UNSECURITY: Information Security Podcast

UNSECURITY: Information Security Podcast

Weekly information security podcast airing Monday mornings hosted by Evan Francen and Brad Nigh. In a unique focus on protecting personal information, Evan and Brad discuss information security as an issue that includes cyber security, physical security, as well as administrative controls. Evan is the CEO of FRSecure and the author of the book UNSECURITY (publish date December, 2018). Brad is the Director of Consulting at FRSecure and a 20+ year veteran of the industry. Hosting things like FRSecure's Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) Mentor Program, online hangouts, and other events together, the chemistry in their banter is sure to delight!... Show More

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October 27, 2020 71 min
Things don't always go as planned. With Brad out last week and a riveting conversation with Neal O'Farrell about mental health in the information security industry, Neal joined the podcast again for an impromptu part two in episode 103. In part two of this discussion, Evan, Brad, and Neal review some very specific self-help measures they've tried—and what their experiences were with them. Give this episode a listen/watc...
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With Brad out this week, Evan is joined by the founder of the PsyberReslience Project, Neal O’Farrell. The PsyberReslience Project is an "ongoing effort to address the prevalence and impact of stress, burnout, and mental health challenges in the cybersecurity workforce." Evan and Neal chat about what mental health is like in the information security industry, and what challenges need to be addressed. Give this episode a lis...
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Securing an election has never been more difficult. Especially with the current state of the pandemic and its impact on in-person events, there’s much more to election security than protecting voting machines. Things like voter intimidation, disinformation, and security after election night all tie back into election security as much as infrastructure. Brad and Evan break down securing the 2020 election on this week's episode. ...
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Brad and Evan pick up where they left off with episode 99 in talking about "The Social Dilemma" by Netflix. The documentary outlines the problems with the way society is moving and how social media and big tech companies are aiding in that. With security and online privacy and tech going hand-in-hand, this is an important topic to discuss. Let us know what you thought of the documentary at insecurity@protonmail.com.
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In episode 99 of the UNSECURITY Podcast, Evan and Brad review "The Social Dilemma"—Netflix's new documentary which sheds light on some techniques tech companies use to get us hooked on social media and the information they're collecting on us. Hear what a couple of information security and privacy experts have to say about a topic that's not going away any time soon. And, as always, send us your feedback to unse...
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Things aren't always as straightforward as they should be in information security. One thing it tends to be hard to determine is who is accountable for what. On this week's episode of the UNSECURITY podcast, Evan and Brad provide some tips and tricks for holding people accountable within our industry—but also life in general. Give episode 98 a listen, and don't hesitate to share your feedback at unsecurity@protonmai...
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With the 2020 elections coming up quickly, it feels like the country is as divisive as it's ever been. What implications might that have on the information security industry? Brad and Evan unpack this in this week's episode of the UNSECURITY Podcast. As always, please send us your comments and feedback to unsecurity@protonmail.com.
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Evan is flying solo on episode 96 of the UNSECURITY podcast. This week, he discusses the importance of context as it relates to making information security decisions. Without context, we often rely on emotion, bias, and assumptions to make decisions—which can be catastrophic. Give this episode a watch or listen and let us know what you think at unsecurity@protonmail.com.
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As we all know, 2020 has been a wild ride. The culmination of events this year, including the pandemic, social justice events, economic issues, the election cycle, and more, have all made for a unique and changing information security landscape. In this episode, Evan and Brad discuss these changes and what they mean for the industry.
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Evan is known for saying that the information security industry lacks a common language, making it hard for us to be on the same page. Using that line of thinking, Evan and Brad Google search "cybersecurity" on this episode and discuss their findings. Hopefully, this will shed some light on the challenges the industry faces in easing confusion. Give episode 94 a listen and let us know what you think at unsecurity@proton...
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Fresh off a really successful DEF CON with Team Ambush, Oscar Minks joins the UNSECURITY Podcast to reflect on the conference and its competitions. Oscar leads FRSecure’s technical services team—which many members of compete at events together as Team Ambush. Listen to get an inside look at one of the biggest hacking events in the world. Then, give us your feedback on this episode (or any) at unsecurity@protonmail.com.
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The UNSECURITY Podcast is sticking with its Women in Security series for yet another week. This week, Brad and Evan are joined by Lee Ann Villella, who is the Senior Enterprise Security Sales Consultant at FRSecure, Program Director for the Minnesota Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, and member of the Cyber Security Summit Advisory Board Committee (including the Women In Security Sub-Committee). We're luc...
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The Women in Security series of the UNSECURITY Podcast is back again this week for part 8. This week, Brad and Evan are joined by Theresa Semmens, who is the current CISO at the Nevada System of Higher Education. Having also served as the AVP/Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Miami and the CISO at North Dakota State University, Theresa brings an unmatched perspective on security programs and careers within col...
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We've gotten great feedback on the Women in Security series thus far, so we're keeping the ball rolling. Part 7 of the series features Amy McLaughlin, who has an incredible background working in InfoSec in education—including the State of Oregon, the Consortium for School Network (CoSN), Chemeketa Community College, and Oregon State University. Get to know Amy and her experiences in the industry by giving episode 90 a liste...
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The quest to gain perspectives from women in the information security industry continues this week as Brad and Evan welcome their sixth guest, Judy Hatchett. Judy has experience operating in security departments across a number of industries including consulting, healthcare, manufacturing, and food. She's currently the CISO Surescripts, a health information network designed to increase patient safety, lower costs, and improve q...
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Episode 88 is part 5 of the UNSECURITY Podcast's Women in Security series. In this week's show, Evan and Brad interview Andrea Hatcher. Andrea is a senior majoring in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations at Pennsylvania State University, and the guys chat with her about why she chose this path, her school's program, challenges, advice, and more. Give it a watch or listen and let us know what you think at unsecurity...
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Episode 87 marks part four of UNSECURITY's "Women in Security" series. This week, Evan and Brad chat with Kristin Judge, the current founder and CEO of the Cybercrime Support Network. With experience well beyond her current role, they talk about what the industry has been like from her perspective, advice for people starting out, and the claimed talent shortage that exists. Give it a listen or watch and let us know what...
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Part three of the UNSECURITY Women in Security series features Victoria Fogarty—a security analyst and member of the vCISO team at FRSecure. You’ll get to meet her and hear her perspective on all sorts of things, including the information security industry, her journey, and what it’s like to do her job. Give it a listen and let us know what you think at unsecurity@protonmail.com.
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In the second episode of the UNSECURITY Podcast's Women in Security series, Evan and Brad chat with Lori Blair. Lori is a Senior Security Analyst with FRSecure and has done fantastic work over a 35-year career in IT and security. Together, the three discuss her path and some of her thoughts on the industry. Give it a listen and let us know what you think at unsecurity@protonmail.com.
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Brad and Evan start their new "Women in Security Series" this week. This will be a four-part series where they connect with women in the information security industry around their experiences. First is Renay Rutter, the Chief Operating Officer for FRSecure. Give it a listen and let us know what you think at unsecurity@protonmail.com.
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