Oct 26, 2020
John McClurg: Securing Our Democracy
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On 19 October, the United States Federal prosecutors unsealed charges against six Russian intelligence officers accused of engaging in some of the most destructive cyberattacks of recent years


Sun Tzu famously said, “all warfare is based on deception.” He could hardly have anticipated how his words would ultimately be substantiated—particularly in the tactics of today’s cybercriminals. Even after 30 years in the trenches, John McClurg is still surprised by their innovative tactics. Sun Tzu reportedly also said, “it’s not an admission of defeat to recognize and respect the strengths of your enemy; rather, it’s a necessary precondition to victory”.



What the hell are we even talking about? Stick around my friends… you shall hear and be heard…



Once Again Back It’s the Incredible…! Sorry… a little Public Enemy for you there… Time for another Very Special Episode of InSecurity, Matt Stephenson has a chat with BlackBerry SVP/CISO John McClurg about what is going on in the world of securing the electoral process of the United States elections. This is not a podcast about politics, it is a podcast about securing the processes and mechanisms. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, the vote you cast should be the vote that is recorded. How do we protect that process? Tune in and find out…



About John McClurg





John McClurg (@JohnMcClurg) is a Sr Vice President and CISO at BlackBerry. He spent his early career with the US government, serving as both a supervisory special agent and branch chief for the FBI as well as a deputy branch chief for the CIA. In these roles, McClurg was involved in the capturing of both Kevin Poulsen and Harold James Nicholson.


Following his public service, John has served as a vice-president and Chief Security Officer for LucentHoneywelland Dell.



About Matt Stephenson





Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and video series at events around the globe.


I have spent the last 10 years in the world of Data Protection and Cybersecurity. Since 2016, I have been with Cylance (now BlackBerry) extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to network security, can wrong-foot the bad guys. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego to DC to London to Abu Dhabi to Singapore to Sydney. One of the funniest things I've ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of NotPetya 6 hours after the news broke... in Washington DC... directly across the street from FBI HQ... as soon as we activated it a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building we were in. I'm pretty they weren't there for us, but you never know...


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of cybersecurity and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.



InSecurity is about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...



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