Security Nation

Security Nation
By Kyle Flaherty
About this podcast
Rapid7 podcast series discussing all things security. Join us as we discuss information security with thought leaders in the space.

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June 1, 2017
When you founded a security company nearly 20 years ago and have been in the industry for even longer, you have a LOT of stories. On this episode of Security Nation Kyle sits down with Tas Giakouminakis, a founder of Rapid7, at the NASDAQ MarketSite studio in New York City to discuss some of those stories. The conversation ranges from starting a company focused on vulnerability assessment way back in 1998 to how we deal with things now, 20 years later. Throughout the conversation the two hit on: - What has changed in 20 years is easy ... what hasn't is alarming. - How research is the lifeblood of any security solution or platform. - The importance of community within security, especially with Metasploit. - What it is like to create a company that has grown and thrived through the growth of security. - How to use the research available to anyone to take actions and minimize risks. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
May 15, 2017
Today's news is filled with the WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware and, ahem, FUD. On this special edition of Security Nation, host Kyle Flaherty sits down with Josh Feinblum, VP of information security at Rapid7, to break down the noise and discuss what happened, what is still happening now, why folks need to take this seriously, and the personal decision that is paying the ransom. It's during these moments that the infosec community can really come together to help each other out. Join Josh and Kyle as they discuss that, as well as: - Patching is hard, but blaming people for not patching is a cheap shot. - The challenges inherent in the IT and security relationship, and how to help them out. - FUD is avoidable during times like this, but it's also critical to understand the severity of what happened here. - Is this the second variant of this attack, and will we see more (spoiler alert: yes). Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
March 9, 2017
Episode 25 not only means Security Nation is old enough to rent a car, but it also brings Joel Cardella and Wade Woolwine back onto the podcast ... together! The topic was security operations centers (SOC)—not simply what they are, but how to build one, how to know when you need one, and how to measure overall success. Kyle talked with Joel and Wade about all this and more, including: - Understanding what you actually need from a SOC before even moving forward. - The key to communication, both from people you are hiring and the end user ... AKA, ask what you don't know! - Joel lives on the Island of Misfit Toys and Wade doesn't know what that means. #kidsthesedays - Translating biz speak into security practice, and how it can actually be done. - How to remove chaos from your security practice to minimize overall risk. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
March 3, 2017
In episode 24 of Security Nation we talk all things IoT—not just security, but the surprising industries of growth in the market, how large companies are literally restructuring themselves to win the IoT platform wars, and how breaches like CloudPet's this week serve as a red flag for both consumers and manufacturers. Join host Kyle Flaherty as he welcomes Charlotte O'Donnelly, a research associate at Blue Hill Research, to dive into her deep knowledge of the IoT market including: - The $400B IoT platform wars happening today between behemoths like IBM and SAS - Barriers to growth for IoT, including, not surprisingly, security! - The effect on growth that IoT hacks/breaches have, and how they might actually help us get to better security - The M&A activity that is spurring on innovation within IoT - The 'creepiness' factor of IoT, especially when it comes to retail use cases Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
Feb. 24, 2017
RSA is a week behind us and it felt like enough time had passed to talk about what the crew saw in San Francisco, from the show floor to the best sushi dinners. Joining Kyle once again were Matt Hathaway, Eric Sun, and Nate Palanov (not to mention special guest intro co-host Rachel Adam) to talk about all things RSA. Join the group and get their take on: - Outrageous marketing FUD, from tag lines to hotel room drops - Why AI is NOT actually in security today - The focus on detection, deception, and threat intel - Booths that rolled, literally - And how the 42,000 attendees were looking for answers, not taglines Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
Feb. 2, 2017
Pen testing is no longer a new phenomenon, and neither is security assessments, but they live in a world that changes every day and within industries that have unique needs and demands. Chris Littlebury knows this all too well having led, teamed, or executed more than 200 unique security assessment engagements. Sitting down for episode 22 of Security Nation, Chris provided a glimpse into what makes a pen test a success (hint, it has nothing to do with your tools or tricks), why Summer2016 was a really easy password back in ... well, the summer of 2016, and the impact of IoT. Listen in and hear host Kyle Flaherty and Chris hit on: - Why creativity trumps certifications every time. - How local security MeetUps are probably more useful than the big cons. - The growth in UBA/IDR solutions being used to trip up pen testers during engagements. - And how they are both planning a trip to Austin for, of course, tacos. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
Jan. 26, 2017
On this episode of Security Nation, host Kyle Flaherty talks with Jack Voth, Senior Director IT/Infosec at Algenol Biotech. If there was a theme for this episode it's PASSION. From his early days getting involved in security to relaying a story of an incident just last week, Jack has an undeniable passion for what he does. The episode dives into how to hire the best talent (hint, it's not about certs, but creativity), avoid vendor FUD, and why working for a small community bank is a great way to get started in IT and security. Check out the episode and be sure to send your thoughts for future guests to @kyleflaherty. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
Jan. 20, 2017
On this week's episode of Security Nation, host Kyle Flaherty welcomes in Matt Hathaway and Eric Sun to break down the alphabet soup that is UBA, UEBA, SOAPA...you get the point. The conversation quickly turns to the Gartner Market Guide, the evolution of SIEM, the integral nature of endpoint agents, and oh so much more. Tune in and learn about: - The perils of "portal fatigue" and how to recognize its symptoms. - How to get the most out of the Gartner UEBA Market Guide and understand the vendor segmentation. - How the creation of UBA helped move the SIEM market and motivate us all to understand how important time is in both detection and investigation. - Why InsightIPA should be a beer at some point, but don't tell Nate. - How to properly use the "f-word" in the title of a blog post. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
Dec. 16, 2016
Security Nation is about the people who make up our community, and Bo Weaver has been a strong part of that community since his days in the Navy and hacking computers back in the 1970s. Bo is a pen tester, and has been for a long time, whether working in his own consultancy or for other companies. His knowledge and history in the industry is unique and serves us all well to listen to and interact with as we continue to evolve our strategies. This conversation ran the gamut and included: - Why Bo can't stand a computer smarter than he is, and why it never lasts for long. - The fine line pen testers straddle between being devious and remaining morally conscious. - How the way a team reacts to the findings of a pen test tells him how (or if) they will implement protections against his findings. - Compliance as a forcing function. - Why it's critical we all give back to this community and protect each other's rights to continue doing this type of work. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.
Nov. 17, 2016
On this episode of Security Nation, host Kyle Flaherty talks automotive hacking with Rob Barrett and Jack Vaughn of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), who are leading an initiative to help auto manufacturers and suppliers secure our more interconnected vehicles. The conversation ran the gamut from the impact of publicity-focused car hacking stunts to how we must invigorate the community to share these vulnerabilities so they can be fixed. Rob and Jack also hit on: - The oncoming autonomous car craze and its impact on security ... are we ready? - Why auto manufacturers differ in how they respond to these risks. - How government regulation is driving parts of these programs. - The evolution of some auto manufacturers into technology companies. Security Nation is a podcast dedicated to covering all things infosec – from what’s making headlines to practical tips for organizations looking to improve their own security programs. Host Kyle Flaherty (@KyleFlaherty) has been knee-deep in the security sector for nearly two decades. At Rapid7 he leads a team of technical marketers with the mission of providing impactful content that helps security professionals do their jobs.