AccessCyber: Preparing Digital Defenders

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Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Co-Founder of the NYU Center for Cyber Security, Founder of the Osiris Lab & CSAW; In more ways than one, Dr. Nasir Memon is a pioneer in the field of cybersecurity education. On this episode of the AccessCyber Podcast, Dr. Memon (NYU) joins us to chat about all things cybersecurity education, including: - How the security industry has changed over the last 2 decades - Defining cybersecurity from an academic lens - The origins of information security as an academic discipline, and how it relates to business, mathematics, and computer science - What does it actually mean for a system to 'be secure' - Models for how industry and academia can work together to better serve students - What students should and shouldn't expect from the college experience - Studying algorithms and learning how to think - Foundational learning versus role-based education - Disruption in higher education in the midst of a pandemic - Working with Phil Venables, Splunk, Qualys, ZScaler, and others Learn more at
On this episode of the AccessCyber podcast, we're joined by Jack Rhysider, host of the very popular cybercrime podcast: Darknet Diaries. Jack is an infosec practitioner as well as a master storyteller. We chat about a number of topics, including privacy and security best practices, building a successful brand, podcasting, entrepreneurship, meditation, and much more. For more content, follow us on twitter, Linkedin, instagram, and check out our massive resource collection on  This episode is brought to you by Bluehost, for all your web hosting and domain name solutions. 1DemALBFI8dHwK73eWez
It's nearly impossible to operate in the information security space and not know the name Chris Roberts: Chris is one of the world's foremost experts on counter threat intelligence and vulnerability research. In 2015 he earned international fame after demonstrating an exploit which allowed him to hack flight control systems via the in flight entertainment on an airplane. That story, Chris' research, and his journey has been covered by several tech publications and news outlets, including CNN, The Washington Post, WIRED, Business Insider, USA Today, Forbes, Newsweek, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and several others. I recently sat down with the beard-sporting, whisky-enthusiast to answer one question: Who is Chris Roberts? Over the course of 30 minutes, Chris and I chat about everything, ranging from philosophy, daily routines, encounters with law enforcement, the value of bug bounty programs, and the disconnect between digital security and security in the physical world, and much more. Listen to the full episode here.
Cybersecurity recruiter and entrepreneur Karla Reffold chats with Gotham Sharma about recruiting, negotiating, spotting red flags in job descriptions, tips on how to market yourself better, and the general state of information security. Learn more at 
From securing military networks as a soldier in the US Army, to building his own cybersecurity company, Tyrone E. Wilson recently joined us on the podcast to chat about his InfoSec journey. In this conversation, we explore a number of topics, including a formula for discovering your 'dream job', the skills veterans bring to the security industry, and how to combat the perception of 'what a hacker should look like'. Tyrone also shares a free resource you can use to build your own Security Operations Center (SOC) and brush up on skills, such as threat hunting, intrusion detection, network security monitoring, and more:
This week — The Fallacy of the Infosec Skills Shortage, a gamified platform to learn cryptography, and an exclusive invite to a very special event. Don’t miss it! Sign up at
Here’s a simple tool to help you identify your next cybersecurity role: The InfoSec Skills Matrix:
"We need more developers that know about secure coding, we need more systems administrators that know about operating system hardening. And we need people in management that have a better understanding of the actual activities that will defend their network - beyond theory."  Benjamin Mossé has an ambitious plan to train 1,000,000 cybersecurity professionals. Learn more at
A number of cybersecurity training providers are offering free access to their online learning platforms during the pandemic. These virtual courses provide an opportunity to learn new skills and brush up on old ones — helping everyone make the most of this challenging time. Learn more at
“We’re at negative unemployment and we’re going to continue negative unemployment in cybersecurity.” Evolve Security CEO, Paul Petefish shares his journey into the world of information security and what motivated him to build a cybersecurity bootcamp. Plus, an announcement of exciting new things to come from Evolve Security.  Learn more at
Fullstack Academy CEO David Yang, and Lead Cybersecurity Instructor, Corey Greenwald answer the question: "What makes a good hacker?" Learn more at
Learn how Wargames & Capture the Flag Competitions can help you hone your craft as a security professional. Access the resource list at
Today I'm answering the common question: "Do I need to learn to code to land a cybersecurity career?"
Today we're announcing the official launch of the Cybersecurity Career & Education Resource List, available at
What is #AccessCYBER? Great question!
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Created by
Gotham Sharma
Podcast Status
May 22nd, 2019
Latest Episode
Nov 23rd, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
19 minutes
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