CIA mainframe hacking, and some great mid-career Tom Cruise running. Before the series turned into a high-stakes, high-budget action franchise, the original film was a fun, sometimes goofy heist story with a vein of technobabble running through it. This is Deciphering Mission: Impossible.
1 hr 10 min
Mar 10, 2019
Decipher Podcast: RSA 2019
Dennis Fisher sits down with Fahmida Rashid, Mike Mimoso, and Jessy Irwin at the RSA Conference in San Francisco to talk about the major themes of the conference.
Feb 28, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 16 - Yonathan Klijnsma
Dennis Fisher talks with Yonathan Klijnsma of RiskIQ about his new research into Magecart Group 4, the background and tactics of the web skimming group, and how the defender community responds through takedowns and other techniques. Read the RiskIQ report here. Read our coverage of Magecart here.
Feb 25, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 15 - Deciphering Sneakers
Sneakers isn't just one of the best hacker movies of all time, it's one of the best movies ever. Full stop. The tale of a crew of outcasts with sketchy pasts who break into companies for a living (not a very good one), Sneakers has an all-star cast, a killer script, and a terrifyingly prescient story about information and its control over our lives in the modern age. This is Deciphering Sneakers.
1 hr 34 min
Feb 4, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 14 - Deciphering Live Free or Die Hard
All of the movies in the Die Hard franchise include more than their share of absurd stunts and ridiculous moments, and the fourth installment, Live Free or Die Hard, sets the standard. From throwing a car at a helicopter to hacking the power grid to Kevin Smith's basement lair to everything Justin Long does, this movie is 128 minutes of over the top stunts, stunt hacking, and stunted dialogue. This is Deciphering Live Free or Die Hard.
1 hr 21 min
Jan 26, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 13 - David Scott Lewis
David Scott Lewis was part of the early generation of computer hobbyists who built their own machines, learned through trial-and-error, and paved the way for the hackers and tinkerers who would follow in their footsteps in the next few decades. As a college student in the late 1970s, David met two screenwriters who were working on a script about a brilliant scientist and his teen protege. That story eventually evolved into the script for WarGames and David became the inspiration for Matthew Broderick's character, David Lightman. Dennis Fisher sat down with David to talk about his introduction to hacking, his involvement in WarGames, and how he's stayed involved in the scene throughout the years. If you'd like to contact David, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan 24, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 12 - Deciphering The Net
When The Net hit theaters in 1995, the World Wide Web was in its infancy, Internet access was spotty, slow, and unreliable, and the concepts of identity theft and database hacking were completely foreign to most people. Sandra Bullock's character Angela Bennett is a smart and resourceful but introverted systems analyst whose world is thrown into chaos by a shadowy hacking group, a story that foreshadows much of what has come to pass in the nearly 25 years since. This is Deciphering The Net, with Fahmida Rashid, Melanie Ensign, and Dennis Fisher.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 17, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 11 - Nate Cardozo
Dennis Fisher talks with Nate Cardozo, senior information security counsel at the EFF, about a proposal from the UK's spy agency, GCHQ, that would insert a backdoor into encrypted communications by adding a "ghost", or invisible third party, to two-party conversations. The proposal is the latest in a long line of ideas to weaken or cripple encryption systems in the name of easier access for law enforcement and Dennis and Nate discuss the risks of the ghost method as well as what it could portend for users in other countries. Read Nate's piece on the ghost proposal on the EFF Deeplinks blog.
Jan 10, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 10 - Stefan Tanase
Dennis Fisher talks with Stefan Tanase, a principal security researcher at Ixia, about the concept of Internet Balkanization, the consequences of large-scale censorship for users, and how technical and policy experts can help address the problem. You can watch Stefan's TedX Bucharest talk on this topic here: https://youtu.be/liSD3lL_-Kw
Jan 2, 2019
Decipher Podcast Ep. 9 - Deciphering Office Space
For anyone who has worked a thankless job for a tyrannical, ineffectual boss, Office Space touches a nerve. The story of a trio of programmers--Peter Gibbons, Michael Bolton, and Samir Nagheenanajar--at the faceless Initech in the late 1990s, Office Space mixes the existential dread of dead-end jobs with the illicit thrill of deciding to get back at your boss and everyone else. In this case, the revenge comes in the form of a virus that steals money from Initech and transfers it to Peter and his pals. Office Space is perhaps the quintessential tech industry comedy and set the stage for Silicon Valley nearly 20 years later. This is Deciphering Office Space.
Dec 20, 2018
Decipher Podcast Ep. 8 - Deciphering Hackers
Zero Cool. Acid Burn. Phantom Phreak. Cereal Killer. Lord Nikon. Twenty-three years after its release, the movie Hackers is still a touchstone for a generation that grew up with AOL disks in their mail, Jolt cola in their fridges, pagers on their belts, and Rollerblades on their feet. Hackers introduced us to Angelina Jolie and Matthew Lillard, brought hacking into the mainstream consciousness and gave us the iconic line: Hack the planet. This is Deciphering Hackers.
1 hr 29 min
Dec 11, 2018
Decipher Podcast Ep. 7 - Deciphering WarGames
Released in 1983 and starring '80s movie icons Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, and Dabney Coleman, WarGames was a huge hit in theaters and remains a classic 35 years later. The movie helped shape the popular perception of hackers as mischievous teens with too much curiosity for their own good and illustrates many of the security mistakes people and organizations still make. Dennis Fisher is joined by Zoe Lindsey and Peter Baker of Duo Security to break down the first true hacker movie: WarGames.
1 hr 27 min
Dec 6, 2018
Decipher Podcast Ep. 6 - Melanie Ensign
Communicating the fundamentals of privacy and security is a difficult task, but no more so than helping security and privacy professionals with the fundamentals of communication. In her role at Uber, Melanie Ensign is responsible for both of those tasks, helping customers and journalists understand the company's security and privacy principles, while also working with executives, engineers, and others inside Uber to help them understand the way those principles are communicated externally. It's a long way from the career as a shark researcher Melanie envisioned for herself as a teenager, but the two paths have more in common than you might imagine. She joins Dennis Fisher to talk about her marine biology aspirations and the challenges and rewards she's found in her time in the security field.
Dec 3, 2018
Decipher Podcast Ep. 5 - Katie Moussouris
Hacker Katie Moussouris probably knows more about bug bounties, how companies use and misuse them, and the incentives that they create than just about anyone on the planet. She created Microsoft's first bounty program in 2013 and has spent the years since traveling the world advising companies on how to work with security researchers and whether a bounty program is the right move. She talks with Dennis Fisher about why the security industry keeps making the same mistakes over and over and how the lack of talent on the coding and maintenance side of the equation is hurting security. Learn more about Katie's company Luta Security.
Nov 28, 2018
Decipher Podcast Ep. 4 - Mikhail Davidov
Decipher Editor-in-Chief Dennis Fisher talks with Mikhail Davidov of Duo Labs about his new research paper on Apple's T2 security chip. The T2 is now included in all of the forthcoming MacBook Pro models and it handles a wide variety of security functions. Mikhail spent eight months on a technical deep dive on the T2 and found a lot of interesting things in that time. Red the technical paper here. Read the Decipher story on the T2 research here.
Sep 11, 2018
Decipher Podcast Episode 3- Richard Bejtlich
Decipher Editor-in-Chief Dennis Fisher talks with Richard Bejtlich, a veteran security practitioner, consultant, and author, about his new role at Corelight, the evolution of network defense, and the difficulty of running complex incident response investigations.
Aug 28, 2018
Decipher Podcast Episode 2- Andy Greenberg
Andy Greenberg of Wired magazine joins Decipher Editor-in-Chief Dennis Fisher to discuss his in-depth cover story on the NotPetya malware outbreak of 2017 that masqueraded as ransomware but actually destroyed the networks of a number of large corporations and caused billions of dollars in damages.
Aug 1, 2018
Decipher Podcast Episode 1
Decipher editors Dennis Fisher and Fahmida Rashid preview the talks at Black Hat USA 2018 and discuss the ways in which the conference has evolved in recent years.