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Episode 78: How Today’s Technology Choices Could Shape Our Future | Eugene Spafford

Episode 78: How Today’s Technology Choices Could Shape Our Future | Eugene Spafford

What felt like science fiction 40 years ago is our reality today. What about the technology that will come in the next 40-50 years? What could change, and how can people band together to craft a bright and equitable future?

Eugene Spafford — technologist and professor of Computer Sciences at Purdue University — talks with Caroline about how advances in technology like robotics and machine learning are already impacting people’s lives, in both good and bad ways. We have a responsibility to not just consider what new tech to build, but also what we're building it for. At the end of the day, technology isn't the most important part — it's the people.

If you enjoyed this episode, we recommend the upcoming book Eugene has co-authored: “Cybersecurity Myths and Misconceptions: Avoiding the Hazards and Pitfalls that Derail Us.”

Here’s an overview:

Cybersecurity is fraught with hidden and unsuspected dangers and difficulties. Despite our best intentions, there are common and avoidable mistakes that arise from folk wisdom, faulty
assumptions about the world, and our own human biases. Cybersecurity implementations, investigations, and research all suffer as a result. Many of the bad practices sound logical, especially to people new to the field of cybersecurity, and that means they get adopted and repeated despite not being correct. For instance, why isn’t the user the weakest link?

You can pre-order the book at If you order now, you can use the discount code CYBERMM to receive a 35% discount.

Episode 81: What Makes Remarkable Technology Dangerous | Geoff Huston

Geoff Huston has been working on the Internet since the early 80’s and, in his own words, “did his bit” to set up the Internet in Australia, as well as to set up the early global Internet in the academic and research community. In this episode, he shares with Caroline the leaps and bounds hardware has made over the decades to bring us opportunities we could have never imagined...and how the human condition inadvertently makes it all complex and insecure.
Jan 27, 2023

Episode 90: Exploring the Individual Contributor Role in Cybersecurity | Seif Hateb

Is the manager role the only path ahead in cybersecurity? Seif Hateb, Security Architect at Twilio, shares his view on the Individual Contributor vs Manager dilemma, and how people in the field can pursue the type of role that fits them best.
Jan 12, 2023

Episode 79: Ways to Keep Code From Turning Into a Security Time Bomb | Peter Chestna

As the CISO of North America at Checkmarx, Peter works towards providing the technology, expertise, and intelligence that enable developers and enterprises to secure the world’s applications. A lifelong developer at heart, Peter shares with Caroline his insights on what motivates Dev teams to prioritize security, and why so many current strategies are failing. You’ll learn more about how to not let your tools bury you in work, how to implement mutual accountability around security, and tactics to prevent open source code from blowing up your entire application when a new 0-day comes up.
Dec 22, 2022