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Multifactor authentication (MFA) is fast becoming a requirement for a secure business network. Not only that, it's becoming a requirement for a business to qualify for the added protection of cyber insurance. WatchGuard Technologies Director of Authentication Alexandre Cagnoni takes us through why multi-factor authentication is so important in the …
 
Cybersecurity Awareness Month turns 18 this October 2021. And just like other 18-year olds, it's graduated from dealing with fairly straight-forward problems to facing complex issues. But National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) Interim Executive Director Lisa Plaggemier tells us, that there are a few simple steps individuals and businesses can take…
 
Ransomware infections have been rampant in recent months. But typically, we hear more about the aftermath then what leads to a successful attack. In this episode we get the other angle. Sophos VP of Managed Threat Operations Mat Gangwer shares the multi-week story of an attack, from unpatched vulnerability to execution. The responsible ransomware c…
 
Zero-trust is the hot term in network security in 2021. But one reason it's so highly sought out is that many don't know exactly what it means. We called on Fortinet Senior Director of Product Marketing Peter Newton to shed some light on the subject. Peter discusses what makes a zero-trust network philosophy, what steps a company should take to pla…
 
Many if not most workers began working from home in March of 2020, and while the numbers have shifted since, a significant portion are still doing at least some remote work. But according to a survey, neither the remote workers or their company IT staff are too happy about the cybersecurity of it all. For our featured topic this episode, we dive in…
 
We previewed cyber security policy under President Biden at the beginning of 2021. But a lot of big things have happened in cybersecurity since then, making now seem a pretty good time to check in on where things stand. So we brought in an expert to help: NextGov's Mariam Baksh. Mariam tells us about the latest developments from the White House rel…
 
While ransomware has taken center stage for several months now, bad actors aren’t resting on their laurels with existing tools. Threatpost Senior Editor Tara Seals joins us to discuss a newly discovered malware, dubbed Chaos. We talk about what it resembles, what it may do, and why you should be worried. Plus, Tara tells us why the Friends reunion …
 
Ransomware takes center stage in SonicWall's Mid-Year Update to its 2021 Cyber Threat Report. Out in late July, the report outlines just how bad the ransomware situation currently is, and Brook Chelmo joins us to take a closer look. We also discuss other highlights including positive news about malware in general and non-standard ports, as well as …
 
We've turned 50, as in 50 episodes old, yet cybersecurity hasn't aged a day since we started. Ok, maybe that's not true. We take a look back over our half a hundred's worth of podcasts, spotlighting some top clips, and seeing where things stand with them now. Highlights include a pre-pandemic prediction of work from home security issues, our first …
 
With ransomware attacks seemingly at a fever pitch of late, the cyber insurance industry has come into stark focus as well, as some companies turn to their insurers to cover a ransom when attacked. But Cyber Research Analyst Jamie MacColl with the UK’s Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) tells us cyber insurance is more than just paying ransoms.…
 
The network perimeter basically no longer exists, and the latest security solutions need to account for the new normal. Aaron Chen and Shane Davis with Sophos join us to talk about how the network security landscape has changed just in the last couple of years, new business cybersecurity and connectivity priorities, and the latest Sophos products t…
 
Cybersecurity jobs are there for the taking, whether for prospective students or career changers willing to train, as employers desperately search for qualified staff. Dr. Marc Rogers of Purdue University joins us to talk about the shortage of cybersecurity pros in our home state of Indiana and beyond, and how a new website serves as a cyber career…
 
We're fortunate to have two excellent interviews to share on this episode of Ping. First, we discuss the op-ed Cyber Security as Counter-Terrorism: Seeking a Better Debate (https://warontherocks.com/2021/05/cyber-security-as-counter-terrorism-seeking-a-better-debate/) with co-authors Emma Schroeder and Trey Herr with the Atlantic Council's Cyber St…
 
In the latest case of real world implications stemming from a cyber attack, operations of the Colonial Pipeline, supplying almost half of the gasoline to the east coast of the U.S., stopped suddenly. Why? Colonial was the victim of a ransomware attack connected to the DarkSide group. We dissect the details of the attack, how it happened, what it me…
 
While HTML email is nothing new, a recently discovered trick means a pretty wide open security flaw has been there all along, too. Security researcher, engineer, & tech columnist Ax Sharma joins us to explain how just a bit of code in the wrong hands can manipulate the "external sender" warning on your organization's emails - to either remove it al…
 
What's your password? If you can come up with just one off the top of your head for all your accounts, you're probably doing it wrong. We take a look at just how wrong some are doing passwords courtesy of a British survey (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/national-pet-day-password-advice). But don't fret, we also offer tips on how to do your passwords …
 
Cybersecurity laws are somewhat in their infancy in the U.S., but states are starting to get on board. Our guest Cynthia Brumfield, creator of the Metacurity newsletter and writer of all things cyber, tells us about states getting on board with liability protection for companies that take reasonable actions to secure themselves against threats. Wha…
 
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things - few positive. And another ignominious distinction has to do with cybercrime. SonicWall's 2021 Cyber Threat Report, just released on March 16, dives deep into the threat landscape to show us just how bad the year was when it comes to cyber attacks - or good if you happen to be launching them. SonicW…
 
Spring has sprung - or at least is springing - in many areas, and a major tradition of the season is spring cleaning. And just like you decide which boxes to keep and which ones to dump from your home, your network needs a similar evaluation. How old is your equipment? Does it still do all you need it to? Do you need a few tweaks, or a whole new se…
 
Employees can either be your first line of defense or your greatest cybersecurity vulnerability if they’re unprepared to deal with online threats. But what’s the best way to prepare them? We talk to Rebecca McKeown, an independent Chartered Psychologist and special advisor to Immersive Labs, for some answers. Rebecca specializes in Cognitive Readin…
 
February 7, 2021 marks Super Bowl LV - or 55 for those of us not well-versed in Roman numerals. And just like any other major event, there are cybersecurity implications. We explore them in a pop quiz featuring Tom Brady, the Kansas City Chiefs, Windows, and even Armenia. Listen on to find out how cybersecurity and football intersect. In Ransomware…
 
As now President Biden enters office, his administration faces a variety of major issues, not only related to the pandemic, but also to cybersecurity and the online world. The continually developing SolarWinds supply chain attack that led to breaches of multiple federal agencies is still making headlines. And data privacy concerns, ransomware, Sect…
 
We like to look forward at Ping, even when the view isn’t always rosy. So for our first episode of 2021, we take a look at predictions by top security firms to give us an idea what to expect in network security for the coming year. After all, knowing is half the battle when it comes to preparation. Andrew and Kevin talk ransomware, AI-enhanced phis…
 
Here at Ping, we like to celebrate the holiday season by sharing stories. And since we’re in the network security business, they tend to have a bit of an unusual twist. Last year, we presented a CyberSecurity Christmas Carol (check it out here: https://www.firewalls.com/blog/cybersecurity-christmas-carol-ping-podcast-episode-9). And this Christmas,…
 
The cyber threats of this year aren't going away when the calendar flips to 2021. They'll just continue to evolve. For a primer on the online hazards you can expect next year, we welcome back WatchGuard's Marc Laliberte, who - along with his team - has released a set of 2021 Cybersecurity Predictions. We start off by looking back at WatchGuard's 20…
 
In a year unlike any other, holiday shoppers are dealing with changes as well. The tradition of a one-day Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sale, has been replaced with a month-long drip of deals. Our guest Dan Lohrmann dubs this COVID-19-related change, "Cyber November." On this episode, Dan discusses why things have gone even more online than inlin…
 
A broad federal warning outlines how hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country are in the crosshairs of a wave of ransomware attacks. To discuss this unprecedented coordinated threat, we welcome SonicWall's Barbara Vibbert, who provides context on the variety of vulnerabilities healthcare organizations face, why a successful attack can…
 
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and that means it’s a great time to take a hard look at your online posture, protection, and habits to see where there’s room for improvement. Among the organizations with resources to help, is the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA. On this episode, we welcome James Stanley of…
 
Ransomware gets the spotlight on Episode 30 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast. We start with our latest edition of Ransomware Reckoning, spotlighting a case that affected COVID-19 clinical trials. Then it's onto headlines. We discuss a Europol survey suggesting many victims don't report ransomware attacks to authorities, and why that's a bad thing. …
 
The need for strong cybersecurity is ever present, but the needs of specific organizations – and the challenges they face – vary. State & local government agencies are responsible for a wide variety of essential services and data. And that makes finding the right fit for securing their networks against online threats complicated. We welcome Fortine…
 
The firewall is the cornerstone of any network security setup. But a firewall without the right configuration can cause a world of problems. On this episode of Ping, Firewalls.com Director of Sales Anthony Mercho tells Andrew & Kevin what to consider when it comes to specific configuration scenarios, why the setup wizard (and one size fits all) is …
 
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, cyber threats are ever evolving. Yet the evolution has been particularly notable in the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of day to day life, with cybersecurity no exception. To talk about the state of the threat landscape, Kevin and Andrew welcome back returning guest …
 
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on and back to school time is upon us, districts are facing decisions about reopening in person, offering virtual learning options, or doing both. To talk about the challenges of distance education including access, funding, student learning, and, of course, cybersecurity, we welcome Amy McLaughlin, Cybersecurity P…
 
Compliance is a vital piece of the network security puzzle for many businesses, so we thought we’d spotlight the compliance requirements that people are most familiar with in the US – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act more commonly known as HIPAA. So who better to discuss HIPAA on our podcast, then the cohosts of a podcast abo…
 
We continue our examination of the cybersecurity career field and why diversity matters on Ping Episode 24. Roderick Chambers, Cyber Threat Intelligence Consultant with Recorded Future and Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, joins us to talk about his presentation available now on YouTube, called Blacks in Intelligence and Th…
 
The gender gap is great in cybersecurity careers. So what can be done to bring more women into the network security workforce? On Ping Episode 23, we welcome Dr. Nir Kshetri, professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro & fellow at Kobe University, to talk about his article, “The lack of women in cybersecurity puts us all at greater risk.” …
 
We’re back just a week after our headlines-only episode with a special interview-only edition, welcoming Mike Weaver with Sophos to Ping Episode 22. Mike joins us from home to give some updates on why businesses should prioritize cybersecurity now more than ever. He also shares some tools that can help, including Sophos Home, Intercept X with EDR, …
 
Cybersecurity headlines get the spotlight in Episode 21 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast. What’s in the news this week? Andrew and Kevin cover PonyFinal ransomware and explain how it waits patiently to strike – come for the story, stay for the pony puns. We talk about about an Indonesian electoral records breach and why it should worry others as we…
 
You may have heard of the FCC's recent decision to open up space on the 6 GHz wireless spectrum, but what does that really mean for the future of wifi performance? On episode 20 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast, Andrew and Kevin welcome an expert in the wireless world, Sundar Sankaran, VP of Engineering with CommScope’s Ruckus Networks to fill us i…
 
After 9 months of Ping in your network security podcast rotation, we thought we were due for a few updates on cyber news stories we've covered in the past. On episode 19, Kevin and Andrew provide updates on topics such as IoT (internet of things) security, a twisty cryptocurrency/bitcoin saga, and a nuclear hack in India. In other words, a "where a…
 
The first step in defeating a foe is knowing your enemy, and in that vein we dive into our very own Cyber Threat Dictionary as our featured topic for Episode 18. Andrew and Kevin spotlight a sampling of terms from a to zero-days, defining some major cyber threats you've heard of (like phishing and ransomware), and some you may be less familiar with…
 
On Episode 17, we continue our focus on the work from home nature of the world as we currently know it. We welcome back Daniel Kremers with SonicWall to share his expertise on ensuring network security in a remote work setup. He discusses the idea of a home office firewall and some use cases for small business owners and employees. He also provides…
 
The work landscape has changed drastically over the past few weeks thanks to COVID-19, and our setup is no different. On Episode 16, our first Pod from Home episode, Andrew and Kevin share Tales from Home – observations from their experience shifting from the office to the homefront for work – to help stop the spread. They discuss their setup, sche…
 
We’ve said it before, but it pays to know the cyber threats you face on a day-to-day basis. What you’re likely to encounter. So you can take action to protect yourself, your network, and of course, your bottom line. On Episode 15, we talk with SonicWall’s Brook Chelmo about the security company’s 2020 Cyber Threat Report (https://www.sonicwall.com/…
 
We live in a wireless world. From homes to enterprises – and certainly including small businesses – wifi networks and connected devices are a way of life. But that doesn’t mean all those connections are safe. On Episode 14, we talk to WatchGuard’s Ryan Orsi to find out what it takes to have a Trusted Wireless Environment. We hear why establishing s…
 
We started our conversation with a focus on cloud services and a specific Office 365 red flag that came up at the end of last year: a spearphishing campaign. But the more we spoke with SonicWall’s Matt Brennan, we learned why spearphishing campaigns – and the related business email compromise – may be the most lucrative form of attack for hackers t…
 
What is an endpoint, and why is endpoint security a vital part of any protected network? We learn the answers to these questions and more with Sophos’ Mike Weaver, who offers background on the endpoint security landscape and talks about Intercept X by Sophos, a comprehensive endpoint protection option widely recognized as one of the top solutions o…
 
In Episode 11, we learn about Fortinet’s Cyber Threat Assessment Program, aka CTAP, which offers businesses a free chance to see their vulnerabilities and shore them up before a breach occurs. Fortinet’s Ben Bolen discusses the program and the latest version, CTAP for SD-WAN, with Kevin and Andrew. You’ll hear how it works, who it’s for, and what t…
 
In Episode 10, Andrew and Kevin ring in the new year with a look ahead to the future of network security in 2020. They countdown 20 trends and predictions from industry leaders like Fortinet, SonicWall, Sophos, WatchGuard, and Experian – mixing in a few offbeat predictions that are less likely to come true as well. You’ll hear about fleeceware, ele…
 
In Episode 9, Kevin and Andrew invite you to gather ‘round the fireside and hear a cautionary holiday tale of a miserly small business owner who needs some convincing from a few ethereal figures on Christmas Eve to take cybersecurity more seriously. It’s a story of phishing, ransomware, time travel, and more! And it’s Ping’s first ever podcast play…
 
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