Cyber Frontiers

Innovative Hacker Marathons: Bitcamp 2015 – CF019

This week on Cyber Frontiers, Christian is joined by Ashton, Jim, and special guest Jeremy Krach live from the floor of Bitcamp – one of the largest hackathons on college campuses in the USA. Albeit technical difficulties, we get behind the scenes access to Bitcamp and covered the opening of the event. If you’ve never been to a Hackathon before or want to know why they are relevant to solving today’s computing challenges – this is a great show to cover what getting your hack on is all about. 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 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   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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Home Gadget Geeks

Update on the DC Trip, Email Security Tips, Mobile, Multifactor and Windows Login Options, ACA – HGG204

Christian Johnson () joins Jim () for show #204 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Cyber Frontiers 18, recorded during the DC trip – Cyber Frontiers 12 with Franz Payer – Credit Karma   Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Cyber Frontiers

Cyber Roundtable with ACES Cybersecurity Students at UMD – CF018

This week on cyber frontiers Jim Collison comes to to join Christian and Ashton for a cyber roundtable conversation. We chat with students in the ACES cybersecurity program at the University of Maryland to gain their perspective on the state of the industry, educating students in the field, and potential future career paths for college students engaged in cybersecurity. With seven of us charging away at the conversation, we cover a variety of different topics with multiple viewpoints for the listener to digest. From recapping the biggest breaches of 2014 to discussing what it means to be a students pursuing cybersecurity in college, there is surely something for everyone to enjoy. 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 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     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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Home Gadget Geeks

Amber Gott from LastPass with New Features, Password Security and Multifactor Options to Keep You Secure – HGG200

Amber Gott (@lastpass), Online Community Manager for LastPass () joins Jim () and Christian Johnson for show #200 of Home Gadget Geeks brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or if you are in Canada, use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     Find LastPass at Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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Cyber Frontiers

Cyber Legislation, Education, and A Healthy Dose of Realism with Special Guest Dr. Jim Purtilo – CF017

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian, Ashton, and Jim catch up with Dr. Jim Purtilo (guest from Episode 3) to discuss historical and trending topics in cyber legislation, as well as many of the central issues surrounding cyber education in industry and academia. We explore some of the driving factors behind changes in mentality on where cyber legislation should be developed (and/or curtailed) – and where the disconnects are in understanding the current state of affairs in cyber legislation, education, and privacy matters that impact the average guy 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 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     Announcements: Cyber Frontier Labs is now publishing security alerts for public consumption. These alerts are designed to help web hosts, security analysts, and industry protect their network and encourage threat intelligence sharing and information security research. Visit for more information on our latest alert from our Bro IDS system. Cyber Legislation The Patriot Act – How did it get us to the policy decisions we are making today? ;src=typd International Cooperation between Executive powers on cybersecurity matters. We’re not asking for back doors. We have – we believe in very clear front doors through legal processes that should help to keep our country safe. — Agree or disagree? New cybersecurity legislation on the horizon Cybersecurity is an inherently shared mission between the government and the private sector. No single agency within the government can undertake cybersecurity alone, but even more importantly, the federal government cannot address the cybersecurity threat by itself. We must truly collaborate with the private sector on many levels in order to make our cybersecurity efforts effective.  — Do you agree or disagree? Ask yourself: Why is the government seeking authorization to do something it already claims authority to do? What game changer technologies might influence our cyber legislation in the future? —Autonomous vehicles, drones, Flying the real planes – FAA legislation (or lack thereof) —Netflix (already in the works) w/ FCC —Virtual Reality? How to get messages to prisoners? (radio) This article really hits home on a topic we talk about throughout the show – does subverting encryption techniques really benefit us in the long run? After reading how they sent the secret message to soldiers using a radio commercial, the phrase “if there’s a will there’s a way” seems very applicable to the debate. Cyber Education —Why is this really important? —What are we teaching technologists about these types of issues? —What is the difference between a cyber guy and a Computer Scientist? —How do we define what cyber really is? Is cyber just the cool word on the block – and if so how does it compare/contrast to the scholastic goals of forming scholars in computer science? ( rational thinkers who can solve problems) Are people being trained to enter the workforce in cybersecurity being productized? –Historically Black Colleges receiving $25 million in funding as per new Cybersecurity policies   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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Cyber Frontiers

Using Big Data and Graph Theory to Map the WWW – CF016

This week Ashton and Christian kick off the new year by discussing plans to launch the first major cybersecurity research project on the development sandbox: mapping the internet with traceroute, distributed Nmap, and Hadoop. We discuss strategies and design challenges that will be present early on in development and potential solutions that may be employed. Furthermore, we tie back the project to the latest developments in the North Korea cyber fiasco with Sony Corporation. 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 Full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:     Ideas for use of hadoop cluster -Original idea: Set up complete ipv4 scanner to ingest and analyze data, for monday I could easily set up the distributed nmap and load it into hbase -Set up real time log management system, again using hbase to store multiple different log files.  We could then set up one more small VM as a honeypot and track different logs from it. -Using a publicly available DNS dataset as training data, we could inject a bunch of malicious server names from a blacklist and try to use machine learning with hadoop to identify malicious URLs just using the names.  I have read research papers where this is done with decent success rates. Any of the above could be accompanied by another article on cyberfrontierlabs with associated code etc. and could probably be completed in a few hours. General idea: (0) sample insertion to hbase so I understand format start distributed nmap scanning and storing information in xml format on multiple nodes Use some method to convert xml into json or csv Store results in hive (and thereby hadoop) — Nmap: Various scans which can be used to identify hosts, services, operating systems etc. Distributed nmap: Can be used in a cluster to speed up network scanning using nmap Zenmap: nmap GUI which gave us the idea for network graph   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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Home Tech Tips

Web Hosting for the Average Guy from MapleGrove Partners – HTT013

Christian Johnson is our tipster this week and joins Jim () for Home Tech Tips brought to you by the Average Guy Network, part of community. Support the Average Guy Tech Scholarship Fund: or in Canada you can use WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at Join us for the show live each Thursday at 8pmC/9E/1UTC at or call in your questions or comments to be played on the show at (402) 478-8450 Find the full show notes and video at Listen Mobile:   Find MapleGrove Partners at Catch all the subscription links at Facebook Group: Jim’s Twitter: #!/jcollison Contact the show at Find this and other great Podcasts from the Average Guy Network at
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