If you want to kickstart your career, learn new skills, and make better use of your time, you’re not alone. Because the field of cybersecurity moves so quickly, both industry veterans and aspiring cybersecurity professionals are frequently looking for ways to make the most of their commutes or take control of their careers during their lunch breaks. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is to listen to current and relevant podcast content, so we’ve compiled a list of the best security podcasts available this year.
There is a wealth of knowledgeable podcasters out there, and our top picks were chosen based on the depth and breadth of topics and perspectives they include, the timeliness with which the information is reported, the accessibility of these podcasts to listeners, and the engaging hosts and formats. You’ll not only learn something new, but you’ll also have a good time.
1. Risky Business
Why it’s a must-listen: For good reason, Risky Business is one of the most popular industry news wrap podcasts. This internationally relevant program publishes weekly and features a diverse group of expert guest contributors, such as Kelly Shortridge, who joined host Patrick Gray on the January 31 episode to discuss “zombie companies.” Each episode is accompanied by a detailed written summary, allowing you to sift through the archives and find what’s of particular interest to you.
Who it’s for: Anyone with an interest in cyber and information security, both in the United States and around the world. Gray is a personable, funny host who is excellent at asking both high-level and practical questions of his guests.
When and where to listen: Looking for the best weekly podcast in the biz? You can stream and download new installments of Risky Business for free.
2. Silver Bullet
Why it’s a must-listen: Every month, host Gary McGraw interviews a security expert about their career as well as a current event or hot topic in the world of cybersecurity. Each episode is accompanied by a full written transcript for those who are deaf or looking for a more readable option. Beginning in October 2016, McGraw celebrated a Year of Women by featuring all women in the field for twelve episodes. Silver Bullet is a Synopsis production.
Who it’s for: Cybersecurity professionals as well as anyone interested in learning how industry experts have advanced their careers.
When and where to listen: You can stream and download the monthly episodes on Silver Bullet’s page. Episodes usually go live toward the end of each month.
3. Defensive Security
Why it’s a must-listen: When you need an update on the field and a head-banging wakeup call, listen to this rock ‘n’ roll podcast in the morning. Defensive Security is a podcast hosted by Jerry Bell and Andrew Kalat that aims to shed light on the latest security news and discuss real-world issues that today’s cyber practitioners face. The atmosphere is relaxed and conversational, with Bell and Kalat teasing out and addressing issues in a thoughtful and realistic manner.
Who it’s for: Cyber and information security practitioners and entrepreneurs who want to know more about securing their companies.
When and where to listen: You can stream and download new episodes of Defensive Security Podcast two to three times each month.
4. Women in Cyber Podcast
Why it’s a must-listen: Palo Alto Networks launched this new podcast in November 2017 to highlight women making significant contributions to the industry. They’ve released two episodes so far, and we like what we’ve heard. Andrea Van Unen–Smith and Carolina Peters interview cybersecurity experts about their career paths, professional projects, and how they’ve overcome gender biases and found support in this fast-paced industry. With practical topics and advice, the tone is conversational and engaging.
Who it’s for: Anyone who wants to be more aware of gender in technology, especially women who are interested in a cybersecurity career.
When and where to listen: Stream Women in Cyber Podcast free from the resources page from Palo Alto Networks. You will need to download livefyre to listen in.
5. Southern Fried Security
Why it’s a must-listen: Southern Fried Security, hosted by Martin Fisher, Yvette Johnson, Steve Ragan, Joseph Sokoly, and Andy Willingham, is a delightful roundtable with lots of insights from the team’s expertise and past experiences. Each episode is accompanied by a detailed outline, so you know which topics are covered and when to tune in if you’re pressed for time.
Who it’s for: Cybersecurity practitioners and strategists of all levels. Practitioners especially will find applicable action items in addition to the thoughtful discussions about industry ethics and current events.
When and where to listen: Stream a new full-length installment of Southern Fried Security each month, or sample from the archive of microcast episodes.
Why it’s a must-listen: CyberWire is a podcast network hosted by David Bittner, and there’s something for everyone. The Daily Podcast is a fast-paced, but never rushed, news wrap-up for those interested in the most recent cybersecurity updates. Interviews and updates with research experts who work behind the scenes to study and respond to ongoing or potential security threats are featured on Research Saturday podcasts. The third podcast, CyberWire Special Edition, delves deeper into topics and events such as yearly forecasts, cybersecurity career advice, and more.
Who it’s for: Anyone interested in a career in cybersecurity, industry experts, entrepreneurs, and journalists, as well as people who just want to know what the industry is all about, one easily digestible episode at a time.
When and where to listen: You can stream new installments of the CyberWire podcasts for free Monday through Saturday.
7. Security Current
Why it’s a must-listen: The Security Current podcast provides a unique perspective on the world of chief information security officers (aka CISOs). Each episode is hosted by a cybersecurity executive, most often David Cass, and includes interviews and updates from a CISO’s perspective. These discussions, however, are intended for cybersecurity experts and prospective professionals of all experience levels, as they address the most pressing issues that security firms and other organizations face on a daily basis. We like how each episode is short but packed with information—ideal for busy CISOs on the go.
Who it’s for: CISOs will have a special interest in this podcast. It’s geared specifically toward their needs and interests, which makes it stand out among the majority of practitioner-focused content available in this field.
When and where to listen: Stream the Security Current podcast for free from the organization’s website each quarter.
Still wondering, “What podcast should I listen to?” The podcast you should listen to is determined by your interests and professional goals. We’ve listed each podcast’s specialty, duration, and target audience. Each one provides something unique, and there is no requirement that you choose just one. Listening to the experts will provide you with more insights in this fast-paced industry. So put on your earbuds and start listening to these must-listen-to podcasts right now!
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