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The Cybersecurity Podcast

Cybersecurity is not just computers and digital processes. Whether it's the threat or the response, the most important, and most interesting, part of the story is the people behind the keyboard. That’s why we’re launching The Cybersecurity Podcast, a monthly program featuring key leaders and thinkers in this space. Our half-hour podcast will go beyond the headlines to discuss some of the most pressing issues and newest ideas in cybersecurity.
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Dec 3, 2015

Angela McKay, who runs Microsoft's public policy work on cybersecurity, joins The Cybersecurity Podcast to talk about the importance of developing international norms for cyberspace, European privacy concerns, why she's disappointed women comprise only 10 percent of the cybersecurity workforce, and how Microsoft's own attitude – and reputation – for security has evolved over the years.

New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher also chat with Elana Broitman, a shareholder in Greenbert Traurig, LLP.’s Government Law & Policy Practice and a former Defense Department official. They discuss the benefits of having cyber insurance, how the Pentagon should think about buying cybersecurity products and services, and bridging the trust gap between Washington and Silicon Valley. 

Oct 21, 2015

For October's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, The Cybersecurity Podcast team is bringing you an hour-long special episode featuring White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel, and John McAfee, the security pioneer who just founded his own political party – the Cyber Party – and is running for President of the United States. 

New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher chat with Mr. Daniel about the Obama administration's plans for sanctions to prevent online attacks, whether he's optimistic about the recent agreement between Washington and China to thwart cyberespionage, how the White House reacted to the massive Office of Personnel Management hack, and his push to increase the sharing of information between the government and private sector. 

Mr. McAfee, the founder of the world's first commercial antivirus program, shares why he's running for President and some of his goals for the Oval Office, why he thinks we're at cyberwar with China, how cyberthreats have evolved since the time he started McAfee, why people's digital privacy is under attack, and who he thinks is the biggest badass in cybersecurity. 

This episode is sponsored by Arizona State University. 

Sep 24, 2015
Cybersecurity pro and undercover CIA officer-turned-Republican Rep. Will Hurd joins New America’s Peter Singer and Passcode’s Sara Sorcher to talk about what it's like to be the rare cybersecurity expert in Congress; why he went to DEF CON this summer; and why he's disappointed the Office of Personnel Management never apologized for allowing his personal information to fall into the hands of hackers. Hurd, a freshman, is chairman of the IT subcommittee on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. 

Next up: Chris Valasek. He made headlines this summer by demonstrating a live hack of a Jeep Cherokee with a Wired reporter in it – work that forced a recall of some 1.4 million Chrysler vehicles. Now a security lead at Uber’s advanced technologies center, Valasek joins the podcast to talk about the line between drawing needed attention to cybersecurity issues and a dangerous stunt; how companies can make themselves available for "free quality assurance" hackers can provide; and security concerns within the Internet of Things. This podcast is sponsored by Arizona State University. 
Aug 19, 2015

Leading privacy and cyberlaw scholar Peter Swire joins New America’s Peter Singer and Passcode’s Sara Sorcher to talk about the difficulty of keeping secrets in the Digital Age, the differences between the East and West Coast's views on the Edward Snowden leaks, and what's still needed to reform US surveillance practices. Swire, a professor at Georgia Institute of Technology who also served on President Obama’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology, says we're living in a Golden Age of Surveillance – and that law enforcement is not actually "going dark" in its pursuit of criminals and terrorists but actually has more available data than ever before.

Rick Howard, chief security officer for Palo Alto Networks and Army veteran, weighs in on the line between spying for economic advantage and state secrets; whether companies should be able to strike back when they're under cyberattack; and if proposed threat information sharing plans will be effective. He also shares stories about how the military, in the early days of cybersecurity, took a stab at recreating science fiction.

Jul 28, 2015

Katie Moussouris, chief policy officer for HackerOne, joins New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher to talk about bug bounty programs and how to incentivize hackers to help the private sector solve cybersecurity problems. They also chat about controversial proposed changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement, an arms export agreement, which have incensed major cybersecurity companies, researchers, and digital rights groups.

Siobhan Gorman from global communications consultancy company Brunswick Group joins the panel discussion about how cyberattacks could hurt businesses' reputations, the "golden rule" for companies to disclose when they've been breached, and how government agencies might improve their cybersecurity in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management breach.

This podcast is sponsored by Arizona State University.

Jun 18, 2015

Cory Doctorow – science fiction author, journalist and co-editor of the blog Boing Boing – joins New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher to talk about society's "peak indifference" to the Surveillance State, what policies could stand in the way of a future Internet utopia, whether young people actually care about their privacy online, and what a future world war might look like in the 2020s.

Dan Kaufman, director of DARPA's Information Innovation Office, chats about funding "moonshot" projects to help the military beef up its digital defenses, the risks that come with the burgeoning Internet of Things, and what it's like to work in an office with robots in the lobby.

This podcast is sponsored by Arizona State University.

May 14, 2015
New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher chat with Bruce Schneier, prolific author and chief technology officer at Resilient Systems, about the challenges of publicly blaming countries for cyberattacks – and whose job it should be to defend private companies against sophisticated nation-state attacks.  They also hear from Nate Fick, the CEO of Endgame, a venture-backed security intelligence software company, about how he's leveraging cybersecurity solutions once produced just for the government into the private sector.  


Wired's Kim Zetter, author of Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon, joins the panel discussion to talk about how the cyber operation on Iran's nuclear facilities launched a new era of warfare; the vulnerability of US critical infrastructure to Stuxnet-like weapons; and the gender diversity issues bedeviling the cybersecurity industry.

Apr 10, 2015

New America's Peter Singer and Passcode's Sara Sorcher chat with Alex Stamos, Yahoo's chief information security officer and world renowned cybersecurity expert, about his company's new end-to-end e-mail encryption rollout, what it’s like to lead a team of “Paranoids” and why people who have his job are so stressed out.

On the panel discussion, Heather West of Internet performance and security company CloudFlare explores why startups need good security solutions – and why hackers want to target some of the world's newest companies. The panel also expands on Sorcher's latest feature about the cyber gold rush, and the different states and regions vying to become the Silicon Valley of cybersecurity. This episode is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin's Center for Identity.

Mar 16, 2015

Peter Singer and Sara Sorcher interview Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, the Army's top cyber commander, about how the Army is beefing up its cyberforces, competition for talent with the private sector, and what role the military should play when a nation-state attacks a private company. 

Shane Harris, reporter at The Daily Beast and author of '@War, The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex' talks about tensions between the East and West Coasts in a post-Snowden era. This episode is sponsored by Mach37.

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