Silver Bullet Podcast

Interviews, news and commentary, hosted by software security pioneer Gary McGraw

July 23, 2015

We thought the “crypto wars” were resolved in the late 1990s. But the introduction of encrypted devices­—specifically the release of iOS 8 and the growing number of available encrypted communication channels through public services such as Facebook and Snapchat—has resurfaced the debate. FBI Director Comey and other law enforcement Read more

June 30, 2015
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Has software security actually gotten worse? On the 111th episode of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary talks with Marcus Ranum, Chief Security Officer of Tenable Network Security. He is the inventor of both the proxy firewall and early-advanced intrusion systems. Gary and Marcus discuss the current state of Read more

May 30, 2015
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On the 110th episode of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary talks with Paul Dorey, founder of CSO Confidential and Visiting Professor at the University of London. Gary and Paul discuss the modern role of the CSO and the ideal background for a CSO, Paul’s biggest win and biggest Read more

April 22, 2015

On the 109th episode of The Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary is joined by Bart Preneel. Bart is a full professor at the KU Leuven, one of the oldest universities in the world. Gary and Bart discuss the differences in approaches to security between the EU and the US, Read more

March 27, 2015

In the 108th episode of the Silver Bullet Security podcast, Gary talks with Katie Moussouris, Chief Policy Officer of HackerOne. Gary and Katie discuss her first program (a piece of interactive fiction in the Choose Your Own Adventure category written in Basic), bug bounty programs, how financial services and Read more

February 28, 2015
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L. Jean Camp is a Professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. Gary and Jean discuss usability and security, whether users’ implicit expectations of security and privacy are enough to move the mobile market, and “old people” and security. They close out their discussion with the Read more

January 31, 2015

Steve Katz is owner and founder of Security Risk Solutions and the “world’s first CISO.” Gary and Steve discuss the history and evolution of the CISO position, the difficulty of measuring risk in a realistic fashion, how to allocate resources between proactive security engineering and standard network security, triage, Read more

December 31, 2014

On the 105th episode of the Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary talks with the legendary Whitfield Diffie, a pioneer of public-key cryptography. Gary and Whitfield discuss the history of public key cryptography, Diffie’s work on the “proof of correctness of programs,” and if backdoors into crypto systems are a Read more

November 30, 2014
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On the 104th episode of the Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary chats with Rick Gordon, Managing Partner at MACH37. Gary and Rick discuss Rick’s time in the Navy and what it taught him about security, Rick’s lessons learned from his time as CEO of Tovaris, whether the government outside Read more

October 31, 2014
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On the 103rd episode of the Silver Bullet Security Podcast, Gary talks with Brian Krebs, reporter and blogger at Krebs on Security. Gary and Brian discuss how growing up with a computer affected their future careers in security, MUD vs MAD, why “old media” can’t support in-depth security reporting, Read more

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