It has been my very great pleasure this week to produce an entire episode of ABC Radio National’s Future Tense, titled Bug bounties and pentesting: the Wild West of online security.
Here’s how the ABC has introduced this documentary:
Online information security is estimated to be worth more than $75 billion annually. And that figure is certain to grow as more and more of our everyday devices are given internet connectivity.
So why are our cyber-networks still being hacked on an industrial scale? Despite all that weâ€™ve learnt about online fraud and malicious attacks, why is the digital world still so fragile?
In this edition of Future Tense, technology writer and commentator Stilgherrian talks â€˜bug bountiesâ€™ and â€˜pentestingâ€™ as he introduces us to those at the coal-face of the security challenge.
Here’s the full half-hour documentary, featuring Alastair MacGibbon, Childrenâ€™s eSafety Commissioner for the Australian Government; Casey Ellis, founder and CEO of Bugcrowd; Associate Professor Asha Rao, information security expert from RMIT University; Fatemah Beydoun, Chief Awesome at Security Code Warrior and a former IT security auditor; Joe Franzi, Assistant Secretary, Cyber Security, Australian Signals Directorate; John McCormack, CEO of Raytheon|Websense; Nathaniel Wakelam, professional penetration tester/hacker; and a snippet from Alan Dupont, Professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales.
The program is Â©2015 Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and it’s served here directly from the ABC website, where you can also read a transcript.
Both the ABC and I are pleased with how this went, and I’ve been invited to pitch further story ideas in the new year.
[Photo: Recording my Future Tense narration in ABC Radio studio E46 in Sydney, on Monday 23 November 2015. This environment was overkill. I wasn’t using any of the studio gear, just my own Sennheiser e835 microphone, Zoom H6, and MacBook Pro — so basically the three items in the foreground — but I needed a proper quiet room.]