The Security Podcast of Silicon Valley
Will Butler, Red Team at Robinhood and Co-Founder of TruffleSecurity

Will Butler, Red Team at Robinhood and Co-Founder of TruffleSecurity

May 1, 2022

Join a fantastic discussion with Will Butler on how he launched his career into red teaming by hacking airport security systems as a youngster and realizing his passion for security. We deep-dive into the different types of red teams, why penetration testing adds business value, and what goes into a successful attack. We explore the different kinds of creativity needed to find vulnerabilities, why diversity is essential, specifically on red teams, ethical/moral dilemmas penetration testers often face, and more.

Salesforce Security Engineer, Benjamin Schmoker Scott (He/Him/They)

Salesforce Security Engineer, Benjamin Schmoker Scott (He/Him/They)

April 1, 2022

Ben (he/him/they) is a software engineer specializing in computer security who has worked at startups, large tech companies, research labs, and intelligence agencies. In this episode, Ben shares how he got into security, his experiences along the way, the challenges he's faced, and how he sees the future of Threat Intelligence and Cyber Security.

Biff Clark, Cybersecurity Specialist and Owner of Coefficient Technologies LLC

Biff Clark, Cybersecurity Specialist and Owner of Coefficient Technologies LLC

March 1, 2022

Biff W. Clark, Managing Partner/ Cyber Security Consultant of Coefficient Technologies LLC,

Biff has degrees from Midland University [BA in Business Management] and the Utica College [MS in Cyber Security, Cyber Operations]. He has 25 years sales and sales leadership experience with 15 years in selling and consulting with companies for information technology and cyber security solutions. Biff serves as Board Chair for The Hidden Genius Project, a non-profit Technology incubator for training and mentoring black male youth in technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship. He is an Advisor for Mindblown Labs, a financial wellness innovation lab and gamification studio focused on financial education, and a Venture Partner with Telescopic Ventures, a fund focused on frontier and emerging tech. Biff is a current member of the International Association of Police Chiefs and the Information Security Systems Association. (bwclark@coefficient.us)

Paul Nguyen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Permiso Security

Paul Nguyen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Permiso Security

February 3, 2022

An engaging discussion with Paul Nguyen, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Permiso Security.

Founder Dan Sherry and Co-Founder Grace Chi deep dive into Pulsedive

Founder Dan Sherry and Co-Founder Grace Chi deep dive into Pulsedive

January 20, 2022

Founder and CEO Dan Sherry and Co-Founder COO Grace Chi join for an engaging discussion on Threat Intelligence, how Pulsedive makes hard data problems simple, and how community feedback is key to successful security.

Robert Rounsavall, Co-Founder of Trapezoid Inc.

Robert Rounsavall, Co-Founder of Trapezoid Inc.

December 28, 2021

Robert Rounsavall is the Co-Founder and President of Trapezoid Inc. a company that develops visibility and management tools around the security and operations of firmware. In this interview, we discuss his childhood experience that lead him into security, a bit of his military background, and compare startups and security to Ultramarathon running.

 

Robert Rounsavall has deep experience in security architecture and has spent time working in the large datacenter and cloud provider space. Robert has led incident response teams for both large enterprise and federal government organizations.

 

Robert also:

-holds a patent for a portable large-scale, remotely-deployable network security system (http://www.google.com/patents/US8931087).
-is a contributing author in the Computer and Information Security Handbook ISBN: 978-0123743541
-is a contributor to the Open Data Center Alliance Provider Assurance Usage Model
-was an early adopter of the CCSK (Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge)

He also served 12 years in the military where he served as a Navy Crypto-Linguist Chief Petty Officer.

Michael Malone, Founder and CEO of SmallStep: Certificates, Identity, X.509 and Authentication

Michael Malone, Founder and CEO of SmallStep: Certificates, Identity, X.509 and Authentication

November 15, 2021

Michael Malone, Founder and CEO of SmallStep, joins for an in-depth and compelling discussion focused on Identity, Certificates, X.509, and Authentication.

 

Michael offers us the whole story of the humble beginnings of SmallStep. They were initially focused on Authorization but quickly pivoting to Authentication. Michael shares his philosophy around hiring, work ethics, and his pragmatic approach to building a business. He happily contributes one small step toward a more secure future.

Dylan Ayrey, Founder and CEO of Truffle Security: How Open-Source Makes the World More Secure

Dylan Ayrey, Founder and CEO of Truffle Security: How Open-Source Makes the World More Secure

September 7, 2021

Dylan Ayrey, Founder and CEO of Truffle Secure, joins for thought-provoking on how open-source projects, and Tuffle Hog in particular, are helping everyone build a more secure, resilient, transparent future.

 

How do you find secrets in a GitHub repo, including your Git history? Are you skeptical that open-source projects can be used to build a real company, or, secure software? What's the difference between Community and Open-Source? Why should engineers care about Open-Source projects, but especially engineers early in their careers? How do you make the case to build an Open-Source in a big company?

Fredrick Lee, CSO of Gusto: Why authentic diversity is essential for epic security teams.

Fredrick Lee, CSO of Gusto: Why authentic diversity is essential for epic security teams.

August 24, 2021

Fredrick Lee ("Flee"), the CSO of Gusto, joins for a thought-provoking, bold, and honest discussion on the importance of diversity when building engineering teams in general and security teams in particular.

Flee shares humble childhood stories growing up, attending a boarding school in the deep south where he helped teachers with the school's computers and discovered the hacker magazine 2600. He took inspiration from John Lee (aka, John Threat), the first Black Hacker Flee knew and one of the participants in the 90's "Great Hacker War." Flee learned a special appreciation for the purity of the challenging puzzles behind security problems, soaking in everything he could from a diverse community of outcasts, with computers acting as the great equalizer.

But also, what is it about diversity that produces resiliency in teams and products? Building diverse teams is the right thing to do socially, but is it also the correct thing to do technically? Absolutely, but why? Further, what roles do collaborations and open-source play in the security community? Finally, Flee describes some of the best days he's had as the CSO at Gusto, one of them going back to Gusto's internal response to George Floyd's murder.

Michael Brooks, vCISO and Director of Cyber Risk Services at Trava

Michael Brooks, vCISO and Director of Cyber Risk Services at Trava

August 10, 2021

Michael Brooks, CISO at Trava, joins for a thought-provoking discussion of cyber risk, ransomware attacks, business preparedness, and risk management.

 

The fundamental core issue behind all cybersecurity initiatives is data security. If we don't understand the value of our data, then what do we have? The question we might need to be asking ourselves: Can your business function without it? If not, then it's business-critical, and should be protected.

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