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The information security community is losing its collective mind because actors from the much-maligned "CSI: Cyber" TV series are on the keynote schedule for RSA Conference 2016. A lot of analysis has been devoted to RSA's decision. In this episode of the Security Kahuna Podcast, Akamai security's Bill Brenner, Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay weigh in. Also discussed: Some tiny coming attractions for the Q4 2015 State of the Internet Security Report.

Bill Murphy of the RedZone Podcast interviewed me a couple weeks ago. We discussed everything from super vulnerabilities to incident response to the creation of Akamai's Security Intelligence Response Team (SIRT).

From Murphy's program notes:

In this podcast episode I interview Bill Brenner, who is an expert at digesting threat intelligence information and making this information available to a wide pool of people from C-Suite Executives to coders and developers. Bill is a Senior Technical writer for Akamai and has been a writer for CSO Online, and Liquid Matrix Security Digest. Additionally, he created and writes in a blog called the OCD Diaries where he discusses mental health issues with IT Executives and staff within the technology industry.

Three musts for an IT security decision maker that we discussed:

  1. Super-vulnerabilities like Heartbleed, Shellshock, Poodle and OpenSSL - Identify the risks these pose your assets within your company and remediate them.
  2. Incident Response - Remember to develop a BCP/DR plan for IT Security Incidents
  3. Protect Your Brand - Which hacking groups don't like your company or brand that leave you vulnerable to DDoS, cyber espionage, and ransomware style of attacks?
I also shared some of my favorite infosec resources.

Security Kahuna Podcast, Sept. 2015

In this episode, Bill Brenner, Martin McKeay and Dave Lewis discuss DEF CON 2015 in terms of content and substance. One of the hot-button topics discussed at DEF CON and other security events is the hacking of IOT devices, including smart cars, and the group analyzes the research necessary into possible vulnerabilities. The trio also discusses changes for the State of the Internet Security Report, beginning in Q3 2015, including reorganization of case studies and the inclusion of new data and new voices to represent different aspects of security.

Security Kahuna Podcast, 3-3-15

Newly disclosed data breaches. A constant stream of fresh security vulnerabilities. Dangerous network configurations. Bad passwords. Old lessons unheeded.

Bill Brenner, Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay discuss the latest incidents in the never-ending fight against evil.

Security Kahuna Podcast, 1-13-15

Microsoft's announcement that it will no longer offer advance patch notification to the masses has rekindled the debate over how best to handle vulnerability disclosure. Bill Brenner, Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay discuss this and other issues.



In this latest episode, I talk to Akamai Security Advocates Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay about the increased frequency of severe vulnerabilities affecting SSL and related technology.

We start with the most recent case, Poodle, and move on to Shellshock and Heartbleed. A full list of resources for all of these incidents can be found here.

We also look ahead to potential security trends in 2015.


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Akamai Security Podcast: Inside the PLXsert

This week, Akamai PLXsert Manager David Fernandez and I discuss the latest attack research from his team. David reviews the fallout from a recent advisory about threats to Linux systems, and offers a preview of upcoming research reports.

  • Listen to the full episode HERE 
You can subscribe to the Akamai Security Podcast  and the Security Kahuna podcast from the iTunes store. Hear interviews with Akamai security specialists as well as security luminaries from the larger industry. Preview the podcast here and, to subscribe, click "view in iTunes." Once iTunes launches, you can hit the subscribe button. Thanks for listening!

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Security Kahuna Podcast, Episode 3

Akamai's Bill Brenner, Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay discuss the pros and cons of Google Glass Detector, software designed to detect Google Glass and boot it from any local Wi-Fi network. They also discuss the iCloud/4Chan controversy and look ahead to upcoming security conferences.

  • Listen to the full episode HERE.
You can subscribe to Security Kahuna and the Akamai Security Podcast from the iTunes store. Hear interviews with Akamai security specialists as well as security luminaries from the larger industry. Preview the podcast here and, to subscribe, click "view in iTunes." Once iTunes launches, you can hit the subscribe button. Thanks for listening!

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Last year I launched the Akamai Security Podcast. Episode 1 was an interview with Akamai CEO Tom Leighton, who discussed the legacy of Co-Founder Danny Lewin, Akamai's role on 9-11-01, and his vision of Akamai as a major player in the security industry. This week being the anniversary of 9-11, it seems appropriate to re-share.

Listen HERE.

Related content:

9-11 Anniversary: Danny Lewin's Life and Legacy
Internet Security Central To Danny Lewin's Legacy

Security Kahuna Podcast, Episode 1

Episode 1 summary: In the first episode of the Security Kahuna Podcast, Bill Brenner, Dave Lewis and Martin McKeay discuss the big security issues of the day.

They've been friends for a decade and have collaborated on many projects in the security industry. They've been working together at Akamai for just over a year. They figured the time was right to start doing a podcast together, discussing all manner of useful security topics.

What could possibly go wrong?

Access Episode 1 HERE.

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