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On today’s show we have a great interview with an altruistic Irishman who wears cool glasses and has a nice variety of white hats.
Nope, it’s not Bono, but we are lucky enough to have Brian Honan as our guest on this episode.
Brian is an internationally recognised expert on cybersecurity and data protection, but if you were to ask his young son what he did, the answer would be, ‘Dad catches hackers”.
In 2008 Brian founded Ireland’s first Computer Emergency Response Team. He’s also an adviser for Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, and he runs his own independent security consultancy, BH Consulting, with a team based across the globe.
We cover a wide variety of topics during the interview, including the genesis of the Irish Emergency Response Team, running a company and managing a team, and why the cybersecurity industry needs more accountability.
A key part of our discussion is about people. For many years, people have been deemed “the weakest link” when it comes to security. Brian has an interesting take on why this isn’t the case. It’s really worth a listen.
Also in this episode is our regular “On This Day” feature. This is when my co-host Ben and I jump into the DeLorean and visit a significant cybersecurity event in the past.
This time we’re travelling back to the year 2000 which is when the “ILOVEYOU” worm or the “Love Bug”, or indeed the “Love letter for you” cyber attack ended up infecting over 10 million personal Windows computers. Discover the unique story behind this attack, and the additional part of the story, which happened only a few days ago.
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