The Cyber Rants Podcast

Bringing you cybersecurity insider tips, guidance, news, and rants!

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Episode #84 - Conversations at the Executive and Board Level with guest Caren Shiozaki

This week the guys (and "Skippy the Intern") are joined by special guest, Caren Shiozaki, to discuss cybersecurity considerations among executive teams and boards of directors. Caren shares her experience as a technology executive, insights at the leadership level, and emerging trends that are changing the thought process around cybersecurity and compliance.

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Episode #83 - Cyber Insurance Insights & What You Need to Know

Cyber insurance is critical for risk management and the requirements are changing rapidly. With rate increases averaging 25-45% per year and many companies being declined for coverage altogether, this week the guys get the inside scoop with cyber insurance expert, Adam Guyton. Adam shares some important cyber insurance insights including how to get the most out of your policy, what to look for in your coverage, insurance carrier requirements, how to prepare for your renewal, and more.

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Episode #82 - Developing a Strong Tech Community

This week, the guys welcome Founder and President of the Idaho Technology Council, Jay Larsen. They discuss his journey to building Idaho's premier tech organization, how technology councils help businesses thrive, the traits of a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and the benefits technology companies bring to their communities. 

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Episode #81 - An Unreasonable Fear of Cybersecurity Professionals

Unfortunately, there are some IT professionals who feel threatened when a 3rd party cybersecurity team is engaged. While it's the exception rather than the norm, there are both in-house and 3rd party IT professionals who become uncooperative, feeling as if security people are trying to poke holes in their work. While many IT professionals are very accepting of cybersecurity support, it should never be the case that anyone feels threatened. IT and cybersecurity are complementary disciplines. Good professionals not only strengthen the organization, they can even help each other grow in their own careers.  This week, the guys share stories about walls going up and tensions growing, how to break down emotional barriers and eliminate the fear for better collaboration, the different personality types, valid sources of concern among IT professionals, and why nobody should ever feel threatened when their organization brings in quality cybersecurity support.

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Episode #80 - How to Start a Career in Cybersecurity

Thinking about a career in cybersecurity? This week, the guys share their thoughts about getting into the cybersecurity field. They share the pros and cons of the job, training and experience that helps along the way, how to find your first position or two, plus some reasons why cybersecurity is NOT a good career for some people. Chances are, you're probably closer than you realize to landing your first cybersecurity job.

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Episode #79 - Zeroish Trust

As technology's most widespread and trusted vendors are compromised, who can you really trust in today's environment? This week, the guys discuss attacks originating from compromised tech products, how the bad guys gain insider access, multi-factor authentication fatigue, and even a few hints at their love for Rick Astley.

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Episode #78 - Dispelling Misconceptions About the Cloud

Cloud services can offer tremendous benefits and cloud computing environments have become a standard across all industries. However, marketing hype leads consumers to believe that "the cloud is secure" by default and that someone else is taking responsibility for their protection. Too many people are quick to adopt cloud services without truly understanding the risks. This week, the guys discuss the risks and considerations around cloud services to help you ask the right questions and make wise decisions when moving to new technology environments.

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Episode #77 - It's Ransomware Season!

Ransomware can infect your on-premise or cloud environments at any given time but we've noticed that ransomware attacks seem to spike during certain times of the year. This week, the guys talk about how ransomware can be deployed on your devices, how to prevent ransomware attacks, and even some horror stories from how ransomware has impacted major networks.

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Episode #76 - The Almighty Enterprise Cyber Risk Assessment

It's cyber risk assessment season! This is the time of year when many organizations seem to perform their annual cyber risk assessment. Unfortunately, the standard methods often result in limited visibility. This week, the guys discuss a more holistic risk assessment approach to make your cybersecurity program stronger than ever.

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Episode #75 - Off the Cuff Rants of The Week!

This week, the guys discuss some cybersecurity trends, tips, and words to the wise that are timely and relevant in today's technology-centric world! They discuss: 

  • Are attacks ramping up and if so, why?
  • The pros and cons of spending your cybersecurity budget on Black Hat and DefCon
  • Why you need specific objectives in your penetration testing, not just the numbers
  • The wrong and right way to establish vendor relationships
  • And more! 

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