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What We’re Listening to — Information Security Podcasts

The FireOak team keeps an ear open for and shares the most interesting audio based resources related to managing, sharing, and securing information, data, and knowledge. Here are some snippets from what we’re listening to right now. This week, we are listening to information security related podcasts for Cybersecurity Awareness month. However, it is our opinion that every month should be cybersecurity month — not just October.

Information Security Podcasts

Listed below are some of our favorite information security podcasts.

Podcasts for the Security Minded

Darknet Diaries 

Darknet Diaries is “a podcast about hackers, breaches, APTs, hacktivism, cybercrime, and all the things that dwell on the hidden parts of the network.” This podcast presents the listener with diverse and robust cybersecurity insights delivered skillfully through very engaging storytelling. 

Notably, Darknet Diaries is not a news round-up or security tutorial, and is highly technical while at the same time accessible to all audiences. Whether a novice or an expert in the field of security, this podcast does not disappoint. 

A distinguishing feature of Darknet Diaries is that each episode provides source information. So if you want to delve further into an episode, this is a great way to do so.   

A few of our favorites: episode 21 Black Duck Eggs and episode 26 IRS

Malicious Life

Malicious Life by Cybereason “tells the unknown stories of the history of cybersecurity, with comments and reflections by real hackers, security experts, journalists, and politicians.” 

Similar to Darknet Diaries, although slightly more technical, Malicious Life also incorporates skilled storytelling into their podcasts. 

What’s particularly interesting is the historiography covered relating to the evolution of cybersecurity. Ran Levi, host of Malicious Life, discusses the changing hacking and virus culture from the 1970’s onwards. While cyber threats have changed course over the years, this podcast skillfully articulates their progression. 

An invaluable feature of Malicious Life is that the podcast transcript is provided for each recording. 

A few of our favorites: season 1, episode 5 The Roots of Evil: Ransomware, Pt. 1 and season 1, episode 6 Hell to Pay: Ransomware, Part 2

Security Now  

Security Now, hosted by Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte, is the longest running security podcast.  Compared to Darknet Diaries and Malicious Life, Security now is highly technical and is geared towards technologists and security practitioners.  

A significant portion of the podcast is dedicated to a weekly news roundup, and is usually accompanied by a deep dive on a particular topic of interest to the infosec community. An outline of what will be covered in a podcast is provided on the website as well as the option to read the show’s notes for the week!

Listing to Security Now is a great way to stay on top of security news and current events.


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