Crucial Tech

Crucial Tech

By Lou Covey
Unraveling the technology that affects us all but that few of us understand, in a format to give you a basic understanding in the time it takes to drive to and from the grocery store.
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Bill and Lou's excellent adventure in Linux and IoT security
I wrote a column in EEWeb.com a few weeks ago talking about the security issues developing in open source software, Linux in particular. And old friend popped up in the discussion. Meet Bill Weiberg. We will probably be hearing more from him in the future/
16:57
July 16, 2019
Certificates? We don't got to show you any stinkin' certificates!
In this episode we learn about certificates,  securing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), botnets, DDOS, secure boot... It's jam packed. We interview Alan Grau, CTO of the Icon Labs division of Sectigo. Thanks to the late, great Alfonso Bedoya for the headline
32:55
July 12, 2019
Dishonest telemarketing, Consumer privacy laws and a way to deal with them effectively
I've been aware of a marketing technology for sometime and have been thinking about doing a podcast on them, but recent issues in the European Union over the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and similar legislation in a dozen states in the US made it crucial to all of us now. Businesses rely on telemarketing to deliver "qualified leads" to them. But they don't actually work as claimed. This technology could make telemarketers obsolete and end the annoying calls without regulation.
16:07
June 28, 2019
The standard you never heard of: GlobalPlatforms... and more
This episode is packed into 40 minutes with news of the week, an interview with the director of Global Platforms and much more.  This is stuff you need to know.
40:00
June 21, 2019
Don't trust a company to keep you safe
This is an interview I did a few months ago with Matt Rosequist, former senior security analyst for Intel. It's a wide ranging interview that cov ers a lot of issues you may not be aware is affecting you.
24:28
June 12, 2019
Squirrels are the greatest threat to the internet and the power grid
Yes, you read that right. The biggest threat to our infrastructure are cute, furry rodents. We interview the CEO of Critter Guard who is saving the world one pole at a time.
29:47
May 9, 2019
Ethics in tech: It is a thing
Government hearings are all the rage now for tech CEOs trying to justify massive breaches in privacy, security and basic trust within their markets. The discussion on how to make sure development of new tech, especially in artificial intelligence is bubbly to the surface. Maija-Riita Ollilie, an ethics scholar in Finland, was our guest this week with a view on how ethics will develop naturally with adoption of technology. 
19:09
May 2, 2019
A good path for STEM careers for women
A few weeks ago I met Lisa Jiggetts, founder and president of the Women's Society of Cyberjutsu, dedicated to helping young women start careers in cyber security. A fascinating and important effort. Check out the website at https://womenscyberjutsu.org.
18:28
April 25, 2019
The Arrest of Assange: What is it all about?
Julian Assange was arrested last week in London. Some call it the death of free journalism, but it might be something else. And what it reveals about your personal security is probably more important.
09:58
April 15, 2019
A special edition of Crucial Tech: the arrest of Assange
While you won’t get into the guilt or innocence of the man, what he is accused of is important to understand. So stay tuned.
01:03
April 12, 2019
Cyber predictions from Forresters are scary
A few weeks ago I interviewed Forresters senior analyst Amy DeMartine about her predictions for cyber security in 2019. Now that I have a chance to publish it, two of those predictions have already come true and it is just mid April. And the reasons for the growth of cybercrime are sitting in out pockets.
24:43
April 12, 2019
The Green New Deal isn't as bad... or as good as you have heard
The Green New Deal in Congress is going to be debated for at least two years and I thought it was worth tying in a tech angle to the debate. We interview Evan Johnson, CTO of Hytech Power in Redmond, Washington about how his technology can actually make this happen with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of results. BTW, If you listen to this podcast on Anchor.fm, you can leave messages, ask questions and make recommendations for inclusion in future episodes. Otherwise you can contact me on the Footwasher Media Facebook page, on my Linkedin page, or on Twitter @newtechpress.
31:45
April 5, 2019
Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a major theme in technology news, investment and science fiction and the conventional wisdom is that it can be very dangerous. Is that true? Maybe not. In this episode we talk to Axel Kloth, CTO of Axiado Corporation, about the potential dangers of AI and the potential benefits.
22:13
March 29, 2019
Applying artificial intelligence in hardware for security
It's been a busy week with ransomware at the top of the list. How can we stop it? Maybe with artificial intelligence (AI) applied directly to hardware. We are back with Axiado's CEO Ashok Babbar for the second in three episodes about AI
18:38
March 22, 2019
Creating decoys to catch and stop hackers
Dr. Prasad Calyam at the University of Missouri is working with a team of researchers to create a novel way of stopping hackers from staling data or installing malware in cloud-based systems.
16:33
March 15, 2019
Will hardware companies survive digital protection legislation
The European Unions General Data Protection Regulations and the California Consumer Protection Act do not apply to the hardware manufacturers that suppy equipment to the companies that collect and store our personal data...yet. Eventually someone is going to figure out that our data is vulnberable in the hardware and will want to sue the hardware companies. We talked to Axiado Corporation CEO Ashok Babbar about how difficult it is to secure data on current hardware, and what we have to do to secure it.
13:56
March 9, 2019
The big hole in the cloud
The last week of February was a bad one for digital security and we thought it would be a good time to start this podcast, focusing on the biggest news of the weeK: The Cloudborne vulnerability in cloud servers... all of them.
27:36
March 8, 2019
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