Podcasts

The latest and greatest InfoSec podcasts (and others)

A few years back i used to spend most of my time on the commute to work listening to music. Granted, there weren’t that many good podcasts around (even less in the Information Security space) but it still feels like such a waste of time. Don’t get me wrong i love music and i’m still regularly visiting my old colleagues over at Metal.de but listening to podcasts is hands down the best use of time (not only) while commuting.

Over the years i tried many different podcasts; some i’m still listening to, some i found to be not as valuable, some i just keep listening to for entertainment value. In the listing below i provide my view on some of the podcasts i know/listen to. I know that things change over time so feel free to contact me if some rating seems outdated.

The rating is for the podcast in general, not a particular episode.

PaulDotCom.com Security Weekly
No question one of (if not the) best Information Security podcasts out there. Good information, fun to listen to and reliable schedule. Recently they seem to try to be more professional and mature loosing some of the charm of the earlier episodes.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:5/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:6/6]

Network Security Podcast
Martin, Rich and recently Zach are producing on of the other excellent ‘old timer’ shows out there. Informative, a bit more formal and always interesting – a definitive tune in show.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:6/6]

Risky Business
A personal favourite of mine; the show doesn’t take itself all that serious but delivers serious journalism in an typical uncomplicated Aussie way. Especially the news segment with Adam is a highlight. Also watch out for the Risky Business 2 feed!

Information [Rating:6/6]
Entertainment [Rating:6/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:6/6]

Securabit
One of the younger podcasts with more than a handful of hosts. Used to be a bit chaotic with kinda low information value but they evolved from episode to episode and are nowadays a good bunch to listen to.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

CyberSpeak
The oldest and still best podcast for computer forensics. “Computer forensics, cybercrime, and computer security; Two former federal agents discuss the latest in cyber crime fighting and forensic techniques.” And since those ‘former federal agents’ are Brett and Ovie a good time listening is guaranteed. Unfortunately no new shows have been released recently.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:5/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:1/6]

EuroTrash
A newstarter in the security podcast arena but with great hosts and funny accents (being a german myself the accents aren’t really that funny compared to the Southern Fried Podcast guys). Good content with a refreshing tendency towards the european point of view.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:2/6]

Forensic 4Cast
Another european podcast but this time with focus on computer forensics. Not yet around for the a terrible long time but Lee and Simon have already established quite a (good) reputation for their podcast. Usually good info with the necessary consideration for european issues. Just make sure you know whats opinion and whats fact, they dont hold back with either. As unsteady release schedule as Cyberspeak unfortunately.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:1/6]

An Information Security Place
This podcast seems to have somewhat low visibility but it provides good infotainment. Sitting a bit in the middle between professional security discussions and a bunch of security guys having fun talking about the nonsense going on in the industry it makes for a good listen.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

Southern Fried Security
A fairly new podcast which reminds me a bit of the ‘An Information Security Place’ podcast. Funny southern accents, useful information, mostly clean language and common sense security talk.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

Exotic Liability
Well… Exotic Liability. If you are looking for an strictly educational podcast to listen to in your office during lunch break you should probably move on. Exotic Liability is the bad boy among the security podcasts, no holds barred. Often a bit light on security content and loaded with immature jokes and insults but don’t be fooled – these guys are very sharp and forgot more about security than others in the industry will ever know. Love it or leave it.

Information [Rating:3/6]
Entertainment [Rating:6/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:2/6]

Talk Forensics
Talk Forensics follows a different model than most podcasts. The show is usually an one hour live broadcast where Larry or his wife interviews an forensic expert (not necessarily computer forensics). Shows are recorded and can be downloaded. Another show that seems to have ceased issuing new episodes.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:1/6]

CERT Security for Business Leaders
The CERT SFBL podcast is aimed towards security professionals in the business world. Sometimes a bit dry to listen to and the topics might not be very technical. Nevertheless a good show with relevant information especially to the InfoSec management listeners.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:2/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

Out-Law Radio
Out-Law is only mildly related to Information Security; produced by an UK based law firm the content focuses mainly on, that’s right, UK technology law. Usually quite short episodes but valuable content presented in an enjoyable way. Much to my regret this podcast is no longer produced.

Information [Rating:6/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:0/6]

Social Engineering Podcast
A new podcast dealing with the popular social engineering topic. Not many episodes out yet and the release schedule seems to be a bit unsteady, but the content is well worth listening.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

Virtualization Security Roundtable
The best podcast out there when it comes to virtualization security. Edward and his usual roundtable hosts discuss virtualization security in all its facettes. Very professional, very industry focused no-nonsense discussion with experienced industry veterans.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:2/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:5/6]

Hacker Public Radio
A podcast about anything a hacker would want to discuss. Lot of Linux talk as you would expect and not much info for the industry professional looking for the latest business security talk. The quality seems to vary a bit.

Information [Rating:3/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:5/6]

AudioParasitics

McAfee corporate podcast. Pretty short but entertaining shows around hot topics in the security arena. Mostly focused on recent news events and patch releases. The intro is a bit over the top to be honest.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:2/6]

CyberCrime 101
Another new podcast but this one is not so much for security professionals but interested users and IT folks. Time will tell how well the concept is received and how the show will evolve.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

The CyberJungle
Used to be the Data Security Podcast and recently changed format to good old airwave radio broadcasting. Tends to be a bit sensationalist and the way topics are presented is aimed at non technical users.

Information [Rating:3/6]
Entertainment [Rating:2/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:5/6]

Security Now!
“Can you say Security Now!?” No doubt one of the most famous security podcasts in existance, but as much as it’s popular it’s infamous for questionable statements, Steve Gibsons views, Leo Laportes advertising, etc etc. For sure a professional show, so go check it out yourself and don’t believe everything they say about Spinrite.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:6/6]

Crypto-Gram
An audio version of the popular Crypto-Gram by Bruce Schneier. A bit of a best of Bruce Schneiers blog in the last month read out by Dan Henage. Could be more regularly.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:1/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:2/6]

Security Wire Weekly
A SearchSecurity.com podcast with focus on industry events and news. They often have interesting interview partner on the show and do have a reputation for good journalism. If you are looking for professional information security podcasts add this to your playlist.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:2/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:4/6]

Tenable Network Security

The Tenable corporate podcast. This podcast is hosted by Paul Asadoorian, well know host of the PaulDotCom podcast. Compared to the Pauldotcom Security Weekly the Tenable podcast is very focused on Tenable’s product suite and other news around the company. Paul still manages it to keep it interesting for non customers and interviews with industry seniors in the Tenable ranks make this a worthwhile listen.

Information [Rating:3/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:4/6]

OWASP Podcast

The podcast description says it all – Listen as Jim interviews OWASP volunteers, industry experts and leaders within the field of web application security. Good info, mainly on application security but occasionally going off on a tangent.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:4/6]

DABCC Virtualization
Not much of a security podcast but a great resource for anything virtualization related. It is very solution provider focused with almost every show presenting another vendor solution. Not interesting for everyone but solid infotainment if you are into virtualization and enterprise computing.

Information [Rating:3/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:3/6]

Harvard Business Ideacast
Not a security podcast but usually with brilliant information as food for thought. It’s only 10 minutes on average and it’s not often you get to listen to someone so smart and adorable as Sarah Green.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:3/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:6/6]

PowerScripting Podcast
A podcast about Microsoft PowerShell and anything related to it. The guys occasionally touch security relevant topics but its mainly reallly just a very entertaining show about PowerShell. Great info, great guests, low nonsense.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:5/6]

RunAs Radio
RunAs radio is a show for Microsoft guys in the enterprise. Richard and Greg are industry veterans themselves and do have quite a bit of security experience which shows in some of their shows. Generally speaking – if you dont like Microsoft technology this podcast is not for you.

Information [Rating:5/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:5/6]

Virtumania
Hey now! Virtumania is a new podcast for the IT professional interested in all things virtualization. They wanted to start slow and keep it beginner friendly but they pretty fast went on to pretty advanced topics (geo clustering *cough cough*). Good podcast which hopefully keeps going for a while.

Information [Rating:4/6]
Entertainment [Rating:4/6]
Release Reliability [Rating:5/6]

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