Episode 10: Cybersecurity

Season 2 of buzzITtalk is finally here, and to get the season started, we’ve taken on one of the biggest buzzwords out there – cybersecurity. But, a topic like cybersecurity, it turns out, isn’t as easy to tackle as one might think. The show digs into cyber hygiene and hacking while also looking at these from a developer’s perspective. Guests include Chronis Kapalidis from the University of Warwick, David Nordell from the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science (CSCSS), and Uschi Schulte-Sasse from INFORM’s aviation division. Together, they begin to unpack the buzzword “cybersecurity” – what it is, what it isn’t, and what businesses around the world could be doing to tackle it.

Show Notes

Buzzword Introduction (00:42)

The Human Element

Introduction to Chronis Kapalidis (01:19)

Information warfare (02:28)

Cyber hygiene (03:35)

Addressing the “human element” (04:57)

Hoodies and Hackers

Introduction to David Nordell (05:58)

What is hacking? (06:33)

Practical tips for dissuading hackers (08:29)

A Developers Perspective

Introduction to Uschi Schulte-Sasse (11:08)

Developing software with security in mind (13:37)

Who’s responsible for cybersecurity? (14:52)

Being proactive is important (15:50)

Is cybersecurity a requirement when developing software? (19:06)

Wrap Up

Cybersecurity – buzzword or action item? (20:01)

Closing Credits (20:42)


Further Readings and Background Research

What is Cybersecurity? (Techopedia)

Cyber Hygiene – Good Practices (Norton)

What is Hacking (Techopedia)

Removing Software Vulnerabilities During Design (IEEE)

The Untold Story of Notpetya, The most Devastating Cyberattack in History (WIRED)


Guest Speaker Details

Chronis Kapalidis from the University of Warwick

David Nordell from the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science (CSCSS)

Uschi Schulte-Sasse from INFORM’s aviation division.


Episode 01: Fighting Tech Savvy Fraudsters with Tech

In this episode, I sat down with Michael Skiba, better known in the fraud fighting community as “Dr. Fraud”. Michael is an international expert on economic crime. He holds an MBA and a PhD with a research focus on fraud and economic crime and is considered one of the leading researchers in this area. He has been a college professor for more than ten years and currently holds the role of Program Chair of Criminal Justice at Colorado State University Global Campus.

Our conversation covered the importance of leveraging today’s technology to fight the tech-savvy cyber criminals. We also cover some of the trends that can help keep financial institutions safe in 2018 and some of the steps businesses can take to curb the costs associated with cybercrime.

Show Notes

Dr. Fraud background / research focus (2:30)

Psychology of Fraud (4:19) Link to book on Amazon >> Psychology of Fraud

Most at-risk industries targeted by economic criminals (7:00)

Trends financial institutions could keep an eye on to help keep them safe in 2018 (8:33)

What can banks do to better protect themselves from fraud (11:42)

Identifying outliers in banking activity – digital fingerprints (14:30)

What role is machine learning playing in the fraud fighting space (15:47)

What sets the cyber criminal apart from other criminals? (19:05)

First steps businesses can take to curb costs associated with cybercrime (21:48)

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