Welcome to The Cyber Society

Let's face it: the future is now. 

We are already living in a cyber society, so we need to stop ignoring it or pretending that is not affecting us.

Here is where IT security and society truly intersect. Here is where we discuss the impact that technology and cybersecurity - or the lack of - have on our everyday life.

Here is where we look at all the internet-connected conveniences, we raise our voice and call for awareness, and we educate about information security, privacy and cyber safety.

Here is where we tell institutions, businesses, organizations, parents, kids, educators, and the whole of society to wake up and learn how to live with the future. 

There is also a Moral Compass that we need to follow, ethical decisions that our society, as a whole, needs to make  before is too late, and only awareness and knowledge will give us the tools necessary to choose the right path.

Because there is no better place than here, and no better time than now, to talk about the future of this digitally connected world.

- Marco Ciappelli 

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“We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster.” 
― Carl Sagan

It's October and It is the 15th annual
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is making it easy to support NCSAM by providing materials for each week that you can share at home, at work and school and in the community.

The line between our online and offline lives is indistinguishable. In these tech-fueled times, our homes, societal well-being, economic prosperity and nation’s security are impacted by the internet.

The 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) will highlight user awareness among consumers, students/academia and business. NCSAM 2018 will address specific challenges and identify opportunities for behavioral change. It will also remind everyone that protecting the internet is “Our Shared Responsibility.” In addition, NCSAM 2018 will shine a spotlight on the critical need to build a strong, cyber secure workforce to help ensure families, communities, businesses and the country’s infrastructure are better protected.

Week 1: Oct. 1­–5: Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety 

Every day, parents and caregivers teach kids basic safety practices ‒ like looking both ways before crossing the street and holding an adult’s hand in a crowded place. Easy-to-learn life lessons for online safety and privacy begin with parents leading the way. Learning good cybersecurity practices can also help set a strong foundation for a career in the industry. With family members using the internet to engage in social media, adjust the home thermostat or shop for the latest connected toy, it is vital to make certain that the entire household ‒ including children – learn to use the internet safely and responsibly and that networks and mobile devices are secure. Week 1 will underscore basic cybersecurity essentials the entire family can deploy to protect their homes against cyber threats.


Week 2: Oct. 8–12: Millions of Rewarding Jobs: Educating for a Career in Cybersecurity

A key risk to our economy and security continues to be the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to safeguard our ever-expanding cyber ecosystem. Raising the next generation of interested and capable cybersecurity professionals is a starting point to building stronger defenses. There are limitless opportunities to educate students of all ages – from high school into higher education and beyond – on the field of cybersecurity as they consider their options. In addition, veterans and individuals who are looking for a new career or re-entering the workforce, should explore the multitude of well-paying and rewarding jobs available. Week 2 will address ways to motivate parents, teachers and counselors to learn more about the field and how to best inspire students and others to seek highly fulfilling cybersecurity careers.


Week 3: Oct. 15–19: It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work

When you are on the job – whether it’s at a corporate office, local restaurant, healthcare provider, academic institution or government agency ‒ your organization’s online safety and security are a responsibility we all share. And, as the lines between our work and daily lives become increasingly blurred, it is more important than ever to be certain that smart cybersecurity carries over between the two. Week 3 will focus on cybersecurity workforce education, training and awareness while emphasizing risk management, resistance and resilience. NCSA’s CyberSecure My Business will shed light on how small and medium-sized businesses can protect themselves, their employees and their customers against the most prevalent threats.

Week 4: Oct. 22–26: Safeguarding the Nation’s Critical Infrastructure   

Our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation. Week 4 will emphasize the importance of securing our critical infrastructure and highlight the roles the public can play in keeping it safe. In addition, it will lead the transition into November’s Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, which is spearheaded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

CyberSecurity is a shared responsibility

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Hosts: Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin
Guest: Daniel Eliot | Director of Small Business Education at the National Cyber Security Alliance

Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure. That's what National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) is all about!

In this three episodes series we talk about:

How this initiative and the National Cyber Security Alliance came to be

How vital is cybersecurity at home and what actions can we take immediately to protect homes and family

The importance of cybersecurity consciousness for small and medium businesses

These are enlightening conversations that you should hear to educate yourself and do your part to make the internet safer and more secure for everyone.


We cannot talk about National Cybersecurity Awareness Month without talking about the future of IoT Security and Privacy

Hosts: Marco Ciappelli
Guest: Jeff Wilbur | Director of the Internet’s Society’s Online Trust Alliance

The Internet Society is a global non-profit founded by “the fathers of the Internet” Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, to help consumers and businesses secure and maintain privacy with IoT devices.

As we go through this month, when everyone is paying a bit more attention to cybersecurity issues, Jeff an I had a pleasant conversation about the concept of “Secure By Design”, where are we going, and what are we doing for IoT Security and Privacy, both from a manufacturer and a user perspective.

As we spoke about the future of IoT we had to pause for a moment, tune out from all the bad news, and think for a moment about all the many incredibly positive advancement that technology and the internet have brought to our society.

Also, in the spirit of Cyber Security Awareness Month, do not miss the final actionable IoT Security Checklist Tips for Consumers and Small Medium Businesses.


Artificial Intelligence: SciFi or reality, buzzword or concrete solution, enemy or ally? And where is the moral compass pointing? 

Host: Marco Ciappelli
Guest: Dr. Ayesha Khanna Co Founder and CEO of ADDO AI

I met Dr. Ayesha for an interesting conversation about Artificial Intelligence, right after her partecipation in the final keynote session with Symantec CEO and RSA Conference Program Chair Dr. Hugh Thompson at RSAC APJ 2018 in Singapore. We discussed the present status and perception of AI for businesses, individuals and society as a whole, and the fundamental role of education in understanding, developing and managing AI in the present and future of our society. 

This has been published.
It is an interesting conversation that will make you think.
See below…


Do we neeed a "Geneva Convention" for CyberSpace

Hosts: Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin
Guest: Marcus Ranum


Unusual Gatherings at the intersection of IT security and society

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The Internet of Things status quo is a mess. We need trust and transparency, and we need it now.

Today’s conversation is with Ashwin Krishnan, Senior Vice President of Products & Strategy at HyTrust.

After a great podcast about the Moral Compass for Autonomous Vehicles that Ashwin had with Sean Martin, Marco Ciappelli took over the torch and invited Ashwin to join the Cyber Society Podcast on ITSPmagazine.

The two met during Black Hat 2017 in Las Vegas, a day after we all learned that Rumba Vacuum Cleaners weren't just collecting dust, bread crumbs and pets hair; oh no, they were collecting map floors of people homes, and who knows what else.

Seriously, what is going on with all this big data harvesting? It is so cheap to do nowadays that companies do it anyway - either they need the data for their product or not. The commercial value may be huge for marketers shortly. But who is allowing companies to collect information about our homes, our cars, our lifestyle, and overall our privacy? How can a user opt-out or opt-in, and decide something that doesn’t even know about?

Listen to this conversation, and you will start getting the picture of the mess we are in with the Internet of Things right now. 

It is complicated, but we need to empower the user, we need knowledge, and we need a Moral Compass and strong ethics.

The Cyber Society needs trust and transparency, and it needs it right now.

I stole this one from from Sean's column 🤖

FunCaptcha's CEO chats with Sean Martin | Humans vs. Bots Online Battle - Most Of The Time We Lose

Consumers and business all over the world find themselves in an online struggle - one might even say they are in an ongoing, online battle; a battle that seems to be intensifying beyond our wildest dreams.

In today’s episode, we won’t be dreaming. Rather, we are going to be looking at some real-world examples where bots are playing the online game against humans and businesses - and are winning far more often than we would like.

To tell these stories, ITSPmagazine's editor-in-chief, Sean Martin, is joined by CEO and founder of Australian-based company, FunCaptcha, Kevin Gosschalk. Kevin's company is dedicated to solving the hardest of the hardest problems in identifying humans and bots.

During our chat, which took place during the OWASP AppSec USA 2017 in Orlando Florida, Kevin shares some real cases where the bots are winning. Legacy technologies are leaving companies open to bad bot activity, oftentimes ruining their business and certainly sticking the consumers with the financial pain and frustration when trying to transact online. As you’ll hear from Kevin, some of the largest companies around the world are tackling this problem head-on. Once you hear his stories, you’ll know why.

Let's listen...

Power To The People - Knowledge Is Power.
A podcast with Chris Roberts and Dr. Christopher Pierson

This podcast is a post live panel conversation, following “Power To The People - Knowledge Is Power,” during Black Hat 2017 in Las Vegas.

Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli invited Chris Roberts - Chief Security Architect at Acalvio Technologies - and Dr. Christopher Pierson - Chief Security Officer and General Counsel at Viewpost - to hang out with us and have a chat. 

It is an interesting conversation. We invite you to listen to it.

We started discussing the status of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in today's cybersecurity solutions. What is possible, what is not, and what is “marketing” making appear today’s reality? I took the bullet for that. You are welcome, marketers! 

We also spoke about what is happening with all this big data collection executed by different kind of IoT devices, and what it takes to TRULY turn this into a positive thing for the final users. Privacy and security are concepts that cannot just be built in the products; they have to be built in the companies. It is TRUST. 

There is much more than just convenience in technology nowadays; there are inconveniences too and the only way for the users to be safe - for the time being - is to stay informed and empower themselves. At least enough to understand the basics.

Get ready; this is just the beginning of the Cyber Society. 
The best - or worst - has yet to come.

Have you met the GRIMM? We did, in Las Vegas, during Black Hat 2017. This is a great story. Enjoy!

What you are about to listen to is a new episode of The Cyber Society Podcast Series with Marco Ciappelli, which, this time, also happens to be part of the Diverse IT Podcast Series with Selena Templeton.

While in Las Vegas, for Black Hat USA 2017 and DEFCON we had a great conversation with Bryson Bort, Founder and CEO of GRIMM.

We discussed how GRIMM approaches diversity and inclusion, and how companies can really walk the talk if they put their heart into it. We also covered more societal, psychological and philosophical topics around cybersecurity for large companies, small businesses, and most importantly... users.

In the end, it wasn't as scary as we thought; actually, we had a great time.

Listen to this podcast and hopefully, you will learn something while having a laugh or two.

Thank you GRIMM!

Gary Hayslip and Ted Harrington chat with ITSPmagazine after The Side Effects Of The Internet Of Things | A Live Experts Panel At Black Hat USA 2017

Following the ITSPmagazine and BrightTALK live panel session at Black Hat USA 2017, two of the expert panelists - Gary Hayslip from Webroot and Ted Harrington from Independent Security Evaluators - chat with Sean Martin and Marco Ciappelli about the Internet of Things and their impact on businesses of all shapes and sizes.

The Moral Compass: Autonomous vehicles… whose life is worth more?

When software determines how autonomous vehicles behave - both in normal situations and in life-and-death situations - what can we expect as a society. What will these vehicles “know” about us, the other vehicles, and the the passengers in the surrounding area such that moral decisions can be made on the fly? Will we have control over this moral compass - or are we set to live in a world controlled by machines and software? Ashwin Krishnan, SVP of product and strategy at HyTrust chats about this new world with ITSPmagazine's Sean Martin.

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Jeremiah Grossman shares his personal advice about living - and even dying - at the intersection of IT Security & Society. 

Jeremiah Grossman, Chief of Security Strategy at SentinelOne, talks with Sean Martin from ITSPmagazine about living our lives securely - and passing on securely - as the digital world continues to evolve. Get Jeremiah's personal tips on home network security, password management, and more, in this exclusive ITSPmagazine An InfoSec Life interview. If you've never heard of someone getting "chipped".... tune in here to learn more.

Chris Roberts chats with ITSPmagazine about cyber security VS. cyber safety, artificial intelligence, privacy and other "fun" stuff.

Chris Roberts chats with ITSPmagazine's founders Marco Ciappelli and Sean Martin about raising awareness and helping people use their technology more securely. We discuss perceptions and responsibility and how machine learning and artificial intelligence can help us be more secure if we surrender ourselves to it. The question is, are we already surrendering too much? We also ponder two other ideas... is the word "security" lost on society - would the word "safety" suit us better? And, last but not least, is there a big marketing value in having a certified "CyberSafe" product?