Episodes
In this episode, Host Chris Cochran chats it up with former White House Senior Director for Cyber Policy, AJ Grotto. AJ shares his viewpoints about the current state of AI policies, the potential risks and benefits of AI technology, and the challenges in crafting effective policies in the field of cybersecurity. Impactful Moments 00:00 - Welcome 00:45 - Introducing guest, AJ Grotto 01:14 - Are Cyber and AI Separate? 03:37 - US Cyber Policy 08:06 - The Reality of AI Risk 11:20 - From Law to...
Published 12/12/23
The adversary is using Artificial Intelligence. Why aren’t you? In this episode, Host Chris Cochran talks with Scott Sutherland, VP of Research at NetSPI, about everyone’s favorite hot topics; ransomware and AI. Scott will detail his experience with simulating ransomware attack scenarios, as well as discussing the difficulties businesses face when dealing with ransomware threats and prevention mechanisms and how AI can be leveraged to help. Impactful Moments00:00 - Welcome01:10 - Introducing...
Published 12/05/23
SaaS misconfigurations may be responsible for up to 63% of security incidents. Do your SaaS applications have risky OAuth grants and misconfigurations? Let’s not find out. We will unravel the complexities of OAuth and how attackers are using OAuth to move from one app to another. Our special guest Jaime Blasco, co-founder and CTO at Nudge Security, shares techniques to protect your SaaS apps and identify risky and malicious OAuth grants. Are you ready to cover your SaaS and avoid finding...
Published 11/28/23
In this episode, host Ron Eddings speaks with Chris Hughes, President at Aquia, Cyber Innovation Fellow at CISA, and cybersecurity legend. Special guest, Chris Hughes, was initially inspired to build a personal brand through a desire to mend his weaknesses and highlight his strengths. However, LinkedIn offered a platform to display his growth and learning, leading to him amassing over 50,000 followers! In addition to sharing his story, Chris will emphasize tips on how to start your own...
Published 11/21/23
In this episode, host Ron Eddings is joined by Sr. Director of Red Team Operations at Coalfire, Pete Deros, to discuss the hottest topic around; adversarial AI. Ron and Pete discuss how AI is used and how the adversary is using AI so everyone can stay one step ahead of them as well. Impactful Moments00:00 - Welcome 01:35 - Introducing Pete Deros 03:30 - More Easily Phished 05:09 - 11 Labs Video 06:42 - Is this AI or LLM? 9:18 - AI or LLMs: Who has the Speed? 10:36 - Fine Tuning LLMs 14:37 -...
Published 11/07/23
In this episode, host Ron Eddings is joined by Metasploit creator, co-founder and CEO of runZero, HD Moore. HD changed the world with Metasploit and he’s doing it again with runZero. Attack Surface Management can’t happen unless you have visibility into your home or company network and HD shares how he’s able to deliver that and so much more in his journey of creating runZero. Impactful Moments 00:00 - Welcome 00:50 - Introducing guest, HD Moore 01:30 - Fixing the Root Cause 05:00 -...
Published 10/31/23
In this episode, Ron Eddings is joined by Penetration Tester, Instructor, International Speaker, Best Selling Author, and Podcast Host, Phillip Wylie. Phillip shares how pen testing and the need to educate people helped motivate him to speak at conferences and become a central voice in the cyber community. But more than that, he explains how he’s helped so many people get started on a similar path.   Impactful Moments: 00:00 - Intro 00:50 - Introducing Phillip Wylie 02:10 - Penetration...
Published 10/24/23
In this episode, Host Ron Eddings interviews Robert Kerbeck, author of Ruse: Lying the American Dream from Hollywood to Wall Street. Robert shares how his professional acting skills helped his career in corporate spying and espionage.   Impactful Moments 00:00 - Welcome 00:46 - Introducing guest, Robert Kerbeck 00:55 - …And That’s How I Became A Spy 03:00 - Creativity REELY Counts w/ Phishing 10:00 - Robert’s Phishing Training 14:22 - How Corporate Espionage Works 18:36 - “A Fraction of the...
Published 10/17/23
In this episode, host Ron Eddings is joined by cybersecurity researcher and writer, Kim Crawley, to deep dive into one of her greatest passions; computing! From its origins to its newest capabilities in quantum and AI, Kim shares her love of computers as well as her passion for educating others through her writing. Lastly, Kim explains how she wrote her newest release, “Hacker Culture A-Z” while keeping it ADHD-friendly. Impactful Moments 00:00 - Welcome 00:52 - Introducing guest, Kim...
Published 10/10/23
In this episode, host Ron Eddings is joined by Co-Founder and CEO of ThreatLocker, Danny Jenkins, to talk about his "Hero’s Journey" from IT to launching ThreatLocker. From spam emails, bots, and ransomware to persuading people to take a new approach -- this story has all of the villains and obstacles any cybersecurity champion will inevitably face and conquer! Sponsor:Get unprecedented visibility and control of your cybersecurity, quickly, easily, and cost-effectively. Check out our friends...
Published 10/03/23
In this episode, host Chris is joined by Erika Eakins — a cybersecurity sales ninja, podcaster, and co-founder at Teach Kids Tech. Erika opens up about her challenges entering tech and cybersecurity as a woman and her mission to serve the underrepresented. Erika also shares how the strength and resilience she acquired in childhood have helped to carry her through unexpected hardships in the industry like layoffs. Impactful Moments: 0:00-Welcome00:50-Introducing guest, Erika...
Published 09/26/23
It’s a classic technologist conundrum: Should I build or buy the solution I need to solve a problem? The “Build vs. Buy” conundrum is faced by technology teams worldwide. To help approach this riddle, Chris Cochran speaks to two industry veterans, Slavik Markovich co-founder & CEO of Descope, and Rob Fry, co-founder of AKA Identity.  Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a CTO, or just tech-curious, this episode offers invaluable insights. Using the identity market as a case study, we’ll...
Published 09/19/23
Embrace the AI Revolution in Cybersecurity! Ron Eddings explores the dynamic world of AI, from cybersecurity automation to anomaly detection. Learn how AI is being used by practitioners and creators to stay one step ahead of the adversary and the competition   Impactful Moments 0:00 - Intro 1:35 - Origin into cybersecurity and automation 6:12 - What is Artificial Intelligence? 8:23 - Using AI to Classify Phishing Emails 11:32 - Descript and Claude2 to Summarize Content 17:54 - ChatGPT...
Published 09/12/23
For this week's episode, we brought back a fan favorite Security Teams Can't Do It All. This episode features guest Rob Wood, CISO at CMS, who discusses the challenges of data silos in the workplace and the importance of supportive leadership.   Links: Connect with our guest Rob Wood on LinkedIn Join our creative mastermind and stand out as a cybersecurity professional: https://www.patreon.com/hackervalleystudio.com Become a sponsor of the show to amplify your...
Published 09/05/23
In this episode, host Ron is joined by the CISO at Corvus Insurance, Jason Rebholz, to talk about the life of being a cybersecurity content creator. From his drive to create cyber content for technical and non-technical audiences to the sometimes harsh realities of content creation, Jason opens up about the importance of having passion and well-balanced goals. Impactful Moments 00:00 - Welcome 01:12 - Introducing guest, Jason Rebholz 02:05 - Jason’s cybersecurity background 04:37 - Everybody...
Published 08/29/23
In this episode, hosts Ron and Chris are joined by special guest Eric Avigdor, VP of Product Management at Votiro. With humility as the focal point, Eric details his journey as a Product Manager — sharing his unique approach to leadership and customer engagement, as well as the art of asking the right questions. Discover how Votiro is spearheading content security innovation, and don't miss Eric's advice for budding Product Managers eager to make their mark in the industry. Impactful...
Published 08/22/23
Host Chris Cochran is joined by Marty Overman, Senior VP at Imperva, to discuss the importance of self-awareness and transparency in cybersecurity leadership. The two emphasize the need for leaders to recognize their strengths and weaknesses and understand and empathize with the needs and experiences of those they lead. Impactful Moments 00:00 - Welcome00:52 - Introducing guest, Marty Overman01:26 - What makes a great sales leader?04:50 - The power of asking questions07:27 - Building strong...
Published 08/15/23
In this episode, host Ron is joined by Jamie Blasco, co-founder and CTO at Nudge Security, to discuss the opportunities of SaaS as well as the security implications of AI. Jamie also considers the importance of striking a balance between productivity and security when employees adopt new tools. Lastly, he emphasizes his philosophy of treating employees as part of the solution and creating a culture where they feel valued and included in the company's security efforts. Impactful Moments: 00:00...
Published 08/01/23
How do you effectively persuade team members and stakeholders to take action, convey the importance of new projects, or request additional resources? Communicating technical security information often leads to disconnection or worse, falls on deaf ears. During this hour-long livestream, hosts Ron and Chris tackle how you can turn the tables by leveraging the primal power of storytelling, enhancing attention and engagement. Impactful Moments:00:00 - Introduction04:39 - Storytelling &...
Published 07/25/23
In this episode, Chris and Ron Eddings are joined by Jeff Man, a legend in cybersecurity. The conversation begins with Jeff sharing his experiences as a member of the first NSA red team and his involvement in groundbreaking projects. He discusses his early days working with computers at the National Security Agency (NSA) in the 1980s and his role in developing a software-based encryption system. Jeff also points to the significance of the first publicly available web browser and the impact it...
Published 07/18/23
In this episode, Chris and Ron interview Derek Wood from Duality Technologies, a leading privacy technology company to discuss the concept of homomorphic encryption and its significance in data security, privacy, and governance. Homomorphic encryption enables users to perform computations on encrypted data without exposing it, revolutionizing the way data is used and analyzed. In this episode, the group discusses the challenges in the current data landscape, the importance of security and...
Published 07/11/23
In this episode, Ron and Chris explore the vast potential of AI in cybersecurity, including its ability to develop cybersecurity solutions, provide recommendations and predictions for cyber practitioners, and even assist attackers in identifying vulnerabilities and creating exploits. Join our creative mastermind and stand out as a cybersecurity professional: https://www.patreon.com/hackervalleystudio.comBecome a sponsor of the show to amplify your brand:...
Published 06/27/23
In this episode, hosts Ron and Chris are joined by Brian Contos, Chief Strategy Officer at Sevco to discuss his “movie-like” career trajectory and the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in cybersecurity. With two IPOs and eight acquisitions under his career belt, Brian expresses his passion for startups and how getting out of his comfort zone transformed his business knowledge. The group also dives into the rise of artificial intelligence and how it will revolutionize the cybersecurity...
Published 06/20/23
In this episode, Ron and Chris discuss the challenges of balancing cybersecurity and parenting. Chris, a father of three, shares his experience of being a parent while also working in cybersecurity. They talk about the sacrifices that come with being a parent and how to prioritize family while still maintaining a career in cybersecurity. They also discuss the importance of having a plan but being flexible enough to adapt to unexpected situations.  Join our creative mastermind and stand out as...
Published 06/13/23
In this episode of Hacker Valley Studio, Ron and Chris take a deep dive into all things Security Architecture and the essential skills you need to thrive in your role. Ron shares insights from his personal journey into security architecture as well as his expert advice on how to break in and stand out in the field. Links: Join our creative mastermind and stand out as a cybersecurity professional: https://www.patreon.com/hackervalleystudio Become a sponsor of the show to amplify your brand:...
Published 06/06/23