Cyber Frontiers

Crypto and Blockchain: Enablers of the Future – CF051

This week on Cyber Frontier Christian dives into the state of affairs in the cryptocurrency battle for adopters and the ultimate future of blockchain. We discuss some of the origins of what made Bitcoin popular and misunderstood, while re-tracing how it enabled blockchain technology to gain stronger visibility in the eyes of technologists. From here we discuss the fundamental advancements in computer science that enabled blockchain to succeed, and discuss its future in shaping the internet over the next 10 to 25 years. We also discuss other use cases blockchain is likely to expand into, and provide some initial forecasts for what Blockchain may ultimately become.  
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Computing Without the B.S. – CF050

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian and Jim discuss the computing industry without the bachelor’s degree (). We discuss the recently increasing trend of major tech companies doing away with degree requirements for top software engineering positions. We evaluate the pros and cons of university value propositions, co-ops/work studies, internships, and apprenticeships and discuss which jobs seem best tailored with-in the field for these backgrounds. As demand for these positions continues to grow, we also discuss the ways in which the job is evolving itself with the advancement of automation and cloud computing, which is letting developers at companies focus more on core business systems and less on infrastructure pasta. We wrap up with a quick discussion on remote desktop solutions for the average guy in response to our listener questions received.
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Kill The Ancient Authenticator! – CF049

This week Christian is joined by Jim to talk about killing off password security on web and communication platforms, the era of the hardware authenticator! We dive deep into the release of the Yubikey 5, FIDO 2, and Webauthn standards and how these platforms and standards will usher in the next phase of improved cybersecurity for enterprises as well as the average guy. We talk about some of the historical implications of protocols that haven’t evolved over the last thirty years, and what these technologies bring to the table to augment existing internet infrastructure. We also briefly veer into the latest Apple announcements with the release of OSX Mojave and iOS 12, because who doesn’t want to know what awaits them in Apple’s latest software platform? Strap in while we take you to the edge of the frontier and back.
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AI In Everyday Life: Is It Ready for the Limelight? – CF048

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian is joined by Jim to discuss common AI applications influencing everyday life. We take a look at the latest learning technology in discerning fake news, facial recognition at airports, and driverless cars in the Uber and Lyft fleets. We weigh in on what empirical methods are available for validating these use cases in AI, and the socioeconomic impacts that these technologies will create for the average guy in the next five to ten years.
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Highlights from DEFCON 26 – CF047

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian and Jim get together to talk about the highlights from DEFCON 26. We dive deep into how voicemails and SMS-unlocks are being used to bypass two-factor authentication on common technology platforms — and how simple attack surfaces are exploited to turn the old tech of voicemails into eye-candy for attackers. We also review the hardware and application based mechanisms used to avoid some of these commonly exploited vectors.
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The Modern Turing Test: A Brief History in ML and Some Cyber Anecdotes – CF046

This Week on Cyber Frontiers Christian and Jim jump back into the world of machine learning and AI — a comprehensive conversation started on show 045 for those who missed it. We jump back in time to 1950 with the introduction of the Turing Test and walk us through its evolutions into modern AI and machine learning. We also discuss some of the recent cyber buzz with Gmail privacy concerns and new security features coming to iOS 12. Oh, and, fortnite players get excited about llamas too.  Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future!   Christian Johnson will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does.
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Difference between AI and ML, and How Does IoT Fit In Again? – CF045

This week on Cyber Frontiers Christian and Jim explore the commercialization of artificial intelligence and machine learning. We explain the overlapping use of terms that the buzzword industry has created and separate fact from fiction. As ML and AI continue to drive businesses and the next frontier of technological innovation, we explore how the buzzwords of the past five years (I’m looking at you big data and IoT) have paved the framework for the buzzwords of 2018 and beyond. We lay the framework for where the frontier is defined today so that we can dive deep in future episodes. Cyber Frontiers is all about Exploring Cyber security, Big Data, and the Technologies Shaping the Future!   Christian Johnson will bring fresh and relevant topics to the show based on the current work he does. Support the Average Guy: WANT TO SUBSCRIBE? We now have Video Large / Small and Video iTunes options at You can contact us via email at Full show notes and video at Tags: Podcast, Cyber Frontiers, AI, ML, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Boston Dynamics, TDL, Internet of Things, Big Data, MapReduce, IoT, Relational Database, Algorithms,  Deep Learning, DL But first… Today’s Cyber Humor: What’s the difference between ML and AI Anyways? Why the Internet of Things is an Enabler for AI… Dissecting the amazing awe of Boston Dynamics: AI/ML tools: Machine Learning in Practice: Contact Christian: Contact the show at Music courtesy of Ryan King. Check out the Die Hard Cafe band and other original works at: / 
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