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There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more surveillance tactics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more surveillance tactics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

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United States

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There are more information security and privacy threats than ever before. As more technologies emerge, more surveillance tactics are used, and more artificial intelligence systems are deployed, cybersecurity and privacy risks grow exponentially. Rebecca has spent her entire career working to improve information security and privacy protections, by not only raising awareness of the issues within businesses and other types of organizations, but also by raising the awareness of these risks in the public and helping them to understand how to better protect their own personal data, allowing them to take their privacy protections into their own hands. Rebecca offers information about these existing and emerging security and privacy risks and provides fresh insights into the impacts of exploiting these risks, and gives guidance, tips, expert advice and news, with fascinating guests, to help all organizations, and the general public, understand what they need to do to mitigate these risks.

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English


Episodes

Let’s Stop the Robocall Scammers!

11/5/2022
Everyone is inundated with robocalls! Many of them are legitimate, such as those providing notifications about environmental threats such as hurricanes and tornadoes. And those giving alerts about missing persons. And there are many others that are legal, but can still be quite annoying, such as from political candidates. There are also increasingly more robocalls that are used to commit scams and a wide range of crimes. Security expert Ben Rothke is fed up with all these robocall scammers!...

Duration:01:00:00

“Wacky Tobaccy” Laws, Privacy & Security!

10/1/2022
At this time in our current enlightened period in history, we're actually not enlightened with regard to cannabis benefits, medicinal uses, how to debunk disinformation that has been being spread since the 1930s, and how to protect the privacy of cannabis users, as well as their associated personal data, and the business data of the dispensaries. Have you used cannabis, of any kind in any form? Have any of your family members or friends? For recreation and/or for medicinal purposes? Do you...

Duration:00:56:32

Action is Necessary to Improve Voting & Elections Security!

9/3/2022
Many claims have been, and still are being, made about elections and voting security, more than ever since the 2020 election. Some claim there was widespread “voting fraud.” While no process or technology, of any kind for any purpose, is 100% secure, the 2020 general elections were determined through audits and assessments by dedicated elections workers, federal and state civil servants, and cybersecurity experts, to have been the most secure in history, based on the combined results of over...

Duration:00:54:39

Secure Coding Fixes the Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Weaknesses

8/6/2022
In the news every day are security incidents and privacy breaches caused by software programming errors, sloppy practices, lack of sufficient testing, and many other engineering-, coding-, and programming-related reasons. This has been progressively getting worse for the past 40, 50 years as technology has been proliferating, along with code, and different programming languages. Case in point: At the root of most Zero Day exploits is unsecure software code, created by programmers and coders...

Duration:00:54:51

IoT Data Creates Frankenstein Profiles Claiming to Be You

7/2/2022
There are an estimated 20 – 30 billion “smart” internet of things (IoT) devices currently used in the world. Most of them are listening devices, meaning everything heard within the vicinity of the device is sent to cloud systems, analyzed, and actions are taken. This number is projected to increase to 75 – 100 billion by 2025. This data and results of artificial analysis (AI) using the words and conversations of people, and sounds, in the vicinity of the device are sent to numerous,...

Duration:00:53:56

Catching KGB Hackers with 75¢ and a 2400 Baud Modem

6/4/2022
Nation state hackers have been trying to get into the secrets stored on computers for decades. The Russian KGB has been trying, and often succeeding, to hack into computer systems before there was a publicly accessible internet; back when the Arpanet was used primarily to connect university and government computer systems. Do you know who caught the KGB in the act of their hacking activities within these computer systems when no one else, not even the FBI or the military, was interested in...

Duration:00:55:35

How Stalkers & Assaulters Track & Find Victims with IoT Tech

5/7/2022
Assaulters and stalkers are increasingly using technologies to target, surveil, and attack their victims. IoT tech in particular is increasingly being used. • What types of IoT tech are being used to track down and ultimately attack the targeted victims? • What types of popular, tiny, inexpensive IoT devices are increasingly used by assaulters and stalkers for surveilling and then tracking down victims to abuse and assault? • In what ways are a variety of different types of IoT tech devices...

Duration:00:50:38

What Do UNIX, Linux & Dirty Pipe Have in Common? Listen To Hear!

4/2/2022
A lot of news has been released lately about the Dirty Pipe vulnerability in the Linux OS. How is this related to UNIX? Listen in to hear Rik Farrow, the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable expert on UNIX and Linux, explain! Rik will provide his advice about careers in UNIX and Linux security, and answer a wide range of questions Rebecca has received from listeners about these topics. A few of the questions covered include: • How many versions of UNIX are there? • What makes Linux...

Duration:00:54:58

Transportation Cybersecurity & Privacy: Highway to Digital Hell?

3/5/2022
There have been many reports about over-the-road trucking delays causing problems throughout the full supply chain and delaying deliveries of critical products throughout all industries. However, what about the cybersecurity and privacy risks within the transportation industry? There has been little, if any, thoughtful public discussion of the wide range of surface transportation cybersecurity and privacy risks. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities could cause many more disruptions within this...

Duration:00:54:59

A Synthetic Data Deep Dive: Privacy Protector, Foe or Other?

2/5/2022
Synthetic data has increasingly been in the news in recent years. It is being used for many purposes, such as training artificial intelligence (AI) models, and for more thoroughly testing software. It is also being described as a new type of privacy enhancing technology (PET). In what other ways is synthetic data being used? Do data protection regulations and other laws and legal requirements apply to synthetic data? E.g. do the associated individuals need to provide consent for...

Duration:00:55:31

How to Fix the Log4j Problem & Prevent Similar Types of Incidents

1/8/2022
The Log4j security vulnerability is likely a result of insufficient secure coding and/or testing practices for software that is used in billions of devices worldwide. This vulnerability is now being actively exploited, causing a wide variety of security incidents and privacy breaches. New attacks are announced weekly, and sometimes daily, that are exploiting that vulnerability. How did such a dangerous vulnerability make its way into billions of devices? Hear a preeminent applications...

Duration:00:51:46

Who's Responsible for BPO Contact Center Privacy & Cybersecurity?

12/4/2021
Rebecca discusses the importance of call/contact center and customer service privacy and cybersecurity practices with privacy law and business process outsourcing (BPO) expert, Jon Bello. Often the contact center, or customer service group, is the only barrier between a caller and the personal information and access to the account of a particular individual. BPO staff are common targets of social-engineering to get into others’ accounts and to locate where others are located. Mr. Bello...

Duration:00:56:33

Protecting Aviation Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attacks

11/6/2021
The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently announced they are requiring critical US airport operators, passenger aircraft operators, and all-cargo aircraft operators to designate cybersecurity coordinators, and to report cyber incidents to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Lower-level transportation organizations are encouraged to follow the rules as well. Why hasn’t this been done before now? Will it be enough to protect the highly complex and...

Duration:00:56:06

Software Development Security Practices Suck! Wise Up Now!

10/2/2021
Why do so many business leaders insist on using unsecure systems and software development practices? Often to skimp on IT budgets and to race to production. Or leaders with marketing expertise, but no actual tech understanding, make bad decisions to align with their sales tactics and marketing messages. Or, for other reasons. But with demonstrably ongoing damaging consequences. In this episode we speak about the critical need for secure software engineering, development and testing, and the...

Duration:00:53:56

Demystifying Cyber Insurance: Facts to Get the Right Coverage!

9/9/2021
Listen to this episode to learn from Judy Selby, a worldwide recognized and award-winning cyber insurance expert, about the considerations to take into account for different types of cyber insurance, and how recent, and growing numbers of, ransomware and cyberattacks and hacks are impacting the cyber insurance coverage packages. Throughout the recent history of ransomware and other types of malware and cybercrime and hacking, organizations have become increasingly dependent upon cyber...

Duration:00:56:15

Demystifying Cyber Insurance: Facts to Get the Right Coverage!

9/4/2021
Listen to this episode to learn from Judy Selby, a worldwide recognized and award-winning cyber insurance expert, about the considerations to take into account for different types of cyber insurance, and how recent, and growing numbers of, ransomware and cyberattacks and hacks are impacting the cyber insurance coverage packages. Throughout the recent history of ransomware and other types of malware and cybercrime and hacking, organizations have become increasingly dependent upon cyber...

Duration:00:56:15

The BOM Episode! DBOMs! SBOMs! And...Supply Chain Cybersecurity!

8/7/2021
Before the Solarwinds hack made global news daily for many weeks starting in December, 2020, most of the public had never heard the term “supply chain,” let alone know about the inherent data and cyber security risks they bring to organizations. You know it is a significant issue when the President of the United States issues an Executive Order (on Feb. 24, 2021) to significantly strengthen supply chain security in all industries. The risks have always been there, but the number, types and...

Duration:00:54:52

4th Amendment Does Not Give LE the Right to Access Encrypted Data

7/3/2021
The recent take-down of 300 criminal syndicates in more than 100 countries by the DoJ, selling their own 12,000 encrypted devices and services to which they had the decryption keys, has resurrected the question of encryption and lawmakers’ claims that backdoors into encryption are necessary. Lawmakers, and even some data security personalities, point to this event saying it proves encryption should have backdoors. There are also claims that the fourth amendment supports this view. But wait!...

Duration:00:55:06

Data Pipelines & Data Lakes Security & Compliance Answers & Info

6/5/2021
What are “high-speed streaming analytics data pipelines”? What is the function of a data pipeline? Are there more security risks associated with data pipelines, or less, compared to VPN transmissions, and network transmission technologies that have been used for decades? What are “data lakes”? How are they different from data warehouses? Is it possible to meet data protection compliance requirements using data pipelines and data lakes? What are the security risks with using data lakes? What...

Duration:00:53:12

Defending Against Nation-State Hacking & Cyber Warfare Attacks

5/1/2021
There have been many news reports in the past several months about nation-state espionage, and in particular nation-state cyberthreats and cybersecurity warfare attacks. So, what exactly are nation-state cyberthreats? What countries are the sources of the cyberthreats? What countries are launching cyberattacks? Russia? China? The USA? Others? Who should be defending against these cyberthreats? Government? Corporations? Individual citizens? In what ways have US citizens committed cyberattacks...

Duration:00:54:05