The Technology Whisperers - A Technology and Innovation Podcast

Sean G Muller / Alistair Ross

Alistair Ross and Sean Muller, who combined bring you almost 50 years of technology experience, bring you a podcast to help demystify technologies and provide guidance about where technology is going and how you and your business can use those technologies to get better outcomes. From CEO’s to those just starting out, The Technology Whisperers Podcast helps you understand the technology landscape and where you should be investing to get the best benefits for yourself and your business. So come along and listen in! read less
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27 - Technology Whisperers - Current Events for April 2024
Apr 22 2024
27 - Technology Whisperers - Current Events for April 2024
The Technology Whisperers: Season 3, Episode 5 - "Current Events for April 2024" Episode Summary: Join Alistair Ross and Sean Muller in this informative episode as they delve into the latest happenings in the IT space, with a particular focus on cybersecurity and AI. The hosts provide expert insights into recent security breaches, developments in AI, and the implications of new technologies on business and security practices. Key Takeaways: Recent Security Breaches: An in-depth discussion on the significant security issues faced by Microsoft, including a major data breach by the hacking group Nobilium.AI Developments and Concerns: Examination of the AI hype cycle, comparisons to the dot-com bubble, and practical implications for businesses in leveraging AI technologies.Quantum Computing and Cryptography: Exploration of the advancements in quantum computing and the essential move towards post-quantum cryptography.Green Computing: The ongoing challenges and strategies related to reducing the carbon footprint in tech, especially concerning AI's power consumption.The Role of Open Source in Cybersecurity: A critical look at how open-source software underpins much of the internet and the risks associated with its widespread use.Episode Highlights: Analysis of AI's market impact, drawing parallels with historical tech booms and potential future trends.Discussion on the strategic national and corporate moves towards securing data against future quantum decryption capabilities.Insights into the potential environmental impact of expanding AI technologies and the necessary innovations to counteract these issues.A cautionary tale about the vulnerabilities inherent in the widespread use of open-source software and the potential global implications of security oversights. Listener Engagement: Listeners are encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts on how current IT developments affect their work or personal security practices. Questions for Sean or suggestions for future topics can be submitted via social media or the podcast's website.   Closing Thoughts: As technology continues to evolve rapidly, staying informed about the latest developments and security practices is crucial for everyone, from IT professionals to casual users. Join us next time as we continue to explore the fascinating world of technology, providing clarity and insights into the complex digital landscape. Contact Details Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web: https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross  https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ Subscribe and Review: Support the Technology Whisperers by subscribing to our podcast on your favorite podcast app and leaving a review. Share this episode with anyone interested in the intersection of technology and diversity. On Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/the-technology-whisperers-a-technology/id1609516270 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/0Hk3B5ftWt8DQEKZpkTSwA?si=9983d5ad421d4509 Google Play https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RoZXRlY2hub2xvZ3l3aGlzcGVyZXJzL2ZlZWQueG1s And remember to demystify the technology world with Sean and Alistair. Subscribe and listen to every episode.
26 - Technology Whisperers - Reloaded - Women in Cybersecurity
Apr 7 2024
26 - Technology Whisperers - Reloaded - Women in Cybersecurity
Women in CyberSecurity: The Spicy Brain Episode - Reloaded Hosts: Sean Muller and Alistair Ross Guests: Hilary Walton, Kat Lennox Steele, Sasha Mullins Release Date: Originally aired 12 Sept 2023 Episode Summary In this Reload of our most downloaded episode ever of Technology Whisperers, hosts Sean and Alistair are joined by three remarkable guests: Hilary Walton, Kat Lennox Steele, and Sasha Mullins, for an in-depth discussion on women's unique pathways into the cybersecurity field. Dubbed "The Spicy Brain Episode," this conversation sheds light on the diverse backgrounds, challenges, and triumphs these women have experienced in the tech industry. Key Points Discussed: Introduction to Cybersecurity: Each guest shares their unique journey into the cybersecurity world, highlighting the diverse paths one can take to enter this dynamic field.Overcoming Barriers: The guests discuss the various challenges they faced, including imposter syndrome, gender biases, and finding their voice in a male-dominated industry.The Role of Mentorship: Insights into the importance of mentorship, advocacy, and building supportive networks in personal and professional growth within cybersecurity.Neurodiversity in Tech: A candid conversation about neurodiversity, including ADHD, and how it influences work styles, creativity, and problem-solving in cybersecurity.Empowerment and Inclusion: Strategies for fostering a more inclusive and supportive environment in tech for women and underrepresented groups. Memorable Quotes: "It's about leaning into the fact that you're different... cybersecurity allows you to work with your brain rather than against it." - Sasha Mullins"You need to put your own oxygen mask on first... I had to do those things so that when I got out the other side, I still had a career worth leaving my baby for." - Hilary Walton"Seeing somebody who has got a few similarities to yourself, like the fact that she's female and she's a mom, doing amazing work... that stuff's pretty inspiring." - Kat Lennox Steele Connect with Our Guests: Hilary Walton hilarywalton@microsoft.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilswalton/ Kat Lennox-Steele kat.lennoxsteele@defend.co.nz https://www.linkedin.com/in/klennox-steele/ Sasha Mullins sasha.mullins@cybercx.co.nz https://www.linkedin.com/in/sasha-mullins-335325a3/     Contact Details Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web: https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross  https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ Subscribe and Review: Support the Technology Whisperers by subscribing to our podcast on your favorite podcast app and leaving a review. Share this episode with anyone interested in the intersection of technology and diversity. On Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/nz/podcast/the-technology-whisperers-a-technology/id1609516270 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/0Hk3B5ftWt8DQEKZpkTSwA?si=9983d5ad421d4509 Google Play https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkLnBvZGJlYW4uY29tL3RoZXRlY2hub2xvZ3l3aGlzcGVyZXJzL2ZlZWQueG1s And remember to demystify the technology world with Sean and Alistair subscribe and listen to every episode
25 - Technology Whisperers - An Interview with David McDonald
Mar 25 2024
25 - Technology Whisperers - An Interview with David McDonald
Episode Summary: In this riveting episode of The Technology Whisperers, hosts Alistair Ross and Sean Muller are joined by David McDonald, a serial entrepreneur, futurist, and expert in Artificial Intelligence. Together, they dive deep into the current state and future potential of AI technologies, debunking myths, exploring opportunities, and addressing some of the most pressing concerns surrounding AI's impact on society and business. Guest Bio: David McDonald: With decades of experience in the tech industry, David has been at the forefront of leading-edge technologies, especially in AI and blockchain. His career includes significant roles such as CEO of Centrality Japan and leading various ventures and startups to success. David is passionate about the transformative power of AI and its application across different sectors. Key Takeaways: The Role of a Futurist: David shares his insights into what it means to be a futurist in today's rapidly evolving technological landscape, emphasising the importance of anticipating technology trends and their practical applications. AI Transforming Businesses: Discussion on how AI is revolutionizing industries, with a focus on its application in enhancing efficiency, creating new opportunities, and the challenges of integrating AI into existing business models. Ethical and Security Concerns: The episode delves into the ethical considerations and security implications of AI, including data privacy, the potential for bias in AI models, and the importance of open-source models for transparency. Future of Work: David and the hosts explore the impact of AI on the job market, discussing the potential for AI to replace certain jobs while also creating new opportunities and industries that we can't yet imagine. The Next Big Thing in AI: Predictions for the near future of AI technology, including the rise of generative AI, code abstraction, and the potential for AI to develop applications on demand for personalized user needs. Episode Highlights: David's journey from a geospatial software engineer to an AI and blockchain innovator.The potential for AI to disrupt industries from within, challenging traditional business models.Discussion on the importance of ethical AI development and the role of regulation.Speculation on the arrival of AGI (Artificial General Intelligence) and its implications.Addressing public fears and misconceptions about AI through education and transparency. Listener Engagement: Listeners are encouraged to share their thoughts on AI's impact on society and their own industries. Questions for David or suggestions for future topics can be submitted via social media or the podcast's website. Connect with David McDonald: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-m-7526b712/ Closing Thoughts: AI is not just shaping the future; it's actively transforming the present. As technology continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace, staying informed and open to change will be crucial for individuals and businesses alike. Join us next time as we continue to demystify the world of technology, one episode at a time.   Contact Details for Alistair and Sean: Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web:  https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross   https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ X 'Formerly Twitter': @seangmuller
24 - Technology Whisperers - SOC/SIEM
Mar 10 2024
24 - Technology Whisperers - SOC/SIEM
The Technology Whisperers Podcast Season 3, Episode 2: "SOC(s)/SIEM(s) Demystified" Hosts: Alistair Ross and Sean Muller Release Date: 11 March, 2024 Duration: 58:02 Episode Summary: "The Technology Whisperers," hosted by Sean Muller and Alistair Ross, delves into the intricacies of Security Operations Centers (SOCs) and Security Incident Event Management (SIEM). They begin by clarifying the acronyms SOC and SIEM, discussing their evolution from Network Operations Centers (NOCs) due to the increasing importance of security. They explore the roles and responsibilities within a SOC, emphasising the human element in monitoring, detecting, investigating, and responding to cyber threats. The discussion extends to various SOC models, including in-house, fully managed, and hybrid SOCs, and the challenges of managing a SOC, such as dealing with false positives and negatives, and the importance of well-defined processes. They highlight the significance of integration with business processes and threat intelligence, touching upon the use of SIEM software and the potential of SOAR (Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response) technologies. The conversation also covers vulnerability management, the value of consulting for SOC setup, and the importance of clear communication with the business to secure necessary resources and support. In This Episode: What is a SOC?What is a SIEM?How to choose a SOC or SIEM.Vulnerability management in SOC(s) and SIEM(s) Connect with Us: Follow us on your favourite podcast appVisit our website at https://thetechnologywhisperers.podbean.com/Email us your thoughts and questions at thetechnologywhisperers@gmail.com Subscribe and Leave a Review: Your support means the world to us. If you enjoy diving deep into the world of technology with us, please subscribe, leave a review, and share our podcast with your friends and colleagues. Next Episode Preview: Don't miss our next episode where we'll explore technologies and how they can best help your business. Contact Details for Alistair and Sean: Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web: https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross  https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ X 'Formerly Twitter': @seangmuller
23 - Technology Whisperers - Welcome to Season 3
Feb 26 2024
23 - Technology Whisperers - Welcome to Season 3
The Technology Whisperers Podcast Season 3, Episode 1: "Welcome Back and Happy New Year!" Hosts: Alistair Ross and Sean Muller Release Date: 26 February, 2024 Duration: 40:31 Episode Summary: Join us as we kick off Season 3 of the Technology Whisperers! In this celebratory return, Alistair and Sean dive into what's in store for the podcast and share their personal anecdotes of diving headfirst into the busy new year. With new insights, exciting topics, and the same passion for demystifying technology, this season promises to be the best one yet. In This Episode: A warm welcome back to our listenersA sneak peek into Season 3's upcoming themes and guestsHow Alistair and Sean have been navigating the bustling start to their yearReflections on past seasons and aspirations for the future Connect with Us: Follow us on your favorite podcast appVisit our website at https://thetechnologywhisperers.podbean.com/Email us your thoughts and questions at thetechnologywhisperers@gmail.com Subscribe and Leave a Review: Your support means the world to us. If you enjoy diving deep into the world of technology with us, please subscribe, leave a review, and share our podcast with your friends and colleagues. Next Episode Preview: Don't miss our next episode where we'll explore SOCs and SIEMs. Contact Details: Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web: https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross  https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ X 'Formerly Twitter': @seangmuller
22 - Technology Whisperers - Cybersecurity & Risk Analysis with Anna Lezhikova
Dec 18 2023
22 - Technology Whisperers - Cybersecurity & Risk Analysis with Anna Lezhikova
This week we get to do a deep dive on one of Alistair's favorite topics with a truly great guest. Join us as we take a look at the challenges and opportunities in risk analysis and how to make sure your business is safe for the future. Agile https://www.agilealliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Agile-Risk-Management-Agile-2012.pdf CSF https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework NIST https://csrc.nist.gov/pubs/sp/800/30/r1/final https://csrc.nist.gov/pubs/sp/800/37/r2/final https://csrc.nist.gov/pubs/sp/800/39/final https://www.nist.gov/cyberframework https://nvlpubs.nist.gov/nistpubs/legacy/sp/nistspecialpublication800-39.pdf OWASP https://owasp.org/ https://owasp.org/www-community/Threat_Modeling https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-dileo/ https://www.holloway.com/g/security-for-everyone/preview   Security Book written by Laura Bell & Erica Anderson https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauradbell/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-anderson-sputnik/     Anna Lezhikova   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annalezhikova/ List of Anna's talks: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annalezhikova/details/publications/ https://www.defend.co.nz/   Contact Details Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web: https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross  https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ X 'Formerly Twitter': @seangmuller
13 - Technology Whisperers Season 2 Launch episode
Aug 14 2023
13 - Technology Whisperers Season 2 Launch episode
Contact Details Alistair Ross alistair@revolutioninfosec.com Web: https://revolutioninfosec.com Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross  https://www.linkedin.com/company/revolutioninfosec  Sean G Muller seangmuller@technologyleader.co.nz Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ Show Notes: 1) OpenAI are being sued.  Since the inception of ChatGPT back in November 2021, controversy has never been far away, and smaller legal battles have always been looming, however, at the end of June, A firm in California filed a class-action lawsuit for "stealing" personal data in order to train ChatGPT. What is interesting about this case is that depending upon how well prepared the complainants are, OpenAI may be required to fess up to how they trained their model. The only public information about OpenAI's ChatGPT that we really know is that OpenAI scraped 300 billion words from the Internet. We don't know how they scraped them and where they scraped it from. The complainant states that OpenAI trained its model partially with personal information, some of it from social media accounts, including Twitter and Reddit. The complainant goes on to state that OpenAI did so in secret, without registering as a data broker as was required to do under applicable laws. The most interesting aspect for me is by how much OpenAI are profiting from these sources, or whether they in fact are profiting, OpenAI have oft stated that they do not (yet) turn a profit. Certainly, on paper, OpenAI are worth many billions in unrealised value, and recently Microsoft made a $10B USD stake in them, so that might have turned them into a profit making machine. The fifteen counts in the complaint include privacy violations, negligence in failing to protect personal information, as well as larceny by obtaining large amounts of personal data to train its models by illegal means. The lawsuit has stretched as far as to seek injunctive relief in the form of a temporary freeze on commercial use of OpenAI's products. If granted, this could have vast reaching effects on organisations that currently use OpenAI's model on their own applications or services. Where do you sit on this Sean? It could be argued that the information that is publicly accessible on the Internet is free for anyone to see, including OpenAI, regardless of whether that is ethically responsible, it certainly is 'freely available'. On the other hand, it could be argued that people have a right to be guardians of their own content. If it is to be used in a wholesale manner by another corporation (potentially for profit), then they must seek permission from the original content author. Doing otherwise could be seen as a violation of privacy. 2) Elon Musk launches new AI company called xAI. A team around of 12 engineers. His mission he states to 'Understand the true nature of the Universe'. On the website, it states that more information is coming in the following weeks and months, so I won't expect to see anything like an OpenAI or Bard competitor for the foreseeable future. However, they certainly have the chops to do it, remembering that Musk was one of the original founders of OpenAI. What is interesting is that Musk was also one of the people who recently spoke out about AI as a whole, and took issue with the rapid pace of development (mainly pointed at OpenAI), stating that we should press the pause button on AI development. By launching this startup, it's clear that he's made a u-turn on that decision! The website states that it is a standalone company, unrelated from Tesla and other Musk companies including Twitter (now called X corp), however Musk states that he will work closely with them to make progress towards xAI's mission. From a privacy perspective, will this mean that it could use tweets (including DMs) as a training model for xAI? Obviously this is possibly where OpenAI are in hot water, as per my previous story, so it will be interesting to find out how transparent Musk will be about the training and development of xAI. However, Musk is well known to be critical about the less than transparent nature of OpenAI, he would likely have a lot of egg on face if he too, chose to be less than open about the training of his model.Obviously this is possibly where OpenAI are in hot water, as per my previous story, so it will be interesting to find out how transparent Musk will be about the training and development of xAI. However, Musk is well known to be critical about the less than transparent nature of OpenAI, he would likely have a lot of egg on face if he too, chose to be less than open about the training of his model.Obviously this is possibly where OpenAI are in hot water, as per my previous story, so it will be interesting to find out how transparent Musk will be about the training and development of xAI. However, Musk is well known to be critical about the less than transparent nature of OpenAI, he would likely have a lot of egg on face if he too, chose to be less than open about the training of his model.Obviously this is possibly where OpenAI are in hot water, as per my previous story, so it will be interesting to find out how transparent Musk will be about the training and development of xAI. However, Musk is well known to be critical about the less than transparent nature of OpenAI, he would likely have a lot of egg on face if he too, chose to be less than open about the training of his model. 3) China has taken a major step in regulating generative AI like ChatGPT this happened a couple of weeks ago, making it one of the first countries in the world to do so. The first draft of the law was fairly substantial in its punitive measures, which would see companies and individuals breaking the law fined up to 100,000 yuan. The wording was relaxed to allow development of secure and trustworthy chips, software, tools and computing power, however the key provisions in the new law which is to go into law on the 15th of August will require AI service providers to conduct routine, thorough security reviews and all of their algorithms must be registered with the Beijing government. China wants to press ahead in the world of AI, but has lacked the freedom to do so from its government. Companies like Baidu and Alibaba have not released any mainstream AI products (probably for fear of reprisal from the government). It will be interesting to see if this stifles innovation or allows China to leapfrog the USA. Eyes will be on the China following 16th August to see what Alibaba, JD and Baidu have been developing in the background. 4) Bard's quiet updates. On the 14th July, Google quietly released an update to Bard. The groundbreaking update to Bard is the ability for it to accept images in its prompts. You can take a photo of your fridge and ask Bard to give you some recipes to rustle up, for example. 5) In other update news, ChatGPT got a new Beta feature that is called "Code Interpreter". With this, you can give ChatGPT a prompt and with the interpreter switched on, it will know how to write and execute python code. It can also accept with file uploads. This is extremely helpful for aspects of data analysis, image conversions, or editing a code file. OpenAI say that the data does not persist past a session and is deleted after the session is gone.
11 - Technology Whisperers Demystifying Zero Trust Security
Jun 14 2022
11 - Technology Whisperers Demystifying Zero Trust Security
Zero Trust Security Traditionally, our networks have been castle and moat style. We trust everything in our castle, and everything after the moat (or in the moat to a lesser extent, ie the DMZ), is untrusted. This was a decent model when all of our infrastructure was based on our own physical networks, in our own server rooms, running our own software that we had the CDs for. But most of the time we are on the Internet. A lot of software runs in the cloud, either as a service, or connects to the Internet for a lot of its services. Today, we can’t trust the stuff on our network anywhere. Internally, externally, or on a DMZ. Thus a ‘perimiterless’ or zero-trust security model has started to become an often-talked about concept. In this episode Alistair and Sean demystify what "Zero Trust" is, why an executive at an organisation should care and what they should understand about it. In addition, they dive into a little of the technical 'how' to be successful implementing a "Zero Trust" security model.   Reference link https://www.nccoe.nist.gov/projects/implementing-zero-trust-architecture   Your hosts on this intrepid journey to demystify technology can be found across the internet: Alistair Ross LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/alistairjross/ Email: alistair.ross@servian.com YouTube: youtube.com/AlsGeekLab   Sean Muller Instagram https://www.instagram.com/seangmuller/ Twitter @seangmuller Facebook https://www.facebook.com/seangmuller LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ Email: sean.muller@servian.com Discord: seangmuller#1887 Clubhouse: @seangmuller
08 - Technology Whisperers talk Business Technologists with Cam Chapman
Apr 30 2022
08 - Technology Whisperers talk Business Technologists with Cam Chapman
In this episode, Sean and Alistair meet with Cam Chapman, CEO of Fernleaf Consulting where he discusses Business Technology.  Business Technology is not a methodology or framework – it’s a cultural shift in the way technologists can engage and deliver to their customers. As a Business Technologist, Cam is very passionate about the opportunities it provides for digital technology providers to dissolve the Business/IT divide . We felt that Cam’s story (and the reason he started his own business, Fernlead Consulting), really resonates with many parallels being drawn between what we are trying to achieve in demystifying technology in The Technology Whisperers. In this podcast, Cam covers the concept of what Business Technology is (as opposed to Information Technology), and what sort of people Business Technologists actually are. He then goes on to rationalise why organisations should think along the lines of what thor business needs, which answers the ‘Why Business Technology?’, We also talk about Shadow IT and Business Technology vs Shadow IT. This is an action packed podcast with lots of great thought provoking ideas that you don’t want to miss!   cam@fernleafconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/camchapman/   https://www.linkedin.com/company/fernleafconsulting/ https://fernleafconsulting.com/   https://www.linkedin.com/in/sgmuller/ sean.muller@servian.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/alistairjross/ alistair.ross@servian.com