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Top 20 Cybersecurity Podcasts You Should Listen to in 2020

2020 Privacy, Safety, Cybersecurity Podcasts

We’ve seen Twittersphere explode with bite-sized information security (InfoSec) news over the past few years and we’ve given you a list of the biggest influencers to follow.

Recently though, podcasts have grown from a fringe media to one of the most popular ways to get cybersecurity news and information.

It’s not hard to imagine why.

Several hours’ worth of reading materials can be broken down into short, easy-to-digest podcast episodes you can listen to while stuck in traffic, doing laundry or handling routine tasks at the office.

So, if you’re looking to expand your podcast subscriptions or to slowly dip your toes in the proverbial InfoSec podcast pool, you’re in luck!

We’ve rounded up 20 of our must-listen podcasts in a variety of genres, styles and tones – from the humorous to the academic and everything in between:

Internet Storm Center Daily Stormcast

1) SANS Internet Storm Center Podcast

SANS is one of the largest and most-trusted resources when it comes to security training and research. Best of all, SANS ISC Daily Stormcasts are only five to ten minutes long – the perfect bite-sized updates on the latest and most pressing security threats for professionals and businesses on the go.  Check out their episodes for Collecting WiFi Client History; XAgent; Conference Phone and #Samsung #KNOX Patch; #MongoDB Audit; Crypto in #PHP.

The SecurityCurrent Podcast

2) Security Current Podcast

Security Current Podcast is a bi-weekly news show produced by the people behind the Security Current news site.  Hosted by a number of leading CISOs and other industry leaders, the show features interviews with experts in IT and Information Security discussing the latest trends and headlines. Recent guests include Cybercrime expert Morgan Wright and SANS’s John Pescatore.  Two episodes you should check out are: Enduser Security Group on Ransomware, IoT and Hacking as a Business as well as Business and Technology Benefits of User Behavior Analytics (UBA) Tools.

The Threadpost News Wrap

3) ThreatPost Podcast Series

The ThreatPost Podcast Series, hosted by Chris Brook, is a must-add to any serious security pro’s listening queue. First produced by Kaspersky Lab in 2008, it has become, in their words, “the first stop for fast-breaking security news, conversations, and analysis from around the world,” with its weekly “News Wrap” updates as well as long-form interview episodes.  A couple of their interesting episodes are Dino Dai Zovi on Securing Linux in Modern Workloads and Justine Bone on St. Jude Vulnerabilities and Medical Device Security.

Risky.Biz - It's a jungle out there

4)  Risky Business (also available on iTunes)

Established in 2007, Risky Business is one of the most highly regarded and most-listened-to podcasts.  Aired once a week, it takes a lighthearted look at InfoSec news and it features insights from industry experts.  Show notes are provided with links for each story and concept covered.  Hosted by journalist Patrick Gray, it has also earned a reputation for covering the most alarming hacks and political issues, such as their episode on China’s hacker scene and Kaspersky is officially toast.  You might also like  #440 -Matt “PwnAllTheThings” Tait on the politicisation of InfoSec.

Brakeing Down Security

5) Brakeing Down Security

Hosted by Bryan Brake and his co-hosts Brian Boettcher and Amanda Berlin, the podcast tackle issues in the world of security, privacy, regulations and compliance that arise in today’s workplace.  This popular weekly podcast is a good stomping ground for aspiring Information security professionals looking to learn industry concepts, and for seasoned veterans looking for a quick refresher. Note-worthy episodes you should check out are Sandboxes, jails, chrooting, protecting applications, and analyzing malware and Threat Lists, IDS/IPS rules, and mentoring.

Open Source Security Podcast

6) Open Source Security Podcast

Launched in September of 2016, the show has already released an impressive 34 episodes, with new episodes each week.  Hosted by Kurt Seifried and Josh Bressers, it covers a wide variety of information security topics, including the Internet of Things (IoT), application security, operational security, cloud, devops and security news of the day—with a particular focus on open source software. Episodes of interest are XML is Never the Solution and Prove to me you are human.

Security Now - Steve Gibson

7) Security Now!

Security Now! is a weekly podcast featuring Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson, the man of whom it’s been said “coined the term spyware and created the first anti-spyware program.” Together, the two spend nearly two hours catching up on the week’s most interesting security events with in-depth discussions.  Weekly topics typically include security vulnerabilities, firewalls, virtual private networks (VPNs), password security and more.  Security Now! focuses on offering practical examples and providing actionable advice to help their audience ramp up their personal security online.  Check out Two Armed Bandits and Law Meets Internet.

Data Breach Today

8) Data Breach Today Podcast

Data Breach Today is a podcast by Information Security Media Group and is worth a listen for the most pressing news on data breach prevention, detection, and notification. Hosted by the Data Breach Today staff, this podcast regularly features discussions with commentators and expert guests in short, easily digestible episodes.  Podcast episodes of note are OT vs. IT Security: The Need for Different Approaches and What It Takes to Achieve Digital Trust.

Root Access Podcast

9) Root Access

A Cisco-sponsored podcast, Root Access takes an in-depth look at topics and events that are shaping the course of the Internet and its effect on people’s daily lives.  Host Mike Storm is a Cisco principal engineer and 10-year CCIE, with an affinity for educating others on building solutions that successfully protect their business, data and themselves from modern security threats.  Check out their episodes on Communication Error and Code Blue.

Down the Security Rabbithole

10) Down the Security Rabbithole

First introduced in 2011, this weekly podcast is a good listen for those already in the industry or in adjacent businesses.  Hosted by Rafal Los, James Jardine, and Michael Santarcangelo, the trio teams up to analyze the most significant security stories in the news from a business perspective and it often features expert guests who offer insights on the latest information security trends and happenings.  Depending on your level of understanding of cybersecurity, the episode on forensics and how both companies and authorities investigate cyber incidents is a fascinating listen.  So is the episode on biometrics for authentication, which broke down how secure this type of authentication is (spoiler alert: not very!) and how it matters.

Security Weekly

11) Security Weekly (also available on iTunes)

On air since 2005, this weekly podcast from Paul Asadoorian is one of the longest-running cyber-security podcasts on this list.  Security Weekly takes an in-depth, technical look at IT security news, vulnerabilities, hacking, research and new security products. Featuring special guests from across the industry, they also explore ideas, techniques and other related topics of interest to the information security community. Each podcast comes with detailed notes breaking down the topics covered.  Check out Round Table and Episode 500 Celebration and  Dave Shackleford, Voodoo Security and SANS Institute.

Exploring Information Security podcast

12) Exploring Information Security

The Exploring Information Security podcast features interviews with a different industry executive, researcher and expert each week, covering a wide variety of topics, ideas, and disciplines within information security. After serving in the military, host Timothy De Block climbed the IT career ladder and discovered his interest in security after taking a role as a network and system administrator. Two episodes you should check out are What is DefectDojo? and What is decentralized IT? – Part 1.

CyberJungle

13) The CyberJungle

Formerly known as The Data Security Podcast, the CyberJungle is the nation’s first news talk show on security, privacy and the law.  The duo of digital forensics and InfoSec specialist Ira Victor and award-winning journalist Samantha Stone provides an entertaining and informative take on the latest security news. The show is fast-paced and includes hard-hitting news analysis, as well as features from thought leaders and insiders who weigh-in on current happenings.  Less than 30 minutes each, you’ll easily get hooked by listening to Episode 387 or Episode 386.

Hacker Public Radio

14) Hacker Public Radio

Hacker Public Radio is a direct continuation of Twatech radio.  Podcasts are unique in that the shows, heard from Monday to Friday, are crowd-sourced from the community…from listeners like you.  There is no restriction on time or topics covered, as long as they are not spam and “are of interest to hackers.”  HPR founders have more than a decade-long history of producing popular shows, including Radio FreeK AmericaBinary Revolution Radio and Infonomicon.  Check out FOSDEM 2017 H Building and the Hallway track and Episode one of the future of free software series.

The Shared Security Podcast

15) The Shared Security Podcast

The Shared Security Podcast evolved from the former Social Media Security Podcast.  Over the years, the show topics evolved to cover information on security, privacy, the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile devices and apps, etc. The name “Shared Security” comes from the idea that security is now shared amongst people, technology and social media.  The show is hosted by ethical hacker and security aficionado Tom Eston, and also cybersecurity auditor and researcher Scott Wright.  Favorite episodes from the show include Tanya Janca’s contribution about women and minorities in cybersecurity, the Secure Messaging Episode: Signal, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and IoT Horror Stories, Biometrics, Staying Safe Online.

The Crypto-Gram Security Podcast

 16) Crypto-Gram Security Podcast

Since 2005, The Crypto-Gram Security Podcast has featured the monthly Crypto-Gram Newsletter (by cryptographer, cybersecurity expert and author Bruce Schneier), read to the listening audience by Dan Henage. The Crypto-Gram newsletter is an invaluable resource for encryption news and information, and the show’s format is a welcome alternative for those who don’t have time to read the newsletter, but who can tune in during their commute or at their leisure.  Check out these episodes from January 2017 and December 2016.

SEI Podcasts

17) SEI Podcasts (also available on  iTunes)

The SEI Podcast Series is a product of the Software Engineering Institute as part of the Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) at Carnegie Mellon University.  SEI podcasts highlight work in software engineering, future technologies, reducing cyber risk and building cyber workforce readiness. Discussions explore topics such as machine learning, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and cloud computing.  Popular episodes include Becoming a CISO, Intelligence Preparation for Operational Resilience and Building Security In Maturity Model (BSIMM) – Practices from Seventy Eight Organizations.

The Security Ledger

18) Security Ledger Podcasts

The Security Ledger is an independent security news website founded in August 2012. Editors Paul Roberts and Robert Vamosi host the Security Ledger Podcasts.  This weekly podcast covers everything from politics to hot topics like the standards of IoT security. The show brings in-depth reporting and insights from security thought-leaders about the most pressing InfoSec issues plaguing businesses and users today.  We recommend episode 91 about the epidemic of fake news and the threat of cryptojacking, as well as the exclusive interview with Lt. Gen Michael Flynn on Cyber Security in the Trump Administration.

OWASP

19) OWASP Podcast

OWASP’s 24/7 is podcast series from the folks at The Open Web Application Security Project, a non-profit project that creates freely-available articles, methodologies, documentation, tools, and technologies in the field of web application security. Host and executive producer Mark Miller interviews industry experts, volunteers, and security leaders to provide valuable insights on web application security.  Check out their episode on Security as Part of DevOps and Development and Interviews and Insights from AppSecEU 2016.

Defrag This Podcast

20) Defrag This

Defrag This is the brainchild of folks at secure file transfer vendor Ipswitch, Inc. The podcast aims to help IT pros get in front of problems, such as a nasty new piece of malware, a hardware failure or a user screw-up.  Every week, host Greg Mooney and his guests discuss InfoSec trends, breaking news, and more. Their latest episodes cover Log Management Basics and Starting Your Own Tech Media Startup.

Listen, learn and act.

This comprehensive list of podcasts can help you boost your awareness of the information security topics that affect your business and/or your personal life.

Be sure to share this list with the security conscious friends in your life!

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