The Cyber Society

Prevention Is Always Better Than Reaction When It Comes To Safety. Cybersecurity Is No Different, But What To Do If You Become A Victim Of Cybercrime?

By Marco Ciappelli
A conversation with Kristin Judge | CEO/President of the Cybercrime Support Network

It seems to me that we have a long way to go before the general population and small businesses become aware of the very likely risk of becoming victims of cybercrime. While there are many things that can be done to reduce the risk — the “100% safe” scenario is a myth — we certainly cannot expect (at this time) that someone or something is going to take those steps for us.

Cybersecurity as a Branding Value for Companies. It is not a cost, it is an investment.

By Marco Ciappelli
A conversation with Sarah Squire Senior Technical Architect at Ping Identity

Times have changed quite a bit since cybersecurity wasn’t even a word. Now it is most definitely a thing, a problem, a cost, and also a value. 

The fact that cybersecurity sounds boring and the fact that it is mostly perceived as a cost doesn’t help your chance for success.

But is that true?

January 28 is Data Privacy Day. The remaining 364 days of the year are Data Privacy Days

By Marco Ciappelli, Co-host Sean Martin
A conversation with NCSA Executive Director Kelvin Coleman

What’s the title of today’s story?

Data Privacy Day 2019 Reminds Businesses and Consumers About the Value of Personal Data and the Need to Protect It

In this new era of privacy, the National Cyber Security Alliance will underscore the value of personal information by informing businesses about the critical need to respect consumer privacy and safeguard data.

Cyber Insurance For Individuals Is Coming. Will It Make People More Or Less Secure?

By Marco Ciappelli, Co-host oSean Martin
A conversation with Howard A. Miller and Sandra Lollino

We discuss the consequences of a cyberattack on individuals and families as it goes way beyond the material financial damage, and we wonder if the option of enrolling in cyber insurance protection is going to help increase cyber awareness or make it worse and further numb us all?

Once Upon A Time A Group Of Cybersecurity Experts Met At The World Economic Forum

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society
A conversation with Ted Harrington | Executive Partner at ISE and organizer of the @IoT Village

What is this conversation about? 

It is about the World Economic Forum and it is about cybersecurity, which is now officially recognized as one of the top 5 global threats. 140 participants representing about 90 organizations and 25 nations spent two days together discussing how the cybersecurity challenge could be addressed and resolved as a cross-border issue, with no nationality.

Empower Yourself: From Cyberbullying to a Career in InfoSec Privacy

By Selena Templeton, host of DiverseIT

Selena Templeton and co-host Marco Ciappelli chat with Whitney Merrill, a privacy and data attorney who also founded the crypto village at DEFCON, about cyberbullying, anonymity and privacy rights. In this inspiring story, Whitney recounts how being cyberbullied in high school, and the frustration of being told by teachers and police that they couldn’t trace the user, led directly to her career in information security, privacy and the law

A Few Philosophical Thoughts About Artificial Intelligence: An Ancient Wish To Forge The Gods?

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society
A conversation with Ariel Herbert-Voss and Sean Martin

Computer science, philosophy, psychology, sociology, cognitive science, neuroscience, and many more disciplines are needed to prepare our future with AI. Because we cannot hide behind a pointing finger and say machine did it; that would mean that we, humans, did it.

In my humble opinion, Artificial Intelligence is fundamentally an extension of humanity and an evolution of the state of being human.

AI Robots Are Developing Prejudices Because Of Us Mere Mortals

By Selena Templeton, host of DiverseIT

Selena Templeton and co-host Marco CIappelli chat with Ariel Herbert-Voss, a Ph.D. student at Harvard University with a focus on adversarial machine learning, about artificial intelligence, machine learning and unconscious bias. It’s no secret that algorithms are, or can be, inherently biased but the issue is not technology – the issue is about human nature. And we can only build something that is fair if we are.

The Many Flavors Of SAST, DAST, IAST, WAFs, And RASP

By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge

Nollaig Heffernan and Sean Martin weave, swerve and blast their way through a number of application security technologies looking at the history of the marketplace, the expansion of the technologies, how things stay the same even with the massive changes in continuous delivery and continuous integration.

It's Your Community. Let's Work Together To Make It Better.

By Sean Martin

In today’s conversation, Candy Alexander from ISSA International and Jon Oltsik from ESG share how important their 3rd annual global survey on the life and times of cybersecurity professionals is to the InfoSec community, who should get involved, and how the coming findings can help the community help each other to make for a better experience as we all fight the good InfoSec fight.

Cyber Snake Oil: A Slippery Panel Discussion

Are you tired of the same old stories from the InfoSec vendors? This panel of givers and receivers should make you chuckle as they tell their stories of success and failures in cybersecurity solution sales. Don’t drink the snake oil too fast!

Aaron Guzman | Andrew Robbins | Christine Tang (Panda) | Rohan Vazarkar

Michael Schell

We're Stronger Together, Especially When We Help Each Other Understand

By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge

Barry Lowry talks about his 3-part role as the CIO for Ireland:

  1. Delivering government digital services to its citizens and businesses

  2. Using digitalization as a means to grow the economy and GDP

  3. Being a responsible electronically-connected member of the EU

Cybersecurity awareness and education are not just for a month, they are forever | A conversation with Jeff Wilbur

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

This conversation happened during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and while it is an extra incentive for many, Jeff and I agreed that there’s no such thing as a bad month, day or hour to talk about cybersecurity awareness and education.

We spoke about the past, the present, and the future of our cyber-connected lives, how things have changed, especially with the advent of the Internet of Things and the massive adoption by industries and consumers, and what consumers can and should do to be safer online.

Why Do We Have a National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

By Sean Martin, host of At The Edge

In the first of three episodes, Sean Martin is joined by Marco Ciappelli, and these co-founders have the distinct pleasure of chatting with Daniel Elliot on the show. Daniel is the director of small business education at the NCSA and gives an overview of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, as well as the value of sharing cybersecurity responsibility — from the consumer to the large enterprise and from the boardroom to the break room.

Should we just roll the dice or plan our AI-embedded future?
 A conversation with Dr. Ayesha Khanna

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

This is a conversation with Dr. Ayesha Khanna, right after her closing keynote at RSA Conference 2018 APJ during the The Hugh Thompson Show: Artificial Intelligence APJ Style. Even Sophia — Hanson Robotics’ latest and most advanced robot to date and a cultural icon — was part of that panel, but to be honest, at this stage I would rather talk about Artificial Intelligence with those of my kind. For the time being.

BSides Las Vegas Number Ten - Flip That Vinyl One More Time | A conversation with Jack Daniel

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

As you can tell we were not in a hurry to publish the large amount of content created during our Las Vegas coverage. Instead, we decided to pace  ourselves and give you the time to appreciate all the conversations we had.

This one was recorded by me and Sean Martin after we went to see what was going on at BSides and ran into the conference’s Co-Founder Jack Daniel.

Securing The Internet Is Our Shared Responsibility | NCSAM 2018

Give our dedicated focus on covering stories sitting at the intersection of IT security and society, it should come as no surprise that, at ITSPmagazine, we believe wholeheartedly in cybersecurity awareness. Therefore, as you might imagine, appreciate the awareness and education surrounding the month of October in what is called National Cyber Security Awareness Month, or NCSAM.

No adults without kids Supervision, at r00tz AsylumThe future of cybersecurity is looking good.

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

A podcast recorded at r00tz Asylum | DefCon 26
with John Johnson, Nico Sell, Sean Martin, instructors, parents and kids.

What if some kids' dream is to be a hacker when they grow up?

How would you feel about that?
Are you smiling or freaking out?

Are you imagining a bunch of faceless hooded figures crouched over computers in dark rooms doing all sorts of illegal cyber activities while green fluorescent binary codes drip down like blood over laughing skulls painted on the walls behind them?

If this is the case, then you should freak out; I would too, but just like you, by imagining that I would be wrong.

How the CyberSecurity industry created the weakest link | A very short story

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society
A conversation with myself.

For years this industry has been selling pills that are supposed to "make the users un-hackable and made a lot of money selling those.

When the pill didn't work as advertised, the finger was re-pointed towards the users because they should have taken the pill AND make some lifestyle change. They are the reason why the medicine is not working, they are the weakest link.

The User Is The Weakest Link In CyberSecurity! Or, Is It?

By Marco Ciappelli, host of The Cyber Society

How many time have we heard the tale of the lazy, careless and ignorant technology user?

“Humans are the reason why cybersecurity solutions do not work! We need to make solutions that protect the users without the users being involved in the process. Because as usual they will F it up!” Really?

Nice try, sales and marketing team.

Deflate your ego, cybersecurity team.