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The Constantly Evolving Subject of Cyber Security with Stephen Cobb

The Constantly Evolving Subject of Cyber Security with Stephen Cobb

Update: 2022-06-22


There’s always risk when using technology, but your perception of the exposure will determine how active you are at minimizing the danger. Today’s guest is Stephen Cobb. Stephen is a best-selling author and award winning technologist with over 30 years experience in digital security and data privacy. He has authored more than a dozen textbooks on PC and LAN security as well as software usage. As a CISSP since 1996, he co-founded two successful security startups and earned a Master’s in security and risk management. Stephen now researches harm caused by the abuse of digital technology.

Show Notes:

  • [1:02 ] - Stephen shares his background and how he wound up in the world of cyber security.
  • [3:17 ] - In the earlier days of his career, he learned the niche of the risks of technology.
  • [6:13 ] - Privacy violations were becoming a HIPPA category.
  • [9:14 ] - Stephen shares more about the companies he worked for and his experience in cyber security.
  • [10:44 ] - Stephen continues researching risk perception.
  • [12:01 ] - Understanding the limits of technology and human behavior have helped guide his research.
  • [13:02 ] - Covid was a very eye opening experience in that it revealed who was willing to exploit and who was willing to come together.
  • [14:26 ] - The new ideas of solving problems are coming out of smaller companies.
  • [15:41 ] - Growth of security is evolving but is it keeping up with the use and diversity of technology?
  • [17:23 ] - Different countries have a different approach to tracking cyber crime.
  • [19:05 ] - The data isn’t accurate as much cyber crime goes unreported.
  • [20:23 ] - Stephen believes the amount of monetary loss from cyber crime can be doubled in individual wellbeing.
  • [21:41 ] - The effect of being targeted has led to health problems.
  • [24:30 ] - Some countries are doing a better job cracking down on cyber crime, but many kinds of scams, particularly romance scams, continue to go unreported.
  • [25:50 ] - Crypto currency has been abused since it’s onset.
  • [26:51 ] - Tech support scams are also going strong.
  • [27:25 ] - Crypto scams are cumulative. They don’t replace a scam, they add to existing ones.
  • [31:48 ] - People aren’t thinking about what a mess that malware will create in upcoming technology.
  • [34:08 ] - Cyber crime is now organized crime.
  • [37:04 ] - Stephen describes his experience showing NPR the industry of the Dark Web.
  • [38:52 ] - People continue to be shocked and amazed by how organized the industry of cyber crime is.
  • [40:10 ] - There has been a drop in enthusiasm and trust in technology companies from the general public.
  • [44:10 ] - When we push technology on people who do not have a lot of experience with it, security becomes complicated and it becomes an ethical dilemma.
  • [46:39 ] - Nothing has been done to make these ethical issues become morally reprimanded.
  • [48:10 ] - Cyber crime is a huge challenge that is a relatively recent phenomenon.
  • [50:40 ] - Although foreign scammers cannot be arrested in your country, Stephen still thinks they should be sought after.
  • [52:08 ] - We need growing economies and full employment in all countries.

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