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Podcast Episode 109: What’s The US Freedom Army? Ask Russia.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 37:07 — 42.5MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s episode of the Security Ledger Podcast (#109): what lurks in the dark recesses of online information operations? How about a secret “US Freedom Army” linked to Russia? Dave Aitel of Cyxtera joins us to talk about it. Also: hacking critical infrastructure isn’t just for nation states anymore. Cybereason joins us to talk about the cyber criminals hacking into industrial control systems. 

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Spotlight Podcast: Synopsys’ Dan Lyon on the Challenge of Securing Connected Medical Devices

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:07 — 31.0MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this Spotlight Podcast, sponsored by Synopsys: In the wake of a presentation at Black Hat about security flaws in implantable pace maker devices, Synopsys Principal Consultant Dan Lyon joins us to talk about why medical device makers struggle to make their connected medical devices more secure. Dan and I discuss some of the flaws in the approach that medical device makers take to security, and how manufacturers can take a page out of their own book: applying the same standards to cyber security as they do to – say- device safety. 

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Episode 108: DEF CON’s Car Hacking Village and is the Open Source Model Failing on Security

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 33:40 — 38.5MB)Subscribe: Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSIn this week’s podcast (#108), sponsored by CA Veracode: hacker summer camp wrapped up on Sunday, as the 26th annual DEF CON conference concluded at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Hacks of connected and smart vehicles were a big theme again this year. We sat down with the organizers of DEF CON’s Car Hacking Village to see what was news at this year’s show.  Also: open source software has revolutionized the way software gets made, and turbo charged the growth of companies like Facebook and Uber. But is the open source model failing us when it comes to security? We’re joined by OWASP founder Mark Curphey of CA Veracode to discuss it.