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Online Extortion and World Cup Risks

In the latest episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to CSIRT researcher Mike Kun about the latest threats his team is monitoring, including online extortion attempts and possible disruptions during the World Cup. 


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Podcast: Cyber Competition in Review

My guest this episode is Kathryn Kun, manager of our Adversarial Resilience team. She reviews the recent Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NECCDC), of which she was an organizer.

As part of the competition, each team -- along with a new "CIO" -- was hired to take over IT operations for the fictional company EnV research Inc. The competition packet described the following scenario: "At the request of major stake holders, including the Department of Energy, the previous IT team was let go after confidential and proprietary EnV research documents surfaced online. As the new IT department, you will be tasked with securing the EnV network, while maintaining business operations."

NECCDC is the regional qualifier for the national Collegiate Cyber-Defense Competition (CCDC). The northeast region represents institutions in the states of New York, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. 
 
The NECCDC selected one winner and one alternate to represent the region in this year's CCDC in San Antonio, Texas, April 19-21.

More Akamai Security Podcast episodes are available here.

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Podcast: Humanity in Security

In this week's episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to Christian Ternus of our adversarial resilience team. He's been the driving force behind "Humanity in Security," an effort to address burnout, depression and stress in the security community.

Podcast: RSAC in Review

This week's episode of the Akamai Security Podcast is a recap of RSA Conference 2014, and my guests are Stuart Scholly, SVP and General Manager of Akamai's Security Business Unit, Akamai CSO Andy Ellis, and Program Manager Meg Grady-Troia.

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Podcast: Brian Bourne and SecTOR

Welcome to the Akamai Security Podcast. I'm your host, Bill Brenner. This week I finish off a series on volunteers in the security community -- particularly those who organize and volunteer at security conferences around the world. My guest is Brian Bourne, co-founder of the Security Education Conference in Toronto, more popularly known as SecTor. Bourne is also president of CMS Consulting Inc.

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Podcast: Joshua Marpet and InfoSec Activism

Air Comm Networks CTO Joshua Marpet discusses the importance of volunteering at security conferences and what kind of role he plays at such events. He also talks about the growing family atmosphere at the conferences -- including the steady increase in activities for children.


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Podcast: James Arlen at #ShmooCon 2014

At the recent ShmooCon conference, industry leader James Arlen discussed the need for better business etiquette among security practitioners.


A round-up of the first nine episodes of the Akamai Security Podcast:

Episode 1: CEO Tom Leighton discusses 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.

Episode 2:  I talk to Meg Grady-Troia about her role in Akamai InfoSec, particularly the security training she does for new hires. 

Episode 3: I talk to Larry Cashdollar, a senior security response engineer on our CSIRT team. Larry discusses the mechanics of his job and the particular threats he and the team have been tracking and defending against.

Episode 4: A few months ago, Akamai Senior Enterprise Architect David Senecal wrote a post about ways to identify and mitigate unwanted bot trafficIn this episode, I went into more detail on the subject with Matt Ringel, an enterprise architect in Akamai's Professional Services team. Check out the related post, "Bots, Crawlers Not Created Equally."

Episode 5: I interview CSIRT Director Michael Smith. We discuss the role of CSIRT in researching threats and vulnerabilities, as well as keeping customers and the wider public informed of defensive measures they can take.

Episode 6: I continue my discussion with CSIRT Director Michael Smith. In this installment, Mike describes the process by which CSIRT delivers daily threat intelligence to our customers, along with the defensive measures needed to block attacks.

Episode 7: In this episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to colleague, friend and Security Advocate Dave Lewis (@gattaca on Twitter). We talk about the past, present and future of his Liquidmatrix site, life in his new role and the big issues he's helping customers address. We also talk about all the blogging he's doing over at CSOonline.com.

Episode 8: This week's episode is with Akamai Senior Security Advocate Martin McKeay. He's an old friend with more than a decade of experience in information security. At Akamai, he spreads awareness about security and privacy, helping customers understand our approach to both. 

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This week's episode is with Akamai Senior Security Advocate Martin McKeay.

He's an old friend with more than a decade of experience in information security. At Akamai, he spreads awareness about security and privacy, helping customers understand our approach to both. 

As a self-described "recovering QSA," he's well aware of the pain many companies feel when dealing with compliance. 

He is also the host and author of a pair of the longest running podcasts and blogs in the security industry, the Network Security Podcast and the Network Security Blog.

Listen to the podcast HERE.

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Akamai Security Podcast, Episode 7: Dave Lewis

In this episode of the Akamai Security Podcast, I talk to colleague, friend and Security Advocate Dave Lewis (@gattaca on Twitter). We talk about the past, present and future of his Liquidmatrix site, life in his new role and the big issues he's helping customers address. We also talk about all the blogging he's doing over at CSOonline.com.

Previous episodes of the podcast are available here.

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