Cyber Frontiers

The Future of Cybersecurity Competition and Education with CEO of Cyber Skyline – Franz Payer – CF012

This week we take an exciting deep dive into innovation in the cybersecurity industry by talking with Franz Payer, one of the industry’s rising start-up CEO’s of Cyber Skyline. Christian, Ashton, and Jim talk with Franz about his new cybersecurity competition and education platform, which takes a unique approach to teaching cybersecurity skills and hosting competitions for students and professionals alike. With several pilot competitions already hosted and major future events on the horizon, Franz’s platform shows a promising direction for bringing in more talent and awareness in cybersecurity. It’s one of our best interviews yet to date – and we can’t wait to see the evolution of Cyber Skyline as the platform expands. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Cyber skyline is Franz’s company dedicated to hosting Franz’s presentation at DefCon explaining his exploitation of online music streaming services Excellent video from cyberskyline describing some of the features with a live demonstration. Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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Space Networks & Cybersecurity in Healthcare with Special Guest Jay Ellis – CF011

This week we are joined by Jay Ellis, Senior Information Security Engineer and Program Manager at Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT), to talk about space networks, healthcare IT, and the networks and cybersecurity methodologies that run them. Jim, Christian, and Ashton keep the questions rolling in what promises to be a packed hour of content based on Jay’s experiences in the field. Mr. Ellis is a seasoned information technology professional with over 25 years of professional experience in the analysis, design, development, project management, and security of information systems. He currently holds several industry-standard information technology certifications, and has a proven and effective track record for designing and implementing secure systems on-time and under budget. His areas of expertise include information security, healthcare information technology, technical project management, database design/ implementation/ administration, web-based development, and multi-tier application architecture. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Make sure to tweet out your thoughts about this show using the hashtag “#cyberFrontiers”! SGSS Overview SGSS company page nCircle/IP360 Application 2012 CMS Cybersecurity Innovation Award Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /  Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network. Ashton Webster, Christian Johnson, Cloud, containers, docker, Jim Collison, Security, VM’s
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The Evolution of Cloud Computing and Security – CF010

This week the conversation is all around the cloud computing and how today’s modern architecture continues to evolve. Christian, Ashton, and Jim talk about the ways cloud computing is being adopted in the enterprise and discuss the security and scalability implications of government agencies trusting their data to a third party cloud infrastructure. While we are still cloudy on a few matters ourselves, this episode promises to be a noteworthy discussion on where the next generation of cloud computing is headed. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     Containers are the future of cloud computing Big take away: VMs run on separate operating systems with their own binaries/libraries Containers run on the same Operating system, sharing binaries and libraries with the native OS Security Concerns for Docker Takeaway: Namespacing raises security concerns at the kernel level, which is potentially very scary Google is already releasing Docker Optimized VMs Takeaway: With companies like Google already looking to advance the technology, it might not be long until containers are the widespread solution to PaaS How Containers will challenge VMs (and companies that host them) Takeaway: Not a silver #160; Good, but could result in “container sprawl” – Many applications on many containers Dockers Security Page CLOUD SECURITY AND THE GOVERNMENT Cloud Security Improvements Aim to Accelerate “Cloud First” Adoption –Out of 286 executives, only 30 percent are implementing cloud strategies, 58 percent not aware of any cloud strategy under way at agency. Many agencies still believe that their information, particularly classified and national security data, may be too sensitive to move to the cloud. In response to these security concerns, private clouds and hybrid clouds are preferred over public clouds. Private and hybrid clouds provide agencies greater security control over their information than public clouds. Cloud Deployment Models: — Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) —–Most security level considerations at this level, its just the infrastructure. — Platform as a Service (PaaS) —–Automates the configuration, deployment and ongoing management of applications — Software as a Service (SaaS) —–Licensing and delivery model, subscription based, centrally hosting. IaaS: OpenStack a Model of IaaS in the Open Source Community Trust in cloud security at all-time low: Execs still betting on the cloud OpenStack’s focus on peer review of code has identified a great many problems and risks including those promoted potentially by state actors. Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s top ten public cloud security risks: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /  Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Building a Big Data Development Environment on the Cheap, Virtualization Tech & SDN, and the Big Bad ShellShock – CF009

This week on Cyber Frontiers, Christian Johnson and Ashton Webster, joined by Jim Collison, talk about how to setup a multi-node distributed Hadoop cluster on a single box. The discussion on the technology quickly dives into newer technology in virtualization in SDN, and we even get a little bit of time to talk about the relevancy of the shellshock news to our big data research on the show. This should be a treat to newcomers in the big data space as well as veteran data geeks! Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:     CYBERSECURITY Why the internet is broken The actual code which you can use (if you have shell access) to test a machine for the vulnerability Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /  Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Finding a Learning Community in Cybersecurity – CF008

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian Johnson and Ashton Webster, hosted by Jim Collison, explain the importance of finding productive communities to learn and hone in your cybersecurity skills.  They also discuss the many available online and offline resources from which to gain additional insight about the current state of the art in digital security. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:   MDC3 – Maryland Cyber Challenge The Maryland Cyber Challenge (MDC3) is a statewide cyber competition and conference designed to attract more students and young professionals to pursue careers in cybersecurity. The Maryland Cyber Challenge will strengthen Maryland’s position as a cybersecurity leader by bringing teams of current and prospective cybersecurity professionals together to develop the skills and techniques needed to protect vital information systems. Common Types of Network Attacks CYBER ACES – SANS Institute MEET-UPS The 10,000 hour rule Malcom Gladwell, Outliers, summary here: Arguably one of the best ways to learn from the greats ,%20Bazhaniul,%20Furtak,%20and%20Loucaides%20-%20 MOOCS Initiative funded by Bill and Melinda Gates: Group learning Grockit – Standardized Testing preparation – Research on group studying vs. individual (show graph) Resources for Cyber Security Pros UK site with up to the minute information on cybersecurity breaches as well as commentary and analysis Example of gigaom bringin people together to discuss big data.  Strongly recommend subscribing to all their articles. Excellent security magazine. Not strictly cybersecurity, but a great site for statistical analyses of all kinds.  Started as a prediction tool for Senate and Congress seats (hence the “538”) and expanded to all thing sports, lifestyle, food, and just about anything else with available data. –Machine learning contests hosted online. Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /  Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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Intrusion Detection, Threat Intelligence, and the Sophisticated Attacks in the Modern Cyber Landscape – CF007

This week’s podcast features Christian Johnson and Ashton Webster hosted by Jim Collison as they evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of different types of Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDPS), consider the future of anomaly and signature based detection, and finally evaluate the future of “threat detection” in cybersecurity.  Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future Through an Academic Perspective!   Christian Johnson, a student at the University of Maryland will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Listen Mobile:   The Evolution of IDPS IPS vs IDS vs Firewall –Brief explanation of difference between IDS, IPS, and Web Application Firewalls (WAF): –Difference between firewall and IDS/IPS: –Overview from symantec on how intrusion detection systems have evolved over time Host based vs Network Based –Comparison of Host based and Network based intrusion detection models Signature Based vs Statistical Anomaly Based –Comparison between anomaly and signature based detection –Anomaly Based Intrusion Detection: Threat Intelligence –What is threat intelligence? — What should corporations be asking themselves? — Is it the outsider or insider threat that is becoming more of a threat? — Norse Corp – Live Attack Intelligence “Makers of the Map” — There is the normal stuff, and then there is the scary stuff: First the NASDAQ, now the JPMorgan Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact Christian: Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: /  Some links may contain affiliate codes that benefit the Average Guy Podcast Network.
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