Computer Security Podcasts That Don’t Suck

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Over the last several months, I've done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts.  I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that consistently failed to offer interesting ideas or were simply too watered down.  I'm left the following list of podcasts that I feel are worth listening to.  Since each podcast certainly isn't for everyone, I've included some details to make it easier to pick that ones that would most likely interest you the most.  This list is in a blatantly-subjective order.  If your podcast hasn't been included, contact me and I'll let you know if it was because I couldn't find it on my own or because I thought it sucked.  If you have something to add, please leave a comment and I'll update my list.

Name: PaulDotCom Security Weekly
Main Subject: anything related to computer security
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 4 to 5
Recent Subjects Covered: mobile malware, hacking ATM machines, tool that allows for hosts to communicate over wireless without being associated, Spamhaus in trouble, Filtering IM for kids, Hacking Web 2.0 Applications with Firefox
Justification: All kinds of good stuff week after week.  Highly recommended.
Rss Link: http://pauldotcom.com/podcast/psw.xml

Name: Security Now!
Main Subject: computer security and basic technology concepts
Format: Formal
Approx. Updates Per Month: 4 to 5
Recent Subjects Covered: Parallels, Virtual PC, Application Sandboxes, Blue Pill, Vista's Virgin Stack
Justification: The show still touches on a number of interesting subjects that are worth tuning in for.
Rss Link: http://leoville.tv/podcasts/sn.xml

Name: Binary Revolution Radio
Main Subject: hacking, phreaking, computer security
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 4 to 5
Recent Subjects Covered: Toorcon, IPv6, Covert Channels, Phishing, Tunneling
Justification: Less organized but offers fresh information and interesting discussion each week
Rss Link: http://www.binrev.com/radio/podcast/

Name: PLA Radio
Main Subject: Phreaking
Format: Very Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 1 to 2
Recent Subjects Covered: Free Phone Calls, Beige Boxing, Deaf Relay Operators (IP Relay), Social Engineering
Justification: Covers topics related to "phone hacking".  While the format is a bit strange, some of the older episodes had me laughing uncontrollably and are worth a listen.
Rss Link: http://www.phonelosers.org/rss.xml

Name: Off The Hook
Main Subject: General technology, phreaking, politics
Format: Semi-formal
Approx. Updates Per Month: 4 to 5
Justification: This show, hosted by Emmanuel Goldstein, has been running since the 80's and has become somewhat legendary in the Hacking and Phreaking communities as it's been there to document the evolution of technology.  Definitely worth a listen.
Rss Link: http://www.2600.com/rss.xml

Name: SploitCast
Main Subject: new vulnerabilities, exploit code, security and technology news
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 1 to 4
Recent Subjects Covered: Interview with Johnny Long, ping tunneling, sensitive data on stolen laptops, Zfone, high level ISP hacks, darknets
Justification: They haven't been releasing much lately, but their episodes are usually pretty interesting.  I can't find any other podcasts that discuss exploit code in great detail.
Rss Link: http://sploitcast.libsyn.com/rss

Name: Blue Box: The VoIP Security Podcast
Main Subject: VoIP Security, of course
Format: Semi-casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 3 to 6
Recent Subjects Covered: Skype security news, interviews, VoIP fraud, recent vulnerabilities
Justification: Covers some great VoIP-related security-centered information.
Rss Link: http://feeds.feedburner.com/BlueBox

Name: TWAT Radio
Main Subject: All things technology with a slight security focus
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 10+
Recent Subjects Covered: Newsgroup readers, Wireless attacks for dummies, Eggdrop, Wake On Lan, Network Recon, VPNs, The GIMP, Cygwin
Justification: Covers a great deal of different technology subjects
Rss Link: http://www.twatech.org/wp-feed.php

Name: Basenet Radio
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 2 to 4
Justification: Underground feel, great information
Rss Link: http://www.basenetradio.net/rss2.xml

Name: LugRadio
Main Subject: Linux and Open Source
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 0 to 2
Recent Subjects Covered: the Portland Project, trusted computing, comparison of Linux distributions, Software Freedom Day
Justification: Possibly the most popular Linux-related podcast
Rss Link: http://www.lugradio.org/episodes.rss

Name: The Linux Link Tech Show
Main Subject: The cutting-edge in Linux-based technology
Format: Casual
Approx. Updates Per Month: 4
Recent Subjects Covered: Linux Home Automation, OpenWRT, Asterisk, Debian vs Mozilla, DRM
Justification: Lots of good Linux-related information
Rss Link: http://www.thelinuxlink.net/tllts/tllts.rss

Name: StillSecure, After all these years
Main Subject: All things related to information security with a focus on a business environment
Format: Formal
Approx. Updates Per Month: 2 to 5
Recent Subjects Covered: Interview with Steve Hanna of Juniper Networks, TCG/TNC, The IETF, 3rd party patching
Justification: This podcast includes some great interviews and information centered around enterprise security
Rss Link: http://clickcaster.com/clickcast/rss/1653

Name: Symantec Security Response Podcast
Main Subject: Security updates
Format: Formal
Approx. Updates Per Month: 2 to 4
Justification: A consistent source of security updates – great for people who are charged with defending a network for a living
Rss Link: http://www.symantec.com/content/en/us/about/rss/sr/sr.xml

Name: Network Security Blog
Main Subject: Network Security…
Format: Formal
Approx. Updates Per Month:
Rss Link: http://www.mckeay.net/secure/index.xml

33 comments to “Computer Security Podcasts That Don’t Suck”

  1. Comment by Black Ratchet:

    Thanks for giving BinRev some props man. Glad to hear you enjoy it. :)

  2. Comment by [GEEKS ARE SEXY] Tech. News:

    Here’s another one that’s pretty good.

    CyberSpeak PodCast : Two former Federal Agent talk about computer forensics, network security and computer crime

    http://cyberspeak.libsyn.com/

  3. Comment by bill:

    unorthodoxhacking
    http://www.unorthodoxhacking.com

  4. Comment by Detritus:

    Thanks for putting the effort into reviewing all of these. Security Now has had me snoring lately. I like and respect Gibson, but Leo just lets him drone on too much.

    I used to listen to Off The Hook, I’m glad to see they’re still around and podcasting!

  5. Comment by Useful Information » Blog Archive » Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review:

    [...] Over the last several months, I’ve done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts, exploit news, hacking, phreaking, or anything else security-related. I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that failed to offer interesting content. What’s left is a list of awesome podcastsread more | digg story [...]

  6. Comment by HeyMoe:

    I agree that Cyberspeak is a top notch show. Ovie Carroll is a former AFOSI and USPS-OIG forensics examiner and is well respected in the professional field.

    OTH seems famous largely because it’s old. 2600 as a paper magazine is tops, but listening to the show is like digging through the shit hoping to find a pony. And the pony usually isn’t there.

  7. Comment by PC & Network Services: Blog:

    Security podcast list

    Chris at ChrisBrunner.com has put together a list of different security, hacking, and phreak related podcasts. His requirements were frequent updates, good content, and not sucking.
    Follow this link to read the list. If you know of others, leave him a …

  8. Comment by Steve:

    This is the CNet podcast called Security Bytes
    http://news.com.com/2030-11424-6052904.html

  9. Comment by Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review | j4s0n Talks:

    [...] Over the last several months, I’ve done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts, exploit news, hacking, phreaking, or anything else security-related. I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that failed to offer interesting content. What’s left is a list of awesome podcastsread more | digg story [...]

  10. Comment by Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review « Digged Stories:

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  11. Comment by Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review at innerangst.net:

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  12. Comment by Liquidmatrix Security Digest:

    [...] Check out the comprehensive list of security podcasts that Chris Brunner put together. [...]

  13. Comment by Ambersail Infosec Roundup » Blog Archive » Fresh Security Podcasts:

    [...] Chris Brunner has taken the time to assemble an up-to-date list of security-related podcasts. Perhaps surprisingly, he started with a list of just under 50! Who would have thought information security was so interesting? [...]

  14. Comment by Cryptografer’s Corner » Computer Security Podcasts:

    [...] If you’re into podcasting and computer security, Chris Brunner has recently compiled a list of podcasts which are related to the topic.  They are all listed with the RSS links and  he has gathered some information on each, such as what they cover and recent topics they addressed.  (Via Slashdot) You can find his review of them all here. Participate! Leave your comment. [...]

  15. Comment by The Tech Tray » Security Podcasts Netcasts ;):

    [...] Chris Brunner has compiled a list of all the major security podcasts ‘that don’t suck’, including the obvious Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte, to maybe the less obvious Today With a Techie Network! [...]

  16. Comment by HackerJournal :: Hacking Reality - The only constant is change. » Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review:

    [...] Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review By CyberChrist Over the last several months, I’ve done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts, exploit news, hacking, phreaking, or anything else security-related. I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that failed to offer interesting content. What’s left is a list of awesome podcastsread more | digg story This entry is filed under General News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Leave a Reply [...]

  17. Comment by Aaron’s Soapbox » links for 2006-10-17:

    [...] Chris Brunner .com » Blog Archive » Computer Security Podcasts That Don’t Suck (tags: audio hacking podcast list security) [...]

  18. Comment by magicpig » Blog Archive »:

    [...] List of Computer Security Podcasts [...]

  19. Comment by r e d r a c e c a r » computer/tech related podcasts:

    [...] HOL asked me for a list of computer/tech related podcasts so that she keep up with computer trends for her new job doing computer tech support. There was a dugg article called Computer Security Podcasts That Don’t Suck that has some more, but I haven’t listened to many of those. There are additional suggestions in the comments of that post. [...]

  20. Comment by MikeDawg's Blog:

    Great Slashdot Article – Security/Network/Linux Related Podcasts

    An awesome Slashdot article for once has been posted.  The author of the article posted a couple links ( RSS/XML ) links to podcasts from a couple different sources.  Check out the podcasts, and maybe you’ll find one that you like.

  21. Comment by EveryDigg » Blog Archive » Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review:

    [...] Over the last several months, I’ve done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts, exploit news, hacking, phreaking, or anything else security-related. I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that failed to offer interesting content. What’s left is a list of awesome podcastsread more | digg story [...]

  22. Comment by Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review at My 24 Blog:

    [...] Over the last several months, I’ve done my best to seek out every podcast related to computer security concepts, exploit news, hacking, phreaking, or anything else security-related. I started with a list of just under fifty podcasts and gradually eliminated the ones that failed to offer interesting content. What’s left is a list of awesome podcastsread more | digg story [...]

  23. Comment by Proto:

    This week in Technology:
    twit.tv
    Leo Laporte and Steve Gibson have a few good pods there.

  24. Comment by Gray:

    Good article!

  25. Comment by I Only Wish » Blog Archive » Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review:

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  26. Comment by Dubbdaeck:

    That’s a great list. Thank you so much.

  27. Comment by ThE FuCkInG sHiT.OrG » Podcasts sobre seguridad informatica:

    [...] El resultado de mi búsqueda fue una colección de podcasts de entre los cuales me quedé con 2 principalmente. Curiosamente algunas semanas después encontré una lista que recoge los principales podcasts relacionados con el mundo de la seguridad informática. Chris Brunner, el autor de esa lista, y yo coincidimos en situar en las primeras posiciones a Security Now! y Pauldotcom Security Weekly. [...]

  28. Comment by PCI Podcast at PCI Compliance Demystified:

    [...] Chris Brunner has a list of 50 security podcasts that “don’t suck” PodcastPopularity: 5% [?] [...]

  29. Comment by Complete Security/Hacking/Phreaking Podcast Review « Security News:

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  30. Comment by /dev/random » Listen to EuroTrashSecurity:

    [...] The story is quite simple: a bunch of European security professionals thought there was not enough information about the security landscape in Europe. There are already plenty of excellent security podcasts but all of them lack of stories happening on the old continent. They decided to start their own podcast focused on Europe. EuroTrashSecurity was born! [...]

  31. Comment by dave:

    Thank u very much for sharing!

  32. Comment by Blog de Trinity » Lista de buenos podcast de seguridad informática (I):

    [...] Sin embargo, a la mitad de mi búsqueda por este interesante tema, encontré otro bloguero que ya había confeccionado una lista de podcast de seguridad informática. Bueno… De la que me ha librado éste tipo. [...]

  33. Comment by downcastrelic:

    don’t forget riskybusiness @ risky.biz

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