How to Be Cyber Smart this Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Ping Podcast – Episode 57

Episode 57: How to Be Cyber Smart this Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Be Cyber Smart (or more technically #becybersmart) is the ongoing theme of Cybersecurity Awareness Month (which happens to take place in October). But how does one go about getting smart when it comes to cybersecurity? National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Interim Executive Director Lisa Plaggemier joins us to offer tips and resources for individuals and businesses. Her two top tips are strong passwords and multifactor authentication (MFA). Lisa also tells us about the origins of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, why security is more important now than ever before, challenges in the cyber career field, and more.

Learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month and get helpful resources year-round at StaySafeOnline.org.

In headlines, hear about a cybersecurity awareness survey of EU businesses. And then, ransomware story number one focuses on Sinclair Broadcast Group. Finally, we’re horrified to learn about a ransomware attack on a candy maker – just before Halloween!

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Trust No One: Exploring Zero-Trust Networks – Ping Podcast – Episode 55

Episode 55: Trust No One – Exploring Zero-Trust Networks

Did you know, zero-trust is among the most searched cybersecurity terms in the last couple of years. That means people are interested in adopting this security setup. But just what is it, and how do you make it happen? We welcome Fortinet Senior Director of Product Marketing Peter Newton to answer those questions and more. Peter tells us why most networks are already on the zero-trust spectrum. He also goes over some key steps to firming up a zero-trust environment. And he explains why it’s a perfect solution in the age of remote work and hybrid setups.

Read his blog, titled How to Implement a Zero Trust Security Strategy.

In headlines, hear about drama with REvil ransomware and a special kind of court. And then, learn why the EU is pointing the finger at Russia for cyber activities. Finally, we explain why state governments especially are struggling to fill cybersecurity jobs.

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Or just about anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart, Pocket Cast, Castro, Castbox, PodchaserYouTube, and of course via RSS, to name a few). Moreover, please rate and review us wherever you listen. And remember to subscribe or follow where you can to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re released

Missed our previous episodes? You can get them anywhere you listen to podcasts, or go to our full episode list.

Learn even more about network security through our blog, which features new content every week, and our knowledge hub.

New episodes are usually released every other Wednesday. Have a special request for a topic or a question for our network engineers to address? Email us at podcast@firewalls.com and it could be on our next show. Thanks in advance for any listens, follows, subscribes, reviews, comments, shares, and generally spreading the word!


Public-Private Partnership on Cyber Security Policy – Ping Podcast – Episode 53

Episode 53: Public-Private Partnership on Cyber Security Policy

We projected some cyber security policy directions under President Biden at the beginning of 2021. But with all that’s happened since, it’s time to take stock of where things are now. For that, we welcome NextGov’s Mariam Baksh to take us through recent cybersecurity initiatives from the White House and Congress. Mariam outlines the use of public-private partnership to improve security, and whether some recent announcements constitute real progress or just talk. She also discusses the revisiting of the NIST framework, how the cyber insurance industry is involved, and recommendations from the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

Read Mariam’s work at NextGov.

In headlines, we update the T-Mobile data breach story. And then, we discuss Apple’s relationship to privacy and how money plays a role. Finally, we learn about the latest ransomware cell to call it quits and why this keeps happening.

How to listen

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Or just about anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart, Pocket Cast, Castro, Castbox, PodchaserYouTube, and of course via RSS, to name a few). Moreover, please rate and review us wherever you listen. And remember to subscribe or follow where you can to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re released

Missed our previous episodes? You can get them anywhere you listen to podcasts, or go to our full episode list.

Learn even more about network security through our blog, which features new content every week, and our knowledge hub.

New episodes are usually released every other Wednesday. Have a special request for a topic or a question for our network engineers to address? Email us at podcast@firewalls.com and it could be on our next show. Thanks in advance for any listens, follows, subscribes, reviews, comments, shares, and generally spreading the word!


Chaos and Friends: The One With Malware – Ping Podcast – Episode 52

Episode 52: Chaos and Friends: The One With Malware

A new malware variant may soon throw the threat landscape into chaos. Threatpost Senior Editor Tara Seals joins us on a new Ping Podcast to discuss the emergence of Chaos malware. What is it? What will it do? And why should you be worried? Listen to find out. Plus, Tara tells us why the recent Friends reunion special on HBO Max led to a spike in online fraud.

Read more about Chaos.

In headlines, we discuss a case of SIM swapping that’s led to guilty pleas. And then, we learn about a T-Mobile data breach affecting millions. Finally, we discuss a new survey on passwords that doesn’t look so good.

How to listen

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Or just about anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart, Pocket Cast, Castro, Castbox, PodchaserYouTube, and of course via RSS, to name a few). Moreover, please rate and review us wherever you listen. And remember to subscribe or follow where you can to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re released

Missed our previous episodes? You can get them anywhere you listen to podcasts, or go to our full episode list.

Learn even more about network security through our blog, which features new content every week, and our knowledge hub.

New episodes are usually released every other Wednesday. Have a special request for a topic or a question for our network engineers to address? Email us at podcast@firewalls.com and it could be on our next show. Thanks in advance for any listens, follows, subscribes, reviews, comments, shares, and generally spreading the word!


50th Episode Spectacular – And Headlines, Too – Ping Podcast – Episode 50

Episode 50: 50th Episode Spectacular – And Headlines, Too

We celebrate 50 episodes of cybersecurity podcasting as we reach the 50th episode of Ping, A Firewalls.com Podcast. On this special edition, we take a look back at some key podcast moments and how they fit into the cyber world. With each clip, we also update where things stand now, and whether progress has been good or bad. Hear about a work from home warning, our first pod from home, diversity in cyber careers, hospitals targeted by ransomware, and cyber policy under President Biden. Plus, we throw in a little Christmas surprise. And stay tuned till the end for a thank you to all our guests!

In headlines, we hear about a refund scam targeting Amazon and other ecommerce sellers. Then, we discuss some startling Pegasus spyware discoveries. And finally, we outline how China has been called out for the big Microsoft Exchange hack.

How to listen

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Or just about anywhere you prefer to listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Pandora, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Overcast, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart, Pocket Cast, Castro, Castbox, PodchaserYouTube, and of course via RSS, to name a few). Moreover, please rate and review us wherever you listen. And remember to subscribe or follow where you can to get the latest episodes as soon as they’re released

Missed our previous episodes? You can get them anywhere you listen to podcasts, or go to our full episode list.

Learn even more about network security through our blog, which features new content every week, and our knowledge hub.

New episodes are usually released every other Wednesday. Have a special request for a topic or a question for our network engineers to address? Email us at podcast@firewalls.com and it could be on our next show. Thanks in advance for any listens, follows, subscribes, reviews, comments, shares, and generally spreading the word!


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